LSU, Louisville, USC headline college football favorites in Week 12

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Six weeks and a coaching change later, the LSU Tigers are probably better equipped to take on the Florida Gators.

The Tigers are the 13.5-point favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com against the banged-up Gators in a matchup that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. The visiting team is 1-4 straight-up and against the spread in the last five editions of this matchup, while LSU is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games in Week 12.

Since Ed Orgeron became interim coach after Les Miles’ termination, the Tigers are 4-1 SU. The Tigers suffered a shutout loss against No. 1 Alabama in their last home outing, but are 13-0 SU at Tiger Stadium after losing their previous home game.

The Gators are banged-up with OLB Alex Anzalone, MLB Jarrad Davis and S Marcus Maye sidelined, which might help LSU in a battle of attrition. Primary RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) has aggravated an injury, but Derrius Guice is a capable understudy.

In a Thursday game, Heisman Trophy favorite Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals are favored by 14.5 on the road against the Houston Cougars. Houston has a quick defensive front that stands a good chance at turning Jackson into a pocket passer. Cougars QB Greg Ward Jr. (shoulder) has been playing hurt recently, but with defensive leaders such as ILB Keith Kelsey and CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville should avoid a total collapse.

The Oklahoma Sooners are the 2.5-point road favorite against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Sooners QB Baker Mayfield is more consistent than WVU counterpart Skyler Howard, and has game-breaking WR Dede Westbrook to help extend a 14-game conference win streak. West Virginia and S Kyzir White have won – by Big 12 standards – some tight defensive battles, but doing that against the Sooners might be daunting.

The TCU Horned Frogs are favored by 4.5 points against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Frogs are coming off a bye week and QB Kenny Hill will be complemented by now healthy starters such as WR Deante Gray, G Patrick Morris and WR/KR KaVontae Turpin. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph will also face a good TCU pass rush. The home team has won all of the teams’ meetings since the Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012.

The Colorado Buffaloes are also favored by 4.5 against the Washington State Cougars in a showdown between the Pac-12’s unlikely divisional leaders. The visiting team is 5-1 ATS in the last six editions of the matchup. Colorado is in the top 10 in the country in scoring defense, but shutting down QB Luke Falk and the Cougars’ Air Raid attack for 60 minutes could be daunting.

And the USC Trojans are favored by 12 against the cross-town rival UCLA Bruins. The line might be inflated in USC’s favor since it is fresh off defeating Washington, but QB Sam Darnold is backed up by a reliable rushing attack and Bruins QB Mike Fafaul is not. The Trojans are  2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games after winning their most recent road game, but CB Adoree’ Jackson gives them greater capability of inducing game-changing turnovers.

College football odds: Wisconsin, USC join betting favorites for week ahead

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One week after their College Football Playoff hopes took a major hit, star running back Jonathan Taylor and the Wisconsin Badgers hit the road to face a rival with a knack of taking down ranked opponents at home.

The Badgers are 3.5-point road favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes with a 41.5-point total on the college football odds for Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The winner of this matchup has played in the Big Ten championship game for four years running.

While Wisconsin had a double-digit drop in the polls after a loss against the Brigham Young Cougars last week, the OddsShark College Football Database shows they are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 road games as well as 9-0 straight-up in their last nine. However, the Hawkeyes are 7-1 ATS in their last eight home games. Iowa also has a 5-2 ATS record in their last seven games as a home underdog at Kinnick Stadium, including outright wins against Ohio State and Michigan the last two seasons, when both were ranked in the Top 5.

It’s the road opener for the Badgers and quarterback Alex Hornibrook. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Wisconsin’s last eight road games after consecutive home games.

The USC Trojans are 3.5-point favorites against the Washington State Cougars with a 51.5-point total in a Friday matchup. The total has gone OVER in Washington State’s last four road games. USC is 0-6 ATS in its last six games.

The Stanford Cardinal are 2-point road favorites against the Oregon Ducks with a 55-point total. The total has gone OVER in 10 of Stanford’s last 13 games against Oregon. Oregon is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 home games in September.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 7.5-point road favorites against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a 55.5-point total. The total has gone OVER in seven of Notre Dame’s last 10 road games. Wake Forest is 2-11 SU in its last 13 home games against teams with winning records.

The Michigan Wolverines are 18-point favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a 49.5-point total. Nebraska is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games, but it is 0-6 SU in its last six games. Michigan is 15-0 SU in its last 15 home games against teams with losing records.

The TCU Horned Frogs are 3-point road favorites against the Texas Longhorns with a 51-point total. TCU is 7-2 SU and ATS in its last nine road games. The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Texas’ last 16 games against its conference.

The Georgia Bulldogs are 14.5-point road favorites against the Missouri Tigers with a 61.5-point total. Georgia is 7-1 SU and ATS in its last eight road games. The total has gone UNDER in 20 of Georgia’s last 26 road games in September. Missouri is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games.

The Clemson Tigers are 16.5-point road favorites against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with a 52.5-point total. Clemson is 1-5 SU in its last six road games against Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is 6-2 ATS in its last eight home games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 27-point betting favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies with a 61.5-point total. Texas A&M is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 road games against teams with winning records. The total has gone OVER in five of Alabama’s last six games in September.

And the Washington Huskies are 17.5-point favorites against the Arizona State Sun Devils with a 50-point total. Arizona State is 11-1 SU and 12-0 ATS in its last 12 games against Washington. Washington is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games against its conference.

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College football odds: Week 3 favorites include Auburn, Texas, Notre Dame

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The sharps are defying bettors to gauge how much Jarrett Stidham has evolved since the last rivalry game between Auburn and Louisiana State.

The Auburn Tigers, with quarterback Stidham behind center, are 9.5-point favorites against the LSU Tigers on the college football odds for Week 3 with a 44.5-point total for Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The OddsShark College Football Database shows that Auburn has strong recent and head-to-head trends, which include being 7-1 straight-up and 5-2-1 against the spread in its last eight conference home games, as well as 7-3 SU and ATS in its last 10 home games against LSU. However, Auburn’s come-from-ahead road loss against LSU last September contributed to an 0-7 ATS record in its last seven games in Week 3.

It’s only the 10th time since 1998 that LSU is a road underdog of 7.5 or more points, but it might be more pertinent that LSU is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games. The total has gone UNDER in eight of LSU’s last nine games on the road against Auburn.

The Boston College Eagles are 7-point road favorites against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a 51.5-point total in a Thursday matchup. The total has gone UNDER in Boston College’s last eight games against Wake Forest, with an average total of 34.5 points. Wake Forest is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games at home against teams with winning records.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 12.5-point favorites against the TCU Horned Frogs with a 57.6-point total in a Saturday matchup at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Ohio State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against the Big 12. TCU is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in September.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 20.5-point favorites against the Mississippi Rebels with a 71-point total. Alabama is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road against teams with winning records. Mississippi is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home.

The Texas Longhorns are 3-point favorites against the USC Trojans with a 49-point total. USC is 0-5 ATS in its last five games. The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Texas’s last 22 games, with an average total of 50.55 points.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 14.5-point betting favorites against the Vanderbilt Commodores with a 53-point total. Vanderbilt is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games on the road in September. Notre Dame is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 17.5-point favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 57.5-point total. The total has gone OVER in 15 of Oklahoma’s last 19 games on the road, with an average combined score of 75.11. Iowa State is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games against its conference.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 3-point favorites against the Boise State Broncos with a 63.5-point total. The total has gone OVER in 12 of Boise State’s last 15 games on the road in September. The total has gone OVER in eight of Oklahoma State’s last 10 games at home in September.

The West Virginia Mountaineers are 4-point road favorites against the North Carolina State Wolfpack with a 51-point total. West Virginia has won its first two games of the season but is 1-6 SU in its last seven games after consecutive wins. North Carolina State is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games against the Big 12.

And the Central Florida Golden Knights are 14.5-point favorites against the North Carolina Tar Heels with a 55.5-point total. Central Florida is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road. The total has gone OVER in seven of North Carolina’s last 10 games in September.

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