Week 5 College Football Preview and Picks

Jake Myers

Arkansas at Georgia

Arkansas had an impressive victory against Texas A&M stopping a second-half Aggie rally in its tracks. Georgia has looked like one of (if not the) best team in the country. The Bulldogs have only given up one first-half touchdown all year. The big matchup up is going to be Arkansas’s duo of KJ Jefferson throwing to Treylon Burks against this nasty Georgia defense. The monster pass rush of the dawgs can make it hard for KJ Jefferson to get comfortable in the pocket, and not allow him to leave when he is under duress.

Verdict: (Georgia -17.5) The Razorbacks just won an emotional hard-fought win against Texas A&M that usually means a letdown for the next game. Unfortunately, the next one is the Georgia Bulldogs. The Razorbacks relied on some big plays in the first half against A&M to establish their lead and then stalled in the second half. Georgia’s defense is going to make it difficult for Arkansas to move the ball. Razorback’s need to turn this game into a low-scoring struggle if they want any chance to win. 

Georgia 31- Arkansas 10

 

 

Michigan at Wisconsin

The Michigan fans are starting to have some high hopes going into week 5. The Wolverines have looked solid thus far, even though they let usual Big Ten bottom-feeder Rutgers hang around last week. Wisconsin looked like they were on their way to defeating Notre Dame in Chicago. A game that would propel them into the top 10 for sure. Unfortunately a kick return for a touchdown immediately after a go-ahead field goal, also led to two pick-sixes by Graham Mertz. Wisconsin allows 31 points in the fourth quarter showing a score that was a lot closer than 41-13 implies. Wisconsin’ss defense is truly one of the best in the country but the offense cant figure out its passing game. One thing in this game is for sure, it’s going to be a low-scoring rock fight.

Verdict: (Wisconsin -1) This spread started off with the Badgers being favored by four. It swung all the way to Michigan being favored by one and now has swung back to Wisconsin -1. Wisconsin can seem to defeat ranked teams, and Jim Harbaugh can’t win on the road against ranked teams. Something has to give. I rather put my money on the battle-tested Badgers at home, who will be sure to improve their passing game (it can’t get any worse). Look for Wisconsin’s defense to dominate again.

Wisconsin 20 -Michigan 17

 

 

Cincinnati at Notre Dame

Jack Coan was banged up against his former Wisconsin teammates, but all signs are pointing for him to start against Cincinnati. This will definitely be the Bearcat’s most difficult matchup. Cincinnati did defeat Indiana by double digits but was down by 1 going into the fourth quarter. Indiana’s offense has shown major issues, and they were able to score 28 against the Bearcats. Notre Dame’s offense has had their moments where they’ve looked decent but it’s not where they want to be at this time. The key for Cincinnati is at quarterback with Desmond Ridder. As long as he doesn’t turn the ball over they will be able to score in the high 20s against the Irish.

Verdict: (Cincinnati -2) Cinciantii’s offense is better than people give them credit for. Their defense isn’t great, but with Notre Dame’s offensive line being shaky and Coan being banged up I like Cincinnati’s chances.

Cincinnati 27- Notre Dame 24

 

 

Ole Miss at Alabama 

The Lane Train returns to Tuscaloosa with his Rebels. Mississippi’s offense is one of the best in the country with quarterback Matt Corral throwing to on the outside Dontario Drummond. Alabama showed that they were human against Florida especially when dealing with the Gator offense after the first quarter. Ole Miss is going to put up points, but look to their defense to be improved from last year.

Verdict: (Ole Miss +14.5) The Rebels are going to keep this game close for the majority of the game until Alabama pulls away at the end. Ole Miss’s defense has improved, and their offense is amongst the best in the country. Jerrion Ealy is going to be the key for Ole Miss. If they can get him going early, it’s the balanced attack they need to keep the Crimson Tide on their toes. I also like the over 79.

Alabama 45 – Ole Miss 38

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