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College football odds: Stanford favored over USC to highlight Week 2 slate

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Not only is Heisman Trophy candidate Bryce Love going up against an opponent that is fresh off giving up more than 300 rushing yards to a non-Power Five team, but the betting trends also point toward the Stanford Cardinal this weekend.

Stanford, led by Love, are 3.5-point favorites on the college football odds against the USC Trojans with a 54-point total for their matchup on Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The OddsShark College Football Database shows that Stanford is 9-0 straight-up in its last nine home games and 4-1 against the spread in its last five games against USC. The Trojans, on top of needing to tighten up their rush defense after being gashed for 308 yards during a win against Nevada-Las Vegas last week, also need to get past some early-season travel woes, as they are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 road games in September.

The total has gone UNDER in six of USC’s last eight games on the road with an average combined score of 56.0 points, and the total has also gone UNDER in six of Stanford’s last eight games in Week 2.

Elsewhere, the TCU Horned Frogs are 23-point road betting favorites against the SMU Mustangs with a 61-point total in a Friday matchup. TCU is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games on the road, and the total has gone UNDER in 10 of TCU’s last 12 road games with an average combined score of 46.75.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3.5-point favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 49-point total in a Saturday matchup. The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Iowa State’s last 13 games against Iowa (average total: 43.31). Iowa is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 8.5-point road favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers with a 58-point total. The total has gone OVER in 10 of Penn State’s last 13 games on the road (average total: 60.92). Pittsburgh is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games at home in September.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 9.5-point road favorites against the Kansas State Wildcats with a 53.5-point total. Mississippi State is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games in September. Kansas State is 9-0 SU in its last nine games at home in September.

The Oklahoma Sooners are heavy 29-point favorites against the UCLA Bruins with a 64-point total. UCLA is 0-10 SU in its last 10 games on the road, with a 14.6-point average margin of defeat. The total has gone OVER in five of Oklahoma’s last six games at home in September.

The Michigan State Spartans are seven-point road favorites against the Arizona State Sun Devils with a 56-point total. The total has gone OVER in five of Michigan State’s last six games against the Pac-12. The total has gone OVER in six of Arizona State’s last seven games (average total: 70.29).

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 33.5-point favorites against the Ball State Cardinals with a 61.5-point total. Ball State is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games on the road in September. Notre Dame is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games in Week 2.

The Clemson Tigers are 12.5-point road favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies with a 54-point total. Clemson is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games in September and the total has gone UNDER in six of Clemson’s last seven road games in September. Texas A&M is 7-19-1 ATS in its last 27 games at home.

And the Georgia Bulldogs are 9.5-point favorites against the South Carolina Gamecocks with a 51-point total. The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Georgia’s last 20 games against South Carolina (average total: 41.1). South Carolina is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games.

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Notre Dame field goal favorite against Miami despite poor November record

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November has been the cruelest month to bettors backing Notre Dame, while the opposite is true for those who put money on Miami.

The Fighting Irish and star running back Josh Adams are a three-point road favorite against the undefeated Miami Hurricanes with a 57.5-point total for Saturday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Notre Dame is 3-0 straight-up and against the spread in its last three matchups against Miami, but the OddsShark College Football Database shows it is also 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games in November. Moreover, Miami comes in on a 13-0 SU streak and has been an excellent finisher in the past two seasons, going 7-0 SU and ATS in its last seven games in November.

Elsewhere, the Washington Huskies are six-point road favorites against the Stanford Cardinal, with a 44 total in a Friday matchup. Washington is 2-7 SU in its last nine games against Stanford. Stanford, which is coming off a loss against Washington State, is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games after losing as a favorite.

The Georgia Bulldogs are 2.5-point road favorites against the Auburn Tigers, with a 47.5 total. Georgia is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games against Auburn. Auburn is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games at home in November. The total has gone under in six of Auburn’s last eight games at home against teams with winning records.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 14-point road favorites against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, with a 51 total. Alabama is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games in November. The total has gone under in eight of Alabama’s last 10 games against Mississippi State. Mississippi State is 1-7 SU in its last eight games in Week 11.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 6.5-point favorites against the TCU Horned Frogs, with a 61.5 total. TCU is 3-1 ATS in its last four games against Oklahoma. Oklahoma, which defeated Oklahoma State last week, is 16-0 SU in its last 16 games after winning as an underdog.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 6.5-point road favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones, with a 60.5 total. Oklahoma State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 road games against teams with winning records, and the total has gone over in eight of the Cowboys’ last nine games in November. Iowa State is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 home games.

The Clemson Tigers are 16-point favorites against the Florida State Seminoles, with a 46 total. Florida State is 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games against Clemson. Clemson is 12-0 SU in its last 12 home games against teams with losing records, but 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games in November.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 16-point favorites against the Michigan State Spartans, with a 53.5 total. The visiting team is 7-1 ATS in its last eight games in this matchup. Ohio State, which lost against Iowa in Week 10, is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games after a loss. The total has gone over in Ohio State’s last six games.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 12-point favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes, with a 46 total. Iowa is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games against its conference. Wisconsin is 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in its last six home games after consecutive road games.

And the Penn State Nittany Lions are 31-point favorites against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, with a 52.5 total. The total has gone over in six of Rutgers’s last seven road games against teams with winning records. Penn State is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games against its conference.

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College Football Odds: Michigan favored over Michigan State

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The Michigan Wolverines take an unclear quarterback situation and a poor track record against the spread into their rivalry game against Michigan State this weekend.

Michigan is a 10-point betting favorite against the Michigan State Spartans with a 40-point total in their Week 6 college football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The head-to-head trend flatters the Spartans, who are 7-2 straight-up and 9-0 against the spread in their last nine games against Michigan.

The Wolverines, who got quarterback Wilton Speight (head/neck) banged up in their last outing two weeks ago and could be forced to turn to the less seasoned John O’Korn, do have some positive general trends. Michigan is 10-0 SU over its last 10 home games, as well as 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in its last six games in Week 6.

The Louisville Cardinals are 3.5-point road favorites against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, with a 66 total in their Thursday betting matchup. Louisville is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 road games against teams with winning records. North Carolina State is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 home games against teams with winning records.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 11.5-point road favorites against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, with a 45.5 total. Wisconsin is 7-0 ATS in its last seven road games. Nebraska is 9-1 SU in its last 10 home games.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 26.5-point road favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies, with a 54 total. Alabama is 8-0 ATS in its last eight road games against teams with winning records. Texas A&M is 9-2 SU in its last 11 home games.

The Florida Gators are 2.5-point favorites against the LSU Tigers, with a 45.5 total. LSU is 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games against teams with winning records. Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last seven home games in October. The total has gone under in eight of Florida’s last 11 home games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

The Clemson Tigers are 21.5-point favorites against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, with a 47.5 total. Wake Forest is 6-1-1 ATS in its last eight games against its conference. The total has gone under in nine of Clemson’s last 12 home games against teams with winning records.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 14-point road favorites against the North Carolina Tar Heels, with a 57.5 total. Notre Dame is 7-0 SU and 2-5 SU in its last seven road games as a favorite of at least 10 points. North Carolina is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 home games in October.

The Miami Hurricanes are three-point road favorites against the Florida State Seminoles, with a 46 total. Miami is 0-7 SU in its last seven games against Florida State, as well as 1-3 ATS in the past four. Florida State, who lost against N.C. State in its last outing at Doak Campbell Stadium, is 7-0 SU in its last seven home games after losing their most recent home game.

The TCU Horned Frogs are 13.5-point favorites against the West Virginia Mountaineers, with a 67 total. Texas Christian is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games against its conference. West Virginia is 3-1 ATS in its last four games against TCU.

And the USC Trojans are 34-point favorites against the Oregon State Beavers, with a 58 total. Oregon State is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in Week 6. Southern Cal is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against its conference.

For more info, picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the new OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes, or check it out at OddsShark.libsyn.com.