WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS – OCTOBER 2ND 2010
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We had our second straight nice 3-1 week here last Saturday, as Virginia Tech, Nevada and Middle Tennessee State all covered easily. The only downer was top-ranked Alabama, which rallied late to avoid the upset but failed to the cover the 7-point spread. Let’s try and do it again with our college football week 5 picks.
Connecticut -7.5 over Vanderbilt: This is a brutal matchup for Vanderbilt, both physically and emotionally. Physically, Connecticut is one of the best rushing teams in the country, as they are averaging 212.8 rushing yards per game on a bloated 5.7 yards per carry. That makes for a mismatch vs. a Vanderbilt rushing defense that is allowing a very un-SEC like 206.0 rushing yards per contest. Emotionally, the Commodores are coming off of a road upset of Mississippi as 11½ point underdogs, and they cannot be too enthused about playing a Big East team on the road. This game means more to a Connecticut team that wants to improve the Big East’s image.
Texas/Oklahoma ‘over’ 45: Oklahoma is 4-0 while averaging 34.0 points per game, but their defense has been uncharacteristically horrible, and that unit is bound to cost them a game soon. The Sooners are surrendering 421.2 yards per game, and they have done so vs. a weak schedule that has included Cincinnati, Utah State and Air Force. Texas was probably looking ahead to this game while they were committing five turnovers in their shocking loss to UCLA. They have outgained all four of their opponents, and if they do so again here, it would basically ensure a rather safe ‘over’.
Virginia Tech -4 over NC State: We thought that Virginia Tech would dominate once ACC play began, and we cashed a nice ticket on them last week as they beat Boston College 19-0. Sure, it was an uneven performance offensively, but the defense was sensational and will probably continue to be so the rest of the year. The Hokies limited BC to just 2.5 yards per rush and 5.6 yards per pass attempt. NC State is 4-0 and averaging 37.8 points per game. There is a reason the Wolfpack are home underdogs though, as they will not have their usual success vs. probably the best defense they will see all year, and the NC State defense allowed 247 rushing yards last week.
Florida +7½ over Alabama: One train of thought is that Alabama will be breathing fire after their escape last week, and they may very well be, but Florida is simply too good of a football team to be getting more than a touchdown from any team in the country. The Gators are averaging 37.3 points and 354.5 yards per game on offense, but the real story is the defense that might be better than the one they had when they won the 2008 National Championship. They are allowing only 295.5 yards per game on 3.4 yards per rush and 5.7 yards per pass attempt.
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