Week 6 of the college football season is here, including the another week of terrific matchups.
Our handicappers Brian Edwards, Tim Murray and Wes Reynolds are here to give you their best bets for eight games on the weekend's card.
Lines are consensus odds from VSiN's college football lines page, as of Thursday afternoon.
Florida State Seminoles at No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-21, 52)
Murray: In 1993, this game was deemed “The Game of the Century” as No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 1 Florida State, 31-24. On Saturday, the Irish enter the game ranked fifth in the country but haven’t played in three weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The Seminoles, on the other hand, are 1-2 with their lone win coming against FCS Jacksonville State last week. Florida State will also be starting its third quarterback of the season. Jordan Travis played well against Jacksonville State -- throwing for 210 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 48 yards and another score -- and he seems to be an upgrade over James Blackman and Tate Rodemaker. But how much did we really learn for a game against a FCS foe?
Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator, Clark Lea, is one of the top defensive minds in college football, and with the Irish’s depth on the defensive line and at linebacker, I expect the Irish to get after Travis. Does that mean I’m laying the 21 points with Notre Dame? Not exactly. The Irish offense looked quite sluggish against Duke in a 27-13 season opening win, and Notre Dame’s wide receivers have struggled to create separation. Kevin Austin, the Irish’s most talented receiver, returns from a fractured foot but Brian Kelly said that Austin will play 15-20 plays on Saturday.