Best of Week 5: College Football Edition

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Updated: September 29, 2017

 

Week 5 College Football: Shake Up The Rankings

After a week 4 on the field that saw several top 10 teams with close calls (looking at you Oklahoma, Penn State and USC) and one surprise upset with then #6 ranked Oklahoma State losing to one of this seasons early upstarts in TCU 44-31 we move on to the next week. Week 5 is here in college football and there are plenty of great matchups sure to shake up the rankings. Get your bets in early as there will be plenty of action to spray the board. Here are a few matchups I’m looking forward to catching this weekend.

USC at Washington State: Friday 9/29 at 10:30 pm ET

The action kicks off on Friday with Washington State taking on USC in a Pac 12 matchup. USC is coming off a much harder than anticipated victory over a very game Cal Bears squad while Washington State blew out Nevada 45-7. USC will bring their #5 ranking to Martin Stadium to take on the 16th ranked Cougars with something to prove.

Sam Darnold will look to get his Heisman campaign back in gear after a lackluster effort against the Bears last week. Pressure was key for the Bears who seemed to keep Darnold out of rhythm at times. Cougar quarterback Luke Falk is coming off a huge effort versus Nevada throwing for 478 yards and 5 touchdowns.

USC is currently favored by -5 after an opening line of -6 as bettors pushed the line toward the Cougars. The total for the game currently sits at 62 after being as high as 65 earlier in the week. Can USC put a performance on the field that justifies their lofty ranking or will the Cougars pull the upset and head toward the top of the conference?

Mississippi State at Auburn: Saturday 9/30 at 6:00 pm ET

In the lone SEC matchup of ranked teams, the #24 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the #13 ranked Auburn Tigers. This game looked a little bigger prior to last week as Mississippi State took a beating in the battle of the Bulldogs vs Georgia 31-3. Mississippi State was dominated in basically every facet by Georgia as UGA scored on their first offensive play and never looked back. Auburn dominated an overmatched Missouri squad 51-14 behind an offense that badly needed to put some points on the board.

Auburn opened as a -9 point favorite and that line has primarily held steady throughout the week. The total has risen significantly as it opened around 46.5 and currently sits at 51. The loser of this game will be in a rough spot in the SEC West so look for both teams to bring an intensity to the game and pull out all the stops.

Clemson at Virginia Tech: Saturday 9/30 at 8:00 pm ET

The big one for the week is a rematch of last years ACC championship game with the defending National Champion #2 ranked Clemson Tigers heading to Blacksburg to take on the #12 Virginia Tech Hokies. Clemson was victorious last year 42-35 in the title game after jumping out early and holding off the Hokies late. Virginia Tech is coming in off a 38-0 victory over an overmatched Old Dominion team while Clemson enters the contest off a 34-7 thumping of Boston College. This matchup with Va Tech will mark Clemson’s third matchup with a team ranked in the top 15 as they continue to build their hopeful playoff resume.

Clemson opened as a -7 point favorite and currently sits primarily at -7.5 at most shops. The total opened at 51 and currently sits at or around that number. Clemson has looked as good as anybody this year. The Tigers defense has shown it can dominate while their offense appears to be getting better week in and week out. The Hokies will need an almost flawless performance if they are going to pull the upset.

Another weekend of college football is here and while the ranked matchups generally tend to get the hype this is college football so it’s only a matter of time before we get to another upset alert. Good luck this weekend and hope you’re all beating the books.