Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville Headline Week 7 College Football Favorites

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With QB J.T. Barrett coming off a poor game, the Ohio State Buckeyes head north to visit the fired-up Wisconsin Badgers as part of Week 7 of the college football schedule.

The Buckeyes are a 10-point betting favorite against the host Badgers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Buckeyes are 7-1 straight-up and against the spread in their last eight games against the Badgers, including an infamous 59-0 blowout in the 2014 Big Ten title game that Wisconsin surely remembers.

Ohio State’s potent rushing attack is up against a Badgers D that allows only 90 yards per game on the ground. Barrett also had only 93 yards aerially last week, and star WR Noah Brown will have a tough assignment against Badgers CB Sojourn Shelton. Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook has played capably, but coach Paul Chryst wants more out of RB Corey Clement and his ground game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are favored by 13 points against Tennessee. Alabama and MLB Shaun Dion Hamilton excel at stopping the run and producing defensive touchdowns, but have allowed 30-plus points two conference games in a row. Tennessee and senior QB Josh Dobbs, despite a negative turnover margin that raises some red flags, is a resilient team.

The Mississippi Rebels are favored by 7.5 points against the Arkansas Razorbacks, in spite of being 2-5 SU and 1-6 in their last seven road games vs. Arkansas. With its spread offense, Mississippi might be ill-suited to running the ball, but senior QB Chad Kelly can be lethal. Razorbacks QB Austin Allen will be trying to shake off any ill effects from taking a lot of hits last week against Alabama, when he passed for 400 yards.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are set as 3-point betting favorites against the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford has yet to score more than 27 points, and star RB Christian McCaffrey had only 84 rushing yards during their back-to-back losses. The Irish, who lost to Stanford in 2015 on a last-play field goal, are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games after losing the previous game in a matchup. DeShone Kizer and the Irish have far more scoring punch than Stanford.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are favored by 3.5 points on the road against the Indiana Hoosiers after scratching WR Jordan Westerkamp (back) and TE Cethan Carter (elbow), QB Tommy Armstrong’s two favorite targets. Indiana QB Richard Lagow has helped engineer an upset of Michigan State and a moral victory against Ohio State.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are favored by one point against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Red Raiders behind QB Patrick Mahomes are second in FBS in scoring (55.2 PPG) and offense (649.8 YPG), and are especially potent on home turf. With 13 senior starters, including QB Skyler Howard and three of the five defensive backs, West Virginia might be capable of luring Tech into a manageable scoring battle.

As well, the Louisville Cardinals and Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson are favored by 35.5 points against the Duke Blue Devils in a Friday game. The undefeated Clemson Tigers are favored by 17.5 points against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. And the Utah Utes are a nine-point favorite against the Oregon State Beavers.

Alabama, Georgia highlight college football odds in Week 4

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Getting the cover when they host good teams has bedeviled the Georgia Bulldogs recently, which suggests the line against the Mississippi State Bulldogs might be a bit generous. Georgia is listed as a six-point favorite against Mississippi State with a 48.5 total in their Week 4 matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Georgia is only 2-5 against the spread in its last seven games against teams with winning records, although they are 12-1 straight-up in their last 13 games in September. Mississippi State is coming off a statement win where they won by 30 points against LSU, but these Bulldogs are 0-5 ATS in their last five games after winning as the underdog.

Most of the teams ranked in the Top 10 are on the road in Week 4.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 18.5-road favorites against the Vanderbilt Commodores, with a 43 total. Alabama is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in its last eight conference road games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. The total has gone under in 15 of Vanderbilt’s last 18 games against its conference.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 12.5-point road favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes, with a 52 total. Penn State is 11-0-1 ATS in its last 12 games. Iowa is 2-7 ATS in its last nine conference games at home.

The Clemson Tigers are 34-point favorites against the Boston College Eagles, with a 53 total. The total has gone under in 14 of Boston College’s last 19 games against its conference. Clemson is 5-0 ATS in its last five games.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 27.5-point road favorites against the Baylor Bears, with a 62.5 total. Oklahoma is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games on the road. The total has gone over in 16 of Baylor’s last 22 games at home against teams with winning records.

The USC Trojans are 16.5-point road favorites against the California Golden Bears, with a 64 total. The total has gone under in 10 of Southern Cal’s last 13 games on the road against teams with winning records. California, which defeated Mississippi in Week 3, is 1-4 ATS in its last five games after winning as an underdog.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are four-point road favorites against the Michigan State Spartans, with a 54 total. Notre Dame is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road against teams with winning records. Michigan State is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games in September

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 14-point favorites against the TCU Horned Frogs, with a 71 total. TCU is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games against its conference. Oklahoma State, which is 3-0 SU so far this season, is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games after consecutive wins.

The Washington Huskies are 10.5-point road favorites against the Colorado Buffaloes, with a 50 total. Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games in September. Colorado is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games in Week 4.

The Stanford Cardinal are 7.5-point favorites against the UCLA Bruins, with a 57 total. UCLA is 0-9 SU and 1-8 ATS in its last nine games against Stanford. Stanford, which is coming off of a loss against San Diego State, is 6-0 ATS in its last six games after losing as a favorite.

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Clemson’s road winning streak on the line as betting favorite at Louisville

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Defending national champion Clemson’s road winning streak, built with a quarterback who’s now in the NFL, could be on shaky ground against the Louisville Cardinals, who are a tough out on home turf.

Clemson, now with Kelly Bryant at quarterback, is listed as a three-point road favorite against Louisville with a 56 total in their Week 3 matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Clemson is 10-0 straight-up and 4-6 against the spread over its last 10 home games, with the over hitting in seven of those contests. Louisville, led by reigning Heisman Trophy-winning QB Lamar Jackson, is 9-1 SU in its last 10 home games as well as 7-1 ATS in its last eight Week 3 matchups.

The Florida Gators are 5.5-point favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers on the Week 3 college football odds with a 49 total. Tennessee is 1-11 SU and 4-6-2 ATS in its last 12 games against Florida. The total has gone over in seven of Florida’s last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 13.5-point road favorites against the Boston College Eagles, with a 51 total. The total has gone under in Notre Dame’s last seven games against Boston College. Boston College is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home.

The USC Trojans are 16.5-point favorites against the Texas Longhorns, with a 67 total. Southern Cal is 11-0 SU in its last 11 games. Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games against the Pac-12 conference.

The LSU Tigers are seven-point road favorites against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, with a 51.5 total. LSU is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games against Mississippi State. The total has gone under in seven of Mississippi State’s last 10 games at home.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 28.5-point favorites against the Colorado State Rams, with a 53.5 total. Colorado State is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games. The total has gone under in seven of Alabama’s last eight home games according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 30-point favorites against the Army Black Knights, with a 53 total. Army is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in September. The total has gone under in five of Ohio State’s last seven games in September.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 17-point road favorites against the BYU Cougars, with a 41 total. Wisconsin is 8-0 SU and 4-4 ATS in its last eight road games as a favorite of 14 or more points. Brigham Young is 2-8 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as the underdog.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 14-point road favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers, with a 64.5 total. Oklahoma State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Pittsburgh is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games at home.

And the UCLA Bruins are three-point road favorites against the Memphis Tigers, with a 70.5 total. UCLA is 8-2 SU and 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Memphis is 4-6 ATS in its last 10 home games.

For more info, picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the new OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes, or check it out at OddsShark.libsyn.com.