Most of the best matchups in College Football Week 5 take place in the SEC Conference. No. 3 Ole Miss battles No. 25 Florida. No. 21 Mississippi State, after handing Auburn its second straight loss, throws down against No. 14 Texas A&M who survived a scare against Arkansas.
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The key matchup of the day in college football pits No. 13 Alabama against No. 8 Georgia. With a win, Alabama could put itself back into the Top 10. A loss would most likely send Georgia careening out of the Top 10. No. 6 Notre Dame also takes on No. 12 Clemson. Take a look at my College Football Week 5 best bets.
A Closer Look At My College Football Week 5 Best Bets
Arizona at No. 18 Stanford – Arizona’s defense is absolutely terrible. Not only that, but QB Anu Solomon might be hurt. Stanford rolls.
Arizona State at No. 7 UCLA – Chosen Rosen will know what USC’s offense did to the ASU defense. UCLA could score over 50 again this week.
Purdue at No. 2 Michigan State – Michigan State won’t let up against a terribly overmatched Purdue squad. The Spartans should make it 5 in a row.
Pick: Michigan State
Minnesota at No. 16 Northwestern – This is the week where the wheels might fall off the Northwestern juggernaut. From unranked to sixteenth after a month is good. But, Minnesota’s defense is great.
Iowa at 19 Wisconsin – Wisconsin’s defense has really come around. This should be a low-scoring affair because Iowa has a decent defense. Expect the Badgers to win.
23 West Virginia at 15 Oklahoma – Oklahoma is going to be in tough against a very good West Virginia team. The Sooners’ defense isn’t as good as some thought it was.
Pick: West Virginia
Texas at 4 TCU – TCU got lucky while Texas once again blew a win late in the game. The difference in this game for the Longhorns is that TCU’s defense is a mess. Texas wins it.
No. 13 Alabama at No. 8 Georgia – The Georgia offense is too one-dimensional in order to beat such a dynamic defense like the one from Tuscaloosa. Alabama pulls off the upset.
Texas Tech at No. 5 Baylor – Texas Tech is a very good football team. But, the Red Raiders don’t play defense very well. Baylor’s defense is much, much better than TCU’s.
Washington State at No. 24 California – Nobody can stop Golden Bear QB Jared Goff. 9 touchdowns, only 2 interceptions, 898 yards and a 73% completion percentage means that Heisman voters need to start paying attention.
Kansas State at 20 Oklahoma State – The Texas win told us nothing about how good Oklahoma State really is. Kansas State is also undefeated. The Wildcats could pull off the upset.
Pick: Kansas State
No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 25 Florida – The truth is that Ole Miss got lucky against Alabama. They barely beat Vanderbilt 27 to 16. Sure, that’s 11 points, but they were playing Vanderbilt. Florida rocked it versus Tennessee. Upset in the Swamp.
No. 21 Mississippi State at No. 14 Texas A&M – How much did the overtime fight against Arkansas in Week 4 take out of Texas A&M? Mississippi State beat Auburn on the road. It’s going to be tough to win back-to-back on the road in the SEC.
Pick: Texas A&M
No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson – Notre Dame’s defense gives up points, but when it has to it locks down. Clemson’s defense doesn’t give up hardly any points. The Irish season finally gets derailed in Week 5.
No. 22 Michigan at Maryland – Michigan might have the best defense in the nation. The Wolverines’ were brilliant against BYU. Maryland will be a tough out, but expect Harbaugh’s bunch to get it done.