Large Handle Expected on Six Important College Football …

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Thus far, during the week the biggest moves on betting lines for Week 11 have involved schools that are smaller such as Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.

However the bigger schools scheduled to play games that are much more meaningful for the inaugural College Football Playoff, will likely attract large volume come Saturday.

According to data take from Bovada and topbet, both Alabama and Auburn have must win games if they want to stay in the race for the College Football Playoff.

Big Ten action features the conference’s most important matchup of the entire season between Ohio State and Michigan State.

On betonline and sportsbook.com, Appalachian State was a pick ‘em when the lines opened on Sunday, but by Friday was -4. Georgia Southern opened as a favorite on the road by -9 over Texas State, but that has grown to 14.

Northwestern opened the week as a favorite at home by 2.5 points over Michigan, but by Friday, the line reversed and the Wolverines became a 1.5-point favorite.

Six games are expected to take a huge amount of action on Saturday, including Alabama visiting LSU, Texas A&M visiting Auburn, TCU hosting Kansas State, Michigan State hosting Ohio State, Oregon traveling to Utah and Notre Dame on the road versus Arizona State.

These are all games that will determine who moves on as well as who is gone.

One odds maker said that the wise guys would still be looking at some secondary schools. However, he added that the public would only be looking at these all important games with postseason implications.

Auburn was a 20-point favorite at home to open against a Texas A&M team that has struggled of late. That line by late Friday was at -23. Bettors have bailed out on A&M after they have won just 1 of their past 4 games and are 0-5 ATS in their past 5 games played.

With Kenny Hill sidelined, no one really feels they have a remote chance of keeping the game close, unless Auburn is looking ahead to another important game.

Michigan State was a 3-point favorite at home over Ohio State when the lines opened. That went up to -4 but has settled on -3.5.

Whoever wins this matchup of perennial Big Ten powerhouses, will have the best shot in the conference of making the College Football Playoff.

Late games will also influence the College Football Playoff this weekend.

With Utah hosting Oregon in Pac-12 play and Notre Dame visiting Arizona State, there are 3 teams playing in two games that have legitimate shots at playing for the national championship if they win today as well as the rest of the season.

Sit down and get ready to watch football at its best.

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Four Big Line Moves in Week 3 of College Football

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Each week in college football, the lines move up and down on games from the time they are posted until the game starts.

Sometimes those lines move a little and other times a lot. This week, four games on the college schedules had their lines move 6 or more points, with two of the teams involved from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Duke Blue Devils both have home games this week, yet each game has seen bettors putting significant money with their opponents.

Georgia Tech opened at -25 against FCS perennial power Georgia Southern. That line on Bovada and topbet has dropped to -17.5. Georgia Southern is in its first year of Division I-A

One reason could be that Georgian Southern was 21.5-point dog against North Carolina State and nearly won the game outright. Then last week they routed unmercifully a Savannah State team that is very bad.

Therefore, bettors are starting to believe the team could stay close in their game with the Yellow Jackets.

However, Georgia Tech is not going to just rollover, the Yellow Jackets are 2-0 and have one of the nation’s best ground games.

Duke opened as a favorite by 20.5 points versus the Kansas Jayhawks on betonline and sportsbook.com.

As of late Friday, the line was bet down to its current -14.

Name recognition is part of the answer. If Duke plays Troy, the name is not as recognizable as Kansas.

The line started out high due to Kansas struggling against SE Missouri State a non-Division I team, barely winning 34-28.

Even though Duke has put some good numbers up both last season and to start this one, it is hard to consider them a good football team since they have not been for that long.

Other line moves in Week 3 that have been big include a battle between the Indiana Hoosiers moving down from a road favorite of 1.5 points versus Bowling Green to -7.5.

Old Dominion started the week as a home favorite by 11 points over Eastern Michigan but is now favored by 18 points.

Other lines that have made notable moves in Week 3

Navy -13 to -10 vs. Texas State

Cincinnati -12.5 to -10 hosting Toledo

Notre Dame -31.5 to -28.5 vs. Purdue

Louisville -9 to -6 vs. Virginia

Texas A&M -29.5 to -32.5 vs. Rice

Northern Illinois -13.5 to -10.5 vs. UNLV

USC -20.5 to -17 vs. Boston College

Make sure that you visit reputable sites such as Bovada, topbet, sportsbook.com and betonline prior to the kickoff of each game to see the up to the minute lines before making a wager.

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NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments Fill Wagering Boards

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The conference tournaments in NCAA men’s basketball are reaching their conclusion, with semifinals and finals scheduled for today and this weekend in preparation of Selection Sunday.

On Friday afternoon a series of games including Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina and Missouri vs. Florida, start the slate of games.

The battle in the ACC between the Tar Heels and Panthers is one of the marquee matchups from Friday’s afternoon lineup. In multiple online shops such as Bovada, topbet and betonline, the game opened as a tossup.

UNC is 23-8 SU and 16-15 ATS. The Heels have not won an ACC tournament in six seasons and have finished runner up the past three seasons. They are the No. 4 seed and face No. 5 Pitt.

UNC has won 12 of its past 13 games overall with only a loss to Duke last weekend snapping a 12 game winning streak. The Heels did not cover as a dog of 9 points and over their past four games are 0-4 ATS, after covering the previous nine straight.

Pitt is 24-8 SU and 11-15-3 ATS. The Panthers were 11-7 SU in their inaugural season in the ACC. They defeated Wake Forest in their first game of the tournament 84-55, easily covering as a favorite of 10 points.

The OVER has cashed in each of the past 4 games between the two teams and 6 of the past 7.

The Panthers are 0-2 SU as well as ATS when a dog this season, losing to Syracuse on the road by five points as a 4.5 point dog and to North Carolina by 4 points as a 3-point dog.

Pick: North Carolina 73-70

Florida takes on Missouri in another big game on Friday’s afternoon schedule. The Gators are ranked No. 1 in the nation and have a winning streak of 23 games. Missouri is the No. 8 seed in the tournament but unranked in the nation.

Florida has four starters who are seniors along with Michael Frazier a sophomore. The Gators are only about .500 against the spread, but are 3-0 ATS over their past three games with an average winning margin of 21 points.

Missouri could be tired as they were forced to double overtime in their first round tournament game before defeating Texas A&M 91-83. The Tigers covered as a favorite of 5.5 points, but were 2-7 ATS over their previous nine outings.

Missouri is considered a bubble team and desperately need a big upset in this game.

This season Missouri covered the spread in its only meeting with Florida. The Tigers lost 65-58, but were road dogs by 12.5 points.

Florida has covered three consecutive spreads and is playing up to its No. 1 national ranking. Their defense gives up just 58 points per game.

Pick: Florida 68-55.

The Gators will clamp down on the Tigers offense and cover the 11.5 favorite spread.

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Sunday NCAA Lines for College Basketball

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It might be Sunday but there is a good slate of games in college basketball to wager on. SMU heads to the northeast to tackle Connecticut, while Michigan State visits arch rival Michigan in a rematch. These two matchups are the most intriguing of the Sunday lineup.

When Michigan State hosted Michigan earlier this season, both teams entered the game on a roll. The Spartans were on an 11-game winning streak, while the Wolverines had won 8 straight.

The game was won by Michigan 80-75 as a 5-point road dog. Since then, both teams have not played as well as they had prior to their head-to-head game. Since that game, neither team has been able to win two straight games.

Michigan is currently a favorite by 3.5 points on betonline and topbet and the point total is sitting on 137 on Bovada and sportsbook.com.

After being in the top 10 of the Power Ratings for much of the season, the Spartans are now sitting at No. 18. Much of that is thanks to a number of injuries to their best players. Adreian Payne missed the game versus Michigan earlier in the season, but will play in this one.

However, Branden Dawson is out with a fractured hand. Keith Appling the point guard is playing with a sore wrist and has a hard time even to shoot, let alone have a high shooting percentage. Over his past two games played, Appling has hit just 1 of his 3 shots.

At the same time, Michigan with a lineup of three guards seems to play better as a team without Mitch McGary. He has been sidelined since January 7 after having back surgery.

Both teams play excellent defense and each is holding its opponents to less than 65 points a game. The winner is a tough call, while the game looks to be almost certainly an UNDER pick.

Pick: Michigan and the UNDER – Michigan has better offense and that slight advantage will be big in such a defensive struggle. Appling’s injury also limits the Spartans on the offensive end.

In the other intriguing matchup, Southern Methodist is the underdog to Connecticut by 7.5 points. On January 4, SMU defeated Connecticut 74-65 in the first game between the two teams. The point total went OVER as Bovada had the game at 133.5 points.

The pace of the first game between the two schools suggests the UNDER for this game, as free throws late pushed it OVER in the first game.

Both teams are very tough on defenses and can stop their opponents from scoring. In addition, SMU has to travel a long distance and will have an early tip off time of 2 pm.

That could add to the fact the game looks like a strong UNDER choice.

Pick: SMU plus the points and the UNDER

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Early Lines on NCAA Conference Championships

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The NCAA could not have asked for a more exciting Thanksgiving weekend lineup or outcome of games. From the finish in between Ohio State and Michigan to the touchdown return in the Auburn and Alabama game, the NCAA gave fans the show of their lives.

No one will ever forget the Stanford and Cal game that ended with a touchdown return weaving between members of the band. Nor will anyone forget the Hail Mary pass by Doug Flutie in a great Boston College and Miami classic.

However, the 110-yard touchdown return by Auburn to end the Iron Bowl and propel the Tigers into the SEC Championship is right alongside those other nearly unbelievable finishes to NCAA football games.

This weekend the different conference championships will be played. It should offer another round of spectacular college football.

The current BCS Standings have Florida State at No. 1 and Ohio State No. 2. Should both win their respective conference championship matchups the two will play for the national championship.

In the SEC championship game, Auburn opened as a 1-point favorite over Missouri. However, early bettors on Bovada and sportsbook.com adjusted that up to -1.5 for Auburn, while other books such as topbet and betonline opened Auburn at -1.5 and moved it up to -2. Even others opened Auburn at -2.

In this weekend’s conference championships, Ohio State looks to be facing a tougher battle than Florida State. The Buckeyes opened on Bovada at -5 versus the Michigan State Spartans in the Championship for the Big Ten.

Sharp action right away on the Buckeyes moved the line up to -5.5, while others opened at -5.5 and moved on the action to -6.

FSU has opened against Duke as a 28-point favorite for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Early action moved that up to 29 on a number of books including betonline.

To start the week only one game as a potential BCS title game has been opened for betting and that is Florida State vs. Ohio State. Odds makers have Florida State -9.5 for that potential matchup.

The lines for the various conference championships will continue to move up and down as the week progresses and more news from the different schools is released about injuries and potential starters.

Early Lines

MAC – Bowling Green vs. (-3) Northern Illinois

Conference USA – Marshall vs. Rice (no line)

SEC- (-1) Auburn vs. Missouri

ACC- Duke vs. (-28) Florida State

Pac-12 – Stanford vs. (-3) Arizona State

Big 10 – (-5) Ohio State vs. Michigan State

Mountain West – Utah State vs. (-3) Fresno State

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Gamecocks Rule the Roost versus Clemson

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The Thanksgiving Weekend is loaded with rivalries and great matchups and one takes place at Williams Brice Stadium when the Clemson Tigers visit the South Carolina Gamecocks in a matchup of two teams in the top 10.

Clemson is ranked No. 6 and has a record of 10-1 SU and 6-5 ATS, while South Carolina is ranked No. 10 with a record of 9-2 SU and 5-6 ATS. The line at Bovada has the Gamecocks favored by 5.5 points with the point total on 58 for the over/under.

However, make sure to check prior to kickoff on sites like betonline, topbet and sportsbooks.com for the latest up to the minute information about each game.

Last year the two played in Clemson and South Carolina was able to upset Clemson 27-17 as a road dog of 6.5 points. South Carolina is 4-0 SU and ATS over the last four games head to head with Clemson.

In the past five Clemson games, the OVER is 4-1. South Carolina has a record of 6-1 ATS over its past seven games against opponents from the ACC.

Despite being blown out by Florida State, Clemson has enjoyed an excellent season. Tajh Boyd at quarterback is the leader of the Tigers. He is averaging over 9.4 yards per touch on offensive and has a 67% completion rate. He has 3,248 yards passing and 27 touchdown passes. Boyd has also scored eight rushing touchdowns.

South Carolina lost in Week 8 to Tennessee and since they have been impressive. They defeated Missouri on the road, Florida and Mississippi State at home and then routed Coastal Carolina last weekend 70-10.

Connor Shaw the South Carolina quarterback has thrown 20 touchdown passes and only one interception. Mike Davis is the workhorse running and has gained 1113 yards with 10 touchdowns.

The Gamecocks are ranked No. 10 overall on offense, and No. 19 overall on defense, making them a very well balanced team on both sides of the ball.

South Carolina has won as well as covered the past four games against Clemson. That means the seniors on Clemson have not beaten the Gamecocks in their career. The defense for South Carolina has been the game changer in the past four games against Clemson

The Gamecocks do not turn the ball over often and can control the clock with their running game. Playing at home also gives them a point or two on the spread.

The UNDER in the past six Clemson games is 5-1 after they scored over 40 points in the previous game. Overall, the OVER is 4-1 in the past 5 games for Clemson. In Clemson’s past five games versus SEC opponents the UNDER is 4-1.

Pick: South Carolina 24-21

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Alabama Opens -11 at Auburn in Iron Bowl

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The opening lines for college football are out for Thanksgiving Day weekend. These numbers are for the final week of this year’s regular season for many teams.

This weekend Alabama visits Auburn in the Iron Bowl and the Crimson Tide has started as an 11-point favorite. The game at Auburn will have national championship implications, with the winner headed to the SEC championship game.

The 11-point spread was also joined by spreads as low as 10.5 and as high as 11.5. Check on topbet, betonline, sportsbook.com and Bovada for all the updated prices and point totals.

The 10.5 to 11 spread is much less than just a week ago when sites had the spread up to 15.5 points.

The West crown of the SEC will be won by the winner of Saturday’s game. That winner will face off against either South Carolina or Missouri in the SEC championship.

Behind Alabama is Florida State in the latest BCS standings. The Seminoles visit Florida this week, which should be an easy winner for Florida State.

Last Saturday Willie Meggs a State Attorney in Florida said a decision about whether Jameis Winston, the quarterback from Florida State will be charged or not in an alleged sexual assault is unlikely to take place prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

At first, said one bookmaker, the problem for the Florida State – Florida game was a quarterback, but not Winston it was Tyler Murphy the Gators quarterback who is unlikely to be able to play.

Most odds makers have Florida State at -22½ if Winston plays. For FSU, bookmakers believe Winston changes the spread by six points or more.

Third in the latest BCS standings is Ohio State and if they win their two final games at Michigan this Saturday and then versus Michigan State in the championship of the Big 10, they should be in the national title game should Florida State or Bama falter.

At this time, Ohio State is -12.5 playing this weekend at Michigan.

So many things could still happen as Alabama not only needs to win this weekend’s game but then its SEC championship before entering the BCS Championship game.

What is sure to happen however, is the amount of bettors that will be looking at the Alabama/Auburn game this weekend. The game will showcase one of the best defenses in the NCAA against Auburn’s potent offense of both running and passing.

Here are some opening spreads for notable games this week. Note: Second team is home team.

Thursday

  • Texas Tech vs Texas -4.5

Friday

  • Iowa vs Nebraska -3
  • Miami vs Pitt EVEN

 

Saturday

  • Ohio State -12.5 vs Michigan
  • UCLA vs USC -3.5
  • Arizona vs Arizona St. -12
  • Notre Dame vs Stanford -13.5
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