College Football Betting Trends- Week 4 Matchups
We are three weeks into a new college football season and still waiting for our first major upset among the nation’s Top 10 teams. We have seen some great early matchups like No. 9 Georgia over No. 12 South Carolina in Week 2 and last week’s 49-42 shootout between No. 1 Alabama and Johnny Manziel’s No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies, but the current top five have remained unchanged starting with the Crimson Tide followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford.
The chances we see anything crazy happen this week are slim considering the lack of any major showdowns on the schedule, but there are a couple matchups on the slate that bear watching.
The first big game this week is a Thursday night battle between No. 3 Clemson and North Carolina State in an ACC clash. The Tigers moved right up the rankings with an opening day 38-35 victory over then-No. 5 Georgia as 1.5-point home underdogs and they have been opened as 13.5-point road favorites for this contest. Clemson has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two SU.
Turning to Saturday’s action, No. 2 Ohio State host Division IAA Florida A&M at 12 p.m. with the status of Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller still up in the air as he continues to recover from a knee injury. It would probably make sense to rest him another week considering that Ohio State has been opened as a ridiculous 57-point home favorite for this game. Another top 10 team that will be playing early on Saturday is No. 7 Louisville at home against Florida International in a 12 p.m. start. The Cardinals, with Heisman hopefully Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, have been opened as 41-point home favorites.
One of the biggest matchups this Saturday afternoon pits Michigan State on the road against No. 22 Notre Dame with the Fighting Irish favored by seven points. The Irish have already lost to Michigan this season on the road by the score of 41-30 as 4.5-point favorites and needed a major fourth-quarter comeback to get by Purdue last Saturday 31-24 as 17-point road favorites. It is easy to see that Notre Dame has had its hands full with the Big Ten this season so keep an eye on a possible upset in this one.
Another interesting matchup on Saturday sends No. 23 Arizona State on the road to face No. 5 Stanford in the first Pac-12 contest for both teams. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and it will be broadcast on FOX. The Sun Devils are coming off a huge 32-30 win over Wisconsin as a seven-point home favorite, but they will go on the road as 7.5-point underdogs against the Cardinal. An upset by Arizona State would have a huge impact on the both division races in this conference.
Alabama will be back in action in a 7 p.m. start on Saturday night as a 39.5-point home favorite against Colorado State and Texas A&M will try and get back to its winning ways as a 28-point home favorite against SMU. In a 7:45 p.m. start, No. 6 LSU will play host to Auburn in its SEC opener. The home-town Tigers have been opened as 17.5-point favorites over the visiting Tigers in this matchup.