Penn State, Notre Dame among Week 8 betting favorites

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Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley and Penn State opened as a nearly two-touchdown favorite before bettors remembered what happened in their last game against Michigan.

Playing at home with one of the most potent offenses in the nation, the Penn State Nittany Lions are 9.5-point betting favorites against the Big Ten rival Michigan Wolverines with a 45-point total for their Week 8 college football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Penn State, which opened laying 12.5 points, is 0-3 straight-up and against the spread in its last three games against Michigan. However, since their 2016 defeat against Michigan, Penn State is 14-1 SU and 13-1-1 ATS in its 15 most recent games according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

Michigan, which will try to stop all-purpose RB Barkley and dual-thread QB McSorley with the country’s No. 1-ranked defense, is 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight games in October.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 3.5-point favorites against the USC Trojans, with a 66 total. Southern Cal is 0-5 ATS in its last five games. Notre Dame is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games in October.

The Auburn Tigers are 15.5-point road favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks, with a 53.5 total. Auburn is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games on the road against teams with losing records. Arkansas is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 34.5-point favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers, with a 50.5 total. Tennessee is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road after consecutive home games. The total has gone under in Alabama’s last six games at home in October.

The TCU Horned Frogs are 39-point favorites against the Kansas Jayhawks, with a 59.5 total. Kansas is 0-5 SU and 5-0 ATS in its last five games against TCU, which is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games at home.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 24-point favorites against the Maryland Terrapins, with a 50.5 total. Maryland, is on a two-game losing streak but is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games after consecutive losses. The total has gone over in six of Wisconsin’s last seven games against its conference.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 13.5-point road favorites against the Kansas State Wildcats, with a 56 total. The visiting team is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games in this matchup. Kansas State is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games in Week 8. The total has gone over in seven of Oklahoma’s last nine games against Kansas State.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 7-point road favorites against the Texas Longhorns, with a 65.5 total. Oklahoma State is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games in October. Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last five games, but overall is 6-16 ATS in its last 22 games after consecutive ATS wins.

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Notre Dame joins Clemson, Ole Miss as college football favorites in Week 4

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Now out of College Football Playoff contention, DeShone Kizer and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face a trap game on Saturday against the Duke Blue Devils, who are a proven success at being a tough underdog.

Notre Dame is listed as a 21-point favorite against Duke, with total of 59.5 points, at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Notre Dame is only 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games after a loss, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. Duke is 13-4 straight-up and 12-5 ATS in its last 17 road games.

The Clemson Tigers are 9.5-point road favorites against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, with a total of 57.5 ahead of their Thursday matchup. Clemson is 2-7 ATS in its last nine road games. Georgia Tech is 1-7 SU and ATS in its last eight games against teams with winning records.

The Michigan State Spartans are 5.5-point favorites, with a total of 57.5, against the Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games vs. Big Ten counterparts.  The Spartans are 11-1 SU and 7-5 ATS in conference home games since 2013.

The Michigan Wolverines are 19-point betting favorites against the Penn State Nittany Lions, with a total of 58. Penn State is 1-6 SU in its last seven road games vs. Michigan. The Wolverines are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games after an ATS loss.

The Mississippi Rebels are seven-point favorites against the Georgia Bulldogs, with a total of 60. Georgia is 0-5 ATS in its last five games on the road after consecutive wins on the road. Mississippi is 7-0 SU in its last seven games after a loss.

The Tennessee Volunteers are favored by 6.5 points against the rival Florida Gators. The total is 43.5. Florida is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games against teams with winning records. Tennessee is 1-5 ATS in its last six games in Week 4.

In a neutral site game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the Texas A&M Aggies are a 5.5-point favorite against the Arkansas Razorbacks, with a total of 49. Arkansas is 0-10 SU after losing the previous game in a matchup, but is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games vs. Texas A&M.

The Florida State Seminoles are six-point favorites against the South Florida Bulls, with a total of 61. Florida State is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games on the road after a loss on the road. South Florida is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games in September.

The Stanford Cardinal are a three-point road favorite against the UCLA Bruins, with a total of 46. Stanford is 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS in its last 13 conference games.

Syracuse women beat Lady Vols 89-67, head to 1st Final Four

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Alexis Peterson ran to midcourt at the final buzzer, dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. She cried tears of joy as her Syracuse teammates swarmed her.

The Orange are going to the women’s Final Four for the first time, and Peterson is the one leading the way to Indianapolis after an 89-67 victory over Tennessee on Sunday in the Sioux Falls Regional final.

“We have all worked relentlessly to get to this point,” she said. “I was overcome with emotion.”

Peterson scored a season-high 29 points in a performance that earned her Most Outstanding Player of the regional and followed a 26-point night in an upset of top-seeded South Carolina on Friday.

“She’s a special kid. She’s competing. It’s her time to shine,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “She stepped up and made things happen. She ran her basketball team. She kind of put them on her back and said, `We’re not going to be defeated.’ “

The fourth-seeded Orange (29-7) will play No. 7 seed Washington in a national semifinal next Sunday in Indianapolis.

“We did what we had to do,” Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We knew we had to control the paint, and we did a good job of that. We knew we had to make 3s, and to be 14 for 30 behind the arc is really knocking down shots. That was the key to the game.”

Brianna Butler hit three straight 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to break open the game and finished with 18 points. She made a total of 10 3s in the regional.

“Every time she faces the basket, I think it’s going to go in,” Hillsman said. “She’s the best shooter in college basketball right now, and she proved it in this tournament.”

The Orange also got a huge lift from reserve Cornelia Fondren. She made all six of her shots and had 13 points as Syracuse rolled to its 15th victory in 16 games.

Diamond DeShields scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Vols (22-14) in the loss that finished their surprise NCAA run. They came into the tournament after a 13-loss regular season that was the worst in program history, and their No. 7 seed was their lowest ever.

“As much as we want to be proud of how far we’ve come, based on the season we had, we could have gone farther,” DeShields said. “We know that. I think that’s what hurts the most. So our season got cut short, we all feel like. So we’re not happy about that. Never happy about losing. We never will be. This is a program full of winners. Winning is what we do. That’s always going to be the goal.”

Peterson has scored 20 or more in each of the Orange’s four tournament games. She played with a sore hip and was 11 for 20 from the field, 3 for 4 from 3-point range. She also had six assists and three steals. After she got up from the pile of celebrating teammates, she flashed a No. 1 with her right finger as she embraced Brittney Sykes.

Butler’s back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Orange a double-digit lead after the Lady Vols pulled to 63-59 early in the fourth quarter. Syracuse was up 12 after Peterson’s jumper that followed DeShields’ offensive foul, and the bulge eventually grew to 23.

Jaime Nared added 14 points for Tennessee, which committed 21 turnovers against the Orange’s pressure 2-3 zone defense. The Orange converted those turnovers into 25 points.

“Our toughness determines our destiny,” Butler said, “and so far our toughness has gotten us here.”