Week 4 flew by and it left a lot of interesting tidbits that all sharp bettors should know for the upcoming week. We have gathered the most noteworthy lessons for our readers.
Clemson, Louisville Prove Very Solid in Week 4, Georgia, Ramblin' Wreck Still Suspect
NCAAF College Football Week 4 wasn't a great one for The Peach State, with both Georgia and Georgia Tech suffering their first losses while Clemson and Louisville both rolled to easy Road romps in warm-up acts to their Week 5 ACC showdown in Death Valley this Saturday. Let's look at what we learned from three games played East of the Mississippi River and offer up a perceived value lean for the Cardinals-Tigers tussle in The Palmetto State next weekend.
NCAAF 4 Like a Warm-up Band, Reveals Georgia, Georgia Tech as Pretenders
Week 4 had the sex appeal of a bowling ball in a blond wig but don't worry, Week 5 has a number of nice matchups to whet your entertainment appetite and remind us all why College Football is one of the best sports around, both to watch as well as gamble on. East of the Mississippi River, #1 Alabama, #3 Louisville, #4 Michigan and #5 Clemson all stayed on track—#2 Ohio State was off—but the ACC's Cardinals and QB Lamar Jackson and the Tigers and QB Deshaun Watson meet in Death Valley on Saturday, so, something's gotta give. Here's what we learned from some teams East of the Mississippi River in Week 4:
#12 Georgia is a pretender. The Dawgs (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) were soundly beaten by #23 Ole Miss, 45-14 in Oxford on Saturday in Week 4 (MISS -6½, at BetDSI) after needing a 4th Down conversion to escape Mizzou in Columbia, 28-27 in Week 3 (GA -7, 53½) after an embarrassing ATS performance and near-escape against FCS school Nicholls State in Athens in Week 2, 26-24 (GA -52½). Nick Chubb and Georgia (1-3 ATS L4 Home) host #14 Tennessee in Week 4 in what will be a big Loss for one SEC East side.
AP #5 Clemson (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) is not a pretender. The Tigers (+800 to win NCAA Championship 5Dimes) humbled a pretty good Georgia Tech team Thursday night in Atlanta, 26-7, thrashing the Yellow Jackets, 26-7 as Sophomore WR Ray-Ray McCloud (8 receptions, 101 yards, 12.6 ypc, TD) had a breakout game and revealed the depth of Clemson's (3-1 ATS L4 vs GT) receiving corps.
A massive ACC and national test comes this Saturday in Week 5 when they host #3 Louisville (4-0) at Death Valley in a huge early season showdown (ABC, 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT). The underdog Cardinals won outright in Louisville last season, 20-17 (CLEM -5, 54). QB Deshaun Watson and the Tigers have opened the season playing 4 consecutive Unders in games averaging 44.5 points.
#3 Louisville (4-0 SU, 3-0-1 ATS) proved once again it's no fluke, rolling host Marshall, 59-28 (LOU -31) as QB Lamar Jackson (24/44, 417, 5 TDs; 62 Rushing yards, 2 TDs) continued his Heisman Trophy pace and set up that aforementioned Week 5 date at Clemson—the SuperBook Games of the Year opened Clemson 10-point favorites . Louisville (+651 to win NCAA Championship BetDSI, Bookmaker) has played 4 Overs to start the season, averaging 86.0 ppg and the Cardinals have now played straight 7 Regular Season Overs.
NCAAF WEEK 5 EARLY BIRD SATURDAY LEANS: Louisville + over Clemson, Louisville-Clemson Over