There are four college football games between Thursday and Friday, however they don’t feature any teams ranked in the Top 25. Thursday night’s matchup of Miami FL vs. Cincinnati promises to be a shootout, however, as the online sportsbooks has a high total of 68 points. Hurricanes have put up 45, 44, and 36 points in their first three games, while Cincinnati is coming off a loss against Memphis which saw 99 points scored (Cincy finished with over 600 yards passing).
Moving on to the featured matchups this Saturday, the best game in terms of rankings has #6 Notre Dame visiting #12 Clemson. The Fighting Irish were able to get past Georgia Tech two weeks ago to keep their unbeaten record, but having to play on the road at Clemson will be their toughest test of the season by far. Clemson has not faced much competition, with their best win of the young season coming by three points at Louisville, however they do have the benefit of playing this game with an extra week of rest. This online sportsbook have this game as a pick ‘em.
It will be interesting to see how Oregon plays this week after getting crushed 62-20 at home vs. Utah – a loss that dropped the Ducks out of the Top 25. Oregon was outplayed in every facet of the game, and were the victim of one of the best punt return trick plays we’ve ever seen. Perhaps that lopsided win says more about Utah than it does about Oregon. Ducks are a 7.5-point road favorite at Colorado this Saturday – a team they have beat by no less than 34 points in each of the last four years.
We’ve been harsh on the SEC the last few weeks noting many of their teams have been overrated. So far we’ve been vindicated with those statements as five SEC teams have dropped out of the AP Top 25 in just four weeks of play. Two more SEC teams crawled into the rankings this week – unbeaten Florida and 3-1 Mississippi State.
Gators have a tough matchup as they host #3 Ole Miss, and while we’re not yet sold on the Rebels even after their big road win at Alabama (forced five turnovers in the victory), we’re also not sure the Gators offense has enough punch to hang with Ole’ Miss here. College football betting experts agree having the third-ranked Rebels as a 7.5-point road favorite.
Mississippi State already dropped out of the rankings once this season (after losing against LSU), and are likely doomed to the same fate as they travel to #14 Texas A&M. No idea what the pollsters were thinking having the Bulldogs climb back into the rankings based on their in-season body of work, and their defense will get tested in the passing game here for the first time all season. A&M is laying 6.5 points at home and that line looks very tempting against a road team returning just seven starters total from last year.
We’ll be back next week to take a look at some of the key betting lines for CFB Week 6.