Alabama looks better than ever? Texas is back? LSU somehow enters the Top 5 with an average quarterback? Plus UCF, North Texas, Buffalo, Syracuse, Colorado, Cal, Kentucky, and Duke are among the last 21 undefeated teams! Week 5 gives us five Top 25 match-ups and two Top 10 showdowns! #3 Clemson hosts an undefeated Syracuse squad, #12 West Virginia goes to Lubbock in a who hits 60 first game against #25 Texas Tech, #20 BYU goes to #11 Washington, and #19 Oregon seeks to take down #24 Cal after choking late against Stanford. In the prime time we have big games including #7 Stanford going to #8 Notre Dame and #4 Ohio State looks to survive the “White-Out” in Happy Valley against #9 Penn State. Here are some of the best match-ups to look into if trying to play the spread this week as well as my predictions in the top games for this week.
Last Week 4-1, Overall 10-5 (spread picks)
Memphis (-14.5) over Tulane
If you keep up with our spread prediction articles you know that we love to pick a Friday night game. I’m picking a red hot Memphis team. Besides a one point loss to Navy a couple weeks earlier the Tigers have put over 50 points in three of their four games and Brady White and Darrell Henderson should have no problem attacking the Green Wave.
Colorado (-8.5) over UCLA
Two Friday games?! UCLA is a lost soul since Chip Kelly has arrived for the Bruins. Colorado is having one of their best starts in many seasons led by quarterback Steven Montez. Look for the Buffaloes to end this one by the 2nd half in Boulder.
Oklahoma State (-17.5) over Kansas
As cool as watching Kansas win back to back games was, the conference play is here and the Jayhawks will be lucky to win a game as they usually never do. The Cowboys are coming off a tough loss on their home field to a now ranked Texas Tech club. Look for them to get it rolling in Lawerence.
#12 West Virginia and #25 Texas Tech in the Over (72.5)
I believe this will be the most entertaining game of the week. High powered Big 12 offenses. The Red Raiders who lead the country in total yards per game (623.5) has caught our eyes with impressive back to back victories over Houston and OK State. West Virginia led by Heisman candidate Will Grier has been talked about for all of the season as the biggest threat to Oklahoma in the Big 12. With TTU averaging 52 points per game and WVU averaging 42, these teams should secede the over.
#17 Kentucky (-1) over South Carolina
Kentucky looks to go 5-0 for the first time since 2007, which was the last time they were ranked. The Gamecocks will look to do what nobody else has done so far this season, stop Benny Snell Jr. Snell (540 yards, 7 TDs) has been a rushing machine for Mark Stoops Wildcats and they look to take down Muschamp’s Gamecocks for the fifth straight time. Had this been in South Carolina, Kentucky would be getting their first loss, but it’s not so they will live to see another undefeated day.
Army (+7.5) over Buffalo
This should a really good small school match-up. Buffalo is undefeated and at home, so this should be a no question right? Wrong. Army came into Norman last week and almost topped the Sooners. They controlled the ball for 46 minutes, and their team seems to get stronger every week. Army doesn’t even have to win this game to get this pick right, they just need to do what they they did last week, lose by 7 or less.
I know the game is in Clemson, but how in the heck is Syracuse undefeated and 25.5 point underdogs? I understand #3 Clemson is great but this game should not be a blow out. Look for the Tigers to get around a 17-21 point win.
#11 Washington over #20 BYU
#19 Oregon over #24 Cal
#7 Stanford’s KJ Costello and Bryce Love are one of College Football’s favorite duos and they look to keep their big game magic going as they try to win in one the toughest environments at #8 Notre Dame. There hasn’t been a top 10 match-up in South Bend since 2005. Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book replaced starter Brandon Wimbush last week in a great win against Wake Forest. Will Book start this week is for us to wait and find out. If Bryce Love has huge plays the Cardinal could win this game, but I’m giving it to the home team in a game that should go down to the wire.
#4 Ohio State has looked unstoppable all season and unless #9 Penn State shows me something better than an overtime win against Appalachian State, I expect Haskins and the Buckeyes to hold off the Nittany Lions in a loud, energetic Beaver Stadium. Obviously I know how good PSU is, these are the two highest scoring offenses in the country right now (both averaging around 55 ppg) and this will be entertaining to see what dual-threat quarterback Trace McSorley can do in a prime time setting.