Writers: Andrew Martin & Aaron Hendon
CFB Picks update through week 5
Andrew: 44 correct, 12 incorrect
Aaron: 41 correct, 15 incorrect
#17 Louisville @ #24 NC State
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
When: 7:00 PM on ESPN
Line: LOU -3.5
Louisville hasn’t started their season exactly as they wanted. After their blowout loss to Clemson, they are now stuck at the #17 ranking. A win over 24th ranked NC State would help their campaign immensely. On NC State’s side, they welcome the Cardinals as the home dogs. With them barely having a top 25 ranking, this win would be a big statement to the AP committee.
#12 Auburn Vs. Ole Miss
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
When: 11:00 AM on SECN
Line: AUB -21.5
Ole Miss had a very distracting off season with all of the allegations surrounding Hugh Freeze and their program. Since then, Freeze has been fired and the Rebels are .500 on the season at 2-2. They now face what could be a major SEC road win as they travel to take on #12 Auburn.
#5 Georgia @ Vanderbilt
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
When: 11:00 AM on ESPN
Line: UGA -17.5
Georgia is the real deal. Their new QB, Jake Fromm, and experienced running back, Nick Chub, have been leading this high-powered offense to constant success. Now after a 5-0 start, the Bulldogs have everyone thinking they are legit playoff and title contenders. However, until we get to see them play more powerful teams later in the year, they have to get big statement wins against teams like Vanderbilt this week.
The Red and Black
#8 TCU Vs. #23 West Virginia
Where: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
When: 2:30 PM on FS1
Line: TCU -12.5
TCU is one of the more surprisingly good teams of the 2017-18 season. Coming in at 4-0 they welcome the Mountaineers to town. Along with West Virginia, College Gameday will be there, as this should be the game of the week.
Blue Gold Sports
#13 Miami @ FSU
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
When: 2:30 PM on ESPN
Line: Miami -3.0
The only word to describe FSU’s season thus far is confusing. The year began with a season-ending injury to their starting QB, Deondre Francois. Now, the Seminoles sit with a depressing 1-2 record as the Hurricanes come to campus. Miami has been very impressive at 3-0, and last week even had to give QB Malik Rosier his first start against previously undefeated Duke. He lit it up for 820 yards and 8 TD’s in Durham, and now Miami looks to make FSU’s season just a little bit worse.
#7 Michigan Vs. MSU
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
When: 6:30 PM on ABC
Line: MICH -10.5
Week 6 of the college football stadium brings us a great rivalry as Michigan State goes on the road to face Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. This in-state rivalry always seems to deliver from a viewer’s perspective and, although Michigan State isn’t as good as they usually are this year, it is still a rivalry game and anything can happen. With that being said, if you’re home at 6:30 on Saturday make sure to turn the channel to ABC and watch a game full of amazing atmosphere in this BIG 10 matchup.
Aaron: Michigan State
Big Ten Network
#11 WSU @ Oregon
Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR
When: 7:00 PM on FOX
Line: ORE -1.5
This is one of the more puzzling games of this season. WSU comes into Eugene at 5-0, and just off a huge win over #5 USC. However, they’re still underdogs. I’m not sure what else they can do to be favored against unranked teams. whether they’re on the road or not. With that being said though, look for the Cougars to take this game against Oregon personally and make a real statement to the committee on why they should be a top 10 team.
#20 Utah Vs. Stanford
Where: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
When: 9:15 PM on FS1
Line: STAN -6.0
Another perplexing line in week 6 comes to us in this PAC 12 matchup. Undefeated, and 20th ranked, Utah is at home against unranked and 3-2 Stanford, yet they’re six-point underdogs. How does that make any sense at all? Utah needs to come out with a chip on their shoulder, and on the other side of the ball Stanford needs to show just why they’re favored.
The Salt Lake Tribune
#3 Oklahoma Vs. Iowa State
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
When: 11:00 AM on FOX
Line: OKLA -28.0
The undefeated and title contending Sooners welcome Iowa State to town in a BIG 12 matchup this week. Baker Mayfield looks to continue his dominant Heisman campaign, but the Cyclones would like nothing more than spoil their season.
Andrew: I’m taking WSU to cover their spread this week as they’re +1.5 to Oregon this week. I not only expect them to cover that spread; but, I expect them to win the game.
Aaron: I’m taking Maryland to cover the spread this week as they come in as 30.5 point underdogs against 10th ranked Ohio State.