October 1, 2021
Week 5 of the college football season is upon us and the College Football playoff picture is starting to become a little clearer. The Pac 12, Big 12, and teams like Cincinnati and Notre Dame all have a great shot to get into the playoffs this year which makes each conference game extremely important.
Let’s take a look at some of the big matchups, CFP Odds, and Conference Odds:
Ohio State does not look like the same team as last year as they have a ton of young players and are still struggling offensively. Penn State and Iowa have been solid so far this season and face off next week in Ames in which the winner will likely jump into the top 4 and be in a great position to make a run. Both Michigan schools are playing good football and look like they have what it takes to finally topple Ohio State in the B10 East.
For as bad of wrap the Big 12 gets, top to bottom this year they are much more competitive this year with programs like Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State off to solid starts. Oklahoma is not clicking offensively and at the current rate, it wouldn’t be that surprising if they lost a couple of games in conference. Baylor is a team to keep an eye on in the Big 12 that is not getting much press but could make a run toward the conference title. Baylor hosts Oklahoma and Texas and if they can get past BYU this weekend they have a good chance to get into the CFP discussion.
The Pac 12 race looks like it will come down to either Oregon, UCLA, or Arizona St. UCLA hosts Arizona St. this weekend and I like their chances at home. Oregon then travels to face UCLA in week 7 in what could be a preview of the Pac 12 championship game. I wouldn’t be shocked to see UCLA win at home and then Oregon to win later this year in the rematch.
The ACC looks totally up for grabs this year with Clemson already having 2 losses and the only one team left that is undefeated in Wake Forest. NC State has the upper hand in the Atlantic division with their upset of Clemson and I like their chances to finish out the year strong and make the ACC title game. In the Coastal division, Virginia Tech looks like the favorites sitting at 3-1 with a favorable schedule down the stretch.
With all of the parody in the power 5 conferences, we are likely to see a Non-Power 5 team make the College Football Playoff this year, which will be a nice break from what we typically see.
Cincinnati has a huge game this weekend at Notre Dame and they can put themselves in a great position to run the table down the stretch and finish undefeated if they can come away with the win. Coach Luke Fickell is going to be highly sought after this season with the sustained success he has shown at Cincinnati and is someone to keep an eye on that could end up taking the USC job.
Alabama (+175) is still the favorite followed by Georgia (+210), Oregon (+1200), and Ohio State (+1400). With all of the big conference games over the next few weeks, we are likely to see some big movements in the CFP odds which is one of the things that makes college football so great.
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