College football odds: Week 5 opening line report

Sep 22, 2013 |
College football odds: Week 5 opening line report
Georgia's Aaron Murray's 201.8 QB rating is fourth in the country.
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Georgia's Aaron Murray's 201.8 QB rating is fourth in the country.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Things in the SEC heat up another notch in Week 5 of the college football schedule as the LSU Tigers travel to Athens, Georgia to face the Bulldogs.

LSU (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS) is coming off a 35-21 victory over Auburn in which QB Zach Mettenberger continued his excellent play.

The big senior is now 59-of-91 for 1,026 yards with 10 TDs and 1 pick on the season.

Georgia (2-1 SU, 1-2 ATS) defeated North Texas 45-21 Saturday and has an SEC victory under its belt already having defeated  South Carolina 41-30 in Week 2.

Peter Korner, founder of the Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club, and his team were all relatively close when discussing where to open this battle of SEC heavyweights.

"We were all pretty solid on this one. We were all from -2 to -4 so I stuck it at -3," Korner told Covers. "These teams are as even as they can be. You have to really look at that home field advantage here and I don't really think this will go too far off the number."

Oklahoma Sooners at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (+2.5)

The Sooners (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) have had a pair of cake walks and a tough victory versus West Virginia in Week 2. They'll be coming off a bye week and heading to Indiana to face Notre Dame.

After a loss to Michigan in Week 2, The Irish (3-1 SU, 0-3-1 ATS) have put together back-to-back wins over Purdue and Michigan State.

Korner and his team were all on the Sooners for this intriguing matchup.

"We were all on Oklahoma with a low of one and a high of five," Korner said. "Even though Oklahoma is favored, Notre Dame has a great chance in this one. We should see some good two-way action on this game right around that field goal."

Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes (-7.5)

Wisconsin (3-1 SU, 4-0 ATS) is one of just five schools left with a 4-0 ATS record (Marlyand, UTSA, Washington State, Wyoming).

The running game has gotten it done for the Badgers as they are third in the country averaging 349.8 rushing yards per game.

The Buckeyes (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) posted a 76-0 victory over Florida A&M in their last game despite missing the services of QB Braxton Miller.

Backup Kenny Guiton set a school record with six TD tosses in the rout over the Rattlers.

"We had Ohio State favored higher but I actually took the lowest number of all five of us," Korner explained. "I think Wisconsin is a live dog here. They play really well during the regular season and they've got a good following."

Mississippi Rebels at Alabama Crimson Tide (-18)

Ole Miss (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) is off to a great start and will head to Alabama after a bye week. Prior to the week off, the Rebels torched Texas 44-23 in Austin.

Nick Saban and the Tide (3-0 SU, 1-2 ATS) are still the top-ranked team in the country but are coming off a modest 31-6 victory over Colorado State; a team which they probably should have had an easier time with.

Despite the high opening line, Korner feels the Rebels will be tough.

"I think Mississippi is good and they'll get some play at that number," Korner said. "I wanted to be high on this but not totally high because I think Mississippi can play with these guys. Alabama hasn't really blown out those couple of teams that we thought they were going to."

Opinions from Korner and his team varied for this matchup.

"We had a low of 15 and a high of 23. I really wanted to put it in the 20s but I put it at Alabama -18."

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