Favored Alabama faces SEC rival LSU to highlight Week 10 college football odds

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With Leonard Fournette more energized than he has been at any point this season, the LSU Tigers will be a worthy challenger against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday.

The No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide are listed as 7.5-point favorites against the host Tigers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The visiting team is 0-3-1 against the spread in the last four editions of this SEC West rivalry.

Alabama looks like a replica of its 2015 national championship team, but RB Damien Harris and Joshua Jacobs are going against the nation’s eighth-best run defense. The Tigers, who are 8-3 straight-up in their last 11 games in Week 10, will try to put freshman Alabama QB Jalen Hurts in obvious passing downs.

Fournette, who was the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite, is running with a renewed purpose and LSU has more experience in the passing phase with junior QB Danny Etling.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 17-point favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Buckeyes offense with QB J.T. Barrett is the best that Nebraska has seen so far this season. With mobile QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. and WR Jordan Westerkamp facing a defense that gave up 400-plus yards last week, Nebraska can extend Ohio State’s trend of being 4-10 ATS in its last 14 home games.

The Florida Gators are 5.5-point favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Florida, with MLB Jarrad Davis, has a devastating defense that should contain Arkansas QB Austin Allen and RB Rawleigh Williams III. The other side of the ball hinges on Florida’s sputtering offense against Arkansas’ spotty defense. The Razorbacks are 2-8 SU in their last 10 home games as the underdog.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 7.5-point favorites on the Vegas odds against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Penn State QB Trace McSorley has several excellent receivers in a wide-open offensive scheme, which should help with avoiding star Iowa CB Desmond King. The Hawkeyes are 8-1 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games because they tire out defenses with RBs LeShun Daniels Jr. and Akrum Wadley.

The Baylor Bears are 7.5-point favorites against the TCU Horned Frogs. Bears QB Seth Russell and his offensive line face a pass rush tied for second in the nation with 31 sacks, but Baylor will likely get enough possessions to put up 30-some points. The Horned Frogs might not break their 0-5 ATS drought in Big 12 games until its settles its QB question; Kenny Hill was pulled last week.

And the Colorado Buffaloes are favored by 12.5 points against the UCLA Bruins, who are relying on senior QB Mike Fafaul now that starter Josh Rosen (shoulder) is done for the season. The Bruins have gone pass-happy to compensate for a weak offensive line, but Colorado’s top defense with the senior trio of NT Josh Tupou, DE Samson Kafovalu and DE Jordan Carroll should get some heat on Fafaul.

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 OddsShark.com.

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 OddsShark.com. 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.