DraftKings has posted look-ahead spreads for nine different college football games in Week 5. Let’s start with Friday’s game that has Washington as a 2.5-point road favorite at UCLA.
The Huskies will be on the road for the first time in this spot after playing four consecutive contests at home. They’re off to a 3-0 start with wins over Kent St. (45-20), Portland St. (52-6) and Michigan St. (39-28). Kalen DeBoer’s team hosts Stanford on Saturday.
UCLA was fortunate to rally past South Alabama for a 32-31 home win in Week 3. The Bruins won 24-17 at Washington as 1.5-point road underdogs last season. They’ve won 11 of the last 15 head-to-head meetings against UW, going 10-5 ATS, and are 8-1 in the last nine at Rose Bowl Stadium.
DraftKings has Utah installed as an 11.5-point home favorite vs. Oregon St. The Utes are seeking their third straight win Saturday at Arizona St. as 14.5-point road ‘chalk.’ They’ll be in revenge mode against the Beavers after losing 42-34 in Corvallis last year.
Oregon St. (3-0 straight up, 3-0 against the spread) is a 5.5 or six-point home underdog Saturday against unbeaten Southern Cal. The Beavers’ home win over Utah last year snapped a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.
Clemson is listed as a nine-point home favorite vs North Carolina St. Most books had the Tigers at -10 in their Games of the Year over the summer. They’re seven-point road ‘chalk’ Saturday at Wake Forest, which will try to end a 13-game losing streak against Dabo Swinney’s program.
NC St. will roll into Death Valley undefeated after it takes care of business Saturday vs. UConn. Dave Doeren’s team ended an eight-game losing streak against Clemson in last year’s 27-21 overtime victory. However, the Wolfpack hasn’t won at Clemson since 2002 when Philip Rivers was the QB and Chuck Amato was the HC.
DraftKings has Baylor listed as a 1.5-point home favorite vs. Oklahoma St. The Cowboys will be in the favorable spot after they enjoy an open date this weekend. Meanwhile, the Bears are looking at a 60-minute battle Saturday as short underdogs at Iowa St.
Dave Aranda’s team lost 24-14 at Oklahoma St. as a four-point road underdog in last year’s regular-season encounter. Mike Gundy’s squad will be in revenge mode, though, after it lost 21-16 to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game on a valiant goal-line stand by the Bears in the final minute.
Ole Miss is a four-point home favorite vs. Kentucky. The Rebels will wrap up non-conference play Saturday when they host Tulsa. They’re 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS in this rivalry since 1990. Ole Miss won its first game of the Lane Kiffin Era in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign by pulling out a 42-41overtime thriller in Lexington as a 6.5-point road underdog.
Kentucky also closes out non-conference action Saturday with a home game vs. No. Illinois. The Wildcats are 3-0-1 ATS with two outright wins in their last four games as road underdogs, including a 26-16 win at Florida in Week 2.
Oklahoma has been installed as a seven-point road favorite at TCU. The Sooners own a 10-1 record against the Horned Frogs since they joined the Big 12, including a 52-31 win as 13.5-point home favorites in 2021.
TCU has had two weeks to prepare for a revenge game Saturday at SMU.
DraftKings has Mississippi St. listed as a 1.5-point home favorite next week vs. Texas A&M. The Aggies will be coming off a rivalry game against Arkansas and playing their fourth tough game in as many weeks.
Mike Leach’s team is in bounce-back mode Saturday when it hosts Bowling Green. The Bulldogs led at LSU for most of the first three quarters before the Tigers pulled away to capture a 31-16 victory.
In last year’s meeting at Kyle Field in College Station, Mississippi St. QB Will Rogers completed 46-of-59 passes for 408 yards and three TDs in a 26-22 upset win as a seven-point road underdog.
DraftKings has FSU (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) installed as a 2.5-point home favorite vs. Wake Forest. The Seminoles are hoping that star QB Jordan Travis and star DE Jared Verse will be back in the lineup. Both are expected to miss Saturday’s home game vs. Boston College after leaving last Friday’s win at Louisville with injuries.
Dave Clawson’s team will be coming off of Saturday’s home game vs. Clemson. When these teams met in Winston-Salem last season, the Demon Deacons coasted to a 35-14 win as 4.5-point home ‘chalk.’
Wake Forest will be trying to knock off FSU for the third straight year. The ‘under’ is on a 7-0 run in this ACC rivalry.
Alabama is a 15.5-point road favorite at Arkansas. The Crimson Tide plays host to Vanderbilt on Saturday, while the Razorbacks are in Arlington, TX., for their annual game against Texas A&M.
Since Sam Pittman arrived in Fayetteville, Arkansas has compiled a 4-2 spread record with three outright wins (over Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas) in six games as a home underdog. The Hogs easily covered the spread in last season’s 42-35 loss at Alabama as 20.5-point ‘dogs.
Nick Saban is a perfect 15-0 vs. Arkansas since taking the Alabama HC job. In fact, the Razorbacks haven’t even had the lead against the Crimson Tide since they were ahead 7-3 in the second quarter of the 2015 encounter.