College Football ATS Matchups to Exploit in Week 5

New Mexico State v Alabama
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Now that we have a full list of college football's Week 5 betting spreads, totals and moneylines available on FanDuel Sportsbook, we can finally dive into the handful of matchups that can potentially be capitalized upon against the spread (ATS).

After a tougher Week 4 slate saw The Duel staff go 2-for-4, here's a look at three Week 5 college football spread matchups to keep an eye on this weekend.

1. No. 4 Ohio State (-18) @ Nebraska

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. EST
Ohio State and its star transfer quarterback Justin Fields have been absolutely steamrolling their competition this season, outscoring all four of their opponents by a combined margin of 214-36. Nebraska, meanwhile, has been doing quite the opposite for the most part after struggling against bad South Alabama opponent at home in Week 1 and then blowing a fourth-quarter lead to Colorado on the road in Week 2. The Cornhuskers even had to battle back from a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to defeat the Big Ten's second-worst team of the last half-decade, 42-38, last week against Illinois. The Fighting Illini's 9-34 conference record over the past five seasons trails only Rutgers' 7-36 split during that time. As for the Buckeyes, Ohio State has yet to win a game by fewer 24 points this year.

2. No. 12 Penn State (-6.5) @ Maryland

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Date: Friday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. EST
While the Terrapins likely had much of the country fooled through the first two weeks of the season, Maryland came crashing back down to earth in a 20-17 loss against its first real defensive challenge in a Temple team that went on to lose to a less-than-stellar Buffalo squad, 38-22, in Week 4. The same Buffalo team that Penn State crushed, 45-13, in Week 2. While the Nittany Lions also struggled in Week 3 against Pittsburgh, Penn State still pulled out the 17-10 win by the final whistle. The Nittany Lions have dominated the Terps over both all-time and recent history, winning four straight over Maryland and 12 straight on the road in College Park, Maryland. Penn State is 39-2-1 (W-L-D) against Maryland all time, and the Nittany Lions have also outscored the Terps 142-20 over their past three meetings.

3. Ole Miss @ No. 2 Alabama (-37)

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Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m. EST
Even though Ole Miss is the only team in the country to beat Alabama in consecutive seasons over the past seven years (2014-15), the Rebels' level of competition against the Crimson Tide since former head coach Huge Freeze's 2016 unceremonious departure has completely fallen off a cliff. Ole Miss was 2-1 against the Tide from 2014-16, outscoring Alabama 109-102 across those three matchups. However, the Tide have hammered Ole Miss in their past two meetings under Mississippi's current head coach Matt Luke, outscoring the Rebels, 128-10, over that stretch. While Ole Miss is certainly a leg up in competition from New Mexico State and Southern Miss, Alabama has outscored its opponents, 111-17, at Bryant-Denny so far this season. The Rebels also immensely struggled to score the ball against Memphis in their lone road game of the year, heading back to Oxford with a 15-10 loss to the Tigers in Week 1.

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