|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAAFAfter a somewhat uneventful weekend, let's take a look at college football's Week 5, and preview some of the better matchups and opening lines ahead for Week 6.
The Alabama Crimson Tide remained No. 1 in the country last week on the heels of their 33-14 victory over Ole Miss. The Tide will take Week 6 off, so they should remain atop the pile heading into Week 7.
The Oregon Ducks stayed at number two following their easy 51-26 win at Washington State. They next take on the U of Washington, and are listed as 24 point favorites over the Huskies.
LSU dropped from 4 to 3 after they started out a little bit slow at home and had to try a little bit too hard in their eventual 38-22 victory over Towson. If the Tigers start slow next week, they may not have the luxury of a comeback against the No. 10 ranked Florida Gators. In that one, the Tigers are slim 2 ½ point favorites.
The Florida State Seminoles were the beneficiaries of LSU's lack of effort, taking over number three, up from four the previous week. The Seminoles beat South Florida on the road in Tampa 30-17. This is the first time since 2003 that Florida State has reached the third slot in the rankings. This weekend, they take on North Carolina State as the 14 ½ point favorites.
Spots five through seven remained the same with Georgia, South Carolina and Kansas State respectively occupying those slots once again. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks go head to head next week in a huge SEC matchup. This one is essentially a pick'em, with the Gamecocks being given the home field advantage and are listed as 2 point favorites. Kansas State takes on the KU Jayhawks, and are 24 point favorites.
We then come to the biggest drop of the week. Stanford, who had upset USC the previous week, lost their contest against Washington 17-13. The Cardinals plummeted 10 spots from No. 8 to 18. Stanford was, in fact, the only squad in the top 19 spaces to lose this weekend. The next face Arizona, and are 9 point favorites in that one.
West Virginia, Notre Dame and Florida round out the top ten in that order. West Virginia takes on No. 11 Texas this weekend, and are listed as 6 ½ point road dogs. Notre Dame faces Miami-Florida in South Bend as 12 ½ point home favorites.
Some newcomers to the rankings include No. 23 Washington, thanks to their aforementioned upset of the then eighth-ranked Stanford Cardinals, and the Northwestern Wildcats at No. 24 off to their best start in some time. They are still undefeated at 5-0.
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An interesting side note to this weeks rankings, has no team in the top 25 that is not a member of one of the BCS automatic qualifying conferences. Check back with BetRoyal's sportsbook later in the week for individual game previews, as well as line movements. Click here to go straight to the NCAA football odds listing for this week.