Utah vs Washington State

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Utah vs Washington State

Utah enters this game with a record of 2-1, losing their first game last week to the Washington Huskies. Just like last game, this game should be interesting, as both these teams have something to prove. The Utes and the Cougars are both coming into the weekend fresh off their first losses of the season. Going on the road to face the Cougars will be an exciting matchup.

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After the first three weeks, it’s clear that the Utes have been off to a slow start. Against Weber State, they went down 10-0 during the first half. Against NIU, the Utes were scoreless in the first half and, against the Huskies, the Utes scored their only seven points in the first half.

Washington State has a high-powered offense, as they score an average of 42.5 points per game. Cougars’ quarterback Gardner Minshew has played great in every showing this season. He has thrown for over 300 yards in each game, and has thrown an additional 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. This was a surprise for many, as analysts thought the program would be rebuilding after the departure of NFL talent Luke Falk. The Cougars found a gem in receiver Easop Winston, who had six receptions for 143 yards just last week against USC.

Last week, the Cougars fell short to the Trojans, as they lost by just three points and displayed great football throughout. Many believe that the game would have been theirs if not for crucial, costly turnovers. If they hope to succeed this week, they need to establish their run game early. Running back James William has struggled this season, averaging just 3.9 yards per run. The Cougars have relied on the pass game, but mixing up their schemes could prove beneficial, as the Utes have displayed great defense.

The Cougars have won their last seven games at home, so it’s easy to assume that they’ll want to control momentum. Washington State has done a good job defensively as they have allowed over 30 points to an opponent just once in this season and that was against a great team: USC. Utah struggled to find production on the offensive side of the ball these past few weeks and if the Cougars can play decent defense, then the Utes could find themselves leaving Pullman with a .500 record.

For this game, the Cougars have the advantage, as the Utes haven’t displayed any offensive consistency this season. With their high-powered offense, the Cougars should have the ability to fatigue the Utes’ defense as many believe that Utah’s offense won’t be on the field for too long. After losing to the Trojans — a game the Cougars believe they should have won — they’re returning back home with a lot of motivation to dismantle the Utes. Despite the advantages for the Cougars, the Utes could surprise many and claim a 3-1 record, as they have beaten great teams in the past when nobody expects it.

Michigan vs Northwestern

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Michigan vs Northwestern

No. 14 Michigan started off the season on a losing note with its trip to Notre Dame, but since then, Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have been rolling and are emerging as a contender in that stacked Big Ten East division. Saturday on the road, one week after the statement beat down of Nebraska, Michigan will look to maintain its unblemished record in the conference when it takes a trip to Northwestern to take on the struggling Wildcats.

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Northwestern is trying to get back to .500 after letting Akron come from behind to win 39-34. The Wildcats had a bye in Week 4, so they should be plenty rested and ready to go.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ryan Field — Evanston, Illinois
TV: FOX | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Michigan: Say this for the Wolverines: they can handle their business. After dropping the Week 1 game at Notre Dame, Michigan has won three straight by an average margin of 39 points. If nothing else, it can line up, hat on hat, and dominate lesser opponents. Can it do that against Northwestern on the road? Michigan is 9-6 on the road under Harbaugh and few of those wins have come easily.

Northwestern: The Wildcats will be without leading rusher Jeremy Larkin moving forward. Larkin, who had 346 of the team’s 351 yards rushing this season, was forced to retire from football effective immediately due to a spinal condition. Junior John Moten IV has been a career backup/short yardage option, but he’s listed as the starter. Jesse Brown and Isaiah Bowser may get carries as well. Who steps up in the ground game?

Michigan has the better defense and a more established ground game. It should have everything it needs to win on paper, maybe even comfortably. Losing Larkin stinks for Northwestern, too. However, Michigan has not been a great road team under Harbaugh and the Wildcats are coming off a bye. With those things in mind, a nearly two-touchdown spread is big enough to take the points. Pick: Northwestern +13.5

Louisville vs Florida State

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Louisville vs Florida State

Florida St. will challenge Louisville on the road at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Florida St. don’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 6.5-point advantage in the spread.

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After having lost a blowout to Syracuse in their game two weeks ago against they, Florida St. was happy to find some success last Saturday. Florida St. had enough points to win and then some against N. Illinois, taking their match 37-19. The high-flying offensive effort was a definite turnaround from Florida St.’s flat performance the match before.

Meanwhile, Louisville found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 27-3 punch to the gut against Virginia.

Florida St.’s win lifted them to 2-2 while Louisville’s defeat dropped them down to 2-2. We’ll see if Florida St.’s success rolls on or if Louisville is able to steal their positive momentum.

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  • When: Saturday at 3:30 PM ET
  • Where: Cardinal Stadium, Kentucky
  • TV: ESPN2
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

The Seminoles are a solid 6.5 point favorite against the Cardinals.

This season, Louisville is 0-3-0 against the spread. As for Florida St., they are 1-2-0 against the spread

Oklahoma vs Baylor

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Oklahoma vs Baylor

No. 6 Oklahoma is rather lucky to be able to enter Week 5 of the season still undefeated. Last week, on the unorthodox viewing option of pay-per-view, the Sooners survived a scare from a stout Army team in overtime. It wasn’t the ideal position to be in, but ultimately, the favorites to emerge victorious in the Big 12 once again came out with their unblemished record intact.

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Up next is Baylor, which gave Oklahoma problems even as a one-win team a year ago. Off to a 3-1 start to the year, though, this already seems like a pretty improved Bears team under coach Matt Rhule. A huge upset victory over the Sooners on Saturday would definitively show everyone just how improved this team is.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium — Norman, Oklahoma
TV: 
ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN

Baylor: The Bears are already halfway to bowl eligibility, and they should realistically be flirting with it by November. Can Matt Rhule’s team steal a win on the road? The last time Baylor beat a ranked conference opponent was in 2015 (at No. 6 Oklahoma State 45-35). The last time it beat Oklahoma was in 2014. The Sooners can score a lot and in a hurry, so not getting overwhelmed at the start is important.

Oklahoma: Can the Sooners get back into a rhythm and take care of business? Trey Sermon has done a nice job stepping into the starting running back role, so there’s little concern there. But what about the defense? Iowa State and Army had success on offense with two very different game plans, and Baylor has firepower. The perpetual issue with a team of Oklahoma’s caliber is that it usually gets everyone’s best punch. However, the Sooners have cut it close for two straight weeks.

The line has already shrunk three points and Oklahoma hasn’t covered since Week 1 … but it’s also been a massive favorite in every game. The Bears have a weapon, too. Receiver Denzel Mims is a large-bodied, big-play guy who had a career day against Oklahoma last year with 192 yards and three touchdowns. He’s been hampered by a hamstring injury, but if he’s good to go, he’s the kind of big wideout Oklahoma struggles to defend. Pick: Baylor +23.5 

Penn State vs Ohio State

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Penn State vs Ohio State

The No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions and No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes meet on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. This game, one of two on the Week 5 college football schedule that features a pair of Top-10 teams, will have major implications on who reaches the Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Ohio State vs. Penn State odds, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is now 68 after opening at 72. A win in Happy Valley paves the way for a Big Ten Championship Game berth, while the loser will need help along the way. Before you enter your Ohio State vs. Penn State picks, check out what SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh has to say.

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The renowned co-founder of AccuScore, Oh simulates each game 10,000 times using SportsLine’s projection model. Oh is crushing his college football picks in 2018, and he has been extremely impressive when the Nittany Lions or Buckeyes are involved. He’s on a 7-0 run picking Penn State games and has hit on eight of nine Ohio State contests. That’s a 15-1 combined record on spread picks for or against each team. Anyone who has followed him is up big.

Now, he has crunched the numbers and generated a strong point-spread selection for Saturday’s Ohio State vs. Penn State showdown. It’s only available over at SportsLine.

Oh knows Ohio State has destroyed the competition on the way to a 4-0 start, and that includes a 40-28 win at No. 15 TCU. Its other three games have been routs, beating the likes of Oregon State, Rutgers and Tulane by an average of 46 points.

Dwayne Haskins has emerged as a Heisman frontrunner, piling up 1,194 yards, 16 TDs and only one INT. But teams can’t focus on slowing down the sophomore QB because the Buckeyes have two running backs that would start on just about every team in the country. Sophomore JK Dobbins, himself a preseason Heisman contender, has rushed for 323 yards and two TDs, while junior Mike Weber has 299 yards and three scores. They each average 5.8 yards per carry.

The defense has been just as dominant, holding opponents to an average of only 301.5 yards. Star pass rusher Nick Bosa remains out after having “core surgery” following an injury against TCU. The Buckeyes have 15 sacks and four INTs so far; Bosa has four of them, while DT Dre’Mont Jones has three.

But just because Ohio State has been dominant thus far doesn’t mean it will cover on the road against a Penn State team that also features an explosive offense and is also ranked in the top 10.

Penn State needed overtime to edge Appalachian State in its season-opener, but the Nittany Lions have taken nothing for granted since. Against Pittsburgh, Kent Stateand Illinois, the Lions have racked up an average of 59 points, with a margin of victory of 45.7 per game.

The Nittany Lions have pounded defenses through the air and on the ground, averaging 275 yards passing and 240 yards rushing. Senior quarterback Trace McSorley has 763 yards passing with eight touchdowns against just two interceptions.

Penn State’s defense has also been solid this season. In fact, the Nittany Lions are allowing just 173 passing yards per game, which ranks 29th in the nation.

Oh has analyzed this matchup from every possible angle and while we can tell you he’s leaning under, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing his pick over at SportsLine.

Notre Dame vs Stanford

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Notre Dame vs Stanford

College football doesn’t get much better than when top-10 teams clash. That’s exactly what’s on tap Saturday when the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Kickoff from Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Cardinal are coming off a heart-pounding overtime thriller against Oregon, while the Irish routed Wake Forest. The Fighting Irish opened as 3.5-point favorites and are now laying 5.5 in the latest Notre Dame vs. Stanford odds. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas believes will be scored, has ballooned from 50 to 52.5. Before you lock in your Notre Dame vs. Stanford picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine college football expert Emory Hunt has to say.

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Hunt is the founder of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of college football since 2007. Loaded with decades of college football expertise, including playing running back at Louisiana-Lafayette, Hunt is an incredible 7-2 in his previous nine picks against the spread involving Stanford. Now, Hunt has scrutinized Stanford vs. Notre Dame from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s revealing only at SportsLine.

Hunt is well aware that Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, who had been inconsistent this season, is coming off an outstanding performance in Eugene. The junior signal caller was 19 for 26 for 327 yards and three touchdowns last week against Oregon. For the season, he has 1,056 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes.

Heisman hopeful running back Bryce Love was back on the field against the Ducks after missing the previous game against UC Davis with an undisclosed injury. Love has yet to show off his dynamic play-making abilities this season. He has 59 carries for 254 yards — just 4.3 per carry — and two touchdowns, well behind the pace he set last season. But he did show some of that amazing spark in Oregon with a nifty 22-yard score that helped rally Stanford back into the game.

Just because Stanford has come out hot doesn’t mean it will stay within the spread Saturday.

Notre Dame’s offense showed plenty of life under new quarterback Ian Book, who was nothing short of spectacular against the Demon Deacons. He completed nearly 75 percent of his pass attempts for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for three more scores as part of his 43-yard rushing performance. Book got plenty of help from the backfield tandem of Tony Jones Jr. and Jafar Armstrong. The two backs combined for 137 rushing yards and three scores against Wake.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the under, but he has uncovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Stanford vs Notre Dame

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College football doesn’t get much better than when top-10 teams clash. That’s exactly what’s on tap Saturday when the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the seventh-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Kickoff from Notre Dame Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Cardinal are coming off a heart-pounding overtime thriller against Oregon, while the Irish routed Wake Forest. The Fighting Irish opened as 3.5-point favorites and are now laying 5.5 in the latest Notre Dame vs. Stanford odds. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas believes will be scored, has ballooned from 50 to 52.5. Before you lock in your Notre Dame vs. Stanford picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine college football expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of college football since 2007. Loaded with decades of college football expertise, including playing running back at Louisiana-Lafayette, Hunt is an incredible 7-2 in his previous nine picks against the spread involving Stanford. Now, Hunt has scrutinized Stanford vs. Notre Dame from every possible angle to reveal a strong point-spread pick that he’s revealing only at SportsLine.

Hunt is well aware that Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello, who had been inconsistent this season, is coming off an outstanding performance in Eugene. The junior signal caller was 19 for 26 for 327 yards and three touchdowns last week against Oregon. For the season, he has 1,056 passing yards and 10 touchdown passes.

Heisman hopeful running back Bryce Love was back on the field against the Ducks after missing the previous game against UC Davis with an undisclosed injury. Love has yet to show off his dynamic play-making abilities this season. He has 59 carries for 254 yards — just 4.3 per carry — and two touchdowns, well behind the pace he set last season. But he did show some of that amazing spark in Oregon with a nifty 22-yard score that helped rally Stanford back into the game.

Notre Dame’s offense showed plenty of life under new quarterback Ian Book, who was nothing short of spectacular against the Demon Deacons. He completed nearly 75 percent of his pass attempts for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for three more scores as part of his 43-yard rushing performance. Book got plenty of help from the backfield tandem of Tony Jones Jr. and Jafar Armstrong. The two backs combined for 137 rushing yards and three scores against Wake.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning toward the under, but he has uncovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Ohio State vs Penn State

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The annual meeting between Ohio State and Penn State has become one of the most important games played every college football season. With both teams being two of the best in the Big Ten, and sharing the same division, this game always has repercussions not just within the Big Ten East, but in the College Football Playoff picture. Ohio State has won five of the last six meetings, including a 39-38 win in Columbus last season, but Penn State did win the last meeting in Happy Valley 24-21.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29 | Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Beaver Stadium — Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
TV: 
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Ohio State: Urban Meyer returned from his suspension last week as Ohio State crushed Tulane 49-6, and now the Buckeyes face their toughest test of the season so far on the road against Penn State. Ohio State’s offense has been nearly unstoppable with Dwayne Haskins at quarterback, scoring 54.5 points per game, but Penn State is the best offense the Buckeyes have faced to this point, and they’ll be doing so on the road. And they’ll be doing it without their best pass rusher in Nick Bosa.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions’ offense has kicked into a higher gear the last two weeks. After scoring 96 points in their first two games — which is pretty damn good itself — the Nittany Lions have scored 63 points in consecutive weeks against Kent State and Illinois. That includes a 35-point explosion against the Illini last week to overcome a 24-21 deficit. Penn State’s defense, however, has shown some vulnerability this season, and the Ohio State offense is far-and-away the most explosive unit they’ll have faced this season.

Ultimately, it all comes down to Penn State’s defense and the fact I just don’t trust it yet. Yes, Penn State’s offense has been fantastic, but it’s done so against teams like Pitt, Kent State and Illinois. Ohio State’s already battle-tested as well, beating TCU a couple of weeks ago in Texas. Penn State is talented enough to win this game, but it hasn’t earned my trust yet. Ohio State has. Pick: Ohio State -3.5

Southern Mississippi vs Auburn

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The Auburn Tigers are coming off a 34-3 drubbing of the Arkansas Razorbacks in its SEC opener. Its opponent this week, Southern Miss, took care of business at home against Rice.

The Tigers have been a hard team to gauge thus far into the season. Yes, they beat a top-ten team in Washington and played to the last minute against a very capable squad in LSU. But the AU offense is clearly problematic.

Last week when Auburn took down Arkansas, the final score was rather…misleading. The Razorbacks outgained the Tigers in total yards 290-225. They also matched them in first downs with 13 and had a significantly higher time of possession.

Tigers QB Jarrett Stidham went an efficient 15 for 22, but only notched 134 yards and a total QBR of 30.1. Against the Razorbacks’ porous rush defense, Auburn’s best running back in JaTarvious “Boobie” Whitlow only managed 49 yards on 13 carries.

Southern Miss isn’t an elite opponent. But a good showing for AU would do wonders going into the following game against Mississippi State.

Southern Miss QB Jack Abraham is legit. The only game in which he threw for less than 375 yards was in the first of the season against Jackson State. Abraham threw for four touchdowns and 242 yards. The stat line was so low because he was pulled at halftime to let the second-string QB log some snaps.

He smoked the Rice defense to the tune of 428 yards, four touchdowns and a total QBR of 81.8 last weekend as well.

Now, obviously, none of the teams Southern Miss has played so far have been at the same caliber as the Auburn defense. But Abraham merits an extra film session or two. Expect the Golden Eagles to deploy the pass at least 30-40 times against the Tigers.

In a weird turn of events for Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, he will once again see Southern Miss. But this time, it will be opposite the Golden Eagles.

Lindsey coached at Auburn as an offensive analyst in 2013 when the Tigers lost in the BCS National Championship against FSU. Following that stint, he took a job with Southern Miss as the offensive coordinator before returning to the Tigers in the same position in 2017.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spoke on Lindsey this week, and called him his “right-hand man.”

Michigan vs Northwestern

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Surging Michigan faces a stiff test Saturday against Northwestern in a Big Ten showdown at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Wolverines are 14.5-point favorites and the Over-Under for total points scored is 46.5 in the latest Michigan vs. Northwestern odds.

Before locking in any Michigan vs. Northwestern picks, listen to what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say. A Nevada-based expert with 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in handicapping college athletics.

He’s having another solid season in college football and has had a keen eye for the tendencies of these two programs. Over the past two years, Nagel boasts a spread record of 8-2 in games involving either Michigan or Northwestern.

In Week 1, he advised SportsLine members to take the points with Notre Dame, which closed as a three-point underdog against the Wolverines. The result: the Irish dominated early and held on for a 24-17 victory, and anyone who followed Nagel’s advice booked another winner.

Now, he is locked in on Saturday’s Northwestern-Michigan game at Ryan Field. Nagel knows the Wildcats (1-2) will be desperate to turn their season around and avoid a third straight home defeat after starting with an impressive 31-27 win at Purdue. In that game, Northwestern forced three turnovers and held Purdue’s explosive playmakers in check for most of the night. Senior quarterback Clayton Thorson engineered four touchdown drives through the first three quarters behind a balanced offensive attack.

But that performance failed to carry over to the next two games. Northwestern came out flat and never recovered in a 21-7 home loss to Duke as a three-point favorite in Week 2. The bigger concern is a 39-34 home loss to Akron in which the Wildcats squandered an 18-point halftime lead and yielded 36 second-half points to the Zips. Thorson threw a pair of pick-sixes and also had a sack-fumble that led to an Akron score.

But just because Northwestern struggled against Akron doesn’t mean it can’t stay within the spread against Michigan.

The Wildcats have covered six of the last eight meetings against Michigan, which can’t afford a letdown following three straight blowout wins. The Wolverines (3-1) fell short at Notre Dame, but have won three straight by a combined score of 150-33. They are coming off a 56-10 win over rebuilding Nebraska in their Big Ten opener. Karan Higdon rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Shea Patterson threw for 120 yards and a score.

Only one of the last four meetings between Michigan and Northwestern would have covered a 14.5-point spread. And Thorson is seventh is No. 4 in the Big Ten in completions with 71.

For Michigan vs. Northwestern, we can tell you Nagel is leaning Over, but he has analyzed key the factors and unearthed the critical factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. His pick is only available at SportsLine.