College Football Week 5 System Picks
- Updated: September 26, 2013
Even though college athletes often get placed on a pedestal, it’s important to remember that these players are typically no different than other 18 to 22 year olds. They enjoy the same things as other kids their age, which if you think back to how you behaved at that age, can make it a bit scary to be placing large sums of money on their performance.
The ups and downs of teams take on greater significance when dealing with college-age athletes and one of the best places to begin is simply looking at a team’s schedule. Even before the season begins, you can jot down spots where a team may be primed for a big effort, as well as potential problem spots.
Looking at this week’s Alabama versus Mississippi game, we see the Crimson Tide favored by just 15 points, in part due to their lackluster performance against Colorado State the week before. But there were plenty of indicators that Alabama wasn’t going to be at its best. Not only was Alabama coming off a huge win over Texas A&M, they were facing a Colorado State team coached by their old offensive coordinator, a man who spent hours with AJ McCarron, and Nick Saban does not want to roll up the score against his former assistants.
Those backing Alabama against Mississippi are not only getting a slight break in the line, they are also going to get a Crimson Tide team that will be going all out in this game, as Georgia State is on tap. Expect to see the Crimson Tide you’ve grown accustomed to seeing the past few years.
North Carolina is coming off a hard-fought game with Georgia Tech and has Virginia Tech on tap, making this a decent spot for East Carolina, which is coming off a bye. The Pirates have a score to settle with the Tar Heels and can put plenty of points on the scoreboard. East Carolina can also surrender plenty of points, but should be able to manage enough points to stay within the 12.5 points.
Stanford is coming off a big win against previously ranked Arizona State and has a huge revenge game with Washington on deck, making Washington State worth a look this week. Surprisingly, Stanford is just favored by 10 points, which seems like a bit of a trap. The Cougars managed to keep things close against Stanford last year and if they play their best, can do so once again.