Notre Dame, Georgia favored in key matchups


( — All eyes will be on a pair of matchups between College Football Playoff contenders in Week 5, starting with No. 6 Notre Dame facing No. 12 Clemson on Saturday as early 1-point road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by

The Fighting Irish hold steady in the AP Top 25 following their 62-27 rout of the Massachusetts Minutemen last weekend, picking up an easy against the spread win as strong 28-point chalk and extending their current straight up win streak to five games.

Notre Dame also picked up a SU win in their last road contest, topping the Virginia Cavaliers 34-27 as 13.5-point favorites, but enter Saturday’s Fighting Irish vs. Tigers betting matchup at Memorial Stadium with a dismal 1-5 SU record in their last six road contests, 2-4 ATS.

The Tigers hit the gridiron riding a six-game SU win streak, including a slim 20-17 win over ACC conference rival Louisville in their most recent outing, two weeks ago, failing to cover as 5-point favorites against the Cardinals.

While that ATS defeat ended a four-game win streak, Clemson rides an impressive 11-game SU home winning streak, 8-3 ATS, but are just 1-5 SU in their past six against nationally ranked squads.

A pair of SEC contenders also clash on Saturday when No. 8 Georgia plays host to No. 13 Alabama as 2.5-point chalk.

The Crimson Tide bounced back from their disappointing 43-37 loss to No. 15 Ole Miss in Week 3, laying a 34-0 beating on the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, but failed to claim the ATS win for a third straight week, coming up short as 37.5-point favorites.

Saturday’s contest could also see the Crimson Tide’s impressive 72-game streak as a betting favorite come to end, barring a dramatic swing in the betting line.

The Bulldogs have won eight straight SU, but have been an inconsistent bet of late, going 3-3 ATS in their past six, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

Georgia is also 0-2 SU in their last two against the Tide, both on home turf, but are 4-2 ATS in their last six meetings, with the point total playing OVER in their last five.

In other Week 5 college football betting action, No. 15 Oklahoma welcomes No. 23 West Virginia to town as 7-point favorites, while the Rebels, who have rocketed to No. 3 in the rankings, travel to Gainesville to face No. 25 Florida as 6.5-point favorites.

Meanwhile, No. 14 Texas A&M battles No. 21 Mississippi State as an early 7-point favorite in the week’s only other matchup between Top 25 squads.