DraftKings has released lines for 11 different Week 5 games in college football. Utah and Oregon St. hope to remain undefeated in Week 4 before they collide next Friday in Corvallis, where the Beavers are 2.5-point home favorites.
Jonathan Smith’s team is 14-1 both straight up and against the spread in its last 15 home games at Reser Stadium. Oregon St. opens Pac-12 play on the road Saturday at Washington St.
Utah has beaten the Beavers in three of the last four head-to-head meetings, including a 42-16 win as a 10.5-point home favorite last year. However, Oregon St. knocked off the Utes 42-34 as a three-point home underdog in 2021.
Utah owns an incredible 13-2 ATS record in its last 15 games as a road underdog since 2014. The Utes are hoping to get QB Cam Rising and TE Brant Kuithe back for this Saturday’s home game vs. UCLA.
In a noon Eastern clash at Kroger Field in Lexington on Sept. 30, Kentucky is a 3.5-point home favorite vs. Florida. The Gators have lost six of their last seven SEC road games.
They’ve also dropped back-to-back games against the Wildcats, who went into The Swamp and won 26-16 as six-point road underdogs last year. UF had its 16-game winning streak in Lexington snapped in 2021 when UK captured a 20-13 win as a 7.5-point home underdog.
Mark Stoops’s team is 15-9 ATS in its last 24 games as a home ‘chalk’ since the start of the 2019 campaign. As a head coach, Billy Napier’s teams have compiled an 18-6-1 ATS record with 11 outright wins in 25 games as underdogs.
UK opens league play in Week 4 at Vanderbilt, while UF hosts Charlotte.
DraftKings has Clemson installed as a nine-point road favorite at Syracuse. The Tigers will be in a letdown spot after this Saturday’s crucial ACC showdown vs. Florida St. in Death Valley. Dino Babers’s team is at home this Saturday vs. Army.
The Orange are 3-0 both SU and ATS after winning 35-20 at Purdue in Week 3 as a 1.5-point road favorite. The ‘Cuse beat Colgate 65-0 in its opener before spanking Western Michigan 48-7 in Week 2. Babers’s squads are 10-8 ATS as home underdogs since 2018, while the Tigers are 6-7 ATS in their last 13 contests as road ‘chalk’ since 2020.
Like Clemson, Notre Dame will be in a flat scenario when it goes on the road to play at Duke just one week after hosting Ohio St. DraftKings has the Fighting Irish listed as a 6.5-point road favorite against the Blue Devils, who take a 3-0 SU record and a 2-1 ATS mark into this Saturday’s non-conference game at UConn.
Duke is now 12-4 both SU and ATS 16 games into Mike Elko’s tenure that’s been nothing short of sensational so far. The Blue Devils are 8-1 both SU and ATS in nine games at Wallace Wade Stadium on Elko’s watch.
Notre Dame owns a 13-5-2 ATS record in 20 games as a road favorite since 2017. Marcus Freeman’s first team in 2022 was an underdog in all four of its road games, but the Fighting Irish did cover the number in a 45-24 win at NC St. as a seven-point road favorite in Week 2 of this year.
In a key Sun Belt battle, James Madison is a one-point home favorite vs. South Alabama next Saturday. The Jaguars lost 37-17 at Tulane in their season opener, but they’ve bounced back with wins vs. Southeastern Louisiana (35-17) and at Oklahoma St. (33-7).
Kane Wommack’s team went into Stillwater and simply dealt out an assbeating to Mike Gundy’s bunch. QB Carter Bradley threw two touchdown passes without an interception. Unfortunately for USA and Bradley, star WR Devin Voisin is going to miss the rest of the season with an injury. Voisin had 64 catches for 871 yards and five TDs in 2022.
If LSU gets past Arkansas at home this week and Ole Miss can pull a mild upset at Alabama, the ramifications for LSU at Ole Miss in Week 5 will be enormous for the SEC West and both team’s hopes of getting to the College Football Playoff.
DraftKings has LSU as a three-point road favorite in Oxford. This line in August had the Tigers as 4.5-point road ‘chalk.’ The Rebels are 3-2 ATS in five games as home underdogs during Lane Kiffin’s tenure, while LSU is 1-3 ATS as a road favorite on Brian Kelly’s watch after winning 41-14 at Mississippi St. as a 9.5-point road ‘chalk’ last week.
LSU lost 31-17 in its last trip to Oxford, but the Tigers got revenge in a 45-20 win over the Rebels as 1.5-point home ‘chalk’ last year.
Texas will host Kansas in Week 5 and DraftKings has the Longhorns at -17. This line has only been adjusted one-half point since August when Texas was -17.5.
Steve Sarkisian’s team will put its unbeaten record on the line this Saturday at Baylor, while KU will try to remain undefeated at home vs. BYU. The Jayhawks have beaten Texas only twice since 1939, but they prevailed 57-56 in overtime in their last visit to Austin in 2021.
Lance Leipold’s first team at KU beat the Longhorns outright as a 31-point road underdog. However, the Jayhawks are only 4-8 ATS in 12 games as road ‘dogs during Leipold’s tenure. Meanwhile, Texas owns a 7-6 ATS ledger in 13 games as a home favorite on Sarkisian’s watch, but it is 0-2 ATS in a pair of such spots this year.
Michigan faces Rutgers in its Big Ten opener at home this Saturday. Then the Wolverines will leave Ann Arbor for the first time to face Nebraska as an 18-point road favorite. They’re 8-4-1 ATS in their last 13 games as road ‘chalk.’
Nebraska is 12-3-2 ATS in its last 17 contests from the role of underdog.
Can Auburn break out some Jordan-Hare magic for top-ranked Georgia’s trip to The Plains next weekend? Only time will tell, but the chances of Hugh Freeze’s team potentially pulling an upset have improved in recent weeks.
I say that because UGA was listed as an 18.5-point road favorite at Auburn back in August. DraftKings now has that number reduced to -13. Both teams remain undefeated going into Week 4, with UGA hosting UAB while Auburn plays at Texas A&M.
Georgia has beaten Auburn in 15 of the last 18 head-to-head meetings, and the Bulldogs are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 encounters. Kirby Smart’s squad has won the last three meetings against Auburn by a combined score of 103-26.
Texas A&M is listed as a seven-point favorite vs. Arkansas in Arlington next weekend. The Aggies were only three-point favorites vs. the Razorbacks back in August.
It doesn’t sound like Arkansas star RB Rocket Sanders, who was injured back in Week 1, is going to be able to play this Saturday at LSU. Sam Pittman and the Hogs hope he’ll be ready for the Aggies in Week 5.
Colorado will try to stay unbeaten at Oregon this Saturday without star CB/WR Travis Hunter. It won’t get any easier for the Buffaloes next weekend when USC comes to Boulder.
DraftKings has the Trojans listed as 17.5-point road favorites. They’ve had two weeks to prepare for this Saturday’s showdown at Arizona St. Lincoln Riley’s first team at USC went 2-2 ATS in four games as a road favorite in 2022.
Finally, Alabama is favored by 11.5 for its Week 5 trip to Starkville to face Mississippi St. The Bulldogs are an atrocious 1-8 ATS in their last nine games as home underdogs.
The Crimson Tide is on a 15-game winning streak against Mississippi St., going 11-4 ATS in those encounters.