In the only home game for any CNU sport this weekend, the Captains will face Penn State Harrisonburg on Oct. 5. Looking to build on their first victory as a member of the Capital Athletic Conference, team scoring leader Emma O’Reilly and the Captains hope to advance to 7-2-1.
The Captains play their last home game against Greensboro College before going on the road again to face possibly their toughest opponent of the year. This Saturday they take on the seventh ranked York College in what could be a potential Capital Athletic Conference championship preview.
#15 Washington vs. #5 Stanford
The Huskies face their toughest competition thus far in week five, facing the Stanford Cardinals. While this is their first ranked opponent, the road gets much tougher for the Huskies; next week they face Oregon and then Arizona State. The offense, led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey have put up at least 31 points each week, but the most important asset to this team is their defense. Ranking fourth in the nation at points scored against them, the Huskies have only given up an average of 10.4 points per game. They’ll need to continue to play stout defense if they wish to slow Kevin Hogan, Tyler Gaffney and the rest of the Stanford offense.
#4 Ohio State vs. #16 Northwestern
A great overall performance by the Buckeyes led them to a victory against the Wisconsin Badgers last week. In his first game back from injury, Braxton Miller didn’t look like he missed a step, coming in and scoring on the first drive. The Buckeyes may have one of the most balanced offenses in the nation; a solid running attack from Carlos Hyde and Miller along with a receiving core of Devin Smith and Corey Brown have averaged 48 points per game. Northwestern should have their hands full trying to contain the offensive attack by the Bucks.
#25 Maryland vs. #8 Florida State
For the first time since 2001, the Maryland Terrapins have started 4-0. While they have gotten off to an undefeated start, the schools they have played aren’t exactly tough competition. The Seminoles, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, should make up for the lack of competition. Playing in Tallahassee, the crowd and momentum already seems to be on the Seminoles side. In their final year in the ACC, Maryland has its last shot at taking down the Seminoles.
Detroit vs. Green Bay
In what seemed to be their best offensive game last week, the Lions’ offense was rotating on all cylinders, racking up 387 yards. A healthy Reggie Bush solidified Detroit’s run game, contributing on the ground and also catching passes out of the backfield. A slow start has put the Packers in an unfamiliar position, sitting at 1-2 they are slotted in at third in the NFC North. Coming off a bye week, the Packers have had plenty of time to prepare for this matchup. I wouldn’t call this a must-win game for the Pack, but losing would put them in a deeper hole, harder to dig out of.
Seattle vs. Indianapolis
A thrilling overtime win last week propelled the Seahawks to 4-0, while the Colts had their way with the Jaguars. The addition of Trent Richardson and the improved play of Ahmad Bradshaw have given the Colts somewhat of a new identity. Rather than being the past first offense they had last year, the two headed rushing attack takes some of the pressure off of Andrew Luck. What’s been surprising this year for the Colts is their upgraded defense; only giving up 3 to Jacksonville and 7 to San Francisco. We’ll see how the defense holds up against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Houston vs. San Francisco
High expectations and slow starts have clouded the status of the Texans and 49ers. Sitting at 2-2, both teams have struggled to perform consistently on offense. With the Seahawks widening the gap in the AFC West, the 49ers must continue to get back on track. The Texans have all of the talent in the world, yet they are stuck in the third spot in the AFC South behind the Colts and Titans. I think whoever wins this matchup could start to get on a hot streak.