The battle for the top of the AP Top 25 college football rankings heats up this weekend with a number of matchups between top-ranked squads. The Alabama Crimson Tide continue to maintain their perch atop the rankings after opening the season on a dominating 5-0 run. The defending national champions are riding high after last week’s 42-21 demolition of No. 12 Mississippi, and provide little betting intrigue as heavy road favorites in this weekend’s road date with slumping Texas A&M.
However, it is a different story for the squads seeking to keep pace with Alabama, and earn a coveted berth in the College Football Playoff. Closely trailing the Tide at No. 2 on the rankings, the Georgia Bulldogs will be gunning for a third straight shutout win as they visit No. 18 Auburn as heavy favorites. Playoff fortunes could be decided as No. 3 Iowa hosts No. 4 Penn State as slim chalk, while No. 5 Cincinnati will be aiming to make a statement when they host Temple as massive favourites.
MyTopSportsbooks takes a look at all best bets on the college football as Week 6 action gets underway. Sports bettors getting in on college football betting action for the first time should refer to our NCAAF betting FAQ for tips on how to hone their betting strategies.
|College Football Week 6 Spreads|
|(4) Penn State||+1.5 (-105)||+1.0 (-105)||+1.5 (-110)||+1.5 (-105)|
|(3) Iowa||-1.5 (-115)||-1.0 (-115)||-1.5 (-110)||-1.5 (-115)|
|(2) Georgia||-16 (-110)||+15.5 (-107)||-16 (-110)||+15.5 (-105)|
|(18) Auburn||+16 (-110)||-15.5 (-113)||+16.0 (-110)||-15.5 (-115)|
|Temple||+29 (-110)||+29.5 (-110)||+29 (-110)||+29 (-110)|
|(5) Cincinnati||-29 (-110)||-29.5 (-110)||-29 (-110)||-29 (-110)|
(2) Georgia Bulldogs -16.0 vs. Auburn Tigers
The Georgia Bulldogs will have another opportunity to unseat the Alabama Crimson Tide from their perch atop the national rankings when they host the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon as heavy 16-point favorites on the college football odds at Bovada. A consistent presence at or near the top of the SEC standings over the past four seasons, the Bulldogs have taken a big step forward during their 5-0 SU start to the current season. Simply put, the Georgia defense has been spectacular during the first half of the campaign, The Bulldogs return to action after posting crushing shutout wins over Vanderbilt and No. 8 Arkansas, and after outscoring opponents by a wide 199-23 margin through their first five outings, the team sports the nation’s top-ranked defense.
Just like last week, Georgia’s game was over as soon as it started.
The No.2 Georgia Bulldogs ran right through the No.8 Arkansas Razorbacks in Sanford Stadium.
They also pitched another shutout.
— Dawg Post Recruiting (@UgaRecruitNews) October 2, 2021
The Bulldogs have also enjoyed a lengthy track record of success against Auburn, claiming SU and ATS wins in each of their past four meetings, and winning outright in 13 of 16 clashes since 2005. However, recent dates between these two teams have tended to be low scoring, with the total topping 40 just once in their past seven matchups. The Tigers enjoyed a pair of blowout wins to open their schedule, averaging 61 points per game in their victories over Akron and Alabama State. While their scoring has dipped in recent weeks, the Tigers have maintained a stingy defense, with their narrow 28-20 loss to Penn State marking their toughest defensive performance. But keeping pace with the high-powered Bulldogs is another matter. While the Auburn defense may have more success reigning in the Georgia attack, picking up points will be tougher.
The Pick: Georgia -16 (-110) at Bovada; UNDER 46.5 (-110) at Bovada
(4) Penn State Nittany Lions vs (3) Iowa Hawkeyes -1.5
The battle for a berth in the College Football Playoff heats up as the Iowa Hawkeyes host the Penn State Nittany Lions as slim 1.5-point chalk at MyBookie. The undefeated Hawkeyes return home after tallying a 51-14 win in Maryland last weekend, but can expect a far stiffer test against Penn State. Now undefeated in 11 straight contests, Iowa has been a force on home turf, where they have won six straight while holding opponent ts to seven or fewer points on four occasions.
PFDR’s Game of the Week:
#4 Penn State Nittany Lions vs. #3 Iowa Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/fSq6muewC3
— Pro Football Draft Room (@pfdr2614) October 7, 2021
However, that success does not extend to recent dates with the Nittany Lions, who recorded six straight wins over Iowa before seeing that streak halted by a 41-21 loss at beaver Stadium. Indeed, the Hawkeyes are likely to have their hand s full against a Penn State squad that has climbed to No. 4 in the rankings while going 5-0 this season, and undefeated in nine overall. Listed as an intriguing +2500 bet at Xbet to win this season’s national championship, the Nittany Lions have won outright in their past two overall outings as road underdogs, and each of their past three when pegged as a road dog by two or fewer points.
The Pick: Penn State +1.5 (-105) at MyBookie
Temple Owls vs. (5) Cincinnati Bearcats -29.0
The pressure will be on the Cincinnati Bearcats when they battle the conference rival Temple Owls on Friday as massive 29.5-point favorites in college football betting at BetOnline. The Bearcats have entered the national championship during a 4-0 start that has lifted them to No. 5 in the rankings. However, with a far easier schedule awaiting them compared to their CFP rivals, the bearcats must turn in dominating performances the rest of the way if they are to remain in contention for a CFP berth.
The Week 6 AP Top 25 college football poll features Cincinnati in the Top 5 👀 pic.twitter.com/l6CYedpirk
— The Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 3, 2021
The Bearcats continued to turn heads with last weekend’s 24-13 win over No. 9 Notre Dame as 2-point road chalk, and have now claimed victory by double-digit margins in each of their four outings. The question is whether they can maintain that torrid pace against a Temple squad that rides a two-game win streak, and has been a thorn in Cincy’s side in recent years. Cincinnati earned a narrow 15-13 win over the Owls when they came to town last season, failing to cover as 8.5-point favorites. That marked the Bearcats’ first win over Temple since 2014, and extended the team’s ATS losing streak against the Owl to five games. Will that history of futility wreak havoc with the Bearcats’ mindset on Friday night? Given how much is on the line for Cincinnati, as well as Temple’s middling performances on the road this season, looking for the Bearcats to flip the script and stay in the national championship conversation with a big win.
The Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -29.5 (-110) at BetOnline