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College football picks for Week 5: Times staff predictions

Florida State coach Willie Taggart is seen on the sidelines during the first quarter against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Tallahassee. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Florida State coach Willie Taggart is seen on the sidelines during the first quarter against Virginia Tech at Doak Campbell Stadium Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 in Tallahassee. OCTAVIO JONES | Times
Published Sep. 28, 2018

Florida State goes to Louisville on Saturday as a 6.5-point favorite but still in search of its first victory over a Power 5 opponent under new coach Willie Taggart.

Dan Mullen goes back to Starkville for the first time since leaving Mississippi State for the Gators, who are 7.5-point underdogs and not expecting a tribute video for their coach.

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Here’s a look at the Tampa Bay Times' college football coverage team’s picks for those game and other top games from Week 5: (! indicates lock of the week; * indicates upset of the week)




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UNC Miami (-18.5) Miami 35-14 Miami 42-21 Miami 33-14 Miami 38-14 Miami 31-21 Miami 31-14
Pitt UCF (-13.5) UCF 38-21 UCF 28-14 UCF 30-20 UCF 41-24 UCF 41-21 UCF 42-20
FSU (-6.5) Louisville FSU 23-21 Louisville 28-24* FSU 34-20 FSU 21-17 Louisville 31-26* FSU 24-21
Florida Miss St (-7.5) Miss St. 28-24 Florida 31-24 Miss St 34-30 *Florida 28-27 Miss St 31-21 Miss State 28-20
UCLA Colorado (-11.5) Colorado 31-17 Colorado 35-24 Colorado 31-21 Colorado 34-24 Colorado 38-21 Colorado 31-20
Arkansas Texas A&M (-20.5) Texas A&M 41-21 Texas A&M 52-21 Texas A&M 45-10 Texas A&M 55-21 Texas A&M 48-20 Texas A&M 42-17
WVU (-4.5) Texas Tech Texas Tech 41-38 Texas Tech 48-44 WVU 38-28 WVU 42-35 !WVU 55-31 WVU 42-38
Temple Boston College (-14.5) BC 24-20 BC 31-21 !BC 40-13 BC 28-21 BC 27-21 BC 28-17
Syracuse Clemson (-23.5) Clemson 61-20! Clemson 48-21! Clemson 41-17 Clemson 35-21 Clemson 42-14 Clemson 45-21
Tennessee Georgia (-31.5) Georgia 48-17 Georgia 42-14 Georgia 46-13 !Georgia 48-10 Georgia 45-10 Georgia 42-13
Texas (-8.5) Kansas St. Texas 29-27 Texas 30-24 Texas 34-18 Texas 35-28 Texas 44-21 !Texas 31-20
Baylor Oklahoma (-23.5) OU 35-22 OU 52-21 OU 55-15 OU 52-28 OU 42-21 OU 45-24
Southern Miss Auburn (-27.5) Auburn 45-10 Auburn 48-21 Auburn 38-17 Auburn 38-10 Auburn 49-21 Auburn 42-13
Michigan (-13.5) Northwestern Michigan 31-20 Michigan 42-21 Michigan 28-12 Michigan 28-21 Michigan 35-24 Michigan 35-14
Utah Washington St. (-1.5) Utah 33-28 Wash St. 26-24 Utah 33-30 Utah 31-28 Utah 28-24 *Utah 28-27
Va. Tech Duke (-1.5) Va. Tech 27-24 Duke 27-24 Va. Tech 26-21 Va Tech 27-24 Duke 20-17 Duke 28-24
Stanford Notre Dame (-5.5) Stanford 30-23* ND 27-24 *Stanford 31-24 ND 35-31 Stanford 28-26 ND 28-24
South Carolina Kentucky (-1.5) Kentucky 34-17 Kentucky 31-28 Kentucky 23-20 Kentucky 35-28 Kentucky 35-33 Ken 24-21
Ohio St.(-4.5) Penn St. Ohio St. 38-28 Penn St. 28-24 Ohio St. 42-24 Ohio St. 41-35 Penn St. 40-35 Ohio St. 31-28
Ole Miss LSU (-12.5) LSU 40-20 LSU 35-21 LSU 34-20 LSU 35-24 LSU 35-17 LSU 28-20
Straight up (overall) 61-19 55-25 57-23 58-22 52-28 58-22
Straight up (week 4) 18-2 15-5 15-5 16-4 13-7 16-4
Vs. spread (overall) 39-36 35-40 34-41 32-43 31-43 25-50
Straight up (week 4) 10-10 11-9 9-11 8-12 8-12 3-17
Locks of the week 3-1 1-3 3-1 4-0 3-1 2-2
Upsets of the week 1-3 1-3 1-3 2-2 3-1 2-2

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