Week 5 College Football Picks: Three Teams Looking to Bounce Back

David Lawrence

Saturday, October 3, 2015 6:13 PM GMT

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 6:13 PM GMT

It’s a pretty big betting question: Will teams that have suffered discouraging losses in the beginning of the season, be able to bounce back continuously throughout the rest of the season? 

Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Odds:
Oregon -7
This is a game in which the Ducks are favored by a far smaller number than most betting experts ever figured they’d be. Typically, Oregon would be a double-digit favorite in Colorado, and often at least a two-touchdown favorite. Yet, the Ducks are only a one-touchdown favorite here, and what’s more is that the line really does make sense, given Oregon’s present situation. The Ducks’ defense has been an absolute disaster. Giving up 62 points at home to Utah is a huge humiliation for the team, but it’s also a problem Colorado is in position to exploit. The Buffaloes, playing this game at night and at home in high elevation, will be treating the contest as their most important event of the year, a chance to make a name for themselves. They’re going to be sky-high. Oregon, whose quarterback – Vernon Adams – still has an injured finger, is searching for answers on offense. The Ducks didn’t just give up a lot of points to Utah – they didn’t score many in their own right, and that has to concern head coach Mark Helfrich just as much as the defensive collapse.

There’s real uncertainty about Oregon heading into this game. The good thing for the Ducks is that Colorado is still in the early stages of a rebuilding process. The Buffaloes have gotten better this season, but their win over Colorado State looks less impressive in light of the fact that Colorado State almost lost to Texas-San Antonio this past weekend. Oregon might be vulnerable and Colorado might be motivated, but there is still a large gulf between these teams in terms of talent. Take Oregon minus the points for your College Football Picks.

College Football Pick: Oregon -7 at Bovada

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Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Odds:
Tennessee -6.5
The key point to make here is that as much as Arkansas has been struggling, it plays a lot of close games in the SEC. The Razorbacks lost by one point to Alabama last season. They lost by one score to Texas A&M both last season and this season. They lost to Mississippi State by one score last season. They lost to Missouri by one score last season. This team lost all of those games, but the fact that they are close games matters. Tennessee has clearly shown that it is not mature enough to handle the pressure of the SEC just yet. The Vols are coming off a game at Florida in which they endured an ugly, late collapse. Tennessee might win this game outright, though that’s questionable. What should matter even more from a betting perspective is that Arkansas is definitely good enough to keep this game close. The best play here is to take Arkansas with the points. Tennessee will probably win the game by a field goal. Take Arkansas with the points on the College Football Odds.

College Football Pick: Arkansas +6.5 at 5Dimes

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Hawaii Rainbow Warriors vs. Boise State Broncos
Odds:: Boise State -24.5
It’s true that Boise State suffered a bad loss to BYU on a Hail Mary in the final minute, but the Broncos appear to have already gotten over that game. Brett Rypien, backup to injured starter Ryan Finley at quarterback, looked great last Friday against Virginia. He should be able to tear through Hawaii’s defense and lead Boise State to a lopsided win, covering the spread.

College Football Pick: Boise State -24.5 at Pinnacle

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