College Football Betting Trends - Week 9 Matchups
The initial BCS rankings for the 2013 college football season were released this past Sunday night and to no one’s surprise Alabama came in ranked No. 1 on the strength of its 7-0 start. The biggest surprise could be 6-0 Florida State at No. 2 ahead of pair of 7-0 teams in Oregon and Ohio State. The Seminoles are riding high after crushing Clemson 51-14 this past Saturday night.
One of the biggest matchups on this Saturday’s slate involves one of the biggest surprises this season. The No. 5 Missouri Tigers will try and extend their current winning streak to eight games when they host the No. 21 South Carolina Gamecocks, who are coming off a stunning 23-21 loss to Tennessee as 7.5-point road favorites. The Tigers currently have a two-game lead over South Carolina in the SEC East standings and they have already beaten both Florida and Georgia. A win this Saturday as a three-point home favorite on 5Dimes latest board would clear Missouri’s path for a run all the way to the SEC title game.
Another big matchup between ranked teams takes us to the Big 12 for a showdown between No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 15 Oklahoma in a matchup that will have major implications for this season’s conference title race. The Red Raiders are off to an impressive 7-0 start that includes conference wins over TCU, Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia. The Sooners are 3-1 in conference play with an earlier loss to Texas. They have been opened as seven-point favorites for this Saturday’s game.
There are two matchups between ranked teams in the Pac-12 this upcoming Saturday. The first pits No. 12 UCLA against No. 3 Oregon. The Bruins are coming off a 24-10 loss to Stanford as four-point road underdogs. They have been opened as 22.5-point underdogs on the road against a Ducks’ team that has to be furious about dropping in the rankings to third despite posting lopsided victories against the first seven teams it has faced.
The second Pac-12 tilt sends No. 6 Stanford on the road to face No. 25 Oregon State. The Cardinal got knocked-out of the national title picture as a result of a 27-21 loss to Utah on Oct. 12. They fully realize that an impressive showing this week and next week against Oregon, might be enough to get them back in the running as a one-loss team. The Beavers come in at 6-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play. They know that a win on Saturday and in their regular season finale against the Ducks could set the stage for a spot in the Pac-12 title game. Stanford has been opened as a five-point road favorite for this contest.
The remainder of the BCS top five should be able to pad their record with another easy win this week. The No. 1 Crimson Tide have been opened as 28.5-point home favorites against Tennessee. No. 2 Florida State will face North Carolina State as a 29.5-point home favorite, but the Seminoles have to be careful not to get caught looking ahead to next Saturday’s ACC showdown against No. 7 Miami (FL). No. 4 Ohio State will try and keep its 19-game winning streak alive as a 14.5-point home favorite against Penn State.