USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 5

Now the real fun begins.

The opening weekend of the SEC schedule saw one big surprise with LSU falling to Mississippi State. This Saturday will have greater significance as two games between ranked opponents will help shape the races in the East and West divisions.

No. 4 Georgia struggled early against Arkansas with its offense, raising some concerns ahead of hosting No. 7 Auburn. It's possible quarterback JT Daniels, a transfer from Southern California, could inject some life into the Bulldogs after being cleared to play this week. The Tigers have no quarterback concerns as Bo Nix will be looking to earn the team's first win in Athens since 2005.

Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain III breaks up a pass intended for Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith (17) during their 2019 game at Kyle Field. (Photo: Erich Schlegel, USA TODAY Sports)

The other showdown comes when No. 2 Alabama welcomes No. 13 Texas A&M for its home opener. The Crimson Tide looked in midseason form with quarterback Mac Jones comfortably operating the offense and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle making big plays in a 38-19 win over Missouri. The Aggies and coach Jimbo Fisher want a statement win to show this is the year they finally contend for the conference title. But can they finally break through?

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Elsewhere, No. 16 Oklahoma will look to shake off last week's shocking loss to Kansas State when the Sooners take on Iowa State in Ames. The Cyclones could prove to be a tricky opponent at home. Among Group of Five schools. No. 24 Memphis travels to SMU with the winner getting an early boost in the American Athletic race that should determine a spot in the New Year's Six bowls.


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