College Football Week 9 Odds: Wisconsin among favorites vs. Nebraska

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Oddsmakers expect the Wisconsin Badgers to expose the Nebraska Cornhuskers as more of a pretender than a contender in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is listed as the 8.5-point favorite with a total of 43 for their Saturday matchup at sportsbooks monitored by

The Badgers have had the upper hand on the Cornhuskers in what is becoming a major Big Ten rivalry, going 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

The Badgers’ rugged offense amassed more than 500 rushing yards in each of the teams’ last two games at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin RB Corey Clement has done a fine job easing the burden on freshman QB Alex Hornibrook.

Nebraska’s offense could get a jolt from having playmaking WR Jordan Westerkamp return after a four-week absence to test Badgers CB Shelton Sojourn. Each of QB Tommy Armstrong’s primary protectors, LT Nick Gates (ankle) and RT David Knevel (ankle), have been playing hurt.

The Clemson Tigers are 4.5-point favorites against the Florida State Seminoles. Each ACC power has a playmaking QB in, respectively, Deshaun Watson and Deondre Francois. Each team can be turnover-prone. What might win the day for Clemson is DT Carlos Watkins and DE Christian Wilkins controlling the line of scrimmage and bottling up ‘Noles RB Dalvin Cook.

The Baylor Bears, who are still among the undefeated but have not faced a ranked team, are favored by three points against the Texas Longhorns.

Bears QB Seth Russell has a firm handle on his four-receiver scheme, and the Longhorns’ D has yet to show it can hold a good Big 12 offense to fewer than 40 points. Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele is facing the most efficient pass defense in the conference.

The Florida Gators are favored by 7.5 points against the Georgia Bulldogs in their annual rivalry game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Florida will run out the nation’s second-stingiest pass defense, led by CB Jalen Tabor and CB Quincy Wilson, against Georgia freshman QB Jacob Eason. Florida QB Luke Del Rio should be sounder mechanically after a bye week.

The Michigan Wolverines are favored by a whopping 23.5 points against the Michigan State Spartans, who have lost five in a row. Whether the Wolverines will end an 0-8 ATS streak in this matchup depends on whether Spartans QB Brian Lewerke can move the ball against OLB Jabril Peppers, MLB Ben Gedeon and Michigan’s defense (10 points allowed per game).

And the undefeated Washington Huskies are favored by 10 points on the road against the Utah Utes. Washington QB Jake Browning leads an attack with the capability to win shootouts. Utah, with LT Garett Bolles and a strong offensive line blocking for QB Troy Williams and RB Joe Williams, is more methodical.

Huskies linebackers Keishawn Bierria and Akeem Victor have thrived at causing turnovers, and will need a few to keep their prolific offense on the field.

Alabama betting favorite over Clemson in National Championship

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Led by linebacker Tim Williams and a hellacious defense, the Alabama Crimson Tide have got better at beating oddsmakers’ expectations during their pursuit of a repeat national championship.

Alabama is listed as the 6-point favorite against the Clemson Tigers with a 50.5-point total for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Tampa on Monday night at sportsbooks monitored by

Alabama is 7-2 against the spread in its last nine games as a favorite on the college football odds, and is also 4-2 ATS in its last six games when it was favored by 4.5 to 10 points. In last season’s national championship game, though, Clemson accounted for one of the two covers. Clemson is 6-1 SU in its last seven games after losing the previous game in a matchup.

The Tigers, who are 13-1 SU and 7-7 ATS, are once again a worthy challenger to Alabama as Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson embarks on his last college game before leaving for the NFL.

Watson and RB Wayne Gallman successfully running against the likes of Williams, MLB Rashaan Evans and OLB Reuben Foster could prove difficult, as Alabama has the nation’s No. 1 run defense. The Tigers do have an athletic receiving corps led by WR Mike Williams and TE Jordan Leggett and even Alabama might not be able to completely shut them down.

Watson is coming off a two-interception performance against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and will need to be disciplined against the takeaway-happy Tide.

The major question about the Crimson Tide, who are 14-0 SU and 10-4 ATS, is how much liberty freshman QB Jalen Hurts will have after the coaching shake-up following the Peach Bowl. Newly arrived offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will be in his first game calling plays for Hurts after the ouster of Lane Kiffin.

Alabama and LT Cam Robinson can often exert their will in the rushing phase without being complemented by a dynamic passing attack, but Clemson has a stout defense led by DT Carlos Watkins and DE Christian Watkins. The Tigers were able to shut down a more seasoned dual threat QB, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, in the Fiesta Bowl.

Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough is a bruising ball carrier who could be essential to tiring out the Tigers defense. Both WR Calvin Ridley and WR ArDarius Stewart have the size and speed to win one-on-one battles downfield – provided Hurts has the time and precision to find them.

Alabama is 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games in the postseason. The total has gone UNDER in four of Clemson’s last five games on a Monday. The total has gone UNDER in four of Alabama’s last five games against teams with winning records.

College Football Playoff semifinals: Ohio State, Alabama set as favorites

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While they are the second-best and third-best teams in the country by any measure, Clemson and Ohio State carry some negative against-the-spread trends into the Fiesta Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal this weekend.

The Buckeyes are listed as 3-point favorites against the Tigers with a 58.5-point total, according to sportsbooks monitored by In the Peach Bowl, the early semifinal on Saturday, the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are 14-point betting favorites against the Washington Huskies with a 52.5-point total.

Ohio State is only 2-6 ATS over their last eight games while Clemson is 1-5 ATS in their last six games against teams with winning records.

Clemson (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) is bolstered by NFL- bound QB Deshaun Watson’s passing and a voracious pass rush that has amassed 46 sacks. Football Outsiders rates Ohio State second nationally (after Alabama) in defensive efficiency, and cornerbacks Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore won’t be easy pickings for star WR Mike Williams and the other Clemson receivers. The Buckeyes also have the speed to counter Watson’s scrambling.

Ohio State (11-1 SU, 6-6 ATS) is not as explosive offensively as Clemson, and the 11 sacks they allowed on QB J.T. Barrett over their last two games is a troubling trend to take into a matchup against the Tigers. However, with Barrett, RB Mike Weber and H-back Curtis Samuel, the Buckeyes inevitably get scoring opportunities. Clemson’s defense can also struggle to generate turnovers, so there could be some long Ohio State drives on Friday.

The total has gone over in Clemson’s last four games according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

Washington (12-1 SU, 7-6 ATS), led by QB Jake Browning, has the country’s fourth-highest scoring offense while Alabama is first in scoring defense by a fair margin. The only SEC offenses which had success against DE Jonathan Allen, OLB Reuben Foster and the vaunted Alabama defense in the regular season were Arkansas and Mississippi, who run the same fast-paced spread attack as the Huskies. If Washington is up to blocking Allen and fellow DE Dalvin Tomlinson – a big if – it might be able to move the ball.

Alabama (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS) is the deeper team on each side of the ball. The Huskies defense allows only 17 points per game, but has shown vulnerability since the season-ending injuries to MLB Azeem Victor and OLB Joe Mathis. The only QB to defeat Washington this season, Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold, is also a scrambler, somewhat like Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts. Hurts has turned the ball over 14 times on fumbles and interceptions and Washington does excel at takeaways.

The Crimson Tide are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against teams with winning records heading into the Peach Bowl. The total has gone over in seven of Washington’s last 10 games against teams with winning records.