More Expert College Football Predictions for Week 5

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 27, 2016 in

Did you think that Houston would beat Oklahoma and Wisconsin would cover in Week 1? We did. Did you think that Wisconsin would follow up that win over LSU with a walloping of Michigan State in Week 4? We didn’t. However, if you look at our track record, we’re right more often than we are wrong, which is why our sports betting fans keep coming back. Take a look at our carefully researched predictions for Week 5 in the college football season.

More Expert College Football Predictions for Week 5

#18 Utah (+1) will beat Cal

Utah has an undefeated record so far in 2016, but they still sit as a slight underdog to the Golden Bears, who have already lost a pair of games. Quarterback Troy Williams had a terrific week against USC, throwing for a pair of touchdowns and 270 yards. Cal has a hard time controlling opposing offenses, which means that each game is a track meet. The Utes have the stronger defense, so I like them to get their points while keeping Cal off the board.

#14 Miami (-6.5) will win and cover against Georgia Tech

New Miami head coach Mark Richt has an 8-0 lifetime record at Bobby Dodd Stadium from his years coaching the Georgia Bulldogs. Miami won this matchup by 17 a year ago, as Mark Walton caught a touchdown pass and ran for two more scores, and Brad Kaaya threw the ball for 300 yards. The defense knocked out Yellow Jackets starting quarterback Justin Thomas in the first quarter of that game. This year, Miami comes in off their bye week; in Week 3, they routed Appalachian State, 45-10. That’s the same Appalachian State team that took Tennessee to overtime on the road in Week 1.

What about Georgia Tech? They do run a spread option offense that stretches opposing defenses, but the Miami D has a lot of balance. New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski have fixed a lot of the problems that plagued Miami in ACC play last year.

#16 Ole Miss (-14.5) will deliver a whipping against Memphis

Last year, Ole Miss went to Memphis still harboring some pretentions about top-ten status, and then Paxton Lynch led the Tiger offense to an upset of the Rebels. Lynch is now the backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos, but Chad Kelly is still running that Ole Miss attack, and you saw what they did to Georgia last week. I might pick Ole Miss even if this line were as high as 20.

#17 Michigan State (-7.5) will thump Indiana

This is an example of my Angry Contender Theory. Last week, Michigan State looked like they were headed into the top five. They’d just knocked off Notre Dame and were ready to add to that unbeaten record at home against Wisconsin. Once the Badgers had finished knocking the Spartans all over the field, Michigan State’s chances at a Big Ten title took a big hit (and forget about the College Football Playoff). Next up comes an Indiana squad that ranks far below Michigan State as far as talent goes. Expect the Spartans to show all sorts of energy and work out their frustration against the Hoosiers.