NCAA Football Betting Odds: Week 6 Line Movements & Last-Minute News
It didn't take long for Alabama to reclaim the top spot in the AP poll as the Crimson Tide return to their perch after just five games this season. They received 29 of 61 first-place votes Sunday from the Media as the voters deemed Clemson's near stumble at North Carolina was worth losing a ranking spot over. This was the first time since 2015 that a No.1 team emerged victorious only to be dropped in the polls. That year, Ohio State beat Minnesota 28-14 at home, only to be leapfrogged for the top spot due to an unimpressive win. It should also be noted that Alabama has now been ranked No.1 at some point in each of the last 12 seasons, extending its own record. The second-longest streak belongs to the Miami Hurricanes, who has a string of seven consecutive seasons with an appearance at No.1 from 1986-1992.
Both Alabama and Clemson have a bye week this week, so there shouldn't be too much change in the AP rankings come next week. No. 3 Georgia travels to Tennessee to take on the Vols, while Ohio State hosts No. 25 Michigan State . Those two teams are a combined 45.5-point favorites over their opponents, so I wouldn't hold my breath on an upset happening in either of those games.
Here are notes for some of Saturday's games around the country, in no particular order.
South Florida Bulls @ Connecticut Huskies (+11, 49 ): It's been a rather dismal start to the season for the USF Bulls as they come into this game with a 1-3 record, and many people are calling for Charlie Strong's head despite this being only his third season in charge of the Bulls. They are in a tough spot this week as they travel to Connecticut to take on the equally bad Huskies. This game opened up as USF -15 but has since been bet down to sit at USF -11, which is still quite frankly a lot of points for a terrible team to lay on the road. If you are so inclined to bet this game (good luck), I'd recommend looking at the total as it's dropped four points from 53.5 to 49. When two equally bad teams play, typically the "over" is the best bet. And based on how poor these two teams are defensively, we see the over hitting in this one. There are no important injury notes to make you aware of, but this is one of the biggest movers on the point spread for Saturday's card.
Boston College Eagles @ Louisville Cardinals (-5, 60.5): Maybe it's the fact that Louisville comes into this game off a bye week, or maybe it's the fact that BC hung tough and exerted far too much energy in a loss vs Wake Forest. Either way, this spread is getting pushed higher and higher in favor of Louisville, and we can see why. Louisville opened at -3 and has been quickly bet up to five. Louisville has beaten up on the weaker teams they've played this season while losing to those better than them. BC is not exactly the greatest team in the world, as they've only beaten VT, Richmond, and Rutgers, but lost to teams like Kansas and Wake Forest. We see why this spread is climbing as the Cardinals come off a bye week and should be well prepared for the BC rushing attack. The total has moved up a tick to 60.5 from its opening of 59.
No.14 Iowa Hawkeyes @ No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (-3.5, 47): This game is going to go a long way in determining how the Big Ten shapes out at the end of the season. Michigan already has a conference loss, while Iowa is undefeated on the season and desperately needs to win this game to keep pace with Wisconsin. The spread for this game opened at Michigan -7 but has quickly been bet down to Michigan -3.5. For whatever reason, the Wolverines are having issues holding on to the football. Against an opportunistic defense like the Hawkeyes, that could be a problem and ultimately cost them the game. Iowa is a good team, but we'd much rather prefer them getting a touchdown rather than just three and a half points. The total - much like every Michigan game - sit around 47 and hasn't moved an inch. We still see this game staying under the number on the strength of two solid defensive units.
No.21 Oklahoma State Cowboys @ Texas Tech (+10, 63): Oklahoma State is a week away from getting absolutely no love from the bettors as they were picked as an upset candidate in their game last week vs Kansas State. They not only won the game, but they covered too, and now they get to face a Texas Tech team that is giving up points by the boatload. The Cowboys opened as seven-point favorites, but that's been quickly bet up to -10, although the total has surprisingly dropped from 68 down to 63. Make no mistake about it, the Cowboys will win this game going away. Last week, the Red Raiders gave up 55 points to Oklahoma and have several issues that need fixing throughout the roster. They can barely score points, and they can't stop anyone from scoring on them. Oklahoma State, led by Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard, will score points and they will win going away. The onus will also be on them do to the majority of the scoring in regards to the total.
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