College football Top 25 betting cheat sheet: Week 5
If you're looking to get some action down but only have a few minutes to handicap, let our Top-25 cheat sheet help you out. We grabbed some quick-hitting betting info on each of the Top 25 matchups with odds available in Week 5 of the season:
(24) Baylor at (7) at West Virginia (-11, 81.5)
Baylor moved into the Top 25 following last week's win at Louisiana-Monroe and is averaging four more points than West Virginia (51.3 to 47.3). Senior QB Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense, averaging 387.7 yards per game, and has tossed 11 TDs. The Bears have scored at least 45 points in seven straight games, but are 0-6 ATS in their last six road games.
(25) Virginia Tech at Cincinnati (6.5, 45.5)
The Hokies rebounded from their shocking loss to Pittsburgh with a 37-0 victory over Bowling Green last week. The rushing attack finally looked formidable, racking up 246 yards after it managed only 96 yards against Pittsburgh. The Bearcats committed six turnovers in a 23-7 victory over FCS foe Delaware State two Saturdays ago. Junior QB Munchie Legaux was the main culprit with two interceptions and two fumbles. Cincinnati is 4-0 ATS in its last four non-conference games.
(16) Clemson at Boston College (9, 61.5)
The Tigers – especially their defense – must erase memories of Florida State's 49-37 comeback victory last Saturday night, when Clemson blew a 14-point third-quarter lead as the Seminoles amassed 667 total yards and 35 second-half points. The Boston College defense surrendered 293 rushing yards and 560 total yards in its last game against Northwestern, which doesn't bode well against Clemson's potent ground game. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the schools.
Ohio State at (18) Michigan State (-3, 42)
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has thrown for seven touchdowns and run for seven while ranking second in the Big Ten in rushing at 110.3 yards per game. The running game should receive an added boost with the expected return of Carlos Hyde, who has been sidelined for the past two games with a knee injury. Michigan State is leading the Big Ten in scoring defense (11.8 points per game), rushing yards allowed (69.2) and total defense (233.5 yards). The road team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
Tennessee at (5) Georgia (-13, 60)
No. 5 Georgia boasts its highest ranking since 2008 thanks to a ground game averaging 242.5 yards per game, third-most in the SEC. Freshman Todd Gurley leads the SEC in rushing (101.5) and averages a whopping 9.2 yards per carry. The over is 6-0 in the Bulldogs’ last six games overall.
(4) FSU at South Florida (17, 54)
Florida State is unbeaten through four games for the first time since 2005, when it last went to a BCS bowl and won its only ACC title. South Florida is one of the most undisciplined schools in the country with 35 penalties for 317 yards. The Bulls are 0-7 ATS in their last seven home games.
(6) South Carolina at Kentucky (21, 48.5)
The health of the starting quarterbacks on both teams will be a focal point when Kentucky hosts No. 6 South Carolina in an SEC game. Kentucky sophomore QB Maxwell Smith sat out last week’s 38-0 loss against Florida with a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder, but is expected to return for this one. Connor Shaw, a junior QB for the Gamecocks, played through a hairline fracture in his throwing shoulder last week against Missouri, an injury that caused him to miss one game this season and parts of two others. The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
Towson at (3) LSU (Odds N/A)
Towson's rushing attack has gained 509 yards over its last two games, with sophomore RB Terrance West leading the way with 251 yards and five touchdowns this season. LSU fell to No. 3 in the poll following its less-than-inspiring 12-10 victory at Auburn last week. The Tigers' defense is in usual form - they are fourth in the nation in yards allowed (199.5) after yielding 183 last week. They are also third against the run (56.8). LSU has won 40 straight regular-season non-conference games.
(14) TCU at SMU (16.5, 55)
TCU QB Casey Pachall passed for 305 yards and three TDs against Virginia, his second straight 300-yard game. Pachall leads the nation in passing efficiency with a 209.9 rating. SMU has also had some success through the air, averaging 273.7 yards, which ranks 36th in the FBS. However, they are 109th in rushing, averaging only 107.7 yards. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
(10) Texas at (22) Oklahoma State (1.5, 67)
The Longhorns are clicking under sophomore QB David Ash. Texas accumulated 676 yards – second-most in school history – during a 66-31 victory over Mississippi two Saturdays ago as Ash passed for 326 yards and four touchdowns. The Cowboys lead the nation in scoring (62.3) and total offense (683.0), but freshman QB J.W. Walsh will likely get the start Saturday in place of the injured Wes Lunt (leg). The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
(23) Wisconsin at (20) Nebraska (-11, 51)
Wisconsin senior RB Montee Bell left Saturday’s victory against Texas-El Paso with concussion symptoms, his second head injury since Aug. 1. However, he has been cleared to play Saturday. The Cornhuskers welcomed back all-Big Ten RB Rex Burkhead last week against Idaho State. Burkhead, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left knee, rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the 73-7 victory. Nebraska is 4-0 ATS in its last four home games.
(17) Louisville at Southern Mississippi (10.5, 49.5)
Louisville looks to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2006 when it visits Southern Mississippi. The Cardinals have featured a big-play offense early in the season with 16 snaps resulting in gains of 20 or more yards. The Golden Eagles are off to their first 0-3 start since 1976 and their string of 18 consecutive winning seasons could be in jeopardy. Louisville is 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings.
Mississippi at (1) Alabama (-30, 55)
The Rebels’ conference-best rushing attack (259.8 yards per game) is ranked 11th in the country and churned out 304 yards in last week’s romp over the Green Wave, but will be severely tested by an Alabama defense allowing 62.3 rushing yards per game – the sixth-lowest mark in the country. The Tide holds a 48-9-2 advantage over the Rebels all-time, including a 24-1 mark in Tuscaloosa.
(21) Oregon State at Arizona (-2.5, 56.5)
Both of Oregon State's wins this season have come against ranked teams and QB Sean Mannion was superb in both. The sophomore threw for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns last week in the upset over UCLA. The Wildcats moved the ball into the red zone six times against Oregon last week but came up empty. It was the first time in a calendar year that an Arizona quarterback failed to throw for 300 yards in a game. The Beavers are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
(2) Oregon at Washington State (30.5, 71)
Senior linebacker Michael Clay was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after having 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in Oregon’s 49-0 rout of Arizona. Washington State is coming off a humbling 35-34 home loss to Colorado after blowing a 17-point lead in the final eight minutes. The over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings.