College Football Week 5 Free Picks
One of the advantages of betting early in the week is nabbing a spread offered at its best value. Here are some picks for Week 5 in the college football season that we believe offer excellent value.
Texas at TCU, 12:00PM ET
The Horned Frogs are coming off an emotional, back-and-forth thriller against Texas Tech, a game they won on a last-minute tipped pass on a fourth down attempt. TCU returns home to take on a Texas team that lost back-to-back tight games due to special teams gaffs (i.e. a missed extra point in the waning seconds versus Cal, and a muffed punt that set up Oklahoma State with a game-winning field goal last Saturday). Even though the losses continue to pile up, freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard has provided a spark offensively for the Longhorns, who should stay within two touchdowns against a depleted TCU defense that couldn’t stop a limited Pat Mahomes last Saturday.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 FREE PICK: TEXAS LONGHORNS +15
Baylor at Texas Tech, 3:30PM ET
Speaking of Mahomes, Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury says his sophomore quarterback is day-to-day after suffering a left knee injury in the first quarter of the Red Raiders’ 55-52 loss to TCU. Assuming Mahomes play, this is another spot where bettors can take the over and then sit back and watch the fireworks. According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the total for this matchup is currently sitting at a whopping 89 points. That’s a ton of scoring, but keep in mind that Baylor has averaged 64 points through three games this year while Tech has averaged 53.75 PPG. Neither team plays defense.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 FREE PICK: BAYLOR/TEXAS TECH OVER 89
Michigan vs. Maryland, 8:00PM ET
Grab the Wolverines now before the line gets up to 17 by Saturday. Jim Harbaugh’s team is building momentum as the weeks roll on. Michigan hung with a solid Utah team in a 24-17 Week 1 defeat but has since rattled off three straight victories. The Wolverines’ latest win, a 31-0 thrashing of BYU last Saturday, was their most impressive. There are still plenty of questions surrounding quarterback Jake Rudock, but he was efficient enough last week versus a Cougars team that could get nothing going offensively against UM’s stout defense. And if Tanner Mangum and Co. couldn’t move the ball versus the Wolverines, there’s nothing a punchless Maryland offense will do this Saturday.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 FREE PICK: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES -16