You may have missed it last week in a fairly meaningless but very entertaining Houston-Tulane matchup. Cougars quarterback D’Eriq King had three touchdowns in the loss. That was the 15th straight game in which the King accounted for at least one passing and one rushing touchdown in the same game. King now owns the FBS record for such a streak, breaking the record of 14 in a row previously set by Florida’s Tim Tebow more than a decade ago. Here are two College Football Week 5 games before Saturday that we would parlay together on the college football betting spread.
2019 College Football Week 5 Parlay Betting Picks
Navy at Memphis (-10.5)
This is the only FBS game on Thursday night. Big one in the American Athletic Conference West Division – likely the winner of this game wins the division and these teams have combined for the past three West titles. Navy is trying to open its season 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five years. Out of 130 FBS teams, Navy and Memphis are two of just 23 remaining teams that have not lost this year.
Features two of the top defenses in the FBS this year. Navy is ranked fourth in total defense (226.5 yds/gm), while Memphis is ranked third (226.3 yds/gm). In scoring defense, Navy is second (8.5), while Memphis is 14th (13.3). Navy has held each of its first two opponents to under 100 yards rushing (64 for Holy Cross and 86 for East Carolina). It is the first time Navy has held the opposition to under 100 yards in back-to-back games since 2008 when the Mids held SMU to -13 yards and Temple to 69 yards.
This marks just the fifth Thursday night game Navy has played in, amassing a 1-3 record. Navy has never played a home game on Thursday night. The team was supposed to play at East Carolina in 2016 on Thursday night, but because of severe flooding in the area the game was moved to a Saturday later on in the year. Navy won that game, 66-31.
Last year Navy was a home dog and upset Memphis 22-21. Backup QB Zach Abey scored from the 3 with 2:37 left for the winning TD. A steady rain turned a projected shootout into a conservative game of ball control. Memphis’ Darrell Henderson finished with 212 yards and three TDs on just 13 carries. The Middies were down 12 in the fourth; the last time the Midshipmen won when trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter was in 2008, against Temple. The Middies are 3-1 all-time vs. Memphis.
Arizona State at No. 15 California (-4)
Big one in the Pac-12 on Friday and possibly a conference title game preview, although we tend to doubt that. Cal is the only team in the Pac-12 without an overall loss. The Bears are off a 28-20 win at Ole Miss on Saturday.
Evan Weaver stuffed Ole Miss quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on Cal’s 1-yard line with his career-best 22nd tackle of the game as time expired to seal the victory. The Bears, who earned their first win at a SEC school since 1977, also became the first Pac-12 team to defeat a SEC school on the road since Oregon bested Tennessee in Knoxville in 2010.
Cal has now held 11 consecutive opponents under 24 points – the longest active streak in the country. Cal improved to 9-0 in regular-season non-conference games under head coach Justin Wilcox.
Quarterback Chase Garbers put together a personal-best performance in the win, setting career highs in passing yards (357), completions (23) and touchdown passes (four). The redshirt sophomore finished 23-of-35 passing and found nine different receivers at least once.
What about the Sun Devils?
ASU fell out of the top 25 with a 34-31 home loss to Colorado on Saturday. Sun Devils tailback Eno Benjamin, a preseason Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch-List honoree, finished the night with 83 yards in the game and eclipsed 2,000 career rushing yards and has 2,076 yards in his third year as a Sun Devil. He also notched his 20th career touchdown which tied the game at 21 with 5:23 left in the first half. Jayden Daniels threw for a career-high 345 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat, the third most passing yards by a Sun Devil freshman quarterback.
The Sun Devils have scored double-digit points in 123 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the FBS and the second-longest streak in the modern era of football behind only Louisiana Tech. ASU also holds the FBS active streak for consecutive games scoring more than 7 points, extending their streak to 138 straight games.
Expert College Football Week 5 Parlay Betting Picks
Back Cal and Navy (Middies to cover but not win)
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