College football hits the midway point of the season this week with plenty of big showdowns between major conference heavyweights, but we continue to focus all our energy on uncovering a couple of big plays that will provide a big payday for anyone who enjoys wagering on the games.
To get you ready for all the action, here is a look at the biggest line moves, biggest underdogs, and biggest battles for this week’s slate of games. All lines quoted are provided by 5Dimes.
Biggest College Football Line Moves - Week 7
Miami (FL) is 4-2 on the year but last week’s 41-3 pasting at the hands of No. 7 Notre Dame as a 15-point road underdog has obviously shaken the betting public’s confidence in the Hurricanes. They opened as 3.5 home underdogs against North Carolina but that line has been expanded to 7.5 points.
Kansas may dominate the Big 12 in basketball, but when it comes to football the Jayhawks are currently bringing up the rear in the conference. They were opened as 22-point underdogs at home for this Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State, but that spread has ballooned to 27.5 points in anticipation of a complete romp by the Cowboys.
No. 1 Alabama’s tightest spread this season was as a 13-point favorite over Michigan on opening day. The Crimson Tide have crushed everyone they have faced but are just 2-3 against the spread this season. Their ATS record has obviously not deterred the betting public from jumping on them this Saturday against Missouri. Alabama opened as a 17.5-point road favorite but the current line has moved to 21 points.
Biggest College Football Underdogs - Week 7
Tighter conference matchups have lowered some of the outlandish spreads that were common earlier in the season, but there are still a couple of prohibitive underdogs that might peak your interest in addition to the two mentioned above (Kansas and Missouri).
No. 25 Michigan is a 23.5-point home favorite against Illinois, which has sunk to the bottom of the Big Ten this season. While the 3-2 SU Wolverines have only covered in two of their games, the Fighting Illini are just 1-4 this season both SU and ATS.
No. 12 Florida State’s BCS title chances probably evaporated with last week’s stunning loss to North Carolina State as a 17-point road favorite. Figuring that the Seminoles are going to take out their frustrations on Boston College this Saturday it is easy to see why the Eagles are 27.5-point road underdogs in this ACC matchup.
Biggest College Football Battles - Week 7
There are four head-to-head matchups this Saturday between teams ranked in the AP’s top 25. The first game on the slate takes us to the Cotton Bowl for a neutral-site showdown in the Big 12 between No. 15 Texas and No. 13 Oklahoma, with the Sooners favored by three points in a 12 p.m. start.
The next matchup renews a classic college football rivalry when No. 17 Stanford travels to South Bend to face No. 7 Notre Dame as a 7.5-point underdog. This game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday night’s main event is a monster clash in the SEC between No. 3 South Carolina and No. 9 LSU at Tiger Stadium, with LSU favored by three points.
The final game of the day is a non-conference matchup between No. 22 Texas A&M out of the SEC and the Western Athletic Conference’s No. 23-ranked Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in a 9 p.m. start. The Aggies are 7.5-point road favorites in this one.