College Football 2022 Week 5 Odds, Picks, Insight, TV Times And Top 25 Betting Report
October kicks off with the biggest weekend of college football Top-25 action. There are five match-ups of ranked teams in the Associated Press poll. Weâve outlined the featured match-ups below, and provided a listing of all the Top-25 games with odds and TV times.
One is a match-up of top-10 teams with NC State moving up and getting another shot at Clemson after the Wolfpack upset the Tigers last season in double-overtime. North Carolina State is in the top 10 for the first time since 2002. Tennessee is idle this week, but the Volunteers moved into the top-10 win an SEC win over Florida last week to drop the Gators out of the Top-25.
Kansas State has cracked the Top-25 after knocking off Oklahoma last week in Norman as the Sooners slid down 12 spots to No. 18 this week. Minnesota remains undefeated and also moved into the Top-25 this week after mauling Michigan State in East Lansing. The Golden Gophers top the nation in scoring defense (4.7 points per game) and yards against (185 per game), and rank alongside four perennial powers as leaders in points differential.
Largest average scoring margin vs. FBS teams this season
- Alabama +41.0
- Michigan +39.0
- Minnesota +35.7
- Georgia +34.7
- Western Kentucky +34.0
- Ohio State +32.8
Waiting on the doorstep to move into the Top-25 is Kansas, who is 4-0 and already passed their season win total of 2.5 posted by the leading online sportsbooks. The Jayhawks have one of the most unheralded, yet most accomplished college coaches in Lance Leipold. He won six Division III national championships at Wisconsin-Whitewater, and then two MAC titles at Buffalo before taking over at perennial bottom-feeder Kansas last season. The Jayhawks are a small home underdog to Iowa State Saturday, and already have wins over West Virginia and Houston as 14 and 9.5 point underdogs.
Stories like Kansas, Minnesota and the return of Florida State to the AP Top-25 for the first time since 2018 make college football betting must watch TV events on the weekends when the biggest and most watch games are played.
AP Top-25 Games, Betting Lines and TV Times
Here's the full Top-25 college football schedule, TV times and odds from FanDuel Sportsbook with favorites noted and Top-25 match-ups in bold. All but two games are on Saturday, Oct. 1
Types of bets and how to read the odds
No. 1 Georgia (-29.5) at Missouri | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 2 Alabama (-17.5) at No. 20 Arkansas | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 3 Ohio State (-39.5) vs. Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 4 Michigan (-10.5) at Iowa | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 5 Clemson (-7) vs. No. 10 NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 6 USC (-25.5) vs. Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 7 Kentucky at No. 14 Ole Miss (-6.5) | 12 p.m. | ESPN
No. 8 Tennessee (Bye)
No. 9 Oklahoma State at No. 16 Baylor (-2.5)| 3:30 p.m. | FOX
No. 11 Penn State (-25.5) vs. Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
No. 12 Utah (-10.5) vs. Oregon State | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
No. 13 Oregon (-17) vs. Stanford | 11 p.m. | FS1
No. 15 Washington (-2.5) at UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN (Friday)
No. 17 Texas A&M at Mississippi State (-3.5)| 4 p.m. | SEC Network
No. 18 Oklahoma (-5.5) at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC
No. 19 BYU (-23.5) vs Utah State | 8 p.m. | ESPN
No. 21 Minnesota (-11.5) vs. Purdue | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
No. 22 Wake Forest at No. 23 Florida State (-6.5)| 3:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 24 Pitt (-21.5) vs. Georgia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 25 Kansas State (-7.5) vs. Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | Big 12/ESPN+
Others receiving votes: Kansas 125, Cincinnati 60, Florida 56, Washington State 31, Syracuse 22, Oregon State 16, Texas Tech 11, North Carolina 9, LSU 7, James Madison 4, UCLA 3, Tulane 3, TCU 1
Top 25 Matchups
Two Top-25 match-ups in the ACC and SEC, along with one in the Big 12 on Saturday.
One of my sports betting contacts and respected handicapper Bob Stoll of Dr. Bob Sports sent over some added stats and info along with against the spread (ATS) data for the Alabama at Arkansas and Wake Forest at Florida State contests. He has a Best Bet on Florida State.
Wake Forest at Florida State
Wake Forest veteran QB Sam Hartman passed for 319 yards with 6 TD passes against Clemson in a 51-45 OT loss last week. Hartman is great (8.6 yards per pass play against teams that would allow 7.0 yppp to an average quarterback) but the Demon Deacons donât run the ball well (4.1 yards per rush) and Florida State defends the pass very well (5.0 yppp allowed to 3 FBS teams that would combine to average 6.4 yppp against an average defense). The Seminoles defense is just as good as Wakeâs offense.
The advantage for FSU is when they have the ball. Nolesâ quarterback Jordan Travis has completed 66% of his passes while still throwing the ball down the field and heâs averaged 9.3 yards per pass play against FBS defenses that would combine to allow just 5.7 yppp to an average quarterback. Wake Forest, meanwhile, has been just average defending the pass (5.8 yppp allowed to quarterbacks that would combine to average only 5.7 yppp against an average defense) and I expect Travis to have another strong game. Overall, Florida Stateâs offense is 1.9 yppl better than average while the Demon Deaconsâ defense is just 0.3 yppl better than average.
Alabama at Arkansas
Nick Sabanâs teams are 20-11 against the spread (ATS) as a road favorite of 14 points or more in SEC play since he became the head coach of the Crimson Tide. However, the Crimson Tide have played poorly in 4 of 5 true road games since the beginning of last season including a narrow escape and 20-19 win at Texas in September as a +20.5 point favorite.
Dr. Bob notes that the battle between the Arkansas offense (1.1 yards per play better than average) and the Alabama defense (2.2 yppl better than average with starters in) should be fairly competitive, but the Crimson Tide offense with Heisman QB Bryce Young averages more than 500 yards and 8.1 yards per play. Alabama should move the ball however they want against a sub-par Razorbacks defense.
I add more insight in some of my college football coverage for The Duel Sports with added Top-25 games including NC State at Clemson. The Tigers have the nationâs longest home winning streak at 36 games, including five against ranked opponents.
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And donât be surprised when more underdogs pull off the upsets and we see another shake-up in the Top-25.
You can bet on it.