College football Week 5 opening lines: Alabama, Georgia expected to roll despite tough competition

Bryce Young and Jase McClellan of the Alabama Crimson Tide
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Ricky Dimon

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

The 2021 college football season is heating up in a big way this weekend, as there are two games featuring teams in the top 10: Georgia vs Arkansas and Cincinnati vs Notre Dame. Another pits a pair of top-12 programs against each other: No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Ole Miss. That showdown could go a long way in determining the Heisman Trophy race, too, so needless to say it’s going to be an interesting week on the gridiron.

College football Week 5 lines

It’s never too early to look ahead toward the betting slate once the lines have come out. So without further ado, let’s dive into the numbers and discuss some potential opportunities on which to capitalize (lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Thursday
Virginia +3.5 at Miami

Friday
Iowa -3 at Maryland
BYU -8.5 at Utah State

Saturday
Minnesota +2.5 at Purdue
Michigan -1 at Wisconsin
Texas -4 at TCU
Duke +17.5 at North Carolina
Pittsburgh -3 at Georgia Tech
Arkansas +18 at Georgia
Tennessee +3 at Missouri
Mississippi State +9.5 at Texas A&M
Louisville +7 at Wake Forest
USC -7 at Colorado
Cincinnati -3 at Notre Dame
Ole Miss +14 at Alabama
Syracuse +4.5 at Florida State
Oregon -7 at Stanford
Florida -8.5 at Kentucky
Oklahoma -10.5 at Kansas State
Texas Tech +7.5 at West Virginia
Baylor +4 at Oklahoma State
Indiana +11.5 at Penn State
Northwestern +10 at Nebraska
Boston College +16 at Clemson
Auburn +3.5 at LSU
Washington -2.5 at Oregon State
Arizona State +3.5 at UCLA

Make sure you check out our previews for all of these games later in the week

Week 5 games to watch

Alabama vs Ole Miss. Bryce Young vs Matt Corral. Right now it’s an all-SEC race in the National Championship odds (Bama and UGA) and the Heisman Trophy odds (Young and Corral), so this Saturday is crucial in both departments. If the Crimson Tide take care of business against Ole Miss, they will undoubtedly remain the title favorite and Young in all likelihood will slip past Corral at the top of the Heisman list. Since losing to the Rebels in 2015, Alabama’s last two home dates with them have resulted in wins of 63 points and 28 points.

I’ll take the Tide as -14 favorites, but I’m probably not touching it if the line moves any higher.

I also see a potential opportunity in the Pac-12, where Oregon is giving no more than a touchdown to Stanford. Yes, the Cardinal have home-field advantage; but they are a disappointing 2-2 and both of their wins have come on the road while their losses have come at a neutral site (Kansas State) and at home (UCLA). Both have come by double digits, too. Kansas State just fell to Oklahoma State by 11 and UCLA lost at home to Fresno State in Week 4, so Stanford’s resume is all kinds of bad right now. Oregon is 4-0 with a win over Ohio State and it is coming off a 41-19 laugher against Arizona this past weekend.

Give me the undefeated, third-ranked Ducks and I’ll happily give the points.

At Pickswise we offer free expert College Football Picks and College Football Predictions for all games in the Power Five conferences and the top 25 teams outside of Power five, including our College Football Parlay picks each week.

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