With September coming to a close, the 2017 College football campaign is well underway as Week 5 rolls in.
Even with the excitement of the new season behind us and the allure of bowl seasons still well in the distance, Gamblers Palace is here with the picks and insight you need to keep you up to date with all the College football odds and all the top matchups you can spot on national television.
Welcome to the nitty-gritty of the college football season! Over the course of the next eight weeks is when the decisions will really be made about who will be playing in the College Football Playoff, and this is just another week where pretenders will continue to be weeded out from the contenders.
The craziness of the college football season was just getting started in Week 4 of the campaign, as all sorts of teams from all over the country had to fight just to survive to live on in the National Championship chase. This week, we've got a lot more of the traditional power teams playing against each other in games that are going to have a huge impact nationally, and you can bet that there are some more major upsets lurking right around the corner for the unsuspecting giants.
Is it Alabama who will fall victim to Ole Miss again this year? The Crimson Tide have had no luck whatsoever against the Rebels in recent years, though this is an opportunity to step on a program while it's down. Alabama came up with a big 59-0 win last week at Vanderbilt in which the team flat out dominated in every sense of the word, and that had to be a big message coming into this game against the Rebels.
Or will it be Clemson who falls victim now that it has to leave Death Valley? There's only so many times a team can win the College GameDay game of the week on the road, and Clemson has already done it once this year in stunning fashion over Louisville. This will be the second challenge for the Tigers at Virginia Tech against a Hokies outfit desperate for some national attention this year.
Or maybe it's Georgia at Tennessee? Or USC at Washington State? Or even Washington at Oregon State? All of these top 10 teams are certainly going to be vulnerable going out on the road in conference games, all of which mean a lot more to their hosts than to themselves. Alas, this is life when you're at the top, as everyone wants to knock you down a major peg.
Week 5 also has a couple games that are going to feature two of the highest totals of the season.
There isn't much stopping the Oregon offense right now. Justin Herbert has been on fire, and the Cal defense probably isn't going to slow him down any. But let's remember that the Golden Bears have a good offense as well, and they can score some points when given the opportunity.
That will all pale in comparison to what we're going to see in Lubbock, though. Oklahoma State is fresh off of its first loss of the season to TCU, a game that was lost at home in somewhat shocking fashion. Now, the Cowboys have to get back on the horse against a Texas Tech team they've dominated over the years. These games have all been shootouts in the last five years, five games won by Okie State and five games that have pushed past the total. If these teams beat their ridiculous total of 87.5 last year, what's possible in Week 5 this year?
Texas at Iowa State, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Texas -4
Preview: Tom Herman was probably expecting better in his first season with the Texas Longhorns than what he’s had so far. The Horns haven’t been disastrous at 1-2, especially with their moral victory of a loss against USC two weeks ago. But if they end up losing to the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday night, this season could become a disaster in a hurry. Continue...
Miami at Duke, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Miami -4.5
Preview: One glance at the ACC Atlantic Division, and you’ll find all of the legitimate National Championship contenders in this conference. A look across the aisle at the ACC Coastal Division will show a bunch of teams who feel like they’re awfully close to getting somewhere but aren’t quite there yet. The Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils are both undefeated and both searching for some respect heading into their Week 5 clash on Tobacco Road. Continue...
Nebraska at Illinois, 8 p.m. ET (FS1)
Opening Line: Nebraska -6.5
Preview: Is there a more embattled coach in America right now than Mike Riley? The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been a disaster this season, and with AD Shawn Eichorst getting canned just a few days ago, there’s no doubt that Riley is on his way out the door as soon as the new AD takes over. Sure, Nebraska beat Rutgers last week to at least right the ship a little bit, but this road test against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night could prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Continue...
BYU at Utah State, 8 p.m. ET (CBSSN)
Opening Line: BYU -3
Preview: The BYU Cougars badly needed a bye week to hit the reset button on their season. They’re just 1-3 to kick off the year and have really yet to look good in a game. Now, they’ve got a somewhat dangerous road test in front of them against the Utah State Aggies in a strangely placed 6 p.m. local time kickoff in Logan. Continue...
USC at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: USC -4
Preview: Martin Stadium hasn’t seen a moment quite like this for years. The Washington State Cougars are going to be the subject of a slew of national attention in the lead-in to Week 5 of the campaign. They’re sporting a spotless record as we head into the end of September, and they’ve got the USC Trojans coming to town in one of the biggest home games in the history of this program. This is the moment where Mike Leach can affirm this team as a National Championship contender this season for sure. Continue...
Northwestern at Wisconsin, 12 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: Wisconsin -13
Preview: The Wisconsin Badgers might be sporting a top 10 ranking and have a legitimate shot of playing in the College Football Playoff this year. That said, they’ve got what could end up being a trickier mission than you’d think in Week 5 of the season at home against the Northwestern Wildcats. Continue...
Vanderbilt at Florida, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Florida -9.5
Preview: The chants in Nashville were incredibly loud at the start of Week 4. “We Want Ba-Ma! We Want Ba-Ma!”
The Vanderbilt Commodores sure got Bama, indeed. They were beaten 59-0 by the Crimson Tide in their biggest home game in arguably decades. Now, they have to lick their wounds and head out on the road to play what will surely be an ugly game against the Florida Gators. Continue...
North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Georgia Tech -10
Preview: With as wide open as the ACC Coastal Division is, any given game could be the difference between contending and being a has-been. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and North Carolina Tar Heels both figure to be in the middle of the pack in a conference that is going to be littered with 6-6 and 7-5 teams this season, and that makes this a crucial contest for sure. Continue...
Georgia at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Georgia -6.5
Preview: Butch Jones’ job is going to come down to whether he can beat the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. He’s already failed against the orange and blue, albeit on a tremendous Hail Mary on the final play of the game. Now, his Tennessee Volunteers are facing an absolute must-win against the Georgia Bulldogs if they have any hope whatsoever of staying in the SEC title race even into October. Continue...
Florida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: Florida State -7
Preview: The Florida State Seminoles are already at somewhat of a crossroad in their 2017 season. They’re already 0-2 and probably have no chance to get into the College Football Playoff from here. Now, they have to go on the road for the very first time and take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, a team that always seems to have their number when they’re down historically. Continue...
Baylor at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: Kansas State -14
Preview: There are only two teams in the Power Five who have yet to win a game this year. One, of the two, Florida State, has a really good excuse, having lost its starting quarterback against Alabama to start the season and having lost out on playing two games due to Hurricane Irma. The other is the Baylor Bears, who are 0-4 going into their duel against the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday afternoon in the “Little Apple.” Continue...
Arizona State at Stanford, 4 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Opening Line: Stanford -15.5
Preview: David Shaw is one of the best coaches in the country, and that’s why the Stanford Cardinal are never really out of things until they’re out of it. Fresh off of two straight losses, Stanford rallied with a third-string quarterback to destroy UCLA last week. Now comes what should be a much easier task against the Arizona State Sun Devils. Continue...
Iowa at Michigan State, 4 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Michigan State -2.5
Preview: The Iowa Hawkeyes are already in a bit of gut check time. They were beaten in their first Big Ten game of the season by Penn State, and they know that a second loss in conference play before they get the chance to play Wisconsin will very likely end any hope they have of winning the Big Ten West. That’s what makes this game on the road against the Michigan State Spartans so intriguing in Week 5 in spite of the fact that neither of these teams enter this week with a Top 25 ranking. Continue...
Miami (OH) at Notre Dame, 5 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Opening Line: Notre Dame -23
Preview: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are back in the Top 25 and are feeling good about themselves after going on the road and beating Michigan State last weekend. The good times should keep rolling over the course of the next couple weeks, including against the Miami Redhawks on Saturday night in South Bend. Continue...
Mississippi State at Auburn, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Auburn -9.5
Preview: Remember when the Mississippi State Bulldogs were the talk of the SEC for a hot minute? Their humbling loss at Georgia immediately stripped any championship aspirations that had just built up out of Starkville. Now, Mississippi State will take on the Auburn Tigers in a game it must win if it wants to have any shot of sticking around in the top-heavy SEC West. Continue...
Troy at LSU, 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Opening Line: LSU -19.5
Preview: The LSU Tigers are back in the win column, but it’s hard to say that they looked impressive in doing so. Beating the Syracuse Orange didn’t move the needle for a team that was barely ranked in the Top 25 to start the weekend. The Bayou Bengals probably won’t have a lot of room for improvement this week against the Troy Trojans either. Continue...
Ohio State at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. ET (BTN)
Opening Line: Ohio State -29
Preview: Give the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this much: At least they’ve been competitive this year. The Big Ten cellar-dwellers have just one win on the campaign, that coming against a bad FCS team in Morgan State. There’s a good chance they’re not their first Big Ten win since October 17, 2015 when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at home on Saturday night. Continue...
South Carolina at Texas A&M, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Opening Line: Texas A&M -8
Preview: We keep saying this every week, but Kevin Sumlin remains on one of the hottest seats in America. The Texas A&M Aggies are a horrible collapse away from a 4-0 start to the season that would have them back in the Top 25 in America. That said, they’re 3-1, they’ve got a big game this week against the South Carolina Gamecocks, and they’ve still got a chance to ultimately reach the Top 25 anyway. Continue...
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
Opening Line: Clemson -6
Preview: For all of the talk about the Clemson Tigers this year, let’s not forget that the ACC has a slew of other teams who are ranked in the Top 25 and still have dreams of winning this conference. The Virginia Tech Hokies are seemingly forgotten about at this point, yet they’re sporting a top 15 mark in their own right and would love to pull off this upset to stake their claim to one of the top spots in the ACC. Continue...
Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Oklahoma State -11
Preview: If you’re a fan of the Arena Football League, you’re probably going to love this shootout in Week 5 between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Defense is relatively optional for both of these teams, and obviously, these two offenses can light the world on fire. Continue...
Washington at Oregon State, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Washington -28
Preview: One glance at the Washington Huskies’ schedule, and it’s easy to see why this team thinks it’s heading back to the College Football Playoff this year. There isn’t a truly tough game left on this schedule, and there are just three roadies left to play before the end of the season. One of those probably shouldn’t even count as a tough affair, as the Oregon State Beavers have been incredibly toothless this season. Continue...
Ole Miss at Alabama, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Opening Line: Alabama -28
Preview: The Alabama Crimson Tide made themselves a heck of a statement last week in a 59-0 win at Vanderbilt. They’ve always seems to have this bugaboo of playing against the Ole Miss Rebels, though. Perfect seasons have been spoiled by Mississippi on more than one occasion, and this is the quintessential opportunity to get some payback on Saturday. Continue...
California at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Opening Line: Oregon -15
Preview: Just as quickly as the Oregon Ducks propelled themselves back into the national spotlight, they took themselves right back out of it. A loss last week at Arizona State busted the balloon that had been built up with a few big wins to start the season. The good news is that the U of O is back at home where it is a completely different team, and that’s really bad news for the California Golden Bears. Continue...
Colorado at UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Opening Line: UCLA -7
Preview: The Colorado Buffaloes and UCLA Bruins are already both on the verge of being knocked out of the Pac-12 title race, and we’re still only in September. Both teams are 0-1 in conference play heading into their matchup against one another. The loser is sure to be in a mess of trouble the rest of the way. Continue...
Colorado State at Hawaii, 11:59 p.m. ET (Local)
Opening Line: Colorado State -7
Preview: The last game of the night in college football is always one that draws a slew of bettors to the forefront. The Colorado State Rams are sure to be on the public side in their game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, though as bettors know from years and years of watching these late night games, there’s always something a little strange about visiting the Big Island. Continue...
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