NCAAF Week 5 ATS Hit List: Reverting to the Norm
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For some schools on the quarter system, this is their students' last week of summer.
Even though summer officially ended with the coming of autumn yesterday.
So, while the remaining campuses prepare to say hello to a new batch of student bodies, it's time for players -- ie- those who are Daily Stake denizens like you -- to say sayonara to one of college football's popular playing methods.
That would be the bets against certainty.
Those are plays against overhyped teams, usually big brands. Think Michigan, which gets brownie points damn near every pre-season for the simple fact that it's Michigan. Army, for example, made lotsa ATS punters happy simply because the number -- Wolverines -23 -- was too big.
Of course you would.
Now that we know what most teams really are, those deals are harder to find. However, good value still exists out there, and we think we've found a few.
Just remember, the lines posted are early and subject to change. Our picks are based on them, so whenever you decide to lay one down, remember to check the current number.
Thu 26 Sep
Navy at Memphis -13½
Memphis is only 1-1 ATS at home this season. They’re averaging 34.3 points and only allowing 13.3, though. The Tigers should get it done at home against a tough but overmatched Midshipmen squad that may be undefeated, but their non-con schedule rivals Alabama's. There. We said it.
Result: Memphis 35 Navy 23 ... Tigers cover
Sat 28 Sep
Texas A&M -22 at Arkansas
The Aggies lost both of its two marquee games so far this season against Auburn and Clemson. No worries heading into Week 5, because they face the atrocious Razorbacks. That'd be the same crew that dropped a buy game to San José State. Really.
A&M is 3-1 ATS while Arkansas is 1-3 ATS. The Aggies roll.
Pick: Texas A&M
Result: Texas A&M 31 Arkansas 27 ... Razorbacks cover
Northwestern at Wisconsin -22
Result: Wisconsin 24 Northwestern 15 ... Wildcats cover
Texas Tech at Oklahoma -24
As we mentioned at the outset, there are a few rules to live by in college football handicapping. One is to never back a team ATS that scores less than 24 points against the Arizona Wildcats.
Result: Oklahoma 55 Texas Tech 16 ... Sooners cover
Indiana at Michigan State -14
The Hoosiers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in East Lansing. That makes this the best-trend handicapping play on Saturday. Sparty rules, and this time, knowing how to count should be irrelevant.
Pick: Michigan State
Result: Michigan State 40 Indiana 31 ... Hoosiers cover
USC at Washington -8
The Trojans definitely have depth at QB. Dudes beat a terrific team in Utah in Week 4. Unfortunately, Kedon Slovis still hasn't been green-lit by the trainers, so Matt Fink's gotta go against another touted secondary.
It’s hard to beat the Huskies in Seattle. It’s damn near impossible to keep it close with your third-string slinger.
Result: Washington 28 USC 14 ... Huskies cover
Mississippi at Alabama -32½
Result: Alabama 59 Mississippi 31 ... Crimson Tide covers
Clemson -28½ at North Carolina
Result: Clemson 21 North Carolina 20 ... Tar Heels cover
Virginia at Notre Dame -11
The Fighting Irish probably should've upset Georgia on the road last weekend. Not that what happened in that game matters in regards to handicapping this one.
The bottom line is that the Wahoos won’t stop Notre Dame’s offense. Golden Domers by 17 to 24.
Pick: Notre Dame
Result: Notre Dame 35 Virginia 20 ... Fighting Irish cover
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