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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 5: Alabama, Clemson open as big favorites in key matchups

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The start of conference play throughout college football has seen almost every national title contender face real hardships. There are now five ranked matches that will take center stage as the season approaches its fifth week. No. 20 Arkansas gets a quick bounceback opportunity against No. 1 Alabama after losing to a bizarre field miss against Texas A&M. Meanwhile, Baylor No. 16 and Oklahoma State No. 9 are battling for control of the Big 12 title race after both being outrageous favorites.

Quarterback battles should be an exciting weekend at the ACC. No. 10 NC State Devin Leary and No. 5 Clemson’s DJ Wiagaleley compete with the best defense they’ve ever faced so far. The No. 12 Utah also faces a big line against an Oregon State team that pushed USC to the limit in Week 4.

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Here are some of the biggest spreads to watch in week 5, with odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

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No. 10 NC State (+7) to No. 5 Clemson: The Tigers barely survived the battle with Wake Forest, and now the physical team of the Wolf Pack is arriving in Death Valley. North Carolina State has been slowly recovering since being nearly defeated by East Carolina in the first game, but Clemson is its first real test. The battle features perhaps the two best defenses in the ACC, so be careful not to get hit.

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No. 9 Oklahoma State (+1.5) to No. 16 Baylor: The Cowboys travel to Waco for a rematch of last year’s Big 12 championship game. Oklahoma State is 3-0 but hasn’t played a team above 86 in the CBS Sports 131 Rankings. Baylor lost a double overtime thriller against BYU but beat Iowa State last weekend. Whichever team emerges victorious will have an internal path to the Big 12 title match in 2022. What to watch: OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders threw seven of his 12 interceptions against defense Dave Aranda last season.

No. 2 in Alabama (-16.5) and No. 20 in Arkansas: The Razorbacks lost a heartbreaker last week on a missed field goal against Texas A&M and dropped 10 spots in the rankings as a result. With the arrival of Alabama in the city, Arkansas has a chance to shock the world and win a landmark victory. Arkansas played Alabama by seven points last season, and the Tide only beat Texas by one point in Week 2. The ingredients for an upset are there.

No. 7 Kentucky (+4) to No. 14 Ole Miss: The Rebels are finally getting their first challenge of the season as Kentucky head to the highest ranked Oxford since 1977. The Wildcats beat Florida by 10 points but struggled with the prediction against Northern Illinois. Ole Miss also played inconsistently against Tulsa in a 35-27 win, but this win moved them to 4-0. NFL-level quarterbacks Will Lewis and Jackson Dart will be fully featured in this game.

No. 22 Wake Forest (+4) in Florida No. 23: The Demon Deacons came very close to snapping a 13-game losing streak to Clemson, but ultimately lost in overtime. Florida State is undefeated, but its best victory comes over a shaky LSU team. Ultimately, the showdown between Sam Hartman and Jordan Travis should be one of the best games of the weekend. Home field advantage can be the difference.

The best of the rest

No. 1 Georgia in Missouri (+28)
No. 4 Michigan in Iowa (+9.5)
Arizona State No. 6 USC (-24)
Northwest ranked 11th in Pennsylvania (-24.5)
Oregon State 12th in Utah (-11)
Stanford 13th in Oregon (-15)
No. 15 Washington at UCLA (+2.5)
No. 17 Texas A&M in Mississippi (-1)
No. 18 Oklahoma at TCU (+5)
Utah #19 BYU (-24.5)
Perdue in 21st in Minnesota (-10)
Georgia Institute of Technology ranked 24th in Pittsburgh (-19.5)
Texas Institute of Technology ranked 25th in Kansas (-8)



Source: www.cbssports.com

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