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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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College Football Week 2 Odds Roundup: Ohio State TD Favorite vs. Oklahoma

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One year after handling the Big 12’s best on the road by a margin of three touchdowns, the Ohio State Buckeyes face another challenge from the Oklahoma Sooners.

Ohio State, led by QB J.T. Barrett, is listed as a 7-point favorite against Oklahoma with a 64.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Ohio State is 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games against the Big 12. However, the Buckeyes are just 5-9 ATS at Ohio Stadium since the start of the 2015 season.

The total has gone over in seven of Oklahoma’s last eight games on the road.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4.5-point favorites against the Georgia Bulldogs on the Week 2 college football odds with a 57.5-point total. Notre Dame is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games at home in September.

The USC Trojans are 6.5-point favorites against the Stanford Cardinal with a 55-point total. Stanford is 7-2 straight-up in its last nine games against USC. Southern Cal is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in its last 10 home games as a favorite of 6.5 or fewer points.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are heavy 43.5-point chalk against the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fresno State is 0-5 SU in its last five games against the SEC, but 6-1 ATS in its last seven games overall. The total has gone under in six of Alabama’s last seven games at home.

The TCU Horned Frogs are 3.5-point road favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 59-point total. TCU is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games. Arkansas is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games against the Big 12.

The Michigan Wolverines are 34.5-point favorites against the Cincinnati Bearcats with a 48.5-point total. Cincinnati is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games in September. The total has gone over in Michigan’s last four home games in September.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 21-point favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers with a 67-point total. Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against Penn State. The total has gone over in five of Penn State’s last six games in September.

The Louisville Cardinals are 9.5-point road favorites against the North Carolina Tar Heels with a 62.5-point total. Louisville is 4-0 ATS in its last four games against North Carolina, but North Carolina is 11-3 SU in its last 14 home games.

The Oregon Ducks are 14-point favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 69-point total. Nebraska is 2-4-1 ATS in its last seven games against the Pac 12. Oregon is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games.

And the UCLA Bruins are 23-point favorites against the Hawaii Warriors with a 62-point total. Hawaii is 4-6 ATS in its last 10 September road games according to the OddsShark College Football Database. UCLA is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games.

Odds Preview: College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six bowl games

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Ohio State and Clemson each take some negative trends into the betting matchup for the Fiesta Bowl, the second College Football Playoff semifinal set for New Year’s Eve.

The Buckeyes are listed as three-point favorites on the college football bowl game odds against the Tigers at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Ohio State is 2-6 against the spread over its last eight games. That is barely better than the 1-5 ATS mark the Tigers have in their last six games against teams with winning records.

Each team’s offense averages 40-plus points. The Buckeyes, led by QB J.T. Barrett and RB Mike Weber, have the more efficient attack. The Tigers, with star QB Deshaun Watson and TE Jordan Leggett, are more explosive. The game might come down to which defense is more disruptive. Clemson has racked up 46 sacks, while S Malik Hooker and the Buckeyes thrive at causing turnovers.

The storied programs met in the 2014 Orange Bowl, with Clemson winning. Ohio State is 11-1 SU after losing the previous game in a matchup.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are favored by 16.5 points against the Washington Huskies in the other CFP semifinal, the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on December 31. Huskies QB Jake Browning, who struggled with reads against Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game, is facing OLB Reuben Foster and the No. 1-ranked scoring defense. Alabama QB Jalen Hurts could hurt the Huskies with his mobility, but Washington should not be written off totally.

The Michigan Wolverines are seven-point favorites against the Florida State Seminoles on the Orange Bowl odds, with that game taking place on December 30 in Miami. The Seminoles’ 8-0 SU streak will be on the line as superstar RB Dalvin Cook faces Michigan’s No. 2-ranked defense. Michigan, presuming QB Wilton Speight is healthy, should be able to put up some points against FSU, which allows 24 points per game.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 7.5-point favorites against the Western Michigan Broncos in the Cotton Bowl, the early New Year Six’s game on January 2. The speedy Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against the Big Ten and have great catalysts such as WR Corey Davis and DE Keion Adams. Wisconsin, with OLB T.J. Watt and CB Shelton Sojourn, can play lights-out defense.

The USC Trojans are favored by seven against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl. Penn State is 8-0 ATS over its last eight games but hasn’t seen a passing game like Southern Cal’s, which is led by QB Sam Darnold and future NFL WR JuJu Schuster-Smith. Penn State QB Trace McSorley is hard to shut down, but LB Michael Hutchings and Southern Cal’s defense has been very solid for the last two months.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 4.5-point favorites against the Auburn Tigers in the Sugar Bowl. Auburn is 7-2 ATS over its last nine games and will trot out an efficient pass defense against Oklahoma’s irresistible combo of QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dede Westbrook. The Sooners’ major weakness, pass defense (119th nationally in aerial yards allowed), might not matter much against the Tigers (112th in passing yards).