Top College Football Week 5 Betting Favorites

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 26, 2016 in

We’ve already seen a number of dynamic matchups in the first four weeks of the season — LSU / Wisconsin, USC / Alabama, Oklahoma / Houston (and Oklahoma / Ohio State) but now the conference schedule is up and running for real, and many teams find themselves in a battle for contention already. Let’s take a look at some predictions for Week 5 action as well as all the college football betting picks. Home teams are in all caps.

Top College Football Week 5 Betting Favorites

DUKE (-3.5) over Virginia (Saturday, 12:30pm ET)

Let’s see: Duke went to Notre Dame and won last week. Virginia might stay at the bottom of the ACC Coastal rankings all season long. The Cavaliers finally got into the win column by knocking off Central Michigan at home, but heading down to Duke will present an entirely new challenge. If the Cavaliers could not beat Richmond or Connecticut on the road, how will they beat a Duke team on Homecoming that just picked up the huge momentum of a road win over the Fighting Irish?

#11 Tennessee (-3) over GEORGIA (Saturday, 3:30pm ET)

I had prepared to write off the Volunteers this Saturday as I watched them fall behind the Florida Gators at home by a 21-0 margin. Then I witnessed the maturation of this young Tennessee squad as they ran off a 38-7 whipping the rest of the way to win, 38-28. The Georgia Bulldogs clearly have a long way to go under new coach Mark Picht, despite the handiwork of Nick Chubb carrying the ball, as the Ole Miss offense sliced and diced that Bulldog D by a resounding 45-14 margin. The Vols are firing on both offense and defense and feature a physical defense — when they play with confidence.

#12 FLORIDA STATE (-11) over North Carolina (Saturday, 3:30pm ET)

The Seminoles rebounded nicely from that 63-20 shellacking at the hands of Louisville with a 55-35 win over South Florida. Before you question the quality of that win, the Bulls are one of the top teams in the American Athletic Conference this year, with a solid offense. The fact that the Seminoles steamrolled their defense in that fashion shows the power of their offense. North Carolina saw themselves as a potential upset winner over Georgia in Week 1 but fell to a team that would then suffer a rout to Ole Miss last week. The Tar Heels barely escaped Pittsburgh at home in Week 4, which suggests that they likely will finish in the middle of the ACC. The Seminoles will make a statement about their contention once again this week and rout the Tar Heels at home.

WEST VIRGINIA (-3) over Kansas State (Saturday, 3:30pm ET)

Kansas State fought valiantly in a 13-point loss at Stanford to open the season, then had a bye, and followed it with resounding wins over cupcakes Florida Atlantic and Missouri State at home. Now they go to one of the toughest road destinations in the Big 12, Mountaineer Field. I don’t see Kansas State overcoming the crowd and that physical West Virginia defense.