College Football Week 5 Picks And Predictions
There are rivalry matchups all over the place in the College Football Week 5 schedule. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of a few of them. We have seen teams played for four weeks and there is a good notion of what they are, and what they are not. For example, we know UCF is not getting the respect they deserve, again. We also know Duke is a great surprise this season and that Nebraska sucks.
But for this week, we look forward to another battle between Syracuse and Clemson. Can the Orange pull another miracle? Will Baylor have enough power to match up with Oklahoma? And of course, there is the battle of the Big Ten between Ohio State and Penn State. College football picks are below and odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Syracuse Orange vs. 4 Clemson Tigers Predictions
Spread: Clemson -25.5
Money line: Syracuse +1350 vs Clemson -2500
Game Total: 65
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 12:00 PM ET
Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
I’m sure the Clemson Tigers are tired of answering questions about their much-anticipated rematch against Syracuse. Believe me, the Tigers had this date circled for months. When the Orange upset Clemson at the Carrier Dome in October last season, the Tigers saw QB Kelly Bryant leave the game to an injury. A year later, Bryant is in the news again. He will transfer out of Clemson after head coach
Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence as the starting QB for the remainder of the season.
The oddsmakers make Clemson a 21-point favorite when the betting line opened at Sportsbetting.ag. There has been a lot of action since then. The Tigers are currently 25.5-point favorites, and the line could still move at least point up by the time the game starts. Clemson has struggled against the spread this season posting a weak 1-3 ATS record. They have failed to cover both times they played at home. The Tigers were a 49-point favorite against Furman and missed it by eight points. And later they were unable to cover against Georgia Southern as a 32-point home favorite.
Syracuse is entirely the opposite. They are riding their 4-0 straight record with a 3-1 against the spread mark. The Orange is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road. Don’t get me wrong, they won win straight up, but they have the tools to make this a close game. QB Eric Dungey is the difference maker in this game. His double-threat abilities make him hard to guard. He has thrown for 763 yards, 9 TDs & only one pick, also adding 354 yards on the ground and four rushing TDs. There is a good reason Clemson’s coach Dabo Swinney called him “a baller.”
Baylor Bears vs. 6 Oklahoma Sooners Predictions
Spread: Oklahoma -24
Money line: Baylor +1100 vs. Oklahoma -1800
Game Total: 68
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 3:30 PM ET
Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
What an effort it took Oklahoma to stay unbeaten. They had everything on the line against a tough Army team, but the Sooners kept their playoffs chances alive with an OT win. However, if you have been backing up Oklahoma, you haven’t made that much money. Standing at 1-3 against the spread after four weeks, the oddsmakers have the Sooners as 24-point favorites to beat Baylor. The betting line opened at 21.5-points, but it moved quickly giving the Bears a little more breathing room as a dog.
Oklahoma has dominated the series by winning 19 of their last 22 games against Baylor. Yet, the Bears have been able to cover the spread in seven of their previous eight visits to Norman. This one doesn’t seem like it could go Baylor’s way. The Sooners offense barely stayed on the field last week against Army, and they might be ready to pour points on the Bears defense. Oklahoma’s passing attack is shining under QB Kyler Murray, and wideout studs Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb.
Baylor averages 36.3 points per game, but those numbers are inflated by facing lousy opponents in the first few weeks of the season. As soon they played against Duke they were stalled at 27 points. Oklahoma is a different type of animal, and going head-to-head against them in scoring usually ends up the wrong way for the challengers.
Army Knights vs. Buffalo Bulls Predictions
Spread: Buffalo -7.5
Money line: Army +255 vs. Buffalo -305
Game Total: 54.5
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 12:00 PM ET
UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY
Army is a challenge for everybody who is not used to facing a read-option offense like the one they run. It was a massive test for Oklahoma last week, and it will be the same for Buffalo. The Bulls have a great offense, don’t get me wrong. They average 40.3 points per game throughout the first four weeks of the season. But that hardly matters when you face the Knights. Army will eat up the clock and put the defense in desperation mode. They will get the D tired and won’t allow Buffalo’s offense to get into any passing rhythm.
The oddsmakers made Buffalo a 6-point favorite, but I’m glad we have now 1.5-points more to play in our favor. The Bulls are currently at 7.5-point favorites at Sportsbetting.ag. Army beat Buffalo 21-17 last season. The previous two games in the series haven’t had more than a four-point differential.
4 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions Predictions
Spread: Ohio State -3
Money line: Ohio State -160 vs. Penn State +140
Game Total: 70
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 7:30 PM ET
Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
This Big Ten matchup has all the potential to be one of the best games of the entire College Football season. It’s barely week 5, but the stakes are high. The loser will have a tough time recovering.
Three of the last four matchups in this series were decided by seven points or less. Both enter the game as the number one and two offenses in the nation. Penn State averages 55.5 points per game and Ohio State is just one step behind at 54.5 PPG.
The difference between the two will be the quarterback play. The Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins already has posted 16 passing touchdowns this season. He has completed over 75% of his throws, as well. This is a Big Ten title matchup in September. I just don’t see Penn State having enough of a star power to upset Ohio State. I like the Buckeyes in the money line. The investment is not that high for a program that is used to winning these high-caliber games.