With four weeks of college football in the books, I have a trio of expert picks for College Football Week 5 action.
College Football Week 5 Expert Picks
Oregon at California
When: Saturday, Sep. 29
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Odds: Oregon -2.5
Analysis: Oregon built a huge lead over rival Stanford in College Football Week 4 only to fail in overtime. The Ducks should bounce back with an easy win and cover over the California Golden Bears in Week 5.
Oregon is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. More importantly, until throwing an interception in overtime against Stanford, Ducks’ quarterback Justin Herbert had played great. Herbert faces a decent defense on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Cal, their D hasn’t come close to playing against an offense like the one Herbert leads. Oregon should roll to at least a 10 point win.
Pick: Oregon -2.5
Arkansas vs Texas A&M
When: Saturday, Sep. 29 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Odds: Texas A&M -21
Analysis: The Texas A&M Aggies hung with the Alabama Crimson Tide for almost an entire half. That’s the best I can write about the Aggies’ performance in their 23-45 Week 4 loss to the best team in the nation.
Luckily for the Aggies they face one of the worst teams in college football on Sep. 29. Since beating Eastern Illinois 55-20, the Razorbacks have lost to Colorado State 27-34, to North Texas 17-44, and to Auburn 3-34.
Texas A&M should decimate Arkansas by over 30 points.
Pick: Texas A&M
Baylor at Oklahoma
When: Saturday, Sep. 29 at 3:30 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
Odds: Oklahoma -22.5
Analysis: Baylor has a 3-1 record this season, which should give them a shot to keep it close against Oklahoma in the early stages on Saturday. By early stages, I mean the first quarter.
After the first quarter, the much better team should start scoring at will. The Bears will try to keep up only to find that they can’t. Oklahoma’s offense is too much for Baylor’s defense while Baylor’s offense doesn’t have enough speed to put up more than 21 points against Oklahoma’s defense.
Oklahoma should easily handle Baylor by at least 27 points in this game on Sep. 29.