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: Notre Dame, Georgia headline betting favorites

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The Georgia Bulldogs are the first team in almost a decade to go into LSU’s fabled Death Valley laying more than a touchdown, but they are a reliable cover as a heavy road favorite

Georgia, with an offense led by sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, are 8-point road favorites against the LSU Tigers with an 50.5-point total for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The line is the largest against LSU in a home game at Tiger Stadium since 2009 when they were 10-point underdogs against Tim Tebow-led Florida.

Georgia is 8-1 straight-up and 6-3 against the spread since 2014 as a road favorite of at least 7.5 points. Georgia is also 10-1 SU and 9-2 ATS in its last 11 road games against teams with winning records. However, LSU is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games against its conference. Six of the last seven games in this matchup have gone OVER, with an average combined score of 59.43.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 21-point betting favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers with a 54-point total. The visiting team is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games in this matchup. The total has gone UNDER in four of Notre Dame’s last five home games, with an average combined score of 43.2.

The Washington Huskies are 3-point road favorites against the Oregon Ducks with a 57.5-point total. Washington is 1-7 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight road games against Oregon. Oregon is 0-4 ATS in its last four home games.

The Michigan Wolverines are 9-point favorites against the Wisconsin Badgers with a 49-point total. Wisconsin is 9-1-1 ATS in its last 11 games against Michigan, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. Michigan, coming off of a decisive win at Maryland, is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games after an ATS win. The total has gone OVER in six of Michigan’s last seven home games, with an average combined score of 55.57.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 29.5-point favorites against the Minnesota Golden Gophers with a 59.5-point total. Minnesota is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games against its conference. The total has gone OVER in 10 of Ohio State’s last 14 games against its conference.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 13.5-point favorites against the Michigan State Spartans with a 53-point total. Michigan State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 road games. The total has gone OVER in 16 of Michigan State’s last 19 games against Penn State, with an average combined score of 59.16.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 28-point favorites against the Missouri Tigers with a 73.5-point total. Missouri is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 road games against teams with winning records. The total has gone OVER in seven of Missouri’s last nine games against its conference. The total has gone OVER in six of Alabama’s last seven games, with an average combined score of 68.71.

The Auburn Tigers are 15-point favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers with a 47-point total. The total has gone OVER in five of Tennessee’s last seven games against its conference. Auburn is 1-4 ATS in its last five games.

The Texas Longhorns are 14-point favorites against the Baylor Bears with a 60.5-point total. Baylor is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games against Texas. Texas is coming off a dramatic win against rival Oklahoma but is 1-4 ATS in its last five games after an ATS win. The total has gone UNDER in Baylor’s last five games against Texas.

And the West Virginia Mountaineers are 6.5-point road favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 56-point total. West Virginia is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 road games in October. Iowa State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games.

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College football odds: Red River Showdown in spotlight on Week 6 board

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Bettors will have to balance a tighter-than-usual line and a possibly tougher Texas team as the Oklahoma Sooners look for a cover in the Red River Showdown this weekend.

The Sooners, with junior quarterback Kyler Murray behind centre, are 7.5-point favorites on the college football odds against the Texas Longhorns with an 60.5-point total for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Sooners are 0-5 against the spread in the last five editions of this annual matchup at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, according to the OddsShark College Football Database, but the smallest spread in any of those games was 9.0 points. Overall, Oklahoma is 8-0 straight-up and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games within the Big 12. Texas is 5-0 ATS in its last five games in October, while the total has gone UNDER in 16 of Texas’ last 18 against its conference.

Elsewhere, the Auburn Tigers are 3-point road favorites against the Mississippi State Bulldogs with a 44.5-point total. Auburn is 6-1 SU and 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games in October. Mississippi State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 home games.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 5.5-point road favorites against the Virginia Tech Hokies with a 53.5-point total. The total has gone OVER in eight of Notre Dame’s last 11 games on the road, with an average combined score of 62.36. Virginia Tech is 12-0 SU and 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games against Independent teams.

The Clemson Tigers are 17-point road favorites against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with a 62-point total. Clemson is 0-4 ATS in its last four games against Wake Forest and the total has gone UNDER in seven of their last 10 matchups with an average combined score of 46.7. Wake Forest is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 home games in October.

The LSU Tigers are 2.5-point favorites against the Florida Gators with a 44-point total. LSU is 8-0 ATS in its last eight games against fellow SEC teams, while the total has gone UNDER in 15 of LSU’s last 21 conference games. Florida, whose last home game was on September 15 in Week 3, is 8-1 SU in its last nine home games after consecutive road games.

The Miami Hurricanes are 12.5-point favorites against the Florida State Seminoles with a 51-point total. Florida State is 0-9 ATS in its last nine games against its conference. Miami is 0-5 ATS in its last five home games in October. The total has gone OVER in five of Miami’s last six games, with an average combined score of 60.5.

The Texas A&M Aggies are 5.5-point favorites against the Kentucky Wildcats with a 51-point total. Kentucky is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road, while the total has gone UNDER in Kentucky’s last six games on the road in October. Texas A&M is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games in October.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 25-point favorites against the Indiana Hoosiers with a 62.5-point total. Indiana is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games against Ohio State. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Ohio State’s last 15 home games against teams with winning records.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are heavy 35-point road favorites against the Arkansas Razorbacks with a 61-point total. The total has gone OVER in five of Alabama’s last six games, with an average combined score of 64.17. Arkansas is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 home games.

And the Stanford Cardinal are 5-point favorites against the Utah Utes with a 46.5-point total. Utah is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road against teams with winning records. Stanford is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games.

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