College football Week 5 picks: Cal will make another big statement against Arizona State

California's Christopher Brown Jr. rushes for a touchdown as Mississippi's Willie Hibbler (17) and Jon Haynes (5) defend during the first half on Saturday in Oxford, Miss.
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National college football writer J. Brady McCollough makes his picks for 10 potentially competitive matchups on this weekend’s schedule:

Penn State at Maryland: Maryland 35-31

Maryland, a dynamite home team, uses a night crowd’s energy to clip the Nittany Lions.


Arizona State at California: California 27-16

Golden Bears hold serve at home to set up huge Pac-12 North game at Oregon.

Wake Forest at Boston College: Wake Forest 31-24

Demon Deacons, who may be the ACC’s second-best team, improve to 5-0.

USC at Washington: Washington 34-21

Turnovers will bite Matt Fink in first start, and banged-up USC defense is overmatched.

College football games to watch this weekend: Virginia at Notre Dame is the best matchup of ranked teams and UCLA at Arizona could be another late-night special.

Iowa State at Baylor: Baylor 23-20

In a matchup of intriguing quarterbacks, Baylor’s Charlie Brewer outlasts Iowa State’s Brock Purdy.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State 38-28

Cowboys bounce back from a tough loss at Texas and stay in the Big 12 race.

Stanford at Oregon State: Stanford 33-31

Has David Shaw’s program fallen far enough to lose in Corvallis? Possibly, but not probably.

North Carolina State at Florida State: Florida State 27-19

If Florida State coach Willie Taggart loses this one, look out below in Tallahassee.

Washington State at Utah: Utah 41-35

A revved-up Rice-Eccles Stadium crowd should help put the Utes on top.

UCLA at Arizona: Arizona 38-34

Bruins play inspired again, but it’s hard to be magical two weeks in a row.

Last week: 6-4; Season: 26-14