Are you all revved up and ready to go for the 2013 college football season? Week 10 is here, and that means it’s time to break down all of the NCAA football odds that you have in front of you to sink your teeth into!
Four days of college football betting action are here this week, and with four of the Top 6 teams in the land not playing, there is a real chance for some teams to make a major move with their competitors resting on the sidelines.
The biggest opportunity of course, is there for the Florida State Seminoles. Both the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oregon Ducks are idle this week, and the Noles are taking center stage in their second Top 10 battle of the season. They have the Miami Hurricanes in a big rivalry game at home, and this is going to be a brutal one. All eyes are going to be on QB Jameis Winston as he engages in his first instate rivalry game. This is his first massive game at home in primetime with 85,000+ screaming for him at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. He was able to silence the 80,000+ that were in Death Valley a couple weeks ago against the Clemson Tigers in a big time way, and this is another one of these games where FSU could dominate. Miami has covered back to back games in this series, but it is a stunningly high 22-point underdog in this game.
The only other team ranked in the Top 6 playing this week is the Ohio State Buckeyes. The fourth ranked Bucks destroyed the Penn State Nittany Lions last week, but that was seemingly only a blip on the radar. It isn’t a shock at this point that OSU needs not just one, but two teams in front of it (and perhaps even a team or two behind it as well) to lose a game down the stretch of the season to get into the National Championship Game. A game against the Purdue Boilermakers probably won’t be close, and it probably won’t help matters any. This is one of these games where only bad things can possibly happen for Ohio State. The Buckeyes are giving 31.
There are actually two other Top 25 showdowns this week, and both are probably going to prove to be BCS eliminators for the losing teams. The Michigan Wolverines are going on the road to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans, and Sparty knows that its offense absolutely has to get going against this suspect defense. The winner of this one might jump into the Top 15 in the land, and it absolutely has a chance to win the Big Ten and get to the Rose Bowl. The loser is probably looking at the Outback Bowl or the Capital One Bowl at best on January 1st. MSU is laying 5.5 against its instate rivals.
The other Top 25 showdown is in the Big XII. Everyone is chasing the Baylor Bears, the only unbeaten team left in this conference, but the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders know that they are still in good positions to win the conference and make it to what will likely amount to be the Fiesta Bowl. The Red Raiders were beaten for the first time last week by the Oklahoma Sooners, and they are trying to avoid the sweep at the hands of everyone in the Sooner State. There could be a heck of a lot of points in this game, and with both Baylor and Oregon on bye, this is one of the highest ‘totals’ of the weekend at 66. Texas Tech is 2.5 to put the “guns up” in Lubbock.
Notice that we haven’t mentioned the SEC yet in this article? With Alabama not playing, there really aren’t a lot of teams that are worth mentioning. The coveted game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators in Jacksonville is this weekend as it always is. The loser of this game is actually going to be just 4-4 through eight games, and it will face the real possibility of not making a bowl game this year. The losing coach is surely to be on one of the hottest seats in the nation as well. The winner though, at least still has a shot of winning the SEC East, as things are starting to fall apart for the Missouri Tigers. UGA is -2.5 in the “World’s Largest Cocktail Party.”
Mizzou might have its work cut out for it as well against the Tennessee Volunteers. The hosts are -11 in this one and dropping like a rock, as they were -14 at the start of the week. Lose this one, and the SEC East race is once again wide open. The Auburn Tigers are also on upset alert, as they are +9.5 on the road against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
A couple other rivalry games of note… The Iowa Hawkeyes are +9.5 at home against the Wisconsin Badgers in the battle for the Heartland Trophy, while the North Carolina Tar Heels are -3 on the road against the NC State Wolfpack.
The early week games start on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Bearcats are -3.5 in a tough test at the Liberty Bowl against the Memphis Tigers, while on Friday, the Oregon State Beavers are -5 at home against the USC Trojans in a game that will likely end the Rose Bowl dreams for good for one of these two clubs.
On Thursday, the South Florida Bulls are catching a whopping 17.5 against the Houston Cougars, while the Rice Owls are +5 on the road in a big Conference USA game against the North Texas Mean Green. The Troy Trojans are -3.5 in the Sun Belt against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. In what might be the biggest game on Thursday though, the Washington State Cougars host a nationally televised game as they go in search of the upset of the Arizona State Sun Devils. ASU is favored by 11.5, and the ‘total’ of 71.5 is one of the highest of the week.
It’s not the highest, though. That distinction goes to the Texas A&M Aggies and the UTEP Miners. The bad news for the Miners? They aren’t expected to contribute all that much to this whopping ‘total’ of 77. Texas A&M is a 46-point favorite, the biggest margin of the week for sure, and the implied team total for the Aggies is a nuts 61.5.
The lowest ‘total’ of the weekend is in the big game in the ACC between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Boston College Eagles. V-Tech is -5, but the ‘total’ is only 43.
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