College football Week 5 picks: SI.com's writers predict winners for Alabama-Georgia, Oklahoma-West Virginia and more.

By The SI Staff
September 30, 2015

We're now one month into the season, which means we're one month closer to determining who will be selected for the second edition of the College Football Playoff. Yet at this point, it's not easy to identify four strong candidates. Consider that Utah, a team picked by Pac-12 media in the preseason to finish fifth in the conference's south division, cracked the top 10 of The AP Top 25 poll this week. Week 5 may provide some more clarity, but it could just as easily raise more questions about where teams fit in the national pecking order.

Will Georgia pull off its first big win of the season against Alabama in Athens? Can Oklahoma survive a test from fellow Big 12 undefeated team West Virginia? Should Ohio State be concerned about a trip to face unbeaten Indiana? SI.com's team of college football writers—Andy Staples, Pete Thamel, Thayer Evans, Zac Ellis, Colin Becht, Lindsay Schnell, Brian Hamilton and Ben Glicksman—offers its predictions for those games and more.​ 

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Staples

Thamel

Evans

Ellis

Becht

Schnell

Hamilton

Glicksman

Miami at Cincinnati

Pitt at Va. Tech

Minn. at N'Western

Iowa at Wisconsin

W. Virginia at Okla.

Texas at TCU

Louisville at NC State

UNC at Ga. Tech

Alabama at Georgia

Texas Tech at Baylor

Ohio State at Indiana

Kan. St. at Okla. St.

Ole Miss at Florida

Arkansas at Tennessee

Ariz. State at UCLA

Miss. St. at Texas A&M

Notre Dame at Clemson

Arizona at Stanford

LAST WEEK

11-6

9-8

10-7

9-8

9-8

9-8

7-10

9-8

SEASON

43-22

43-22

44-21

44-21

42-23

43-22

34-31

44-21

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