Ohio St. prove worth Saturday
September 26, 2018 3:07 AM
by Joe D'Amico
We are entering Week 5 in college football, the time of year we normally see “changes” in the polls. In the current NCAAF Top 25 AP Poll, the Top 4 teams are clearly a cut above the rest, with No. 1, Alabama looking unstoppable.
Here are this week’s BEST BETS:
Syracuse Orange +23 over Clemson Tigers: Clemson tends to be a team oddsmakers give a little too much credit to when making the line. They are a fan favorite, which reflects in the overestimation once again here.
Orange QB, Eric Dungey (62.4% CR, 763 YP, 9/1) and his talented receiving corps can and will exploit the “shaky” Tigers secondary that showed cracks against both the Aggies and Yellow Jackets.
Syracuse is 7-3 ATS the L10 vs. teams with a winning record and 6-1 ATS the L7 on the road. Clemson is 2-5-1 ATS the L8 vs. teams with a winning record and 1-4 ATS the L5 overall.
Washington State Cougars -1 over Utah Utes: Washington State comes off a painful 39-36 loss at USC to return home where they are 5-0 ATS the L5 as a PAC 12 fav. The Cougars have won and covered the L3 meetings over the Utes. Utah doesn’t have the offense to contend in this matchup. The team tends to fold like a cheap suit when stepping up in class.
WSU is 7-0 ATS the L7 at home, 7-3 ATS the L10 vs. conference foes, and 4-0 ATS the L4 overall.
BYU Cougars +17.5 over Washington Huskies: This is a perfect “sandwich” spot for BYU to catch Washington, coming off a tough win over ASU. The Cougars have wins at the Wildcats and Badgers this season so going into Husky Stadium isn’t going to phase them. Way too many points to lay for the Huskies. BYU is 7-1 ATS the L8 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS the L5 on the road. Washington is 0-4 ATS the L4 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS the L5 overall.
Ohio State Buckeyes -3.5 over Penn State Nittany Lions: Penn State is a solid team but let’s face it, going up against a national title contender is much different than facing Appalachian State, Pitt, Kent, and Illinois. Talk about a step up in class. Coming back from a 1-pt halftime deficit to beat the fastest (arguably) team in the nation in TCU shows just how good Ohio State is.
Georgia Bulldogs -32 over Tennessee Volunteers: I don’t normally like to lay this type of wood but Georgia likes to run it up against SEC opponents. Tennessee has both QB and defensive issues. Last season’s meeting saw the Bulldogs crush the Vols, 41-10. There’s no reason this season’s matchup won’t be any different. The Volunteers are 2-5 ATS the L7 on the road, 0-4 the L4 in the conference, and 1-6 the L7 overall.
Arizona Wildcats +3 over USC Trojans: SoCal has been pointspread poison, not having covered a game since Nov. 4 of last year. The Trojans are making too many on-field and coaching errors. The Trojans’ porous defense, particularly the front 7 (ranking 89th vs. the rush) is going to get steamrolled by the nation’s 19th ranked ground game, led by RB, JJ Taylor (477 YR and 3 TD’s). This will allow QB, Khalil Tate to add to his 1039 YP and 8/2. USC is 1-10 ATS the L11 in September, while Arizona is 4-1 ATS the L5 at home. TAKE THE WILDCATS.
Last week: 3-2