West of the Mississippi River, Week 4 of College Football left behind a clear picture on how things are shaping up this season. Our expert capper gathers the most important information to help you know how to bet on week 5.
Pac-12's Stanford, Washington Survive Scares in NCAAF Week 4, Meet Friday in Week 5
Pac-12 heavyweights Stanford and Washington were both tested in tough Road games on Saturday in NCAA College Football Week 4 and both needed every last play to defeat UCLA and Arizona respectively, but they both did to remain unbeaten as they look to a Week 5 showdown with the winner staying in the National Championship hunt. Let's look at what we learned from three games played West of the Mississippi River and offer up a perceived value Side lean for the Cardinal-Huskies tussle in The Emerald City on Friday night.
Stanford, Washington Survive NCAAF Week 4 Road Scares, One Still Has Hopes
We learned in NCAAF Week 4 that some schedules are better than others, but NCAAF Week 5 promises to make up for it with some great showdowns like #7 Stanford at #9 Washington (Pac-12) on Friday night in The Evergreen State, #3 Louisville at #5 Clemson (ACC) and #11 Wisconsin at #4 Michigan (Big 10) on Saturday. And we also learned that automatically backing Stanford at the betting window continues to be a bookie-beater with the Cardinal consistently staying near or over the 60% mark ATS for a decade, and that Washington is pretty darn good themselves, going a respectable 52-41-1 ATS (55.9%) since 2009. So here's what we learned watching from Stanford and Washington—two very good West of the Mississippi River teams—in Week 4:
Stanford (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) is for real, both on the Gridiron and in the Sportsbooks. The Cardinal (+3300 to win NCAA Championship, Bovada) escaped with a 22-13 win and cover at UCLA in Week 4 in Los Angeles (STAN -3, at 5Dimes) in Pac-12 play on a Ryan Burns to JJ Arcega TD pass with 24 seconds left. Heisman Trophy Award winner candidate Billy McCaffrey (+500, at Intertops) and Stanford are 3-0 ATS to start the NCAA FBS Regular Season, have W5 ATS dating back to last season, are the second-best ATS team (behind Toledo) since last season (12-4 ATS) and are an extremely profitable 69-38-1 ATS (64.5%) since 2008, a ringing testament to Cardinal 6th-year Head Coach David Shaw (45-24-1 ATS)
Fellow Pac-12 side and #9 Washington (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) may be all that and a bag of chips. The Huskies (+2400 to win NCAA Championship, Heritage) defeated a pretty good Arizona team in OT in Tucson on Saturday night, 35-28 in Week 4 (WASH -17) as QB Jake Browning (13/19, 156 yards, TD) with WRs Chico McClatcher (12 receptions, 269 yards, 4 TDs on season) and John Ross (17 receptions, 195 yards, 5 TDs) helping keep Washington undefeated and setting up a huge early season showdown in Week 5. Washington is 3-1 ATS the L4 vs. Stanford and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook here in Sin City opened the Huskies (11-6 ATS L17)—who had a streak of 6 straight games scoring 40+ ppg stopped by the Wildcats—as 3½-point chalks in its 2016 College Games of the Year coming up on Friday night at Husky Stadium in Seattle (ESPN, WatchESPN, 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT). Stanford won (and covered ATS) last season at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, 31-14 (STAN -14).
NCAAF COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 EARLY BIRD FRIDAY LEAN: Washington -3 over Stanford