As we’re just one day away from the start of Week 5 of the college football season, we’ve looked over the slate of games and found some that we’re comfortable making predictions on. There are numerous games pitting ranked teams against each other, and with the conference seasons now in full swing, every game becomes that much more important. Let’s take a look at a few of this week’s games, and we’ll give you our predictions on those contests.
Washington Huskies (-2.5) @ UCLA Bruins (Friday, 9/30)
The Washington Huskies have snuck under the radar, and are quietly having a very good season. The UCLA Bruins seem to be doing the same thing. When Michael Penix, Jr. transferred to Washington, people didn’t realize how much of an impact he would have on Washington’s offense.
As for the Bruins, Chip Kelly has put together a very good team. Even though they’ve been overshadowed by USC, the Bruins are contenders for the Pac-12 title.
We think there’ll be a lot of points put up in this one, but the Washington Huskies will get the best of the Bruins on their home turf. The Huskies are undefeated against the spread this season, and we think they’ll continue that trend on Friday. Washington wins by a touchdown to cover the spread.
Georgia Bulldogs (-27.5) @ Missouri Tigers
The Bulldogs are coming off of a game in which they let Kent State hang around. Missouri lost a heartbreaker to Auburn, as they missed an easy field goal attempt to tie the game. Missouri is in rebuilding mode, while Georgia has looked even better at times than they did in last season’s national championship run.
While road games can be tough in the SEC, we think that Columbia will be full of Georgia fans on Saturday. The Bulldogs will look to rebound after Saturday’s dull performance, and unfortunately for Mizzou, they’ll take the brunt of Georgia’s ire.
The Bulldogs win this one big, and cover the spread in the process.
Arizona State Sun Devils @ USC Trojans (-24)
USC escaped Corvallis with a win last Saturday after a late comeback led by Caleb Williams. Arizona State has had plenty of issues to deal with over the past few weeks as head coach Herm Edwards was fired, there are numerous NCAA sanctions pending, and the program is in a bad place right now.
Arizona State hasn’t been able to stop anyone on the ground this season, as their defense has given up nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. Look for Lincoln Riley’s offense to exploit the poor Sun Devils’ rushing defense and run wild throughout the game. Oh, and we almost forgot that Williams is one of the top passing quarterbacks in college football as well.
Things don’t look good for Arizona State here. USC is always very good at home, and they’re coming off of subpar performance. We think Williams will have a big day, as he’ll be looking to stay in the Heisman Trophy race.
USC puts up a lot of points, while Arizona State will struggle to score. Give us the Trojans in this one, as they win by at least 30 and cover the 24-point spread.