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College Betting Recap - Week 5
Weekly Betting Notes

-- Home Teams went 28-20 straight up in Week 5

-- Favorites went 36-12 SU in Week 5

-- West Virginia (+19 ½) was the biggest underdog to win outright in Week 5, defeating No. 11 Oklahoma State 30-21 at home.

-- Other notable underdog winners were East Carolina (+12 ½), Tulane (+12 ½), Texas State (+10 ½) and Idaho (+7 ½).

-- Favorites and Underdogs went 23-23-4 against the spread

-- The four pushes were:
Missouri (-22) 41 vs. Arkansas State 19
Georgia (-3) 44 vs. LSU 41
Ohio State (-7) 31 vs. Wisconsin 24
Oregon (-39) 55 vs. California 16

Top 25 Betting Notes

-- There were four matchups in Week 5 that featured ranked teams squaring off. In those games, the higher ranked school won except the for the Georgia-LSU encounter. The No. 9 Bulldogs were favored by three points at home and defeated the No. 6 Tigers 44-41.

-- The 12 other ranked schools in action went 11-1 SU and 6-4-1 ATS. 

-- No. 11 Oklahoma State was the only ranked school to lose to an unranked team in Week 5.

-- Louisville, UCLA, Northwestern, Baylor and Texas Tech were the five ranked schools on Bye in Week 5.

Best Bets

-- Houston improved to 4-0 ATS with its 59-28 win over Texas-San Antonio in Week 5

-- After losing to Ohio State in Week 5, Wisconsin is 3-2 SU but 4-0-1 ATS

-- Central Florida suffered its first loss of the season in Week 5, falling to South Carolina 28-25 at home. Despite the loss, the Knights covered as 6 ½ - point underdogs. UCF is 4-0 ATS

Fade Alerts

-- Central Michigan fell to 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS in Week 5 after getting trounced at North Carolina State, 48-14

-- Fresno State is the only unbeaten team (4-0) in the nation that has failed to cover the spread (0-4 ATS)

-- Notre Dame fell to 3-2 SU and 0-4-1 ATS in Week 5


-- LSU and Troy have seen the ‘over’ cash in all five of their games

-- Florida State, Arizona State, Georgia and Northern Illinois are other notable schools that have seen the ‘over’ go 4-0 this season

Under like Thunder

-- West Virginia, Toledo and Louisiana Tech have seen the ‘under’ go 5-0 in their first five games

Lane Kiffin fired at USC

Our college football expert Brian Edwards offered up this thoughts on head coach Lane Kiffin’s dismissal at USC and the possible replacements for the Trojans.

I thought Lane Kiffin was a desperation hire to begin with at USC. He had a solid second season and his recruiting was always good, especially considering the NCAA sanctions. But the guy simply doesn't have the type of personality that energizes a fan base. He clearly lost the locker room last season when the Trojans went from preseason No. 1 to losing six games and finishing unranked. They got destroyed by a seven-loss Georgia Tech team at the Sun Bowl.

When USC lost at home to Washington State as a 16 ½ -point favorite in Week 2 this season, it was obvious that Kiffin was in big trouble. With an open date looming, AD Pat Haden had the opportunity to pull the trigger on Kiffin's tenure if USC lost at Arizona State. When the Trojans lost by double digits and gave up more than 60 points, Haden's decision was probably an easy one. 

Will Kiffin ever get another head-coaching job? It's a fair question. He's had three great jobs already that he didn't deserve. I don't see him getting a big-time offer anytime soon, and he sure as hell doesn't strike me as the type who would get his hands dirty and take a C-USA or Sun Belt gig. I see his future similar to that of Mike Shula's since he got fired at Alabama. He'll be a position coach in the NFL for a few years and maybe get an offensive-coordinator gig in 3-4 years like Shula, who is the new Panthers' OC. 

Where does USC go from here? You'll probably here big names like Boise State's Chris Petersen and Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, but I don't think the Trojans have a shot with either guy. Petersen has given everybody the Heisman treatment and Sumlin's next move will probably be for an NFL job. 

Jack Del Rio makes some sense. He's an alum who turned down the job when Kiffin was hired, but Del Rio doesn't have an NFL head-coaching gig now like he did last time. He's the defensive coordinator with the Broncos. But that could be an issue, too, because Denver is going to be playing into January, but we've seen that scenario before (Bill O'Brien with Patriots/Penn State). 

Jeff Fisher, another USC alum, isn't leaving the Rams unless their season heads way south. Steve Sarkisian has history with the program, serving as Pete Carroll's OC, but his situation at Washington is looking pretty good right now. Haden has plenty of time to consider his options, another plus to handing out this pink slip so early. 

On the Rise

Every Sunday, Brian Edwards updates the Top 25. Washington, Arizona State and Virginia Tech have joined this week’s rankings. Top 25
Rank School Record Prev
1 Alabama Crimson Tide 4-0 1
2 Oregon Ducks 4-0 2
3 Clemson Tigers 4-0 4
4 Stanford Cardinal 4-0 6
5 Georgia Bulldogs 3-1 5
6 LSU Tigers 3-1 3
7 South Carolina Gamecocks 3-1 7
8 Texas A&M Aggies 3-1 8
9 Ohio State Buckeyes 5-0 11
10 Florida State Seminoles 4-0 9
11 UCLA Bruins 3-0 10
12 Louisville Cardinals 4-0 12
13 Florida Gators 3-1 13
14 Baylor Bears 3-0 14
15 Oklahoma Sooners 3-0 15
16 Northwestern Wildcats 4-0 16
17 Washington Huskies 4-0 NR
18 Miami, Fl. Hurricanes 4-0 18
19 Wisconsin Badgers 3-2 20
20 Ole Miss Rebels 3-1 17
21 Texas Tech Red Raiders 4-0 21
22 Maryland Terrapins 4-0 22
23 Arizona State Sun Devils 4-0 NR
24 Virginia Tech Hokies 3-1 NR
25 Michigan Wolverines 4-0 23

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