The SEC returned in full-force this past weekend and there are more elite matchups slated for the first weekend of October. Seventh-ranked Auburn will play at No. 4 Georgia in Saturday’s biggest game but there are several other notable clashes on the docket including No. 13 Texas A&M vs. No. 2 Alabama, and South Carolina vs. No. 3 Florida. Here is a look at the odds for Week 5, along with betting breakdowns of the games.
College football Week 5 odds
Saturday, Oct. 3
South Carolina at No. 3 Florida – 12 p.m. ET
Kyle Trask came out of the gate swinging with six passing touchdowns, including four to tight end Kyle Pitts. The Gators have hit their highest AP ranking since 2012 where they went 11-2. South Carolina was in a position to win their game against Tennessee, but a special teams gaffe sealed their fate. The Gamecocks will be looking for an upset, but more realistically will just be trying to stay in it.
TCU at No. 9 Texas – 12 p.m. ET
Texas turned 1-1 into 2-0 in a matter of three minutes against Tech last weekend and leads the nation in scoring offense (60 points per game). TCU gave up 37 to an Iowa State team that scored just 14 against Louisiana in Week 1, and needs to button up the rushing defense or they’re in for a long afternoon.
Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee – 12 p.m. ET
The Vols struggled against South Carolina in Week 1 and Jarrett Guarantano completed just 61% of his passes. Missouri looked susceptible against big pass plays as they surrendered 134 yards and two touchdowns to Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle. Tennessee will look to exploit the Tigers over the top this weekend.
NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh – 12 p.m. ET
The Panthers’ offense isn’t looking like the most explosive unit in the nation, but their defense is giving up just 10 points per game thus far. NC State was blown out by Virginia Tech after winning a shootout against Wake Forest. Devin Leary replaced Bailey Hockman at quarterback for the Wolfpack and was efficient against the Hokies. Pitt may need to gameplan around Leary for this coming matchup.
East Carolina at Georgia State – 12 p.m. ET
ECU wasn’t great against the run against UCF, and Georgia State rode Destin Coates to a near-overtime upset of ULL two weeks ago. Coates was given 34 carries for 150 yards, and the Pirates will be game-planning around that. The offense will need to get going for ECU as well after scoring just 14 points against UCF before the fourth quarter.
Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina – 12 p.m. ET
What do these teams have in common? They both upset Kansas’ Power Five teams two weekends ago. The Red Wolves have been riding their two-quarterback system in the early parts of the season, and Coastal has been relying on the efficiency of quarterback Grayson McCall (14.7% touchdowns on 34 attempts this season). Arkansas State gave up 280 yards and four touchdowns to Memphis’ Brady White in Week 1 and will need to lock down their pass defense to win this one.
Baylor at West Virginia – 12 p.m. ET
Baylor’s Trestan Ebner returned two kicks to the house against Kansas in the Bears’ long-awaited debut and the Bears hung 47 on the Jayhawks on just 67 offensive plays. The Mountaineers are still finding their offense after giving up five sacks against Oklahoma State. Baylor’s front recorded 10 TFL and four sacks in their first game, meaning this game will be won in the trenches.
UTSA at UAB – 12 p.m. ET
UAB rebounded from a loss to Miami against South Alabama, scoring 42 against the Jags. UTSA started the season 3-0 after impressive wins over Texas State and MTSU. UAB is a much different opponent than they’ve faced, but watch the early money go to UTSA thanks to their record.
No. 13 Texas A&M at No. 2 Alabama – 3:30 p.m. ET
It didn’t take much for the Crimson Tide to take down Missouri in their first game, with Mac Jones throwing just 24 passes (75% completion, 249 yards, two touchdowns) and Najee Harris scoring three touchdowns on 17 carries. Texas A&M should be concerned with their offensive output against Vanderbilt, who ranked 94 in scoring defense a season ago (31.8). If the Aggies struggle to score again, Alabama will run away with this one.
No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College – 3:30 p.m. ET
Boston College is averaging 25 points per game but that’s likely just because they faced Duke and Texas State. Those teams ranked 56th and 104th in scoring defense in 2019, respectively. That’s not good news against UNC, which surrendered just six points to Syracuse in Week 1. Sam Howell is looking to get back on track, but BC’s defense will prove to be a tough matchup under new head coach Jeff Hafley.
South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati – 3:30 p.m. ET
The Bearcats defense held their ground against Army last week, allowing just 10 points on just 4.2 yards per carry. USF has proven to struggle offensively at just 5.1 yards per play so far. The Bulls are in for a tall task against Cincinnati, who is rightfully heavily favored.
No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas – 3:30 p.m. ET
It’s been a rough start for an Oklahoma State offense that scored 32.5 points per game in 2019. Star running back Chuba Hubbard has needed 47 carries to get 194 yards (4.1 yards per carry). He is looking to get back on track against a Jayhawks defense that’s giving up 194 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game on the ground so far in 2020. Kansas’ offense is in for a rough go against a Cowboys defense that’s allowed just 10 points per game so far.
No. 25 Memphis at SMU – 3:30 p.m. ET
SMU is off to a hot offensive start, scoring 48.7 points per game (sixth) so far. Ulysses Bentley IV has been on a tear, averaging 10.4 yards per carry on 36 carries and seven touchdowns this season. Memphis hasn’t faced a back like Bentley this season, but held Arkansas State in check in their first game. If they can handle Bentley, Memphis has a good chance to win. This will be a great quarterback matchup, too, between Memphis’ Brady White and SMU’s Shane Buechele.
Texas Tech at Kansas State – 3:30 p.m. ET
The Red Raiders celebrated their win against the Texas Longhorns about three minutes too early and ended up fumbling the game away. Kansas State is fresh off another upset of top-five Oklahoma. Was the Wildcats’ upset a fluky game? Texas Tech should have the answer to that.
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Charlotte at Florida Atlantic – 4 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic still has yet to play a game after a few delays in their previously scheduled games. Charlotte opened their season two weeks ago at Appalachian State and was beaten soundly on the ground. The Owls’ balanced offensive attack from a season ago will look to the ground to get the game going and follow up their 11-win season from 2019.
Virginia Tech at Duke – 4 p.m. ET
Duke’s offense has been tough to watch through three games, averaging just 16 points per game so far. Virginia Tech allowed 24 to NC State in their first game. Chase Brice has not lived up to the expectations given to him in high school (formerly of Clemson), and he will need to get going early to stave off the Hokies’ pass rush.
Ole Miss at Kentucky – 4 p.m. ET
Ole Miss’ offense was able to put points on the board, but ultimately couldn’t keep up with Kyle Trask and the Gators. Kentucky was held to 13 points behind three turnovers and just 3.6 yards per carry. Ole Miss’ defense is much more forgiving than Auburn and the Wildcats will be looking to get their offense going. The over/under (61.5) is steep enough to expect this one to be a scoring affair.
WKU at MTSU – 5 p.m. ET
MTSU is off to a forgettable season, scoring just 14 total points in their first two games then losing to UTSA a week ago. The defense is also surrendering 42 points per game and the team overall has an average scoring margin of -25.7– worst among teams to play more than one game. WKU has started off 0-2 in two tough games but has been shredded on the ground. One of these teams is guaranteed to find their first win Saturday.
Navy at Air Force – 6 p.m. ET
As of Sept. 28, Air Force has just two scheduled games– this game against Navy and Nov. 7 against Army. Navy was able to rebound after being decimated by BYU on national TV and stole a win against Tulane two weeks ago. For those wanting to see some Falcon football, this is your chance.
Georgia Southern at ULM – 7 p.m. ET
ULM has managed just 30 points in three games against two teams that ranked 107th and 119th in scoring defense a season ago (Texas State and UTEP, respectively). The Warhawks look like they don’t have any fight in them this season. Georgia Southern nearly came away with an upset of ULL but came up just short in overtime. The Eagles will win this one, it just matters by how much.
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia – 7:30 p.m. ET
The first matchup of two top-10 teams of the season is a doozy between Auburn and Georgia. The Dawgs cleaned up their opening game without J. T. Daniels, but the transfer quarterback will be ready for this one, per Kirby Smart. Auburn managed to stave off Kentucky in their first game, but are in for a much tougher test in this one. The number to look at is the over/under, which is slated at 43.5.
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF – 7:30 p.m. ET
In their season opener, Tulsa gave Oklahoma State a scare; it took 13 fourth quarter points for the Cowboys to win the game. UCF is a much more potent offense and laid 51 down in their season opener at ECU. The Golden Hurricanes did a good job containing Chuba Hubbard (3.7 yards per carry), but will need to button up their pass defense against Dillon Gabriel, who threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns in his 2020 debut.
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State – 7:30 p.m. ET
In the most shocking game of the weekend, Mississippi State upset the defending champion LSU Tigers. K. J. Costello was brilliant– passing for 635 yards and five touchdowns. The Bulldogs also boasted three receivers over 120 yards. Arkansas was underwhelmed by transfer Feleipe Franks, who managed just 52.7% passing and two interceptions. If Mississippi State plays like they did last weekend, Arkansas is in for it.
No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State – 7:30 p.m. ET
It was deja vu for the Oklahoma Sooners, who were once again upset by unranked Kansas State early in the season. Iowa State rebounded against TCU and has the advantage of hosting the Sooners. However, don’t get swept in tilting against Oklahoma after one loss.
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt – 7:30 p.m. ET
So far, not so good for the LSU Tigers post-Joes (Burrow and Brady). The Tigers’ defense was under duress all game long to the tune of 635 passing yards from Mississippi State’s K. J. Costello. Vanderbilt pleasantly surprised the nation, keeping their opening-week matchup against No. 17 Texas A&M within five points. LSU’s offense is a bit more potent, but if the Commodores can hold steady, they could be in this ballgame.
Southern Miss at UNT – 7:30 p.m. ET
While their defense is off to a rough start (48 points allowed per game, t-worst among teams who’ve played more than one game), UNT’s offense is scoring in buckets (46 points per game, fourth among teams who’ve played more than one game). Southern Miss’ defense has been gashed through the air and on the ground, depending on the week. The over/under is at a blistering 72.5, making this one a fun offensive show.
Virginia at No. 1 Clemson – 8 p.m. ET
The last time Clemson played Virginia, it was on a neutral field and the Tigers took the ACC Championship by 45 points. UVA comes to the table with a stripped– but not lackluster– offense that scored 38 on Duke a week ago. Clemson has blown out their first two opponents, but seemingly hasn’t played all their cards yet. We can expect this to be another sound, but not mind-blowing win for the Tigers.
Troy at South Alabama – 8 p.m. ET
Troy was looking good before they ran into the buzzsaw that is BYU. The Trojans were beaten 48-7 on Saturday night and managed just 19 net yards on the ground (on 18 carries, 1.06 yards per carry). South Alabama struggled to score against UAB last week, but did field a 100-yard rusher in Carlos Davis. The Jaguars might be without star quarterback Desmond Trotter, which would put them in serious danger of losing this game.