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CFB Week 5 Predictions


My record continues to look great through 4 weeks, and with another awesome slate of games coming up, everyone should look forward to a huge weekend. With two top-10 match-ups on Saturday, there is plenty to keep your eye on. Entering Week 5, there are a lot of Playoff implications looming. Check out our list of games to watch and the predictions that accompany them.

Week 4 Record: 9-1

Total Record: 26-9

All times eastern.

22 Texas Longhorns (2-1) @ OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (2-2), 12:00 p.m.

Both teams in this battle have very good offenses, and this could end up being a shootout. Texas has a very talented running game while Oklahoma State has yet another team centered around throwing the ball downfield. And although Texas is the ranked team, Oklahoma State has the home field advantage as well as the advantage in the passing game, which is important in a possible shootout.

Line: Oklahoma State -2.5.

14 MIAMI HURRICANES (3-0) @ Georgia Tech (3-1), 12:00 p.m.

After playing a Thursday night game last week, Georgia Tech will be coming into this game after a long break. Along with that, the Yellow Jackets have a clear advantage in their ability to run the ball. As for Miami, they average over 500 yards per game and an explosive offense that should get the victory to move to 4-0.

Line: Miami -7.5.

8 WISCONSIN BADGERS (4-0) @ 4 Michigan Wolverines (4-0), 3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin might be the most surprising team in all of college football this season. They have looked extremely impressive in victories of LSU and Michigan State. Also, the addition of Alex Hornibrook to the offense looked great against MSU. Still, 4th ranked Michigan is a new challenge, and they will be playing without their kicker and starting linebacker. Yet, I’m just not ready to pick against Wisconsin.

Line: Michigan -10.0.

11 TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (4-0) @ 25 Georgia Bulldogs (3-1), 3:30 p.m.

Tennessee had quite a scare last week against Florida, but they came out ahead after a great second half. Joshua Dobbs has done a lot of good things this season and should continue that here. As for Georgia, they got absolutely dismantled by Ole Miss last weekend by the score of 45-14. They will want to bounce back at home here, but I don’t think it happens.

Line: Tennessee -3.5.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (3-1) @ 12 Florida State Seminoles (3-1), 3:30 p.m.

This is a very interesting spread. After defeating Ole Miss in Week 1, Florida State has not been very successful since. They stand at 3-1, but that one came at the hands of Louisville, who took them down by the whopping score of 63-20. North Carolina, on the other hand, has a very potent offense and is totally dangerous in any situation.

Line: Florida State -10.5.

18 UTAH UTES (4-0) @ California Golden Bears (2-2), 6:00 p.m.

Typically speaking, the biggest Pac-12 game of the week happens late at night, but fans across the country will have the luxury of seeing this one early. Cal has a tremendous passing game that is hard to slow down. That is the key to the game for Utah, but if they want to solidify themselves as a Playoff contender, this is a much win that I think they get.

Line: California -2.0.

3 Louisville Cardinal (4-0) @ 5 CLEMSON TIGERS (4-0), 8:00 p.m.

Game of the Week! Both Louisville and Clemson are outstanding teams that have the Playoff right in their sights. Even through 4 games, the ACC has shown that they are definitely contenders to win the National Championship. Lamar Jackson vs. Deshaun Watson is the quarterback battle of the season, and rolling into Death Valley in primetime is a dangerous task. I like the Tigers to win this one.

Line: Louisville -2.0.

ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS (4-0) @ USC Trojans (1-3), 8:30 p.m.

Let’s be real: Arizona State puts up points. And a lot of them. The fact that this 4-0 team is still sitting outside the top-25 is a surprise, but a win over USC on the road should push them into that list. USC is a heavy favorite at home, but do not underestimate the Sun Devils. USC is 0-3 against top-25 teams so far this season, and that would be disaster if it kept up. This is a big game for both teams, and it is fitting way to end a night of big-time CFB action.

Line: USC -10.0.

Photo courtesy of Clemson University.