Another rebound week in the books. I managed to hit on three of four for the second time in three weeks; missing out only on a bad whiff on the Maryland Terps loss to UCF. With a 10-6 record to date, here’s hoping that the good picks continue for another week to further pad my record against .500.
Here are my picks for Week 5 of the CFB season against the spread.
Crabbs’ Week 4 CFB picks against the spread (game winners in bold)
#23 Utah Utes (-3.5) @ Arizona Wildcats
Central Florida Knights @ Maryland Terrapins (-4.0)
Toledo Rockets @ #14 Miami (FL) Hurricanes (-14.0)
West Virginia Mountaineers (-21.5) @ Kansas Jayhawks
Last week: 3-1
Season to date: 10-6
#2 Clemson Tigers @ #12 Virginia Tech H0kies (+7.5)
The Tigers enter Blacksburg, VA as more than a touchdown favorite. Tech has played well to open this season, but I’m not particularly sold they have the ability to make up the needed ground to stay with the Tigers down the stretch. Now, I do think this is going to be a competitive game for a vast majority of the contest.
But Clemson has already survived tough tests against Auburn and Louisville this season, which gives them a lot of seasoning in tough games for such a youthful line.
#15 Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Texas Tech Red Raiders (+10.5)
The Cowboys have undoubtedly spent the weekend licking their wounds after getting knocked off by TCU and coach Gary Patterson’s tough defense. Texas Tech, however, doesn’t field an inspiring defensive unit and coach Kliff Kingsbury doesn’t seem too interested in changing that. I would definitely take the over on this game, but I do think the Cowboys rebound strong after an upset last weekend.
#6 Washington Huskies @ Oregon State Beavers (+26.5)
This is a big number, make no bones about it. But Washington is a better football team than I initially anticipated. In spite of losing nearly their entire defensive secondary and a number of other starters, this team has stepped up in a big way after stumbling through the first half of their season opener. The Huskies don’t have the Trojans on their schedule; perhaps we’ll be treated to a PAC-12 Championship between the two powerhouses.
My point here? The Beavers are out-classed in this contest and I expect the Huskies to take care of their business.
#5 Southern California Trojans @ #16 Washington State Cougars (+4.5)
The Trojans haven’t been able to put together that full team effort to this point in the season. Washington State is on a roll entering the biggest game the school has seen in a while. Will Coach Mike Leach’s offense create some advantageous looks against the Trojans defense? Yes.
But I still have to believe that the Trojans’ overall roster will win out. The Trojans have been a team that has executed down the stretch all month; I would expect more of the same in Week 5.