College football fans and NCAAF betting enthusiasts got some more eye-opening action this past weekend with several nationally-ranked BCS title contenders either shoring up their chances of making a legitimate title run – or taking a big time hit that that could leave them on the outside looking in come BCS bowl time.
As usual, this fun-filled look at every team in the Top 25 will both, inform and entertain, collegiate gridiron lovers everywhere.
1. Alabama 5-0
The top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled all over tiny Georgia State 45-3 in its Week 5 mismatch. Still, this is a team that bettors should be wary of…mostly because of the high point spreads they consistently face. Alabama fell to 2-3 ATS by failing to cover an insane 54.5-point spread against the Panthers. Still, I swear this team can beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kentucky is up next for Nick Saban’s team.
2. Ohio State 6-0
The Buckeyes won a hard-fought contest against a very good Northwestern team this past weekend, vaulting them into my No. 2 spot. More importantly, the Buckeyes moved to 4-1-1 ATS on the season by cashing in against the Wildcats as a 6.5-point favorite. Ohio State has a bye in Week 7.
3. Clemson 5-0
The Tigers (3-2 ATS) and quarterback Tajh Boyd looked absolutely phenomenal in routing Syracuse 49-14 on Saturday. Gibson threw for a whopping 455 yards and five touchdowns in just three quarters while leading the Tigers to an easy cover as 14-point road favorites. Clemson hosts BC in Week 7.
4. Stanford 5-0
I’m extremely impressed with Stanford’s wins this season over Washington, Washington State and Arizona State and believe they have a very real chance to run the table. Unfortunately, the Cardinal failed to cover the spread the last time out to snap a two-game ATS winning streak and fall to 2-3 ATS on the season.
5. Oregon 5-0
When you’re averaging 59.2 points per game – and allowing just 11.8 per contest, I guess it’s easy to go 5-0 SU and ATS. The Ducks stomped Colorado on the road no less, 57-16 on Saturday.
6. Florida State 5-0
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looked like the second coming of Randall Cunningham in throwing five TD passes against Maryland in his team’s 63-0 blowout while helping the Seminoles move to 4-1 ATS on the season.
7. Louisville 5-0
Gifted quarterback Teddy Bridgewater helped Louisville stay undefeated by beating Temple in Week 5, but the Cardinals scored ‘just’ 30 points against Temple to snap their two-game ATS winning streak (4-1 ATS).
8. LSU 5-1
The Tigers bounced back from their loss to Georgia in Week 4 by pounding Mississippi State 59-26 to cover the spread and improve to 3-2-1 ATS on the season.
9. Texas A&M 4-1
Say what you like about ‘Johnny Football’ but the kid is seriously gifted and because of him, the Aggies are ranked fourth in the nation in scoring (49.2 ppg). Texas A&M had a bye last week but is back in action against Mississippi in Week 7.
10. Oklahoma 5-0
The Sooners remained undefeated by winning in Week 6, but they also looked mostly pedestrian in their narrow 20-17 win over TCU while failing to cover as a 10-point home fave to fall to 3-2 ATS on the season.
11. UCLA 4-0
The Bruins are averaging a stellar 48.0 points per game while allowing just 20.0 per contest defensively. UCLA has covered the spread in each of its last two contests by an identical two points. The Bruins will hook up with Cal this weekend in a Pac-10 contest that looks like a huge mismatch at this point.
12. Miami (FL) 5-0
No one suspected the Hurricanes would be this good, but they are – on both sides of the ball too as they average 45.2 points per game and allow just 16.0 defensively. Miami rolled all over Georgia Tech 45-30 the last time out while covering the spread for the fourth straight game.
13. Georgia 4-1
The Bulldogs (1-31 ATS) remained undefeated on the season, but they’ve also allowed at least 30 points in four of five games this season, making them a bit untrustworthy if you ask me.
14. South Carolina 4-1
The Gamecocks may be 4-1 SU but they’re averaging 31.0 just a few more points per game than they allow (25.8), leading to their dismal 1-4 ATS record so far.
15. Baylor 4-0
Now look at what RGIII has started in Waco, Texas. After Griffith III put the school on the map for big time football programs a couple of years ago, this team is now brimming with talent. Baylor (4-0 ATS) if averaging an insane 70.5 points per game while allowing just 16.2 per game defensively.
16. Michigan 5-0
I like the Wolverines (3-2 ATS) and their undefeated record, but their 24-21 scare against mediocre UConn a couple of weeks ago has me a bit skeptical. The again, this team plays very solid defense (19.4 ppg), so it’s quite possible that they’re a bit better than I believe at this point.
17. Florida 4-1
Yes, Florida (2-3 ATS) has won three straight since losing to Miami on Sept. 7, but I’m not very impressed with their wins over Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas, three mediocre teams at best.
18. Washington 4-1
The Huskies were on the wrong end of a heartbreaking 31-28 loss to Stanford but they covered for me to move to 4-1 ATS on the season. They host high-scoring Oregon in a Pac-10 showdown on Saturday.
19. Northwestern 4-1
Sure the Wildcats (2-3 ATS) lost to Ohio State 40-30 on Saturday, but they actually made many people like myself, believe in their legitimacy even more. Next up….Wisconsin.
20. Texas Tech 5-0
What in the name of Wes Welker has gotten into the Red Raiders? Texas Tech remained undefeated by pounding the snot out of Kansas 54-16 on Saturday to move to 4-1 ATS.
21. Fresno State 5-0
Not only are the Bulldogs a fantastic 5-0 SU, but they covered the spread for the first time ever in routing Idaho 61-14 on Saturday. Next up…UNLV!
22. Northern Illinois 5-0
The Huskies are on the national map college football gamblers! Northern Illinois is coming off an impressive 38-24 win over Kent State the last time out that comes on the heels of its even more impressive 55-24 spanking of Purdue.
23. Missouri 5-0
The Tigers (4-0-1 ATS) are eighth in the nation in scoring (48.8 ppg) and not very bad defensively either (22.4 ppg). Their Week 7 road date at Georgia is going to be very telling to say the least. Mizzou has covered the spread in three straight games.
24. Virginia Tech 5-1
The Hokies (2-3-1 ATS) have won five in a row after losing their season opener, but to be honest about it…I’m not all that impressed with their recent wins over North Carolina (27-17) and Georgia Tech (17-10), even though they covered the spread in both contests.
25. Oklahoma State 4-1
The Cowboys (2-3 ATS) squeaked past K-State on Saturday one week after falling to West Virginia. Oklahoma State has failed to cover the spread in two straight heading into their Week 7 home date against TCU.