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Our 2019 College Football Previews are available from Week 1 right through to the National Championship Game, so be sure to read on below for all the best bets on the week’s top games.
Thursday 2nd January
Thursday January 2, 5:00am, Raymond James Stadium
2020 Outback Bowl
Two teams with two of the toughest schedules meet in Tampa on Thursday to decide the winner of the 34th Outback Bowl.
Auburn’s season has been a mix of highs and lows – most notably starting with a thrilling come-from-behind win over Oregon in Week 1. The Tigers then went on to win four straight including a victory over ranked Texas A&M, before losing to LSU and Georgia.
The Tigers did steady the ship however to record a thrilling win over Alabama in the final week of the regular season. The question now is, can they beat another ranked opponent?
Minnesota is no easy-beat – heck, they were in the Playoff discussion only three weeks ago. Unfortunately though, the Gophers’ defence cost them big against ranked opponents Iowa and Wisconsin, leaving many to wonder whether Minnesota can handle everything the Tigers have on offence.
Auburn is one of the best schools in the country when it comes to running the ball, so look for the Tigers to play it conservative and make life easy on freshman quarterback Bo Nix. Considering the Gophers have given up over 100 rushing yards in each of their last four games, the Tigers should win comfortably.
Tip: Back Auburn to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.93
Thursday January 2, 5:00am, Camping World Stadium
2020 Citrus Bowl
The Crimson Tide return to the Citrus Bowl for the first time since 2011 hoping to make up for a disappointing loss to Auburn in the final week of the regular season.
Michigan will also be hoping to atone for a loss to Ohio State, but with each of the Wolverines’ last three seasons ending in a Bowl loss, it’s certainly tough to trust Jim Harbaugh’s men.
Plenty are questioning whether Alabama’s long run of dominance is finally coming to an end, which could turn into a motivating factor for the Tide in the locker room this week.
Nick Saban’s team will have a point to prove without Tua Tagavailoa on the field, while the Tide will also be looking to end the season on a high note.
Alabama is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against a Big 10 opponent while the Tide also covered after their loss to LSU in Week 9. All things considered, this looks like further misery for Michigan.
Tip: Back Alabama to Cover the Line (-7 Points) @ $1.92
Thursday January 2, 9:00am, Rose Bowl
2020 Rose Bowl
The 106th edition of the Rose Bowl gets underway in Pasadena on Thursday in what should be a fascinating tussle between the Ducks and Badgers.
These two teams were at opposite ends receiving ends last month with Oregon winning the Pac-12 Championship Game and Wisconsin losing the Big 10 title to the Buckeyes.
Even so, that hasn’t stopped the bookies from favouring the Badgers by -3 as Paul Chryst’s team hopes to win their first Rose Bowl game since 2000. But the thing is, this Oregon team is no easy beat.
Everyone forgets that the Ducks probably would have played LSU last week in the Semi-Final if it wasn’t for a last-second loss to Arizona State back in Week 11. Despite that one hiccup, Oregon has been one of the most consistent sides ranking Top 20 in points whilst also allowing the eighth-fewest points against.
Wisconsin has also been a Top 10 defensive team this year, so it is tempting to back the Under. At the same time though, the Ducks appear seriously undervalued at their current quote and with lost time to make up for, it’s worth backing Oregon outright to at least finish the season with a memorable win.
Tip: Back Oregon to Win @ $2.20
Thursday January 2, 12:45pm, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
2020 Sugar Bowl
Jake Fromm prepares for his final start as a member of the Bulldogs as Georgia hopes to make up for last year’s Sugar Bowl loss to Texas.
After losing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game last year, it’s largely been a nothing season in Athens. Georgia shot itself in the foot with a loss to South Carolina in Week 6, while a 37-10 loss to LSU in Week 13 exposed just how fragile the Dogs’ defence is.
Like the Tigers, Baylor will be hoping to exploit some of Georgia’s flaws and improve their Bowl record to 14-11.
The Bears’ season has largely been that of a fairytale with two losses to Oklahoma being the only blemish on the resume, but that still wasn’t enough to deter the bookmakers away from favouring Georgia by -5.
Instead of backing the line though, you’re probably best off sticking with the Total. Baylor holds the edge on offence ranking 17th in points-per-game, while the Bears’ defence has also held its own allowing the 16th fewest points to opponents.
Georgia’s offence is largely a guessing game as the Dogs continue to rely heavily on the run. The Bulldogs do, however, rank second in fewest points allowed, so with everything in mind, take the Under.
Tip: Under 41.5 Total Points @ $1.88
Sunday 29th December
Sunday December 29, 8:00am, Mercedez-Benz Stadium
The first of two Playoff Semi-Finals gets underway on Sunday with No. 1 ranked LSU favoured by two touchdowns.
The Tigers have set the standard so far this year with their ability to score points in a hurry and also come up with clutch plays defensively, but there’s no doubt Ed Orgeron’s side will have its hands full with a very lively Sooner outfit.
Oklahoma ranks seventh in the nation in points-per-game, largely due to the creative playmaking ability of quarterback Jalen Hurts. Not to be outdone, the Tigers rank third in offensive points-per-game, making this one seem like a worthwhile Overs bet.
The -14 spread in favour of the Tigers is the second highest in a College Football Semi-Final. Considering Oklahoma has won all four of its games against ranked opponents this year, there’s also every chance the Sooners keep this game close.
Although the Sooners present an entirely different set of problems, this game shapes up very similar to LSU’s Week 9 encounter against Alabama.
That game resulted in a 46-41 Tigers win, so it’s worth playing on the Over and the spread in this one.
Tip: Back Oklahoma to Cover the Line (+14.5 Points) & Over 76.5 Total Points @ $3.40
#2 Ohio State
Sunday December 29, 12:00pm, State Farm Stadium
This year’s edition of the Fiesta Bowl should be a real treat as two and three get together in Phoenix.
The market favours the defending National Champs by -2, but head-to-head there is enormous value to be had with Ohio State just over the $2.00 mark.
The general consensus throughout the season has been that Clemson has had a cakewalk to the Playoff. The Tigers only real challenge this season came against Texas A&M back in Week 2, leaving many fans to question whether Clemson is up to the Buckeyes’ task.
Ohio State, meanwhile, is much more weathered in big games. The Buckeyes come into this one after knocking off Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin in succession – all three of whom were ranked opponents.
You’d be foolish to doubt any Dabo Swinney coached team, but you’d also be foolish to doubt what Justin Fields and the rest of the Ohio State offence has built this year. Ohio State is 9-3 against the spread in its last 12-games, so it’s worth taking the battle tested Buckeyes to get the job done.
Tip: Back the Buckeyes to Cover the Line (+2 Points) @ $1.92
Saturday December 7, 12:00pm, Levi's Stadium
Pac-12 Championship Game
The Utes have one last chance to prove they are Playoff worthy on Saturday as they take on the 10-2 Ducks in California.
This is a big game for Utah for a number of reasons as they prepare to face one of the top offensive teams in the country.
Now at No. 5, this is the highest the Utes have ever ranked in school history, while a win over the No. 13 Ducks would certainly give Playoff selectors something to think about.
The defence has been Utah’s biggest strength this season as the Utes have allowed the third-fewest points in the country. Utah will need all of that this week against Oregon though – a team that is averaging just over 35 points-per-game.
Offensively the Utes have also held their own – even if the experts aren’t giving them any credit.
Since their Week 4 loss to USC Utah has scored 30-points or more in seven of their eight games, meaning the Utes are more than capable of matching Justin Herbert’s production in this one.
Oregon has plenty to play for as well as they hope to play in a meaningful bowl game. Losses to Auburn and more recently, Arizona State, make it tough to trust the Ducks, however.
Even with a win Utah will need results to go their way to make the Playoff. With a well-balanced diet of defence and attack though, they should have no trouble here on neutral turf.
Tip: Back Utah 1-13
Sunday December 8, 4:00am, AT&T Stadium
Big 12 Championship Game
The long-awaited rematch finally arrives on Sunday as the Sooners and the Bears square off in Texas.
These two teams met only three weeks ago in Oklahoma’s memorable 34-31 come-from-behind win, setting up what could be another classic as Baylor hopes for revenge.
The Playoff is out of the question for both of these 11-1 schools, but we should be in for a real show between two of the country’s top offences.
Oklahoma is averaging just over 44 points-per-game, while Baylor isn’t far behind at 36.2. The only edge the Bears have over the Sooners is their 8-4 record against the spread, which makes the +9.5 about Baylor look good value alongside the Overs.
Tip: Back Baylor to Cover the Line (+9.5 Points) & Over 64.5 Total Points @ $3.20
Sunday December 8, 7:30am, Liberty Bowl Memoral Stadium
AACC Championship Game
These two teams square off for the second week in a row in Memphis, only this time around, the AACC Championship is on the line.
The Tigers got the better of the Bearcats last week in a high-scoring 34-24 affair. Bookmakers have reacted accordingly favouring Memphis by -9.5, and if you’ve been paying attention to the trends, it’s certainly hard to disagree.
Cincinnati’s scoring drought in the third quarter cost them last week as they struggled to contain Memphis on the ground. Antonio Gibson and Kenny Gainwell both enjoyed 70+ yard games, exposing the Bearcats’ usually stingy defence.
Memphis has already proven to be a steady betting play this year following a previous win. The Tigers are 6-4 in this scenario and 5-3 against conference opponents, so take Memphis to win this one by a similar margin.
Tip: Back Memphis to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday December 7, 8:00am, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
SEC Championship Game
It’s all one-way traffic in this year’s SEC title game as the bookmakers are firmly in favour of the undefeated Tigers.
Sunday’s game will mark only the fourth time in College Football history that LSU and Georgia have met to determine the SEC winner. These two teams last met back in 2011 in a forgettable 42-10 Tigers victory.
LSU has already secured their spot in the Playoff but they will be looking to reclaim their spot atop the rankings ahead of Ohio State.
Georgia, meanwhile, has been the topic of much discussion as plenty of people feel the Bulldogs aren’t worthy of a Playoff spot following their Week 6 loss to South Carolina.
As far as this game goes though, it’s difficult to disagree with the market. The Tigers have time and time again answered the bell against ranked opponents, earning wins over Texas, Auburn, Florida and Alabama this season.
LSU is helped out by the cool, calm demeanor of Joe Burrow under center. The Heisman favourite relishes the big moment and the big stage, which in turn has helped the Tigers average close to 50-points a game.
LSU’s running game is also elite, which should place enormous pressure on Jake Fromm to match the Tigers on the scoreboard. Considering Georgia hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent by anything more than a touchdown all season, take the Tigers comfortably.
Tip: Back LSU to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.92
#1 Ohio State
Sunday December 7, 12:00pm, Lucas Oil Stadium
Big Ten Championship Game
This might be nothing more than a steppingstone for Ohio State on the way to the Playoff.
The Buckeyes dismantled Michigan 56-27 last week to remain undefeated as they now turn their attention to a Wisconsin side hoping to pull off one of the upsets of the century.
The Badgers earned enormous respect last week reclaiming Paul Bunyan’s Axe with a 38-17 win over Minnesota in heavy snow. Plenty have doubted Wisconsin this season, but the defence continues to live up to its name.
Offensively Wisconsin has been hot and cold this season. The Badgers are averaging just over 35 points-per-game, and although they had no trouble moving the ball against the Gophers last week, it’s tough to see Wisconsin putting up a great deal of points against the Buckeyes.
The coaches won’t have to rewind very far in their film review this week. Ohio State handed the Badgers a 38-7 loss back in Week 8 by holding Jack Coan to just 10 completed passes.
Ohio State is 7-2 against the spread this year vs conference opponents and 9-1 straight up in their last 10-games against Wisconsin. All things considered, take the Buckeyes to win big.
Tip: Back Ohio State to Cover the Line (-16.5 Points) @ $1.91
Friday November 29, 7:30am, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
This is a huge game for Cincinnati as they hope to secure home-field advantage in the AAC title game with a win over Memphis.
The only blemish on the Bearcats’ resume is a Week 2 loss to Ohio State, but things did get a little close for comfort last week in a 15-13 victory over Temple at home.
Memphis has also lost only once this season to that same Temple team five weeks ago. The Tigers have since gone on to put up 40-points or more in five-straight wins, making up a nine game stretch where the Over has saluted eight times.
Cincinnati’s season has been impressive up until this point, but the Bearcats have shown plenty of troubles in the red zone over their last two games.
That won’t cut it against a Memphis side that is scoring points for fun, so it’s worth taking a multi on the Tigers and the Overs.
Tip: Back Memphis to Win & Over 57.5 Total Points
#1 Ohio State
Saturday November 30, 4:00am, Michigan Stadium
Win or lose, Ohio State is still headed to the Big Ten Championship Game, but make no mistake, this is a huge test for the Buckeyes.
Ryan Day’s team improved to number one in the polls thanks to a win over Penn State last week. The Buckeyes are now hoping to finish the regular season undefeated with a win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, but with the way the Wolverines are playing of late, nothing is going to come easy.
Jim Harbaugh’s side has really switched into gear since their loss to the Nittany Lions five weeks ago. The second half last week against Indiana was nothing short of special, making Michigan a very strong upset chance this week in front of a raucous home crowd.
The Wolverines defence isn’t quite on the same level as Ohio State’s, but keep in mind, Michigan has allowed the 10th fewest points in the country.
Stopping an offensive juggernaut like the Buckeyes is something no team has accomplished, so you can still expect plenty of points from Ohio State.
The Wolverines are a perfect 5-0 against the spread in their last five games however, so take the +9 available.
Tip: Back Michigan to Cover the Line (+9 Points) @ $1.91
Saturday November 30, 4:00am, Williams-Brice Stadium
It’s almost strange to think that the biggest sleeper in this year’s Playoff race might be the defending national champions.
Clemson’s weak strength of schedule hasn’t done them any favours in the voting this season, but with four consecutive wins by 40-points or more, it appears the Tigers have saved their best form for when it really counts.
The Gamecocks have nothing to play for with seven losses to their name this season. South Carolina has already played the role of spoiler once already this season in a Week 6 win over Georgia though, making this game a big test for the Tigers before things get serious.
Clemson is favoured by almost four touchdowns in our market and, while it might seem like a large spread, I’m willing to take the Gamecocks on.
The Tigers defence is the second-best in the country while the offence is also averaging close to 46 points-per-game. With a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games, take Clemson to make another statement.
Tip: Back Clemson to Cover the Line (-27 Points) @ $1.92
Saturday November 30, 7:30am, Jordan-Hare Stadium
A win for Alabama and they are into the Playoff.
A victory for Auburn and they secure a premier Bowl berth.
The stakes are certainly high at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sunday as the Tigers hope to win their second consecutive home game over the Tide.
Alabama is the cause for much debate right now among fans following their loss to LSU. Plenty feel Utah is more worthy of a Playoff spot, but the Tide can silence some of the doubters this week with a big road win minus Tua Tagavailoa.
Our bookmakers are siding with Alabama in this one by no more than a field goal. Say what you will about freshman quarterback Bo Nix, but I tend to disagree.
Auburn has been a steady betting play against ranked opponents this year covering the spread in three of their five games. Overall, the Tigers are also 8-3 against the spread this season, so take the Tigers to keep this close.
Tip: Back Auburn to Cover the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.93
Saturday November 30, 7:30am, TCF Bank Stadium
It’s a ‘win and you’re in’ type scenario for the No. 10 ranked Golden Gophers and the No. 12 ranked Badgers this weekend.
Not only is the Paul Bunyan Axe on the line, but the winner of this huge Big 10 showdown will also go on to face Ohio State in the championship game.
Minnesota continues to receive little respect from bookmakers as the Gophers have opened as +2.5 underdogs. Wisconsin’s biggest win of the season came against Michigan, and while their victory over Iowa three weeks ago was impressive, the Badgers are far from a lock.
The Gophers beat Wisconsin for the first time since 2003 last year in a comforable 37-15 victory. That set the all-time win/loss ledger between these two teams at 60-60-8, adding further intrigue to one of the toughest betting games of the week.
Minnesota is already a lock for their first Top 25 finish in 16-years, however I’m a little worried about the Gophers defensively.
Both teams rank Top 20 in points-per-game offensively, but the Badgers have the upper-hand on the other side of the ball ranking eighth in fewest points allowed.
Home field advantage is huge for the Gophers this week but with the Big 10 West title on the line as well as a trip to the championship game, I’m siding with the more experienced team, and that’s the Badgers.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.78
#21 Oklahoma State
Saturday November 30, 12:00pm, Boone Pickens Stadium
The Bedlam Series concludes an epic rivalry weekend of College Football as the Sooners hope to strengthen their very slim chances of earning a Playoff spot.
Nothing will come easy against a red-hot Oklahoma State team though that has won four-straight games beginning with a win over Iowa State back in October.
The Cowboys are a perfect 4-0 against the spread during the same time frame, although it appears the bookies want nothing to do with Oklahoma State by installing them as +13 underdogs.
On the flip side, Oklahoma has been a terrible betting play on the road against the spread playing to a 1-3 record. Lincoln Riley’s offence is a thing of beauty, but keep in mind this is the same team that required all four quarters to dispose of Baylor a fortnight ago before holding on to a narrow 29-24 win over Texas Christian last week.
Nothing spells confidence about the Sooners right now whilst the Cowboys, on the other hand, are averaging 35-points offensively. All things considered, it’s worth taking Oklahoma State with a very generous line on offer.
Tip: Back Oklahoma State to Cover the Line (+13 Points) @ $1.91
#2 Ohio State
#8 Penn State
Sunday November 24, 4:00am, Ohio Stadium
The Big 10 has reached boiling point as the undefeated Buckeyes prepare for their toughest test of the season.
Ohio State has been installed as 18.5-point favourites with home-field advantage and it’s certainly hard to argue with their 8-2 record against the spread.
The Buckeyes have enjoyed a cakewalk schedule up until this point though, which makes the Nittany Lions an intriguing betting play with a big spread on offer.
Ohio State’s toughest test of the season so far came against Michigan State well over a month ago. Since then they’ve had it all too easy racking up the points against unranked opponents, which could leave the Buckeyes a little soft as they prepare to face one of the toughest defences in the country.
Penn State’s loss to Minnesota and their close call against Indiana over the last fortnight makes them tough to trust offensively, but keep in mind the Nittany Lions have lost their last two games to the Buckeyes by only a point, so back Penn State to keep this game close.
Tip: Back Penn State to Cover the Line (+18.5 Points) @ $1.92
Sunday November 24, 7:30am, McLane Stadium
Can the Bears bounce-back from their devastating loss to Oklahoma last week?
Baylor had the Sooners on the ropes before blowing a 25-point lead to Jaylen Hurts. The Bears are still in the College Football Playoff conversation, but they’ll need to make a big statement this week against Texas if they hope to be seriously considered for a spot.
The Longhorns have plenty to play for themselves as they hope to rebound from their own loss to Iowa State last week. Now unranked, Texas finds themselves as six-point underdogs this week on the road.
Texas’ biggest problem last week, and on the season, has been defending the pass. That spells plenty of bad news against Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer, who has averaged 8.7 yards per-attempt alongside his sparkling 18/5 touchdown-interception ratio.
Tip: Back Baylor to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday November 17, 4:00am, Michigan Stadium
Michigan bettors have enjoyed a very profitable spell as the Wolverines hope to improve on their 5-1 record against the spread over their last six games.
Jim Harbaugh’s side continues to build towards a meaningful Bowl game after backing up a big win over Notre Dame with a 38-7 victory over Maryland a fortnight ago. The Wolverines return from a bye with a tough three-game slate ahead of them though as ranked Indiana and Ohio State await in the coming weeks.
The Spartans have nothing more to play for other than bragging rights agaisnt their in-state rivals this week. Michigan State find themselves as 13.5 point underdogs on the road, but if you’ve followed this rivalry in recent years, you’ll know it doesn’t really matter where either team sits in the standings.
Michigan State has covered the spread in nine of its last 10-games against the Wolverines. The Spartans hit rock bottom last week with a 37-34 loss to Illinois, but keep in mind, they did manage 526-yards of total offence.
The Spartans will need much of the same this week against a Wolverines defence that has allowed the 11th fewest points-per-game in the country. Then again, Michigan State’s only real undoing last week against the Illini came on a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown. With a long spread, take the Spartans to Cover.
Tip: Back Michigan State to Cover the Line (+13.5 Points) @ $1.92
#16 Notre Dame
Sunday November 17, 6:30am, Notre Dame Stadium
Not only has Navy’s five-game winning streak vaulted the Midshipmen into the Top 25, it’s also set up a mouth-watering match up against Notre Dame on Sunday.
The Irish will be eager to knock Navy back a peg by winning their third-straight game against the Midshipmen. Notre Dame has now won two games on the trot after losing a blowout to Michigan back in Week 7, but recent history suggests this game should be close.
Navy is averaging over 40-points on offence during their current winning streak, which should challenge a Notre Dame defence allowing an average of only 19.2 points.
Much of this game will boil down to which version of Ian Book shows up for the Irish. If it’s the one that threw only 73-yards against Michigan, Navy’s 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games against Notre Dame should be safe.
Tip: Back Navy to Cover the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.93
Sunday November 17, 7:30am, Jordan-Hare Stadium
There should be nothing but defence on display between these two bitter SEC foes on Sunday.
The Bulldogs have landed top four in the College Football Playoff rankings thanks to Alabama’s loss last week, but Georgia will need to ensure they make a statement against the Tigers on the road this week.
Auburn rebounded from their loss to LSU last month with a not-so convincing 20-14 win over Ole Miss a fortnight ago. They’ve since had a bye week to prepare for the Bulldogs, right before a game against Samford in Week 11 followed by Alabama in Week 12.
Both teams rank inside the top 15 in fewest points allowed this season, while the pair are averaging only 37 points respectively on offence.
As much as the Tiger faithful will try to make life tough on the Bulldogs, I’m still struggling to trust Auburn’s offence. Bo Nix threw three picks against Florida back in May and two against Oregon in the season-opener. Until the freshman proves otherwise, take the Under.
Tip: Auburn Under 19 Points @ $1.88
Sunday November 17, 8:00am, Kinnick Stadium
A five-point win over Penn State at home last week has the Golden Gophers rolling with a potential Playoff spot still on the cards.
Minnesota has covered the spread in their last seven games as they open as three-point underdogs this week on the road. The Hawkeyes are far from an easy beat though, as the Gophers found out the hard way losing 48-31 last year.
Kinnick Stadium is one of the toughest environments in College Football. The Hawkeyes defence has allowed the fourth-fewest points in the country, which should make life tough for Minnesota if the weather also plays a part.
It tends to get pretty cold and very dark this time of year in the mid-west, which could make points hard to come by. The Total has gone Under in seven of the the last 10-games between these two, so back the defences to do the talking.
Tip: Under 44 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday November 17, 11:30am, McLane Stadium
Can we put a line through the Sooners’ Playoff hopes?
Oklahoma is still a real chance to finish top four in the rankings if they can make a big statement on the road against Baylor this week. The only blemish on the Sooners’ resume is a seven-point loss to Kansas State, which Oklahoma quickly made us forget in a thrilling win last week over Iowa State.
Baylor also has a case for a Playoff spot as the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12. Unlike other unbeaten schools, the Bears have actually played teams of note this year winning against Iowa State themselves, as well as Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
This game shapes up to be a thriller if the Bears can match Oklahoma’s offence. Baylor has the advantage on defence, and with a 4-2 record against the spread in their last six games, the double-digit lay looks too good to pass up.
Tip: Back Baylor to Cover the Line (+10 Points) @ $1.91
#4 Penn State
Sunday November 10, 4:00am, TCF Bank Stadium
Penn State find themselves fourth in the first official College Football Playoff rankings as they prepare for a season-defining trip to Minnesota on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions are favoured by 6.5-points in the market fresh from a bye, but the Golden Gophers should find plenty of confidence in their defence allowing only 20 points-per-game.
On the flip side, Penn State’s defence is the second-best in the country. The Nittany Lions held Michigan State to only seven points a fortnight ago on the road, and they’ll be hoping for much the same with their outstanding front seven well-rested.
A win this week is crucial for James Franklin’s side with a blockbuster game against Ohio State only two weeks away. Penn State looks to be the only side capable of challenging the Buckeyes in the Big 10, but with so much talk about the defence, don’t sleep on the Nittany Lions’ offence from doing the talking on Sunday.
Penn State has put up a combined 56 points over their last two games and is also a perfect 3-0 agaisnt the spread on the road this season.
Tip: Back Penn State to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday November 10, 7:30am, Bryant-Denny Stadium
All signs point towards Tua Tagovailoa starting under center on Sunday.
Purely from a fan standpoint, this is great news as the Crimson Tide and the Tigers do battle in what could easily turn out to be the game of the year.
Alabama remains unbeaten through eight games but after a fairly weak strength of schedule, this is by far their biggest test of the entire season. LSU, meanwhile, has earned wins over ranked opponents like Texas, Florida and Auburn, making them the worthy owners of the No. 2 spot in the rankings.
The bookies are favouring the Tide by six-points in this one, which seems a little generous in Alabama’s favour. The Tigers offence ranks fourth in the country averaging just over 46 points-per-game, with the Tide only two spots above averaging 48.6.
Defensively these two teams are also among the best in the nation. Alabama’s cakewalk schedule has seen them allow only 15.2 points to opponents, while perhaps more impressively, LSU has allowed only 20.
I’m steering clear of the line in this one despite the game being played in Tuscaloosa. The bookies obviously expect this one to be high-scoring setting a whopping 62.5 Total, but considering these two teams have combined for an average score of only 32 points across their last 10-games, it’s worth taking the Under.
Tip: Under 62.5 Total Points @ $1.92
#16 Kansas State
Sunday November 10, 7:30am, Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
This is a massive game as far as the Big 12 Championship picture is concerned, and I’m more than willing to have a play on a Kansas State upset.
The Wildcats aren’t anything special offensively, but their running game should cause plenty of problems against a Longhorns defence that has allowed over 160 yards a game.
Kansas State don’t like to throw the ball, but on the ground running back’s James Gilbert and Skylar Thompson have carved teams up for over five-yards per-carry and a combined 15 touchdowns.
This is a make or break kind of game for Texas after losses to LSU, Oklahoma and Texas Christian earlier in the season. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to trust the Longhorns defence, and much easier to trust Kansas State’s 6-2 record against the spread this season.
Tip: Back Kansas State to Cover the Line (+7.0 Points) @ $1.92
Sunday November 10, 8:00am, Camp Randall Stadium
This should be a telling battle between the Big 10’s top two teams in the West Division on Sunday.
Wisconsin is favoured by only 9.5-points this week, something you rarely see when the Badgers play at home. Wisconsin has covered the spread in six of their last nine games, but there might be some added value on the Unders to be had.
Iowa’s third-rank defence has been outstanding all year allowing only 10.1 points-per-game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, is tied for the fourth-fewest points allowed this season, which makes the 38-point Total look a little high.
The Total has gone Under in five of Wisconsin’s last six games and four of Iowa’s last five. With all that in mind, take the double.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) & Under 38.5 Total Points @ $3.70
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, TIAA Bank Field
Number six and number eight square off in the game of the week with very little separating the two sides.
Georgia and Florida have each won five games apiece across their last 10 meetings. After bouncing back from a shock loss to the Gamecocks a fortnight ago with a shutout win over Kentucky last week, the Bulldogs have been installed as minor 6.5-point favourites this week in Jacksonville.
The Dogs have covered the spread in only four of their last 10-games against Florida, but Georgia’s number five ranked defence should do most of the talking in this one.
Despite the loss to South Carolina, the Dogs have allowed only 10.6 points to opponents this year. Quarterback Jake Fromm has also enjoyed ample time in the pocket to set his feet and throw, which should pose a huge challenge to the Gators after their own close call against the Gamecocks last week.
Florida allowed 27-points to South Carolina and 387 total yards of offence. The defence stood firm in the fourth quarter to secure the win, but after showing some signs of wear and tear, back the Bulldogs to put up some numbers.
Tip: Bulldogs Over 25.5 Total Points @ $1.88
#22 Kansas State
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Memorial Stadium
A stunning seven-point upset over the fifth ranked Oklahoma last week was enough to push Kansas State into the Top 25.
The Wildcats forced two turnovers against the Sooners which allowed running back James Gilbert ample opportunity to put up 105-yards from scrimmage. Now, Kansas State will square off against their biggest rival on Sunday, and despite what the odds suggest, this one might turn out close.
Kansas dug deep for a three-point win over Texas Tech last week, their third of the season. The Jayhawks also pushed the Longhorns to the brink a fortnight ago as they put up 48-points on Tom Herman’s side in Austin.
The Jayhawks are averaging just over 27 points-per-game, compared to the Wildcats, who averaging 32. Rather than risking it head-to-head or agaisnt the spread, play it safe with the Overs.
Tip: Over 55 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 27, 7:00am, Husky Stadium
We should see the best of both worlds in this game as Utah’s number four ranked defence takes on a Huskies side averaging over 35 points-per-game.
Washington’s season fell in a heap when they lost to Cal back in Week 2. Things only got worse last week as the Huskies fell by four-points to Oregon at home.
If you’re head coach Chris Petersen, there’s little more than bragging rights to play for this week. That said, the Huskies will relish the role of spoiling opposing bowl hopes for the rest of the season, which places plenty of pressure on the Utes’ offence this week.
Utah has captured everyone’s attention on defence, but don’t sleep on their offence. The Utes have averaged over 36 points-per-game themselves over their four-game winning streak, while they’ve also outscored their opponents 146-23 during that time span.
Tip: Back Utah to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) & Under 47.5 Total Points @ $3.80
Sunday October 27, 10:30am, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
The atmosphere should be wild in Memphis on Sunday as these two cinderella’s square off.
SMU has been the most exciting team to watch this season as they continue to pile on points. The Mustangs remain unbeaten through eight games with wins over Texas Christian and Houston, but this is by far the biggest test SMU will face ahead of the Playoffs.
Memphis, meanwhile, has snuck into the Top 25 after back-to-back wins over Tulane and Tulsa. Like SMU, the Tigers haven’t faced anyone of note so far, which makes this game even more intriguing from a betting standpoint.
These two sides met last year with Memphis winning 28-18. The Tigers have won seven of their last 10-games over SMU, but considering the Mustangs rank sixth in the nation in points-per-game, followed closely by Memphis in tenth, sit back and play on the Overs.
Tip: Over 72 Total Points @ $1.91
#3 Ohio State
Sunday October 27, 3:00am, Ohio Stadium
The Badgers have slipped outside the Top 10 following last week’s one-point upset against the Illini. As a result, bookmakers have layed Wisconsin as two touchdown underdogs this week against the seemingly unstoppable Buckeyes.
Ohio State are the team to beat in the Big Ten, but after a fairly weak schedule to start the season, this is by far the biggest test the Buckeyes have faced.
Wisconsin’s loss last week was as much about bad luck as it was bad offence. Simply put, it was one of those days for the Badgers, while quarterback Jack Coan’s 264-yard, one touchdown day didn’t help.
Defensively the Badgers also squandered a 21-7 lead in the third quarter. That said, the 49.5-point Total looks a little high when you consider Ohio State and Wisconsin both rank top two defensively in the country. Neither team has allowed more than eight points per-game, which makes the Unders a must.
Tip: Under 49.5 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Tiger Stadium
The 7-0 Tigers return home on Sunday fresh from a comfortable 23-point win over Mississippi State.
LSU’s schedule is by far one of the toughest in the country, and with a trip to Tuscaloosa up next, the Tigers will be eager to pull off a big win over another ranked opponent.
Auburn bounced back from its loss to Florida with a blowout 51-10 win over Arkansas. The Tigers defence has allowed only 17.1 points-per-game so far this season, but they face an enormous task this week against LSU’s No. 2 ranked offence.
Baton Rouge is one of the toughest environments in the country – just ask the Longhorns and the Gators. Joe Burrows showed last week that even when the Tigers struggle early on, the Tigers are still capable of piling on points in a hurry.
Auburn won’t challenge LSU vertically and instead rely on the ground game. That might take some the sting out of the game early, but ultimately, it’s only a matter of time before the Tigers’ offence explodes.
Tip: Back LSU to Win & Over 59 Total Points
#6 Penn State
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Spartan Stadium
The Nittany Lions continue to rise up the rankings following last week’s impressive win over Michigan.
After staving off the Wolverines in the White Out, Penn State hits the road this week as 5.5-point favourites against the Spartans.
Michigan State’s season always looked in danger following Week 3’s loss to Arizona State. Since then, the Spartans have won only two from four with a pair of losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin leading into Sunday’s game.
Well-rested following the bye week, the Spartans should keep this game somewhat close in the first half. Penn State’s defence has allowed the third-fewest points-per-game in the country, but after allowing a 21-7 lead to slip away against Michigan last week, spread bettors are feeling a little sheepish on the Nittany Lions right now.
The Spartans have nothing more to play for other than bragging rights, but keep in mind this is an offence that has averaged only 23.9 points-per-game. All things considered, play it safe with the Under.
Tip: Under 43.5 Total Points @ $1.91
#8 Notre Dame
Sunday October 27, 10:30am, Michigan Stadium
Talk about a make or break kinda week for both teams.
A loss to Georgia back in Week 3 has cast some doubt over Notre Dame’s Playoff chances, and if the Fighting Irish fail to fire this time around against a ranked opponent, a very promising season might go by the wayside.
The Wolverines also need a win after coming up short last weekend against Penn State. A dropped touchdown pass on the goal line cost Michigan a win, which has left bookmakers no other option but to offer almost even money in the market.
Losing in the White Out is one thing, but the Wolverines have plenty to feel good about following last week’s trip to Beaver Stadium. After trailing 21-7 at half time, Michigan held Penn State to only one touchdown in the second half as the defence continually brough pressure on Sean Clifford.
Offensively the Wolverines also held their own as running back Zach Charbbonet rushed for 81-yards and two scores. With home-field advantage, back Michigan to carry that momentum over.
Tip: Back Michigan to Win @ $1.93
Sunday October 20, 2:00am, Williams-Brice Stadium
The Gators have opened as five-point favourites this week on the road at Billy Brice.
Florida’s undefeated streak came to an end last week in Baton Rogue as the Gators fell 42-28 to LSU. On paper, this week’s game against the Gamecocks favours Florida, but considering South Carolina just pulled off one of the upsets of the season over Georgia, nothing is going to come easy.
The Gamecocks love to play the role of spoiler with a defence that has allowed only 23.2 points-per-game. These two sides have split their last 10 meetings five wins apiece, so back South Carolina to keep in touch with the Gators.
Tip: Back South Carolina to Cover the Line (+5.0 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 20, 5:30am, Husky Stadium
The Huskies find themselves back inside the Top 25 after earning a big win over Arizona last week.
Washington holds home-field advantage this week, but they’ll meet their match with Justin Herbert and the Ducks coming to town.
Oregon has been outstanding defensively ever since allowing Auburn to score a walk-off touchdown back in Week 1. The Ducks have held their last five opponents to under 10-points each, which obviously makes this weekend’s game a very strong Unders play.
For some added value, it might be worth including the Ducks at the line though. Oregon is 5-1 in its last six games in Washington, so take the double.
Tip: Back Oregon to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) & Under 48.5 Total Points @ $3.80
#17 Arizona State
Sunday October 20, 8:00am, Rice-Eccles Stadium
These two teams couldn’t be farther apart if they tried.
From a betting perspective, Utah is a measly 1-6 against the spread, while the Sun Devils continue to prove money with a 3-1 record in their last four games.
Much of Arizona State’s success boils down to the defence. The Sun Devils have allowed the 16th fewest points-per-game in the country, not to be outdone by a Utah side that is tied for the eighth-fewest.
Utah has shown a tendency to save their best football for the second half, which could keep this game relatively close. With a generous line set and both sides playing outstanding defence, this is another good doubles bet.
Tip: Back Arizona State to Cover the Line (+13.5 Points) & Under 45.5 Total Points @ $3.50
#7 Penn State
Sunday October 20, 9:30am, Beaver Stadium
This is the marquee game of Week 8 (and possibly the season) as one of College Football’s most famous rivalries gets underway from Beaver Stadium.
The Wolverines will be greeted not only by a whiteout but also a ravenous Penn State defence that created havoc last week in Iowa.
The Nittany Lions look like the only team capable of challenging the Buckeyes for the Big Ten Championship, but to do so, they’ll need to ensure they take care of business this weekend.
Penn State has allowed the second-fewest points in the country behind Wisconsin, which spells bad news for a Wolverines team that still looks a question mark on offence.
Tip: Under 47 Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 2:00am, Cotton Bowl
Bookmakers have wasted no time setting a whopping 76-point Total for this year’s Red River Rivalry.
Texas and Oklahoma are averaging over 40-points per-game this season as both sides will be looking to improve on the way to the Big 12 Championship Game.
The Sooners have opened as heavy 10.5-point favourites in this one largely due to the play of Jalen Hurts. After so much success with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Oklahoma has somehow uncovered yet another Heisman Trophy contender that should cause plenty of problems for the Longhorns’ secondary on Sunday.
Texas has allowed an average of 26.6 points-per-game defensively this season, compared to Oklahoma, who has allowed only 19.
The Sooners are as much a threat vertically as they are on the ground, and with Hurts, Trey Sermon and Rhamondrre Stevenson all averaging over seven-yards per-carry, this has the makings of an Oklahoma blowout.
Tip: Back Oklahoma to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.88
#24 Texas A&M
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Kyle Field
This is the smallest spread Alabama has seen all season as they hope to remain unbeaten following Sunday’s game at Kyle Field.
Both sides are coming off a bye, and after a disastrous start to the season, a week’s rest couldn’t have come at a better time for Texas A&M. Losses to Clemson and Auburn were expected, but last fortnight’s narrow 31-27 victory over Arkansas casts plenty of doubt over the Aggies this week.
Alabama also hit the road well-rested after taking care of Ole Miss 59-31 a fortnight ago. Sunday marks the Tide’s second road game of the season, but if their 24-point win over South Carolina back in Week 3 was anything to go by, this should be nothing more than a blowout.
The Tide won comfortably 45-23 over Texas A&M last year and are also 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games played in October.
Currently allowing only 14.8 points-per-game defensively, back the Tide to keep on rollin’.
Tip: Back Alabama to Cover the Line (-16.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Memorial Stadium
Clemson’s cruisy strength of schedule has them penciled in for a spot in the National Championship Game, but this Sunday’s game against the Seminoles looks to be their toughest home game of the entire season.
Florida State returns from a bye riding a two-game winning streak with victories over Louisville and NC State. The Seminoles hit a snag early with a Week 1 loss to Boise State, but don’t sleep on a big offensive performance on the road in Death Valley.
The Seminoles are averaging 33.2 points-per-game, while the Tigers have fared only marginally better at 38.0. Florida State quarterback James Blackman has completed just under 70% of his passes this season, while running back Cam Akers is also deadly around the goal line.
The bookies have set the spread at four touchdowns with Clemson at home, so back the Seminoles to keep this one somewhat interesting.
Tip: Back Florida State to Cover the Line (+27 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Camp Randall Stadium
Last week’s 34-10 loss to the Buckeyes was enough to drop the Spartans out of the Top 25 as they now travel to Madison to face the red-hot Badgers.
Wisconsin remains undefeated on the season, but after two fairly casual weeks against Northwestern and Kent State, this will be the Badgers’ biggest home test since Michigan’s visit back in Week 3.
The Badgers have enjoyed the very best from running back Jonathan Taylor, who currently owns a combined 16 touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Jack Coan has also been a surprise standout with a 74% completion rate and only one interception.
To top things off, Wisconsin has also been the best defensive team in the country allowing only 5.8 points-per-game. With all that in mind, this points to a big Badgers win at home.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.91
#10 Penn State
Sunday October 13, 9:30am, Kinnick Stadium
Iowa hosts undefeated Penn State on Sunday in a game that could go a long way to deciding the Big 10 Championship.
The Hawkeyes will be looking to bounce-back from their loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last week, while the Nittany Lions hope to earn their sixth-straight win over Iowa.
Penn State’s front seven has been one of the best in the country this season, which should pose plenty of problems for Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley.
Offensively, the Nittany Lions have also performed exceptionally well following their underwhelming 17-10 home win over Pitt. In the last fortnight, Penn State has outscored their last two opponents 94-7.
Tip: Back Penn State to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) & Under 42.5 Total Points @ $3.70
Sunday October 13, 10:00am, Tiger Stadium
LSU has opened as 13-point favourites at home on Sunday in this epic battle between two of the top SEC contenders.
The Tigers remain undefeated on the season as they look to build on last weeks 42-6 win over Utah State. LSU has scored 42-points or more in their last five outings, which explains the whopping 55.5 Total this week.
Florida, on the other hand, hit their stride last week with a very convincing 24-13 win over No. 7 Auburn at home. The Gators held the Tigers to just 269-yards of total offence at The Swamp and also forced four turnovers.
Defensively Florida holds the advantage this week, but the visitors will need to dig deep against Joe Burrows and company. The Heisman candidate threw for 344-yards and five touchdowns last week, while Ed Orgeron’s offence continues to find new ways to get creative.
The line does look a little generous in favour of LSU though, especially against a Florida defence that has allowed the fifth-fewest points-per-game this season (9.5). If the Gators settle in early, they should be up for a big fight.
Tip: Back Florida to Cover the Line (+13 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 2:00am, Michigan Stadium
The undefeated Hawkeyes have opened as minor 3.5-point favourites this week on the road in Ann Arbor as they hope to hand Michigan their second loss on the season.
The Wolverines bounced back from their blowout loss to Wisconsin a fortnight ago to shutout Rutgers 52-0 last week. It was an impressive display defensively from Jim Harbaugh’s side, but despite the scoreline, Shea Patterson’s 276-yard day through the air still left a lot to be desired.
Iowa has been elite defensively this year, which should cause further problems for the Wolverines’ sputtering offence. The Hawkeyes have allowed only 8.5 points-per-game through the first five weeks of the season – the third-lowest total in the country.
With that said, this still the toughest test Iowa has faced so far this season. The Hawkeyes barely survived against Iowa State two weeks ago, and on the road in a hostile environment, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Iowa’s defence become overwhelmed early.
The Total has gone Over in 10 of Iowa’s last 15 games and five of Michigan’s last six. This one should be high-scoring.
Tip: Over 47.5 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 5:30am, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Plenty of Playoff implications on the line between two unbeaten SEC teams on Sunday.
The Gators have enjoyed an easy leadup to this game with back-to-back blowout wins over Tennessee and Towson, while the Tigers survived a late scare against Texas A&M a fortnight ago before handing Mississippi State a 56-23 loss last week.
It’s been eight years in between drinks since these two schools last met in 2011, and although the Gators hold home-field advantage, it’s Auburn who has opened as 2.5-point favourites.
Led by a talented committee of JaTarvious Whitlow, Kam Martin and Shaun Shivers, the running game is the backbone of the Tigers’ offence. Auburn is currently averaging over 5.0 yards per carry on the ground, but they’ll need to find something special against a Florida run defence that has held all five of their opponents to under 100 rushing yards.
Auburn’s defence isn’t quite as solid, although the Tigers have faced much tougher opponents. Wins over Oregon and Texas A&M have set up the foundations for a potential Playoff run, while the Tigers have also allowed only 17.2 points-per-game on average.
The Total has gone Under in five of Florida’s last seven games against Auburn, so this one should be a bit of a low-scoring slugfest.
Tip: Under 48.5 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 5:30am, Milan Puskar Stadium
West Virginia pulled off a memorable 42-41 upset over the Longhorns in Austin last year, making this weeks game one to watch.
Texas had their hands full with Oklahoma State a fortnight ago before Roschon Johnson scored the insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter with a successful two-point conversion to follow.
The Longhorns have since enjoyed a bye week to reflect on where their season is heading, and although quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks a serious Heisman contender, the defence is becoming tough to trust.
Texas’ secondary is battered and bruised as they now prepare for a Mountaineers team boasting a 7-1 record in their last eight home games.
West Virginia has strung together two impressive wins over NC State and Kansas prior to their own bye last week, so look for the Mountaineers to keep this close.
Tip: Back West Virginia to Cover the Line (+10.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 9:00am, Neyland Stadium
The Bulldogs looked scary good in their win over Notre Dame a fortnight ago and have since opened as whopping three touchdown favourites this week on the road in Tennessee.
The Vols have nothing more to play for than bragging rights following losses to Georgia State and BYU to open the season, and after mustering only three points in their loss to Florida before the bye, it’s difficult to see Tennessee coming close to matching Georgia’s red hot running game.
Tip: Back Georgia to Cover the Line (-24.5 Points) @ $1.91
#4 Ohio State
#25 Michigan State
Sunday October 6, 9:30am, Ohio Stadium
The Buckeyes have opened as 20-point favourites this week at The Shoe as the bookies have clearly factored in just how dominant Ohio State’s defence has been.
Allowing only 8.5 average points-per-game, the Buckeyes are currently one of the top teams to challenge Alabama and Clemson for a spot in the National Championship Game despite their easy strength of schedule.
Ohio State’s toughest opponent to date has been Nebraska, who the Buckeyes made short work of last week winning 48-7.
Michigan State’s season took a turn for the worst as the Spartans lost to Arizona State in Week 3. Mark Dantonio’s team has since responded with back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Indiana, but that all pales in comparison to this weeks game on the road against the Buckeyes.
There’s plenty to dissect in this one, but the only stat really worth paying attention to is Ohio State’s run at home. In 10 of their last 12 home games, the Buckeyes have won by 20 points or more.
Tip: Back Ohio State to Cover the Line (-20 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 29, 2:00am, Memorial Stadium
Jalen Hurts has been unstoppable through four starts with Sooners as this year’s early Heisman favourite.
The senior has already thrown for 880-yards and nine touchdowns, while the most impressive part of the Hurts’ game has been his lack of turnovers and interceptions.
Texas Tech opened the season 2-0 prior to last weeks 28-14 loss to the Sun Devils. With the line just shy of four touchdowns, it’s difficult to see the Red Raiders pulling off an upset.
As if Hurts wasn’t already enough to worry about, the Texas Tech defence also needs to find an answer to Oklahoma’s running game. The Sooners are averaging just over eight yards per-carry, with a 6-1 record against the spread in their last seven home games against Texas Tech to match.
Tip: Back Oklahoma to Cover the Line (-27 Points) @ $1.91
#10 Notre Dame
Sunday September 29, 5:30am, Notre Dame Stadium
The Irish proved no match for the Bulldogs in Athens last week, but there were still plenty of positives to take away from Notre Dame’s performance.
Losing by only six points to one of the National Title favourites on the road is still a big effort, especially with Ian Book and Cole Kmet hooking up for over 108-yards.
Virginia has earned a spot inside the Top 25, but you could still argue the Cavaliers are yet to play anybody of quality. So far Virginia’s toughest opponents have been Pitt and Florida State, and with a tough trip on the road to face the Irish, this looks a little beyond them.
Tip: Back Notre Dame to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.91
Saturday September 21, 11:00am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Three straight blowout wins has the Utes inside the Top 10 as they look to add to USC’s woes this week.
Utah has opened as -4 favourites with the bookies taking into account last year’s 41-28 victory over the Trojans in Week 7.
It’s tough to trust USC quarterback Kedon Slovis right now, especially after last weeks three interception game against BYU. The freshman looked exceptional in the Week 2 win over Stanford, but the Cougars’ pass rush made life extremely difficult last week.
Utah’s defence is one of the best in the country having allowed only 9.7 points-per-game. The Utes also have a stable running game thanks to Zack Moss, which should cause plenty of problems for the Trojans if Utah can establish themselves on the ground.
Utah are 4-1 in their last five games agaisnt USC, so back the Utes to Cover.
Tip: Back Utah to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 22, 2:00am, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
There’s been no love for the Volunteers following their first win over Chatanooga last week.
Tennessee has opened as two touchdown underdogs against ninth ranked Florida, which looks just about right considering the Gators whomped the Vols 47-21 this time last year.
Florida had a few hiccups last week against Kentucky but still managed to squeak out a 29-21 win. Feleipe Franks had himself a quiet day through the air, but fortunately, Florida’s talented running back committee carried the load with Josh Hammond leading the way.
History is firmly on the Gators’ side this week having now won seven straight home games. The last time Florida lost to Tennessee at the swamp was way back in 2003.
While the line looks tempting, it is worth noting both sides are 1-2 against the spread this year. That makes the Total the safest play, especially with seven of the last 10 meetings between Florida and Tennessee going Overs.
Tip: Over 49 Points @ $1.93
Sunday September 22, 2:00am, Camp Randall Stadium
These two rivals have opened the season a perfect 2-0, but it’s the Badgers who look the more convincing of the pair.
Wisconsin haven’t played anyone of note just yet, but their running game looks extremely dangerous ranking 29th in rushing yards per-game.
The Wolverines, meanwhile, survived a double overtime scare in less than convincing fashion last week against Army. Michigan gave up 200-yards on the ground to the Black Knights and also turned the ball over three times in the process.
The Big Ten looks firmly in Ohio State’s hands, but the Badgers are building a strong case as their top competition. Although their last two opponents have been South Florida and Central Michigan, Wisconsin has still managed to hold both teams scoreless.
Until proven otherwise, the Badgers’ defence deserves the benefit of the doubt. This is a tough stretch of schedule for Michigan, and despite their blowout win over Wisconsin last year, it’s worth backing the Badgers’ 4-1 record against the spread in their last five games.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.93
#17 Texas A&M
Sunday 22, 5:30am, Kyle Field
This should be a good old fashioned SEC battle on Sunday as the Tigers and the Aggies both look to extend their winning streaks.
Texas A&M proved no match for Clemson a fortnight ago losing 24-10 in Death Valley, but their 62-3 win over Lamar last week highlighted just how dangerous the Aggies’ offence is.
Auburn remains a Playoff dark horse following their come from behind win over Oregon in Week 1. Since then the Tigers have enjoyed two fairly easy weeks against Tulane and Kent State, making this week’s game a big test for freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
Surprisingly, the Aggies are -3.5 favourites at home – which makes Auburn tremendous value at the line this week.
Despite what the scoreline suggests, Texas A&M were far from their best last week against Lamar as the Aggies turned the ball over three times and struggled in the red zone.
Auburn will need to find their footing on the ground if they wish to keep this game close, but after struggling in the opening two weeks, we saw some promising signs from JaTarvious Whitlow, Joey Gatwood and Shaun Shivers last week.
All in all, this should be the most fascinating game of the week, and one the Tigers should Cover.
Tip: Back Auburn to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday 22, 5:30am, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Back-to-back wins over Tennessee and USC has BYU poised for a spot back inside the Top 25 if they can pull off a huge upset over the Huskies this week.
The Cougars’ defence is prone to giving up points, but offensively running back Tyson Williams has been great to start the year rushing for 236-yards and three touchdowns.
Washington enjoyed a cruisy start to the season with a big win over Eastern Washington. The Huskies followed that up with a big loss to California the following week, before blowing out Hawaii at home in Week 3.
The Cougars have already been a very profitable play at the line this season covering in two of their three games. The Total has also gone Under in four of BYU’s last seven games against the Huskies, so it’s worth backing the double here.
Tip: Back BYU to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) & Under 51.5 Total Points @ $3.50
#7 Notre Dame
Sunday 22, 10:00am, Sanford Stadium
Go ahead and throw the Bulldogs into the National Championship conversation if they win this game on Sunday.
Georgia’s opening three games against Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State have hardly been a challenge, but the Bulldogs’ offence has still been extremely convincing as they look to return to the Playoffs.
Quarterback Jake Fromm has completed 75% of his passes so far, while running back D’Andre Swift is only eight yards shy of 300. Perhaps more importantly, the Georgia defence has accounted for 12 sacks through the first three weeks – half of their entire total last year.
Notre Dame are no easy beat, and while many feel the Fighting Irish are overrated, quarterback Ian Book is still capable of making big plays from the pocket.
The senior threw five touchdowns last week against New Mexico State, but with Georgia’s defence firing on all cylinders, it’s tough to back against the Bulldogs.
Tip: Back Georgia to Cover the 1st Half Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.88
#13 Penn State
Sunday September 15, 2:00am, Beaver Stadium
The Nittany Lions have snuck back inside the Top 25 following their comeback win over Buffalo last week.
Not surprisingly, Penn State are 17.5-point favourites at home, but this has typically been a matchup that has given the Nittany Lions some trouble in recent years.
Last season Penn State demolished the Panthers 51-6 on the road, although their previous two meetings were much closer. Pittsburgh defeated the Nittany Lions 42-39 back in 2016, and after defeating Ohio 20-10 last week, this is the kind of game the Panthers will be up and about for.
Penn State found themselves trailing 10-7 at home last week before piling on 28-points in the third quarter. James Franklin’s side has scored 15 touchdowns already this season, but Pitt can remain competitive in this one with two powerful running backs in A.J. and Vincent Davis.
Tip: Back Pitt to Cover the Line (+17.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 5:30am, Williams-Brice Stadium
The Crimson Tide haven’t missed a beat to start the season pulling apart Duke and New Mexico State by an average of 45-points.
Alabama has opened as 25.5-point favourites this week as they travel to Williams-Brice to face the Gamecocks. South Carolina pulled of a whopping 72-10 win over Charleston Southern last week, but their opening round loss to North Carolina has already put a dampener on the season.
It’s tough to back against the Tide right now considering they are averaging well over 300-yards through the air. Running back Najee Harris has also been huge rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.
Despite their big win last week, the Gamecocks still gave up 72-yards on the ground. Alabama will likely stick to the air in the early goings before running it down South Carolina’s throats. But either way, this should be nothing more than a blowout.
Tip: Back Alabama to Cover the Line (-25.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 5:30am, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Brigham Young bounced back from their disappointing loss in Week 1 to win an overtime thriller against Tennessee last week.
The Cougars have been plenty competitive to start the season, but they might meet their match again on Sunday as they prepare to face the Trojans at home.
USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels to a season-ending ACL tear in their Week 1 win over Fresno State, but backup Kedon Slovis played exceptionally well last week against Stanford, throwing for 377-yards and three touchdowns in the 45-20 victory.
Everyone wrote USC off following Daniels’ injury, but the Trojans are now ranked just inside the Top 25. That said, USC are 2-5 in their last seven games against an opponent from the Independent Conference, while the Cougars are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.
Tip: Back BYU to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 6:00am, Jack Trice Stadium
This classic rivalry game between two state rivals presents tremendous value with almost even money on offer.
The 19th ranked Hawkeyes have opened as the favourites head-to-head but after two fairly easy wins over opponents Miami Ohio and Rutgers over the last fortnight, the Cyclones present an enormous test.
Iowa State has played only one game to this point, earning a 29-26 victory over Northern Iowa two weeks ago. Quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 278-yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he’ll need to dig deep if he wishes to trump Iowa’s stingy defence.
The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last 10 games against Iowa State, but it’s worth noting the last two games between these bitter rivals have been decided by 10-points or less.
Iowa State is 0-6 against the spread dating back to last season, so there’s no real value in backing the underdogs.
Iowa, on the other hand, are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Cyclones, so back the Hawkeyes to Cover.
Tip: Back Iowa to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 9:00am, Kroger Field
These two sides are undefeated as they prepare to meet in Lexington, and despite what the odds might suggest, it’s Kentucky who should feel the most confident going into Sunday’s contest.
The Wildcats pulled off a memorable upset over the Gators at The Swamp last year, scoring 14-points in the third quarter to secure a 27-16 victory.
Florida then went on to win games against ranked Mississippi State and LSU, including a massive win in the Peach Bowl over Michigan.
The Gators looked poised for a more meaningful Bowl berth this year after securing wins over Miami and Tennessee-Martin top open the season, but they’ll need to come with an answer to Kentucky’s running game – one that’s averaging just over 207-yards a game.
It’s difficult to back Kentucky pulling off an upset over Florida twice, but there’s still something to be said about the Wildcats at the line.
Kentucky are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, while the Total has also gone Over in all give of the Wildcats’ games during that period.
If running backs Asim Rose and Kavosiey Smoke can team up to provide blocking and also find space with the ball, the Wildcats can easily put a scare into the Gators again.
Tip: Back Kentucky to Cover the Line (+8.5 Points) & Over 48.5 Total Points @ $3.40
Sunday September 7, 2:00am, Michigan Stadium
Michigan has opened as 22.5-point favourites following last week’s big win over Middle Tennessee.
The Wolverines were lethal through the air as quarterback Shea Patterson went 17/29 with 203-yards and a trio of touchdowns. On the ground, Zach Charbonnet also rushed for 90-yards on just eight attempts.
This week’s market suggests Michigan should win comfortably, but the Wolverines might have their work cut out against a very underrated Army side. Last week the Black Knights made short work of Rice on the ground rushing for 231 total yards, adding to their 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Army finished last season 7-4-2 against the spread, and with a running game that can match that of Michigan’s there’s every chance they keep this close.
Tip: Back Army to Cover the Line (+22.5 Points) @ $1.88
#12 Texas A&M
Sunday September 7, 5:00am, Memorial Stadium
The Red Raiders head to Death Valley on Sunday as 17-point underdogs following last week’s 41-7 victory over Texas State.
Kellen Mond is quickly becoming one of the nations most coveted quarterbacks, and after torching the Clemson defence for 430-yards and three touchdowns last year, there’s every chance this game turns into a real thriller.
The Tigers looked scary last week during their 52-14 blowout win over Georgia State, but the same can’t be said for Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence. The sophomore completed just 13 of his 23 pass attempts against the Yellow Jackets for only 168-yards and a lone score.
Winning in Death Valley is never easy, but this current Clemson defence isn’t quite as strong as it was last year. On the flip side, Lawrence also struggled against the Aggies last year throwing for just 93-yards and a touchdown.
With plenty of belief and confidence on their side, back Texas A&M to Cover.
Tip: Back Texas A&M to Cover the Line (+17 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday September 7, 5:00am, Folsom Field
There was nothing impressive about either sides Week 1 victories, making this week’s game a bit of a coin flip from a market perspective.
The Cornhuskers managed a 35-21 victory over the inferior South Alabama Jaguars, but with just 276 total yards of offence to their name, Nebraska still leaves a lot to be desired.
Likewise, Colorado’s victory over Colorado State was also less than impressive. The Buffaloes defence gave up 505 total yards and 27 first downs in their 51-32 win, leaving them as outsiders this week at home.
To their credit, Colorado did force four turnovers against Colorado State, which could cause a few problems for Nebraska’s stagnant offence. The Cornhuskers turned the ball over three times last week, so it’s worth backing the Buffaloes to pull off an upset.
Tip: Back Colorado to Win @ $2.55
Sunday September 7, 9:00am, Neyland Stadium
Week 1’s biggest shocker was far and away Tennessee’s loss to Georgia State.
After surrendering 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Vols now find themselves between a rock and a hard place with a very resilient BYU side coming to town.
Last week’s 30-12 scoreline against Utah doesn’t really do the Cougars any justice. BYU held tight with the Utes in the first half to trail by only three points, and with a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games, it’s certainly worth backing the Cougars to keep this one close.
Tennessee’s schedule doesn’t get any easier following this game with trips to Florida and Alabama on the horizon. This is a must-win game for the Vols, but after turning the ball over three times last week, the Cougars look too good to pass up at this price.
Tip: Back BYU to Win @ $2.45
Sunday September 7, 9:30am, Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Last week we saw the Tigers throw their once bland and boring playbook out the window in favour of a much more fast-tempo, spread offence.
LSU looked scary in their 55-3 win over Georgia Southern, and while the Eagles are a much inferior opponent, there’s every chance we see the Tigers lay a similar beatdown on the Longhorns in Austin.
Texas also recorded a blowout victory of their own over Louisiana Tech to start the season. The Longhorns will be welcomed by their adoring fans, which are sure to create a tough environment for the Tigers.
Defensively, Texas is very young and inexperienced though, which could create some problems against Ed Orgeron’s highly adaptive offence. We saw glimpses of Orgeron’s improved playbook last week, but you can bet there’s plenty we didn’t see as the Tigers coach kept his cards close to his chest.
Tip: Back LSU to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) & Over 56.5 Total Points @ $3.60
Friday August 30, 10:00am, Memorial Stadium
The defending national champs host Georgia Tech on Friday in a game that should turn out to be extremely one-sided. The Tigers are favoured by just over five touchdowns, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value to be had.
Georgia Tech opens the season with a fresh new approach on offence as they steer away from the spread in favour of a more pro-style attack. It could be a smart move, but Clemson’s defence should provide a harsh reality check.
The Tigers allowed only 13.1 points-per-game on defence last year, the lowest average in the nation. Clemson’s average winning margin was also +31 points, which should make the line safe. The Total (59.5) does look a little high though when you consider 71% of the Tigers’ home games fell Under last season. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if the Yellow Jackets fail to hit the scoreboard.
Tip: Clemson (-36.5) & Under 59.5 Points @ $3.80
Friday August 30, 12:15pm, LaVell Edwards Stadium
The Utes will be hoping to put last year’s PAC 12 Championship loss to Washington behind them as they travel to LaVell Edwards Stadium to face the Cougars on Friday.
Utah lost twice on the road last season, and while BYU finished the year 3-3 at home, there’s something to be said for the Cougars in this fierce rivalry game.
BYU sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson is returning from shoulder surgery with a point to prove after throwing 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions in nine games last year. The Utes allowed close to 250 average yards on the road last year, which could see the score relatively close at half time.
Utah averaged just over 13 first-half points last season, compared to BYU, who averaged close to 12. Keep in mind, the Cougars beat Wisconsin early on last year, and with a generous line set, it’s worth backing them to keep the pressure on early.
Tip: BYU to Cover the 1st Half Line (+3.0 Points) @ $1.88
Saturday August 31, 9:00am, Raymond James Stadium
Wisconsin’s season took an early nosedive last year with a Week 3 loss to BYU. That was followed by defeats to Northwestern, Penn State and Minnesota, capped off by a promising win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Miami.
The Badgers have put last year’s distractions behind them as they look to return to the Big Ten Championship game and beyond. Running back Jonathan Taylor is a serious Heisman candidate this year, but Wisconsin needs to fill the void left by linebackers TJ Edwards and Ryan Connelly if they are to succeed.
South Florida present as a team that could cause a few upsets this year, especially after starting last season 7-0 before losing their final six games. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see them coming up with an answer to Taylor’s power.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-13 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday September 1, 9:30am, AT&T Stadium
Auburn opened the 2018 season on neutral turf with a 21-16 win over Washington, and they’ll be hoping to do the same on Sunday in Texas against the Ducks.
The Tigers were no easy beat last season, but a Week 3 loss to LSU doomed them for a meaningless Bowl game. Oregon, on the other hand, find themselves ranked just outside the Top 10 after wins over Washington and Michigan State, but there’s plenty of question marks remaining on defence.
Oregon opens as the heavy underdogs this week despite holding a distinct advantage on paper. Quarterback Justin Herbert is a proven starter and a potential Heisman winner, while the Tigers are a guessing game with freshman Bo Nix under center.
The Ducks averaged just shy of 35 points-per-game offensively last year, which leaves them looking a little over the odds at this price. Losing this game could be detrimental for either side, but with more experienced heads on the Oregon roster, the Ducks are worth backing to Cover.
Tip: Back Oregon to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.91
Monday September 2, 9:35am, Memorial Stadium
Life resumes on Monday without quarterback Kyler Murray, signalling the start of the Jalen Hurts era at Oklahoma.
Hurts looked every bit a future first-round pick last year at Alabama, particularly during the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Now, the 21-year-old stands a chance at becoming the third straight Heisman winning quarterback in Sooner history.
Oklahoma is one of the favourites to challenge Alabama and Clemson this year, but they’ll still have their work cut out against Houston.
The Cougars started the season 7-1 last year before fading down the stretch. Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is returning from a knee injury, but after completing just over 63% of his passes in games prior, the Cougars are more than capable of keeping this close.
Tip: Back Houston to Cover the Line (+24 Points) @ $1.93