It’s Week 5 of the college football season, which means most teams will play the first or second game of their conference schedule. As a result, the stakes are higher in conference play, and the tight sports betting lines reflect that. For example, the country’s fifth-ranked team is only favored by three and a half points over an unranked opponent.
In this article, I’ll look at some NCAAF odds and predictions. Specifically, I’ll take an in-depth look at three important games on Saturday from the Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12.
- No. 5 Iowa at Maryland (+3.5)
- No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia (-18.5)
- No. 3 Oregon at Stanford (+8.5)
Check out this article to get yourself up to speed on the latest odds for Week 5 of college football.
No. 5 Iowa at Maryland
Iowa fans know that Head Coach Kirk Ferentz always has his Hawkeyes ready to compete. This year, Iowa’s defense is the driving force behind the team’s early success.
Iowa is holding opponents to just 2.8 rushing yards per attempt. That defense now travels to Maryland to take on the undefeated Terrapins as 3.5 point favorites. This stout Iowa defense will be going up against a Maryland offense led by Taulia Tagovailoa. Yes, that is Tua’s brother.
The younger Tagovailoa has been phenomenal this season, completing 75% of his passes. Iowa failed to cover at home against Colorado State last week, and I think this high-flying Maryland offense will give them all they can handle on Saturday.
No. 8 Arkansas at No. 2 Georgia
The Arkansas Razorbacks are the surprise team of the 2021 college football season, but the Week 5 odds have them as 18.5 point underdogs against the Bulldogs in one of the best NCAAF matchups of 2021 so far. Georgia obliterated Vanderbilt last week, covering the 35-point spread in the first quarter.
That result seems to be skewing this line a bit. Arkansas knocked off a solid Texas A&M last week, and two weeks ago, they held the Texas Longhorns to 21 points. That same Longhorns team scored a combined 138 points over the next two weeks.
I’m not saying that NCAAF betting fans should pick Arkansas to win on the road against Georgia, but the Razorbacks should be able to keep it within three touchdowns.
No. 3 Oregon (-7.5) at Stanford
Oregon was in the first-ever NCAA playoff in 2014 but hasn’t been back since. This year’s Oregon team has serious post-season aspirations but must first get past Stanford.
Oregon is a good team, but they haven’t had much success against the spread as favorites. In 2021, Oregon has failed to cover the spread all three times as favorites. It’s also worth noting that Oregon was favored by more than eight points in each of those games. Stanford is a solid team with a history of upsetting favorites in October, so they could surprise some people this week.
Reviewing the Week 5 NCAAF Odds
The college football landscape could look drastically different come Sunday with two top-five teams going on the road in Week 5. Will the underdogs pull off upsets, or will the favorites cover the short spreads? You can see the Week 5 NCAAF odds for every game and place your sports bets at BetMGM.