College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 5

Jeff Grant

Monday, September 23, 2013 11:56 AM UTC

Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 11:56 AM UTC

Let's take a look at the opening college football odds for Week 5, as we aim to hunt down the best value on offer for our college football picks.


The college football season quickly moves into Week 5, as handicappers continue to adjust their numbers to beat the oddsmaker.

Let’s take a closer look at six games in the next round of action, while also examining the college football odds on offer.

Opening number at Bookmaker sports book represented in parentheses (Road team vs. Home team)

Oklahoma State Cowboys -21 (-17) vs. West Virginia Mountaineers 

Oklahoma State has gone 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS through its first three games, as it comes off a bye week in preparation of its Big 12 Conference opener in this spot.

West Virginia has alternated wins and losses over its first four contests, as it looks to bounce back from a humiliating 37-0 defeat to the Maryland Terrapins as 3.5-point road underdogs last Saturday.

The Cowboys are 9-0 SU and 8-1 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.


Oklahoma Sooners -3.5/4 (-2.5) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Oklahoma will have the advantage of coming off a bye week in this affair, as quarterback Blake Bell prepares to make his second career start—throwing for 413 yards against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane last time out.

Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 10 games by winning a slug fest against Michigan State. 

College football handicappers will find that the Sooners are 8-1 SU and 5-4 ATS as road favorites the last two-plus seasons.


LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs -3

 LSU stretched its nation-leading September winning streak to 29 games, as it came away with a victory against the Auburn Tigers, while it has outscored opponents by a 62-3 margin in the first quarter.

Georgia will host ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time since 2008, as it has won back-to-back games since a season-opening loss to the Clemson Tigers.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Tigers are 0-3 ATS when the betting line is between +3 to -3.


Mississippi Rebels vs. Alabama Crimson Tide -16.5/-17 (-13.5)

Mississippi has taken care of business in its first three games, as it enters this affair off a bye week.  The program has won the statistical battle in each of its contests, including   a 44-23 victory over Texas as 2.5-point road underdogs on Sept. 14.

Alabama is definitely in the driver’s seat to play in the BCS championship game, but the defending national champions have actually been out-gained by seven yards through three games.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban will likely have his squad ready to roll in this affair, as his team is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in Weeks 5-9 since 2011.


Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes -7 (-7.5)

Wisconsin won its fifth consecutive Big Ten Conference home opener last week, while its defense is allowing just 243.3 yards per game this season.

Ohio State scored 34 points in the first quarter last week—improving head coach Urban Meyer’s career record to 46-4 in August/September.

The Buckeyes are 10-6 ATS versus conference foes over the last two-plus seasons.


USC Trojans vs. Arizona State Sun Devils -6.5 (-5)

USC continues to rely heavily on its defense—a unit that held a high-powered Utah State offense to just 285 total yards last Saturday.

Arizona State will try to bounce back from a disappointing 42-28 setback to the Stanford Cardinal, but it did manage to make things interesting by outscoring the host by 15 points in the second half.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Sun Devils are 2-6 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points.


Other Games

Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech -7.5

Iowa State vs. Tulsa -3 (-4)

MTSU vs. BYU -21 (-22)

Utah State -8.5 (-10) vs. San Jose State

Virginia vs. Pittsburgh -7 (-6.5)

Northern Illinois -3.5 (-2.5) vs. Purdue

Troy vs. Duke -10.5 (-9.5)

Connecticut -2.5 vs. Buffalo

Toledo vs. Ball State -3 (PK)

Central Michigan vs. NC State -23 (-24)

Kent State vs. Western Michigan -3 (PK)

East Carolina vs. UNC -10.5 (-10)

Florida State -21.5 (-23) vs. Boston College

UAB vs. Vanderbilt -20 (-23)

Miami OH vs. Illinois -24

SMU vs. TCU -18.5 (-19.5)

Arkansas St vs. Missouri -20.5 (-21)

Iowa -1 (+3.5) vs. Minnesota

UTEP vs. Colorado State -13 (-11)

Arizona vs. Washington -7

California vs. Oregon -35.5 (-31)

Army vs. Louisiana Tech -1.5 (-1)

Southern Miss vs. Boise State -26 (-28.5)

Wake Forest vs. Clemson -28 (-28.5)

Temple -7.5 (-10.5) vs. Idaho

Tulane vs. UL Monroe -12.5 (-10.5)

Houston -2 (-3) vs. UTSA

Akron vs. Bowling Green -14.5 (-14)

Colorado vs. Oregon State -10.5

South Carolina -7 (-8.5) vs. UCF

Florida -13.5 (-12.5) vs. Kentucky

Stanford -10.5 (-10) vs. Washington St

Wyoming -10.5 vs. Texas State

Navy -2 (PK) vs. Western Kentucky

Florida Atlantic vs. Rice -12.5 (-14)

South Alabama vs. Tennessee -18.5 (-21)

UNLV -2 (PK) vs. New Mexico

SDSU -17.5 (-17) vs. NM State

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