Potential College Football Shootouts in Week 5

By David Hayes
Oklahoma v UCLA
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After two of Week 4's three highest over/under totals in college football hit the over for the first time this season, the Week 5 slate brings us a fresh set of high-scoring projections to consider placing wagers on.

With that in mind, here are the four highest totals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, in Week 5 of the 2019 college football season.

1. UCLA at Arizona – O/U: 72 Points

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UCLA found itself on the winning end of perhaps the most exciting college football game we've seen so far this season in a 67-63 road win over then-No. 19 Washington State in Week 4, featuring a 32-point, second-half comeback by the Bruins. While the Pac-12 certainly isn't known for gritty defense, watching UCLA put up 50 points in the final 18 minutes and 42 seconds of that epic comeback does beg the question of where this Bruins' offense has been over the first two weeks. For some added perspective on this surprising scoring breakout, the combined betting total for that matchup was 58 points, and each team accounted for more than that on its own. This Saturday's showdown in Tucson also features two of the worst defenses in the country, with UCLA's scoring defense coming at No. 122 in the country after surrendering 39.5 points per game (PPG) this season. The Wildcats haven't been much better, allowing 33.3 PPG (No. 106). UCLA has allowed 23 points or more in each of its four games thus far, while Arizona has scored 28 points or more in each of its first three contests.

2. New Mexico at Liberty – O/U: 71.5 Points

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Before UCLA and Washington State stole the scoring show with their combined 130 points in Week 4, New Mexico and New Mexico State dueled in one of the highest scoring matchups of the year in Albuquerque last weekend. The Lobos edged their in-state rival Aggies by three points in a 55-52 final, and this battle featured the nation's two worst scoring defenses heading into Week 4. New Mexico's scoring defense (49.7 PPG) ranks No. 128 in the country after last weekend though, as each of the Lobos' first three games of the year have now combined for 70 or more points, averaging an astounding 85.67 combined PPG. As for Liberty, the Flames are fresh off a 62-27 home win over Hampton in Week 4, and they're averaging 48.5 PPG on offense over their last two home games.

3. Colorado State at Utah State – O/U: 71.5 Points

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Colorado State and Utah State both head into this Saturday's matchup boasting top-50 scoring offenses in the country, with the Rams scoring 34.5 PPG (No. 43) and the Aggies averaging 40.0 PPG (No. 22). However, this projected total will likely come down to the matchup between Utah State star QB Jordan Love and his Aggies' offensive attack against Colorado State's No. 124 scoring defense (40.3 PPG). In the Rams' three games against FBS opponents this season, Colorado State has allowed at least 41 points in each of them, allowing 49.3 PPG among those contests.

4. No. 6 Oklahoma at Texas Tech – O/U: 70.5 Points

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The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Tech Red Raiders seem to find themselves on this list every week, but it's not without good reason. Oklahoma currently boasts the No. 2 scoring attack in the nation (55.7 PPG), and ever since current OU head coach Lincoln Riley joined Oklahoma as an offensive coordinator in 2015, the Sooners' offense hasn't finished a season ranked outside the top-4 scoring attacks in FBS competition. While the Red Raiders fell flat in a 28-14 loss to Arizona in Week 4, Texas Tech is still averaging 32.3 PPG (tied for No. 57) on the season. The recent series history between these two programs certainly speaks for itself, as each of the last five meetings have combined for 72 points or more, averaging 92.0 PPG across those five contests.

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