The collegiate world is abuzz this week after the first College Football Playoff rankings were released and entrenched Georgia, Alabama, Michigan State, and Oregon into the top four spots. Everyone else? Alive, but needs wins (and losses from others) to move up, which sets up an interesting Saturday of football. This article will cover the best college football bets of week 10, many of which involve teams desperate to rank up the CFP standings.
Over the course of this piece, we’ll be covering three big-time matchups worth wagering on this weekend. Betting odds for the college games are listed below:
|Auburn Tigers||+165||+4.5||Over 49|
|Texas A&M Aggies||-190||-4.5||Under 49|
|Ohio State Buckeyes||-700||-15||Over 64.5|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers||+520||+15||Under 64.5|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||-170||-3.5||Over 49|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||+150||+3.5||Under 49|
Against The Spread: No. 12 Auburn (+4.5) at No. 13 Texas A&M (-4.5)
One more loss from either one of these 6-2 teams effectively ends its playoff chances. In the first CFP ranking, these two programs found themselves next to each other on the list. The Tigers were listed at No. 13, while the Aggies are right behind at No. 14. Also worth noting, at some online bookmakers, the line has moved as much as two points since being posted (Texas A&M was at -6.5 on certain sites early on).
We have a tough time imagining the Aggies dropping this game. For one, they’ve had two weeks to prepare as they were on a bye last Saturday. Two, they are red-hot and confident going into this one being winners of three in a row (including one victory over Alabama). That contrasts greatly with a more worn-down Tigers that’s gone through a gauntlet, playing ranked foes like Georgia and Mississippi recently.
Of course, the question becomes whether Texas A&M can cover the 4.5-spread? We think so, mainly because this defense is no joke. It enters Saturday’s game with the fourth-best scoring defense in the nation, giving up a meager 16.2 points per game. That spells trouble for an Auburn team that’s been hot-and-cold offensively throughout the year.
Admittedly, the Tigers are coming off a big-time win at home vs. former No. 15 Missippi a week ago. With that said, this Aggies defense is a huge step up in competition. For all of Auburn quarterback Bo Nix’s magic this season, it’ll take a lot of it to hang tight with Texas A&M on the road. We don’t see it happening, hence our wager with the Aggies.
Against The Spread: No. 6 Ohio State (-15) at Nebraska (+15)
The 7-1 Buckeyes are presently No. 5 in the CFP rankings. Therefore, they don’t control their destiny. However, a few statement wins could theoretically catapult them into the top-4 (watch out Oregon because surely, the Big 10 is much more respected than Pac-12). Saturday is their first chance against a Nebraska team that doesn’t roll over for anyone, certainly not this season.
Though, few coaches are sitting on a hotter seat right now than Huskers coach Scott Frost. The team is facing a fifth straight losing season under Frost and the local hero is running out of time to prove he has what it takes to compete at this level. But give Frost his due, his team plays hard for him. All four of Nebraska’s losses this season are by single digits, including a seven-point game versus Oklahoma and a three-pointer against Michigan — both top-10 teams in the CFP.
Not coincidentally, losing one-score games has been Frost’s M.O. since returning to the program in 2018. Since then, the Huskers are 5-18 in such games. We sense that happens again on Saturday. There’s no question the Buckeyes are the far more talented team but don’t discredit the fight of Nebraska, both on the field and the sideline. Bet on Nebraska to cover the two-touchdown spread.
Over/Under 49 Points: No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia
Sitting at 49 points sharp, it appears the bookmakers have hit the bullseye perfectly on the point total. During the season, the Cowboys and their opponents have gone over 49 points scored in four of seven games (57 percent of the time). On the flip side, the Mountaineers are 4-4 when it comes to tallying 49 points in its matchups. So what gives?
We’re optimistic the points can fly because of how Oklahoma State signal-caller Spencer Sanders is playing as of late. The junior quarterback is coming off two incredibly-efficient performances. He’s thrown five touchdowns (on 63 percent of passes complete), ran for another score, and had zero interceptions. It’s a positive trend to latch yourself onto as a bettor.
And here’s the thing: the trend is also playing out with West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege. Last Saturday against the best defense in the Big 12, Iowa State, he threw for 370 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions, and a completion percentage of 65.2. We’re riding the trend both ways and hammering the over here.
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