Washington and UCLA lead a huge slate on Friday to kick off the fifth week of the 2022 college football season.
The 15th Husky visits the Bruins as 3-point favorites. While Washington is the only seeded team, both are undefeated before what could be a pivotal Pac-12 match (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Washington has already racked up as many wins in 2022 as it did a season ago. The 2021 season has been a mess for the Husky family, and new coach Calin Deborre has brought in former Indiana QB player Michael Benicks to manage the offensive. Penix has been one of the best quarterbacks in college football so far this season with Washington scoring at least 39 points in all of its games.
Penix threw for 1,388 yards and completed 64% of his passes while throwing 12 TDs for only one interception so far this season. RB Wayne Taulapapa averages over six yards, while all of Washington’s top three receivers average over 16 yards. That’s a far cry from the Washington offense we saw seeping across the field last season.
Meanwhile, the University of California, Los Angeles, is also making some points. The Bruins rushed for 882 yards during the first four games of the season and averaged nearly six yards as a team. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw nearly 500 yards less than Penix but completed 75% of his passes and threw eight touchdowns.
Each team’s offensive success so far is why Over/Under is currently 64.5. The favorite short road is serious play. UCLA had a panic against South Alabama in Week 3 but it looks like a solid team. In the meantime, Washington could be one of the best teams in the Pac-12. We tended to bet at least on this game and had no real reading of the spread. It must be a great match if you can keep it going.
Four more games
The Tulane and Houston festivities began Friday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and the Cougars are 2.5-point favorites. Houston is 3-1 after running away with a win over Rice in Week 4 while Tulane followed up her big win over Kansas State in Week 3 with a loss to Miss Southern in Week 4. Over 55 seems like playing right here. While Houston’s dash of passes has its moments, the defense in general isn’t very good.
UTSA is the 4.5-point favorite in Central Tennessee (7:30 p.m. ET, CBSSN). UTSA is 2-2 with Texas and Houston losing while MTSU comes out with a 14-point win in Miami. Both teams average and concede more than 30 points per game, although UTSA has played a slightly tougher table. We’ll take UTSA to cover this.
Boise State is a 6.5-point favorite at home against San Diego State (8 p.m. ET, FS1) as Taylen Green is scheduled to start in QB. Starting QB, Hank Bachmeier will move away from the Broncos after being put on the bench and the team made a change of offensive coordinator after losing 17 points to the UTEP in Week 4.
Boise State’s offense has been terrible so far this season. Bachmeier and Green combined to throw for just 652 yards in 122 pass attempts and the team rushed for less than 500 yards in just over 3.5 yards. A lot about San Diego State says that the Aztecs are the underdogs of the Broncos and it’s pretty clear why this game has over/under 39. We’re leaning toward the end, though. Boise State has to come to terms with the offense at some point and a change of coordinator might just be the spark it needs.
The Night Cup features New Mexico State and UNLV activated (11PM ET, CBSSN). The Rebels 3-1 and beat Utah by 10 points and North Texas by 31. UNLV is the 14-point favorite over New Mexico after Lobos lost 38-0 to LSU in Week 4 and also lost 17 to Boise State. . Watch UNLV QB Doug Brumfield in this. He’s completed 70% of his passes and has 12 total touchdowns over the first four games of the season.
Rays and seas can snatch
The MLS Playoff could be officially decided Friday night with a win for the Rays and Mariners. Mariners offer 5.5 games on Orioles with seven games to play and Rays five and six to play. If the Orioles lose to the Yankees on Friday night and the Mariners and Rice win, the latter two teams will secure the last two Wild Cards points.
The Orioles +155 to win the Yankees while New York -190.
The National League is in a serious battle for the last place in the Wild Card game. The Phillies are now only half a game ahead of the Brewers with seven games to play while Milwaukee has six games left. Philadelphia starts the series against the bottom-place Washington Nationals on Friday and -175 for a win over the Nationals. Meanwhile, The Brewers play the Miami Marlins and win -175.
Who issued tickets on Thursday?
After watching Tua Tagovailoa walk off the field in the second half, it seems cruel to congratulate those who made money on the Bengals’ win over the Dolphins. Cincinnati won 27-15. The total was 49 and Cincinnati was a 4 point favorite.