College football Week 5 odds are live at BetRivers.com. and the Saturday slate of games is headlined by two ranked matchups in the SEC, with No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama at 3:30 p.m ET, and No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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But those are just two of the many games on tap, and the college football Week 5 odds make for a bunch of intriguing betting opportunities.
Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is here to run through the notable college football Week 5 odds, including some insight on an impressive Pittsburgh team and a very odd stat about a service academy.
College Football Week 5 Odds:
Missouri (0-1) at #21 Tennessee (1-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Missouri +390, Tennessee -530
Spread: Tennessee -11.5
Over/Under: 48.5 points
This is how I imagine Missouri convincing Eliah Drinkwitz to be their new head coach: “Heyyyy, guy. Boy, we’d just love to have you here in Columbia. Here’s a pen so you can sign your contract. Did we mention that your first game is against Alabama?” The Tigers got spanked by the Tide 38-19 last week but covered the 28-point spread.
Their reward is a road trip on Saturday to visit another Top 25 opponent in Tennessee. The Vols were lucky to escape South Carolina with a win, and the favorite in his series is 4-1 in the last five meetings. The Volunteers opened as -10.5 favorites, and the line has since moved to -11.5.
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NC State (1-1) at #24 Pittsburgh (3-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: NC State +540, Pittsburgh -835
Spread: Pittsburgh -14
Pittsburgh is 3-0 for the first time since 2014 after holding off Louisville with a 23-20 win last weekend, and it’s nice to see a school with so much tradition making noise again. The Panthers aren’t going to “wow” you on offense, and that’s just fine with them. They’re more than happy to punch you in the face with the second-ranked team defense in the country.
NC State has some nice skill players and pulled off an upset win against Wake Forest two weeks ago before falling to Virginia Tech 45-24. The Wolfpack are 0-5 ATS in their last five when coming off a loss.
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Baylor (1-0) at West Virginia (1-1). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Baylor -152, West Virginia +125
Spread: Baylor -3
Over/Under: 53.5 points
My favorite play from last week was West Virginia +8.5, and all the ‘Eeers did was average 1.6 yards per carry in a 27-13 loss at Oklahoma State. Really proud of how that worked out.
Baylor’s biggest asset might be new head coach Dava Aranda, fresh off winning a national title as the defensive coordinator at LSU. He got his first win with the Bears by donkey-stomping Kansas 47-14 and got plenty of help from Trestman Ebner. The senior running back was brilliant, scoring four touchdowns—including two on special teams returns. The Over/Under opened at 55 points, but has since dropped to 53.5 points.
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Navy (1-1) at Air Force (0-0). 6:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Navy -250, Air Force +200
Spread: Navy -6.5
Over/Under: 48.5 points
My favorite bizarro fact of the 2020 college football season is that Air Force is playing two games this season. Yep, you guessed it. The Falcons will meet Navy this month and Army next month so that the service academies can decide the fate of the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy. The Falcons finished last season with an 11-2 record and a win in the Cheez-It Bowl. (God bless the Cheez-It Bowl).
The Mids rebounded from that ugly, season-opening loss to BYU by rallying to beat Tulane 27-24 two weeks ago and are 5-1 against the number in their last six.
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#20 LSU (0-1) at Vanderbilt (0-1). 7:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: LSU -2500, Vanderbilt +1100
Spread: LSU -20.5
Over/Under: 48.5 points
Mississippi State first-year head coach Mike Leach introduced himself to the SEC by making LSU the first defending national champion to lose its season opener since Michigan fell to Notre Dame in 1998. The Tigers will look to get right against Vanderbilt, where the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Commodores put up a fight against Texas A&M last week, losing 17-12 despite being 30.5 point underdogs and starting true freshman Ken Seals at quarterback. Vanderbilt has lost its last 20 SEC games by an average of 22 points per game.
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2020 College Football Schedule:
Notable Week 5 college football games (All time ET).
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Friday, 9 p.m.: Louisiana Tech (+1100) at #22 BYU (-2500). BYU -22.5. O/U 56 points
12 p.m.: NC State (+540) at #24 Pittsburgh (-835). Pittsburgh -14. O/U 48 points
12 p.m.: South Carolina (+850) at #3 Florida (-1667). Florida -18.5. O/U 57.5 points
12 p.m.: Missouri (+390) at #21 Tennessee (-530). Tennessee -11.5. O/U 48.5 points
12 p.m.: Baylor (-152) at West Virginia (+125). Baylor -3. O/U 53.5 points
1 p.m.: TCU (+340) at #9 Texas (-455). Texas -13. O/U 61.5 points
3:30 p.m.: South Florida (+1100) at #15 Cincinnati (-2500). Cincinnati -21.. O/U 45.5 points
3:30 p.m.: #12 North Carolina (-530) at Boston College (+380). UNC -13.5. O/U 55 points
3:30 p.m.: #13 Texas A&M (+600) at #2 Alabama (-1000). Alabama -16. O/U 52.5 points
3:30 p.m.: #17 Oklahoma State (-2500) at Kansas (+1050). Oklahoma State -21.5. O/U 53.5 points
3:30 p.m.: Texas Tech (+110) at Kansas State (-134). KSU -2. O/U 63 points
3:30 p.m.: #25 Memphis (-136) at SMU (+112). Memphis -3. O/U 74.5 points
4 p.m.: Ole Miss (+170) at Kentucky (-210). Kentucky -6.5. O/U 61.5 points
4 p.m.: Virginia Tech (-420) at Duke (+320). Virginia Tech -10.5. O/U 53.5 points
7:30 p.m.: #20 LSU (-2500) at Vanderbilt (+1100). LSU -20.5. O/U 48.5 points
7:30 p.m.: Tulsa (+700) at #11 UCF (-1250). UCF -21.5. O/U 69.5 points
7:30 p.m.: Arkansas (+575) at #16 Mississippi State (-910). Miss St. -18. O/U 69 points
7:30 p.m.: #7 Auburn (+200) at #4 Georgia (-250). Georgia -6.5. O/U 45 points
7:30 p.m.: #18 Oklahoma (-240) at Iowa State (+190). Oklahoma -7. O/U 62.5 points
8 p.m.: Virginia (+1600) at #1 Clemson (-10000). Clemson -28.5. O/U 54.5 points