This weekend’s college football schedule on CBS Sports Network for Week 5 of the 2021 season will feature plenty of action featuring two ranked teams as well as heavyweights from three different conferences and independent ranks. The No.13 BYU beat Utah State 34-20 to kick off Friday night in a matchup in the state that will be followed by four games spanning the day on Saturday as we begin to crawl towards the middle of the 2021 season.
Buffalo and Western Michigan kicked off at noon ET on Saturday in a MAC interdivisional meeting between contender contender teams. Then in the afternoon, coach Gus Malzahn and the UCF Knights will play their first game without star quarterback Dillon Gabriel injured as they hit the road to play Navy and his optional offense. . In the evening, two strong programs with 3-1 records will clash when UAB and Liberty meet. Finally, late in the night in the window, the No.18 from Fresno State makes the trip to Hawaii, where the Bulldogs will look to improve to 2-0 in Mountain West after a narrow victory over UNLV last week.
Here’s the full recap of all the action from Week 5 on CBS Sports Network with all times in the East.
Navy vs. UCF
Scenarios: The Knights are 2-0 in this series between AAC opponents with contrasting offensive styles. UCF is generally a quick pass-based attack, although it’s interesting to see how they play with first-year quarterback Mikey Keene for injured Dillon Gabriel. The Navy’s optional offense is always a challenge to defend, but Midshipmen are on a 0-3 start and struggle to consistently deliver the kind of productivity they have typically enjoyed under coach guidance. – 14th grade leader, Ken Niumatalolo.
UAB vs. Liberty
Scenarios: The very first encounter between Liberty and UAB pits two of the best teams in the Group of Five sphere against each other in the first game at the new Blazers stadium. Liberty is technically an independent program, but the Flames play a program made up mostly of Group of Five teams and other independents. It will be a meeting of the spirits as Liberty and his offensive guru coach Hugh Freeze, armed with potential NFL quarterback Malik Willis, take on UAB defensive coach Bill Clark and a solid defense from the Blazers. Both teams are 3-1 and would count a win here as a quality win.
Hawaii vs. Fresno State
Dated: Saturday October 2 | Time: 11 o’clock in the evening
Site: Clarence TC Ching Track and Field Complex – Honolulu, Hawaii
TV: CBS Sports Network [Channel finder]
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Scenarios: The Mountain West favorites at the start of the season will close a six-game streak in six weeks when the Fresno State No.18 travels to the Pacific to face Hawaii. The Bulldogs could use a pass after starting Week 0 and playing on the road against two Pac-12 teams early on, and they’ll get one next week. But first they’ll have to manage business against a team from Hawaii that just won a victory in the state of New Mexico. The Warriors also faced a good San Jose State team at home two weeks ago and won’t be intimidated by the fact that Fresno State has a UCLA win under its belt.