Well, here’s hoping the trend continues. I’ve alternated every week of the year between 2-2 and 3-1. Last week? 2-2. So the trend suggests a 3 win week is in the cards for Week 6 of the college football season. Let’s make some money:
Crabbs’ Week 5 CFB picks against the spread (game winners in bold)
#2 Clemson Tigers (-7.5) @ #12 Virginia Tech Hokies
#15 Oklahoma State Cowboys (-10.5) @ Texas Tech Red Raiders
#6 Washington Huskies (-26.5) @ Oregon State Beavers
#5 Southern California Trojans (-4.5) @ Washington State Cougars
Last week: 2-2
Season to date: 12-8
#11 Washington State Cougars @ Oregon Ducks (+3.0)
Fresh off a big win over the Trojans, the Cougars travel to Eugene as slight road favorites against the Ducks. I’d like the Ducks if they hadn’t have lost their QB, Justin Herbert, to a broken collarbone last week.
That doesn’t cover star RB Royce Freeman, either. He level last week’s game against Cal in the 1st quarter. That’s a lot for the Ducks to work through this week against a Mike Leach led Cougars who are playing well, firing on offense as of late. I’ll take the Coogs.
#23 West Virginia Mountaineers @ #8 Texas Christian Horned Frogs (-13.0)
I think the Horned Frogs’ defense is going to be the deciding factor in this football game. They’re fast, which meshes well with the Mountaineers’ skill players. On the other side, the Mountaineers have struggled to find their footing defensively.
So one defense is playing well, the other is not. I think we all know who I think wins…but by how much? This Mountaineers team has a lot of talent, I think they’ll keep this game more competitive than a two touchdown margin.
#13 Miami (FL) Hurricanes @ Florida State Seminoles (+2.5)
THIS IS THE YEAR, CANES FANS! Don’t @ me. The Hurricanes have a physically dominating front seven. The Seminoles lost their star QB and feature a porous offensive line. Bad recipe for the home team.
Louisiana State Tigers @ #21 Florida Gators (+2.0)
The Gators are home dogs to a LSU team that just lost to Troy at home? What the heck? Well, don’t overreact too much to one week. The Tigers have potent talent on both sides of the football but have had a couple of disjointed efforts this season. Nothing gets you back on track to play physical quite like a hated rival.
Both teams have had a hard time moving the ball with consistency this season, but I look at who each side has playing on offense and I’m having a hard time seeing the Gators outscoring the Tigers. This one may be different without the suspensions, but alas, here we are.