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Fearless Rick's 2013-14 College Football Week 5 - Early Games

Welcome to the very best in winning NFL and College Football picks.
Rick Gagliano | September 26-28, 2013

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, September 26

7:30 pm Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (-7, 41 1/2) - This is a huge game in the ACC scheme. Virginia Tech has won the last three, and the last time they played on Yellow Jacket turf, the Hokies won by 11 points.

One should not be dissuaded by the fact that the Hokies lost to Alabama in their opener or had to go to overtime to beat Marshall last week. The Hokies will be ready to spring the upset in this annual rivalry.

Georgia Tech, however, is 5-0 ATS in their last five, including a narrow loss to Florida State and a 21-7 win over USC during bowl season, both last year.

The 3-0 Yellow Jackets will penetrate the tough Hokie defense just enough, in a low-scoring battle.

Prediction: Yellow Jackets 24 Hokies 14

7:30 pm Iowa State at Tulsa (-2 1/2, 54) - This is an 0-2 (Iowa State) vs. a 1-2 (Tulsa) match-up that could go a long way toward eventual bowl eligibility, though neither team has shown much spark on offense or much stopping power on defense.

Iowa State's two losses have been by eight - to Northern Iowa - and six - to Iowa - and they lost in a bowl game last year to Tulsa 31-17.

Tulsa's two losses were to Bowling Green and Oklahoma and they were both blowouts, their one win, a 30-27 victory over Colorado State, but they are at home and 4-2 ATS on their own turf. They are also unbeaten in their last five home games.

Prediction: Golden Hurricane 30 Cyclones 21

Friday, September 27

9:00 pm Utah State (-10, 61) at San Jose State - The fat line against the visiting Aggies is a sure tip-off on how this game is likely to go. The Aggies have a steady, hard-hitting defensive unit, while the Spartans of San Jose St. haven't shown much of an offensive thrust.

Besides, the Spartans have given up 77 points in their last two games - both losses - to Stanford and Minnesota. Utah State is coming off a tough, 17-14, loss at USC last week, but should rebound against the Spartans, who are 1-2 overall. Utah State is 6-1 its last seven n the road, a true edge.

Prediction: Aggies 34 Spartans 17

9:00 pm Middle Tennessee at Brigham Young (-21 1/2, 59 1/2) - Despite BYU being 1-2 and the Blue Raiders 3-1, the Cougars have significant size advantage, especially when they are on defense.

Middle Tennessee's wins were against Western Carolina, Memphis and Florida Atlantic, not exactly top-notch competition, while BYU lost at Virginia by three, 19-16, and last week were defeated by Utah on their home turf, 20-13. Sandwiched in between was a home victory, 40-21 over Texas, so the Cougars are at least playing teams with some grit.

That being said, the line is enormous and the Cougar offense hasn't always clicked. A couple of big plays by Middle Tennessee should be enough to cover the line, though an outright win in enemy territory is a bit of a stretch.

Prediction: Cougars 28 Blue Raiders 13

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Saturday, September 28

12:00 pm Miami (FL) (-18 1/2, 48 1/2) at South Florida - The glory days for the South Florida Bulls are long past, while the fortunes of the 3-0 Hurricanes are on the rise, especially with their 21-16 win over the Florida Gators on September 7.

The Bulls have lost all three of their games this season, and none of them were even close, plus two of those losses were to McNeese State and Florida Atlantic, two teams that are pretty much pushovers in Division 1.

Miami was last seen rolling over Savannah State, 77-7, last Saturday and they've won the last four meetings between these two Sunshine State squads, including a 40-9 beating last season.

Prediction: Hurricanes 48 Bulls 6

12:00 pm South Carolina (-7, 53) at UCF - The Gamecocks have not exactly been impressive this season, and they'll surely be put to the test on the road against the 3-0 Knights, who have quietly built a solid program under head coach George O'Leary.

UCF's wins over Akron and Florida International were by wide margins - 38-7 and 38-0, respectively, but their 34-31 win two weeks ago at Penn State was something of a surprise to many. Now they get an extra week to prepare for the Gamecocks, who enter off a 35-25 win over Vanderbilt and a 1-2 record ATS. Central Florida is 11-2 SU its last 13 games and 5-1 ATS its last six at home. Look for the Knights to D it up and send the Gamecocks to a 2-2 record.

Prediction: Knights 26 Gamecocks 23

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12:00 pm Oklahoma State (-18, 57) at West Virginia - The Mountaineers were taken to the woodshed last week at Maryland, the Terrapins laying a 37-0 whipping on them, after taking it on the chin at Oklahoma, 16-7, earlier this season.

The Mountaineers have lost most of what once was an explosive offense to the NFL and graduation, and are just 2-2 this year, their opening week win over William & Mary a pedestrian, 24-17, struggle.

Meanwhile the Cowboys haven't really played anyone, rolling up a 3-0 record, but they're a much better team at home and that may spoil the fun this week.

West Virginia needs to hang onto the football on offense and maybe shore up the defense a bit to keep this one close because the Cowboys have scored 115 points in their last two games.

Prediction: Cowboys 31 Mountaineers 19

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