Spread 'Em! Top Under the Radar College Football Week 5 Picks Against The Spread

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Doug Upstone

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:39 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 4:39 PM GMT

This week we are going to change it up and look at college football contests that might not be on everyone's list of high-profile matchups, but are definitely very strong potential profit-makers.

For those looking at the college football odds in the various conferences, I believe we can safely say that sportsbooks will not have these conflicts listed key contests, but that is fine because wise guys like us do not have to worry about oddsmakers shading the numbers.

Here are my under the radar college football picks.

 

You Took Who?

I know, Charlotte at Florida International sounds like somebody betting games under a witness protection program, but I have my reasons. If you discard Charlotte scoring 31 points against some college named North Carolina A&T (and still losing), they have tallied seven total points in three other encounters. We are not talking about a who's who in college football either, as two of those losses were to Eastern Michigan (24-7) and Georgia State (28-0). If you pulled out your preseason college football magazines, neither of those teams are expected to win the MAC or Sun Belt conferences. Like the 49ers, FIU is not going to win Conference USA, however, I have a quality system that is 35-10 ATS that says the Panthers cover the spread.

 

Free NCAAF Pick: FIU -13 -110Best Line Offered: at JustBet

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Gophers Bury Turtles

The University of Minnesota saved itself after clumsy firing of Tracy Claeys by hiring P.J. Fleck. This highly driven coach completely changed Western Michigan's fortunes, taking them from 1-11 to 13-0 and Cotton Bowl bid in four years, where they lost to Wisconsin. Fleck is a stickler for details and he already has the Golden Gophers playing strong run defense (59 YPG) and running the ball controlling the clock. Maryland was ultra impressive in an upset of Texas in the opener but has lost regular starting quarterback Tyrell Pigrome and last week his backup Kasim Hill in an ugly 38-10 home loss to Central Florida. With a third-string quarterback going against the stingy run defense, Minnesota get the call against the Terrapins.

 

Free NCAAF Pick: Minnesota -13Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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These Huskies Are Live Dogs Again

San Diego State and Northern Illinois have a return engagement in this home and home set and this time they will be on the Left Coast. The Aztecs won at DeKalb 42-28 as 13.5-point favorites last season. San Diego State had a team that some thought could go unbeaten, while NIU was not up to past standards. Thought still favored to win the West Division of the MWC, San Diego State's 4-0 start is a shocker, which includes victories over Stanford and Arizona State and that has created a buzz around the program. The same happened to Northern Illinois after Nebraska upset in Lincoln and they have had two weeks to prepare. The Huskies have shown a lot of bite in recent years as road underdogs with 10-2 ATS mark and I will grab the points here.

 

Free NCAAF Pick: Northern Illinois +11Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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