Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 5

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 5, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

There are certainly a bunch of teams that are on upset alert this week, but none might be in more trouble this week than the Florida State Seminoles. Not only are the Noles coming off of their biggest win in years over the Clemson Tigers, but they are also playing against a South Florida Bulls outlet that is hungry for a victory and has clearly been looking ahead to this game for the last several weeks. The Bulls are 17-point underdogs, and deservingly so after getting beaten last week by the lowly Ball State Cardinals. They were clearly in the midst of a trap game in Week 4, just as the…
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South Carolina Gamecocks could be in a trap in Week 5. South Carolina is a week away from the big time clash in the SEC East against the Georgia Bulldogs, one of their biggest rivals, but this week, they have to play on the road against the Kentucky Wildcats. They’re laying 21 points, but they have actually never won a game here in Lexington by more than 14. Kentucky won the last meeting of these two here at Commonwealth Stadium, but it hasn’t won a game aside from that in this series in the last decade. Still, it could be a bad spot for the Gamecocks to be in, just like it might be a bad spot for…

Oregon State Beavers. The Beavs are the first Top 25 team to be an underdog to an unranked team all season long, and they are going to be in fire for sure when they go to the desert to take on the Arizona Wildcats. Oregon State is coming off of that emotional win over the UCLA Bruins over the weekend, and this is where we are going to prove whether QB Sean Mannion really has what it takes to shoot it out with one of the best offenses in America. The same could be said this week for…

Tajh Boyd and his Tigers. Boyd put up some great stats in the first half last week in Tallahassee, but he never had a chance to get anything going in the second half. Now, he has to go on the road in a massive trap spot as well against the Boston College Eagles. The Eagles might be terrible, but at least they have a pass defense that ranks No. 40 in the land. There is some talent there, but BC just hasn’t been able to put it together. Another bad showing like he had against Florida State, and Boyd might find himself totally out of the Heisman Trophy running. At least his job is safe barring injury though, something that…

David Ash can’t say. Ash is going to be playing against a legit offense for the first time all season long this week when his Texas Longhorns go on the road to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys. These two teams average over 1,200 yards per game between them thus far on the campaign, but neither has faced the quality of opponent that they are going to be seeing in this one. Ash only just barely won the starting quarterback job this year, and though he has great numbers, his job isn’t nearly safe yet. And then there is…

Geno Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers, who might be the best quarterback in the country. Smith and his ‘Neers are going to be opening up their Big XII schedule for the very first time this week when they host the Baylor Bears in a game that surely could be a shootout. Both Smith and QB Nick Florence have some high octane offenses, and seeing 1,300 total yards and 1,000 total passing yards certainly isn’t something that is out of the question. Smith’s WVU attack ranks third in the country in passing at 370.0 yards per game, and he is going to be one of the top ranking passers at the end of the year as well. Smith has clearly made himself a Heisman candidate this year already, but the man that is suddenly creeping onto some radars is

Manti Te’o, who is leading the defense of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Golden Domers know that they probably have the top defensive player in the nation, and they forced five turnovers last week against the Michigan Wolverines, who had one of the top quarterbacks in America in QB Denard Robinson. The only reason that Notre Dame is 4-0 is because of its defense. It’s a shame that that defense isn’t going to be facing Big Blue in a couple of years. The rivalry with the Wolverines is coming to an end, and the rivalry with another team from the Mitten, the…

Michigan State Spartans might end as well. Sparty is one of the three Big Ten teams this year that have already been picked off by the Golden Domers, and it is going to try to make amends this week by taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes at Spartans Stadium. It is a brutally important game for Head Coach Mark Dantonio, who knows that he really has the team to contend in the Big Ten for the second straight season. Unfortunately for the Spartans, they are lumped into the half of the Big Ten that includes both Michigan and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. So while MSU is going to have to duke it out in games like this one where it is favored by just a field goal, the value of home field advantage, the…

Wisconsin Badgers know that they have nothing to worry about. Sure, Bucky the Badger has opened up at 0-4 ATS this year, but since when does that matter? The Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions are both out of the way on bowl probation, and all that the Badgers have to contend with are the Indiana Hoosiers, Purdue Boilermakers, and Illinois Fighting Illini. Essentially, even this week’s game against the Cornhuskers, one of which the Badgers are two-touchdown underdogs in, probably doesn’t matter. Literally going 3-5 in conference play will probably be good enough to send the Badgers to the Big Ten Championship Game. Think that’s an easy route? Think again. The team that now has the easiest trek to its conference title game is the…

Florida State Seminoles. Whether the Noles win this week or not will be moot as to whether or not they get into the ACC Championship Game. They already have their win over Clemson, and now, they have to lose not just once, but at least twice to get knocked out of the top spot in the division. Where are those losses coming from? At Virginia Tech? Maybe. At Miami? Probably not. That’s why the Seminoles are the third favorites at +450 to win the whole enchilada this year behind the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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