Week 5 in NCAA football was a profitable week for us as we tossed up a solid 4-2 mark. A few top teams struggled to victory last week, while some others made large statement wins. In the latter category was Michigan State, who ran roughshod over Wyoming in a game many professionals had pegged the Cowboys to keep competitive. The Spartans continue their reign of terror since their loss to Oregon, and may simply steamroll the entire Big Ten on their way to a possible playoff berth. They’re going to need some help though.
Help would potentially come in the form of a loss by Florida State, who overcame an atrocious first quarter to scamper past NC State 56-41. Some would view this as a knock on the Seminoles, but I tend to take the latter view here. FSU struggled mightily on defense and had some key turnovers on offense, yet still put up 56 points and won by 15. This would indicate that the Noles are an incomplete team who can only get better from here. Scary thought.
Notre Dame and Ole Miss both posted scorelines that were not indicative of how close the games were in victories over Syracuse and Memphis, respectively. They both take a big step up in class this week when Stanford and Alabama take up residence on the opposing sidelines. Both of these top 10 teams will have a tough time getting through this week unscathed, and I expect both of them to come out of this week with losses and a ranking more fitting with their talent level. I don’t think either of them is a threat for the playoff.
Texas A&M barely eked out a home victory over Arkansas in a game that they probably should’ve lost. They travel this week to Starkville to take on Mississippi State, who is coming off a bye following their road victory against LSU in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs would appear to have the better situational spot this week along with their home field. I also believe they have the better quarterback in newly minted Heisman contender Dak Prescott, who has looked sensational throughout the short season. Whoever emerges from this bout still undefeated will take one step closer to the SEC Championship game.
The card is light so far this week, but we’ll hopefully add more via Twitter (@MWPGT) as Saturday approaches.
331 Pittsburgh +7 -115 (Bovada)
333 Ohio +4.5 (MGM)
367 Stanford -1.5 -105 (Sportsbook)
399 Michigan +3 (Westgate)
2014 Season to Date:
NCAA FB: 27-20