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.