With the weekend almost here, it’s time to drop knowledge on the College Football Week 5 picks that our experts are taking an extra look at. With the Big 12 and SEC back in the fold, we get another loaded slate of games featuring two ranked matchups.
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Longtime sports broadcaster and gambling expert Michael Jenkins is back to run through the picks he likes and the props he thinks could hit. He already previewed five games worth looking at, and is back for more insight as we approach Saturday gameday.
College Football Week 5 Picks:
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 pick last Saturday was West Virginia going into Stillwater and covering the spread, and we all know how that worked out. Not great!
The Mountaineers averaged only 1.6 yards per carry, and that’s extremely worrisome against a Baylor team led by Dave Aranda, the man behind LSU’s national championship winning defense. The Bears clearly don’t have the talent the Tigers did, but they do have quarterback Charlie Brewer, who should have even more success against West Virginia than Oklahoma State’s backup quarterback. The pick: Baylor -3.
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TCU (0-1) at Texas #9 Texas (1-0). 12:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: TCU +320, Texas -435
Spread: Texas -12
Over/Under: 63 points
I’m an unabashed Texas fan, but the Longhorns should be embarrassed after their performance in Lubbock. It was gross. The Horns allowed Texas Tech to score 56 points against them, the most since this series began in 1928. Tackling was an emphasis for Tom Herman’s bunch in the off-season, but it certainly didn’t look that way.
Quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a legitimate Heisman candidate at juicy 20-1 odds, but Gary Patterson and TCU always get up for the Horns, going 5-1 ATS in their last six. Quarterback Max Duggan came off the bench last week for the Horned Frogs and was impressive—even in a loss. The Pick: TCU +12.
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#12 North Carolina (1-0) at Boston College (2-0). 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: UNC -560, BC +400
Spread: North Carolina -13.5
The good news for Boston College is that they’re 2-0 for the third straight season. The bad news is that North Carolina will be rested and ready after playing their first game in three weeks. Sure, the Tar Heels could be rusty, but they shouldn’t have any issues against the Eagles and their 85.5 yards per game on the ground.
That’s worst in the ACC, and it includes having to rally to beat Texas State last weekend. UNC quarterback Sam Howell has a big day, and BC gets overwhelmed. The pick: North Carolina -13.5.
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#17 Oklahoma State (2-0) at Kansas (0-2). 3:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Oklahoma State -2500, Kansas +1100
Spread: Oklahoma State -21.5
Over/Under: 54 points
I always wondered by Les Miles took the Kansas job, and I’m wondering if he’s starting to think the same thing. A quick check of the stats shows that ol’ Les has watched his defense give up 85 points in two games. You’ll be stunned to hear that the Jayhawks are 0-2.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys make their way to Lawrence on Saturday with Spencer Sanders likely returning at quarterback after he sat out last week with a bum ankle. The Pokes should have no problems quickly dispatching of this terrible Kansas bunch, and I can see Cowboys Head Coach Mike Gundy pulling his signal-caller in the second half to prevent any further injury. The pick: Under 54.
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#7 Auburn (1-0) at #4 Georgia (1-0). 7:30 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Auburn +200, Georgia -250
Spread: Georgia -6.5
Everything in his game is centered around what Georgia will do at quarterback. Stetson Bennett came off the pine last Saturday to help the Bulldogs pull away from Arkansas in the second half and almost cover the 28-point spread. This week, USC transfer J.T. Daniels is reportedly healthy and ready, so the Dawgs might be willing to surprise the Tigers with another quarterback switcheroo.
It doesn’t matter to me either way. The Auburn defense did a fantastic job of containing Kentucky’s Terry Wilson last week, and if Jay Hardy returns to the Tigers defensive line, it’s another reason to grab Auburn and the points. The pick: Auburn +6.5
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2020 College Football Schedule:
Notable Week 5 college football games (All odds below as of 9/29. All times 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