College Football Betting Trends- Week 8 Matchups
The 2013 college football season keeps rolling along with a log jam of undefeated teams scattered throughout the rankings. All told there are 13 teams in the latest AP Top 25 poll with a perfect record that includes a top five (Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State, and Florida State) that has a combined record of 29-0. This is bound to change after this Saturday’s games with a featured ACC matchup between the No. 3 Tigers and the No. 5 Seminoles. Clemson has been opened by 5Dimes as a three-point home underdog for Saturday night’s clash against Florida State with the total still OFF the board. The home team is a perfect 6-0 straight-up in the last six meetings and the Tigers have a 5-1 edge against the spread. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five games between the two conference rivals. This game is set to kickoff at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ABC.
There are three other matchups on Saturday’s schedule between ranked opponents starting with a 12:21 p.m. SEC tilt between No. 22 Florida and No. 14 Missouri. The Gators come in at 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS with the total staying UNDER in four of the six games. They will face the Tigers as three-point road favorites mainly because of the loss of Missouri quarterback James Franklin with a separated shoulder. Missouri moved to 6-0 SU (5-0-1 ATS) after a huge 41-26 upset of Georgia as a 6.5-point road underdog this past Saturday.
The next big showdown in the SEC is a 3:30 p.m. clash between No. 24 Auburn and No. 7 Texas A&M. The Tigers were expected to be a middle of the road team in the conference this season, but a surprising 5-1 SU (4-2 ATS) start has them ranked in the polls and in the thick of the SEC West title race. The Aggies continue to roll right along behind Johnny Maziel with a 5-1 SU (3-3 ATS) start as well. They have been opened as 13.5-point home favorites for this Saturday’s game.
Moving over to the Pac-12 in another 3:30 p.m. start, the No. 9 UCLA Bruins (5-0 both SU and ATS) will try and continue their ascent in the rankings when they square-off against No. 13 Stanford (5-1 SU and 2-4 ATS). The Cardinal took a huge tumble in the polls falling from No. 5 after losing to Utah 27-21 this past Saturday as 7.5-point road favorites. They have been opened as six-point home favorites over the Bruins.
A couple of other games involving some of the top teams in the nation include No. 4 Ohio State playing host to Iowa as a 16.5-point favorite in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and No. 1 Alabama at home against Arkansas in a 7 p.m. start. The Crimson Tide have been opened as 28-point favorites over the Razorbacks. Another interesting battle in the SEC has No. 6 LSU on the road against Mississippi as a 7.5-point favorite. No. 2 Oregon will continue its march through its Pac-12 schedule with a home game against Washington State. The Ducks have already knocked-off California, Colorado and Washington by a combined score of 157-56. They have been opened as 37.5-point favorites for this Saturday night’s game.