2011 NCAA Football Picks: Week 5 College Football Upsets

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Here at Cappers Info, we are taking a weekly look at the teams that could be ones ripe to pull off some major upsets! Check out the potentially ugly dogs that could come up and bite you in the butt in you aren’t careful for the Week 5 of college football betting action!

Year To Date Record: 26-20 ATS

Upset Record: 5-8 +$185

Underdog Pick #1: Northwestern Wildcats (+310 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Illinois Fighting Illini, Saturday, 12:00 ET: Our apologies to the Illini, but you’re not the better team in this game. Finally, QB Dan Persa is going to be back in the fold this week for the Wildcats after suffering an Achilles injury last season. It was a long road to recovery, but all signs point to Persa being able to take back control of this offense this week, which is great news for a Northwestern team that still thinks it has an outside shot of winning the Big 10 this year. Illinois has been doing it with smoke and mirrors. Sure, QB Nathan Scheelhaase and company are a decent team, but they’re not a Top 25 club. Bowl game? Sure. Better than 4-4 in conference? Absolutely not. Northwestern could be the real deal. This is the biggest steal on the board in Week 5 in our opinions.

Underdog Pick #2: Akron Zips (+260 at Wager Web Sportsbook) @ Eastern Michigan Eagles, Saturday 1:00 ET: Okay, we get it. Akron’s bad. Really, really bad. Of course, Eastern Michigan is also bad. Really, really bad. Neither of these teams really should even be playing FBS football at the moment, but alas, this is a conference game that we have to suffer through every year. Akron has every bit as good of a chance of going on the road and winning this game as teh Eagles do. Take the hefty price and run this week.

Underdog Pick #3: Arkansas Razorbacks (+115 at Wager Web Sportsbook) vs. Texas A&M Aggies, Saturday, 3:30 ET: We faded A&M last week, and we were paid off in a healthy manner for it. Now, we’re going to do it again. Arkansas, in our opinion, is just the better team in this game. The Aggies don’t look like they have the ability to win the big game, as demonstrated last week against Oklahoma State, and we tend to believe that the honeymoon for QB Ryan Tannehill is said and done with. QB Tyler Wilson is the real deal, and though the Hogs were crushed by Alabama last week, we don’t see that happening again. Welcome to the SEC, Texas A&M.

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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