College Football Rivalry Week Betting Preview: Picking the Year’s Most Heated Games

  • College football Rivalry Week is upon us. Get ready for the sport’s most fun weekend
  • Syracuse isn’t as bad as Notre Dame made them look
  • and LSU isn’t as bad as Alabama made them look

We went 1-1 last week, which brings us to a healthy 21-15-0 for the season. With the last week of the regular season, let’s see if we can’t get that win percentage above 60.

College Football Rivalry Week Betting Picks

The odds below are from Bovada.

Syracuse (#20) at Boston College

Team Spread at Bovada
Syracuse (#20) +7.0 (-115)
Boston College -7.0 (-105)

I broadly think Syracuse is the better team, and this is a huge spread. It might be easy to discard Syracuse after their huge loss to Notre Dame last week, but Notre Dame is an elite team and Boston College isn’t. I’m not sure Boston College will be able to take advantage of the same weaknesses Notre Dame exposed.

Syracuse vs Boston College Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat Syracuse Boston College
Record 8-3 7-4
S&P+ Defensive Rank 68th 28th
S&P+ Offensive Rank 51st 94th
S&P+ Overall Rank 48th 60th

I don’t think Boston College will be able to close up the Syracuse offense the way Notre Dame did, because I think you just need a level of talent that Boston College doesn’t have access to.

Boston College is a great team, but I think Syracuse is getting punished for losing to one of the best teams in the country in weird circumstances.

Betting Advice: I’ll take the points!

LSU (#7) at Texas A&M (#22)

Team Spread at Bovada
LSU (#7) +3.0 (-105)
Texas A&M (#22) -3.0 (-115)

Again, the last time you saw the underdog they were getting worked by a top team. In this case, it was Alabama, and it couldn’t have been uglier.

LSU vs Texas A&M Statistical Comparison

2018 Stat LSU Texas A&M
Record 9-2 7-4
S&P+ Defensive Rank 11th 33rd
S&P+ Offensive Rank 72nd 22nd
S&P+ Overall Rank 16th 21st

Fortunately Texas A&M isn’t Alabama, and aren’t liable to become Alabama for at least a few more years. In the meantime, LSU is still measurably the better team (although narrowly) and they’re getting points.

I particularly like LSU’s defense here. They’ve had some injuries this year, but they’ve recovered from them nicely and showcased their top-level depth.

Betting Advice: Take LSU and the points.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.