The college football schedule for Week 5 is shaping up to be the most exciting of the season so far. In a high-scoring shootout, No. 1 Alabama will face No. 12 Ole Miss, while No. 2 Georgia and No. 8 Arkansas will meet in a top-10 matchup. If you’re looking for a game to watch outside of the SEC this week, No. 7 Cincinnati vs. Notre Dame, ranked No. 9, should be able to deliver on all fronts.
On Saturday afternoon, the two unbeaten teams will meet in South Bend for what appears to be one of the most important games of the first half of the 2021 season. Each team has a great chance to win a game that will boost their resumes, while a loss could be devastating to either school.
Cincinnati is coming off a bye week and has looked impressive in each of its first three wins this season. Because the Bearcats’ AAC schedule isn’t as strong as some of the other top teams, a win this weekend is crucial if Luke Fickell wants his program to compete for a spot in the College Football Playoff. After two three-point victories to start the 2021 season, Notre Dame has shown significant improvement. Last Saturday’s rout of Wisconsin has given the Fighting Irish plenty of confidence heading into what could be their toughest remaining opponent this season.
College football analyst Mark May has made his score prediction for Saturday’s game between Cincinnati and Notre Dame, based on the game’s intriguing storylines. He’s betting on the Bearcats to win 29-20 on the road in South Bend.
#Cincinnati @ #NotreDame: @GoBearcatsFB are fresh off a bye and have had 2 weeks to prepare for @NDFootball. #ND is coming off an emotional win. ND has gotten better, but I’m going with the #Bearcats, 29-20. Make your pick on @TheCrowdsLine
— Mark May (@mark_may) September 30, 2021
Cincinnati is a 1 in this game. Notre Dame is a 5-point favorite as of Thursday, but ESPN’s Football Power Index has them at 57. There’s a 9 percent chance of winning. The game between the two top-10 opponents should be a nail-biter and one of the weekend’s highlights. Notre Dame vs.
The game will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Cincinnati. Saturday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. ET The game will be broadcast on NBC.