College Football Week 5: Early Odds, Notable Bets

It’s another loaded college football week filled with intriguing matchups, including our first top-10 showdown of the season.

Last week we saw massive upsets with then-No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 LSU each falling at home to unranked opponents in Kansas State and Mississippi State respectively.

“The public has lost all three Saturdays and won all three Sundays,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “It’s the uncertainty of college football, it’s COVID-19, it’s different situations regarding practices and fans. There’s a lot of variables for crazy stuff to happen.”

The two biggest clashes on Saturday both take place in the SEC, as No. 7 Auburn heads to No. 4 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama hosts No. 13 Texas A&M.

Georgia is a 6.5-point favorite (-240 ML) over Auburn after reaching as high as -7 this week. Meanwhile, the Tigers are +200 to pull off the upset and the total is sitting at 44.5.

Alabama is a sizable favorite yet again, as the Crimson Tide are 17-point chalk (-110) with the total at 52.

“No doubt that we’ll need Texas A&M big here,” Bogdanovich said. “We opened at 16.5 and it’s gone up by half a point. Alabama could’ve named their score against Missouri, while A&M struggled with the worst team in the SEC in Vandy.”

One matchup that has received notable early action is between No. 18 Oklahoma and Iowa State. Both teams suffered a loss early on in the season, and will be looking to bounce back in a crucial battle in Ames. The line has bounced between Oklahoma -6.5 and -7 throughout the week, with the Sooners currently a touchdown road favorite.

This game has drawn the largest Week 5 spread and moneyline wager thus far at William Hill. An Iowa bettor placed $7,000 on Oklahoma -260 for a total potential payout of $9,692.30, while a Nevada bettor put down $5,500 on Oklahoma -6.5 (-120) for a total potential payout of $10,083.35.

However, the four largest Week 5 bets as of now all came in on totals from one Nevada bettor. Wagers of $33,000 were placed on USF vs. No. 15 Cincinnati under 47.5 (-110), East Carolina vs. Georgia State under 69.5 (-110), No. 12 North Carolina vs. Boston College under 55 (-110) and Virginia Tech vs. Duke over 53 (-110).

Check out William Hill’s current odds for every Week 5 college football game featuring a ranked team below.

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