College Football Week 5 Picks: Ranked Favorites on Upset Alert

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31:  Tyler Bray #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers rolls out of the pocket against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Georgia Dome on August 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Week 5 in college football has hardly just begun, and we've already seen a ranked team fall victim to an upset—and a Top 10 team at that.

Was Washington's scrappy 17-13 victory over Stanford just a one-time fluke? Or will it start an upset-crazed weekend of entropy in college football?

For upset picks this week, only double-digit favorites qualify. So strap in and get ready for what will, hopefully, be a Saturday to remember. (All spreads via


No. 2 Oregon at Washington State

Line: Oregon -28

Go big or go home, right? We've already seen one Top 10 team from the Pac-12 fall in the state of Washington this about two?

In all seriousness, though, there's a chance this game will be close.

The importance of home field has been demonstrated time and time again in this conference, usually altering the national title landscape in the process.

This year was no different, with USC crippling its claim to college football's crystal prize with a loss at Stanford.


No. 5 Georgia vs. Tennessee

Line: Georgia -14

NFL scouts will love to watch quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray square off in Athens.

Georgia passed its only true test of the season, demolishing Missouri in Week 2. Tennessee, on the other hand, passed its first test against NC State, before running out of steam against the Gators in Neyland Stadium.

This game could be the best of the weekend. 


No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. 25 Baylor

Line: West Virginia -11.5

Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia. We sent you an undefeated Top 25 opponent as a housewarming gift.

Granted, Baylor's competition has been underwhelming, but the Bears are averaging 51.3 points per game.

The Mountaineers found themselves in a dogfight with Maryland at home last weekend, winning 31-21 in a game that was actually closer than the score indicated.

West Virginia's a double-digit favorite, but Nick Florence and the Bears could be enough to remind the Mountaineers that they're not in the Big East anymore.