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College Football Betting Lines; Week 5

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Last Week: 4-1

Overall YTD: 10-9-1

Lock of the Week YTD: 2-2 (21-8 All-time)

Underdog Upset of the Week: 2-1 (+180 Units)

It was a great week last week as I went 4-1 and nailed the lock of the week AND the Underdog Upset of the Week (Texas). Let’s keep it rolling in week five!!

Temple at Boston College (-13)

I think Vegas is having a tough time figuring out the Eagles after the blowout loss at Purdue last weekend. I’m chalking that one up to BC playing a bad game against a team backed into a corner. Until I see another loss like that I think it was just a bad game for BC.

Temple’s rush defense stats are interesting to look. On the one hand it has had the 22nd most rushing attempts against its defense in the country which is mostly due to Tulsa having 66 rushing attempts against them. Temple has answered the challenge as it has held opponents to a respectable 3.67 yards per rush. The only team on Temple’s schedule that comes close to the BC rush offense is Maryland, but the Terps had to pass almost the entire second half because they were down 21+ points. Maryland’s running back Anthony McFarland actually had 107 yards on 11 carries before the game got out of hand. My feeling is that the Temple defense hasn’t seen anything like AJ Dillon and the BC rushing attack. BC wins this game by 17-21 points.

Ohio State (-3.5) at Penn State

This has been one of the best matchups in the country the last two years with Penn State upsetting Ohio State two years ago, 24-21, and Ohio State edging Penn State last year, 39-38. The thing is that these games weren’t as close as the score indicates. Ohio State actually outgained Penn State by 383 yards in those two games.

Most importantly I’m taking the Buckeyes because I don’t think this is the same Penn State team from the last two seasons.

Syracuse at Clemson (-22)

I locked in this number earlier in the week, but I still like Clemson to win this fame by four touchdowns plus. This is a revenge game for the Tigers as they try and avenge the upset loss at Syracuse last season. I think the quarterback switch to Trevor Lawrence sparks the offense and the Tigers roll.

BYU (+17.5) at Washington

I took Washington last week over ASU thinking that the Huskies would pile on the Sun Devils. After watching some of that game I realized that this Washington offense isn’t the same as it has been the last two years. Quarterback Jake Browning doesn’t look right and I can’t justify laying points like this. On top of that, Washington has PAC12 rival Oregon on deck and this could be a lookahead spot.

Lock of the Week

West Virginia at Texas Tech (+3.5)

Texas Tech is 3-0 since freshman Alan Bowman officially took over as the starting quarterback. All Bowman has done is pass for 1,557 yards, 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. On the defensive side, there were higher than usual expectations for the Red Raiders defense heading into the season. The D started off the year shaky but it seems like the unit found its groove holding Oklahoma State to 17 points last week.

West Virginia is having a great year and I easily hit on them giving up 17 points to Kansas State last week. That being said, these trips to the state of Texas have been rough on the Mountaineers as they are just 3-7 ATS in the last ten trips to the Lone Star state (4-6 straight up).

I’ll also call for Texas Tech as my Underdog Upset of the Week (+155).