Week 5 College Football Betting Lines

Week 5 College Football Betting Lines

Week 4 of the of the 2014 college football season saw a handful of close calls for the country’s elite teams. Florida State, Oregon, and Oklahoma were all pushed to the brink. LSU lost at home at night to an underrated Mississippi State squad. Even Alabama had problems with Florida for one half. The marquee matchup for Week 5 comes early as No. 11 UCLA visits No. 15 Arizona State on Thursday in a game that could very well decide the eventual champion in the Pac-12 South. The rest of the schedule isn’t packed with Grade A showdowns, although Missouri and Oregon State are road dogs who could make some noise. Here’s an early look at the Week 5 lines.

UCLA at Arizona State +4.5 – Both teams have quarterback issues. The Sun Devils will be without Taylor Kelly who has been ruled out with a right foot injury. The Bruins are mum on whether Brett Hundley will go after sustaining a hyperextended left elbow in the victory over Texas on September 13. Backup Jerry Neuheisel was sensational in relief of Hundley, but on the road in a key conference battle is a whole different story.

Western Michigan at Virginia Tech -25 – Remember when the Hokies were ranked after dumping Ohio State at the Shoe? Well, back-to-back losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech have left them reeling. Western Michigan is hardly a powerhouse, but their offense ranks 24th in scoring, so if bad Va Tech shows up again, this one will be way closer than the number.

Missouri at South Carolina -6 – The Gamecocks have rebounded nicely since faceplanting versus Texas A&M. The win over Georgia was gritty and well-earned. The Tigers have an exciting playmaker at quarterback in sophomore Maty Mauk, but losing at home to Indiana is disturbing. Mauk took the ‘Cocks to double-overtime in last year’s meeting, only to fall short. This could be another SEC classic.

Arkansas vs. Texas A&M -9.5 – This number seems low. The Aggies boast the nation’s second best offense, while the Razorbacks have beat no one of note after being ripped by Auburn in Week 1. This also begins a brutal three-game stretch for Arkansas with Alabama and Georgia on the horizon. With three of their next four against ranked opponents, Texas A&M can ill afford to stumble in this one.

Baylor at Iowa State +21.5 – The Bears’ creampuff start to the season is over after outscoring a trio of glorified high school teams 178-27. The Cyclones nearly clipped Kansas State and won at Iowa two weeks ago. Baylor should still cover, but it might not be easy, which is why this number is lower than expected.

Oregon State at USC -11 – The Trojans’ defense went missing at Boston College and it cost them big time. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for the Beavers, who have looked merely okay against subpar competition. USC won last season’s matchup 31-14 and should be motivated to do so again.