College Football Betting Lines: Week 4
No. 5 Stanford will host No. 23 Arizona State in Palo Alto on Saturday in one of the marquee matchups on the college football betting slate this week. Stanford opened as a 7.5-point favorite at 5Dimes.
And while this is the first true test for the Cardinal, which beat San Jose State (34-13) on September 7 and won at Army (34-20) last Saturday, this will be a second straight exam for ASU, which won a controversial decision this past Saturday against Wisconsin, 32-30.
The Sun Devils, who opened the season with a 55-0 blitz of Sacramento State, escaped after Wisconsin drove to Arizona State's 13-yard line with 18 seconds left and confusion began over a misconstrued fumble.
Trying to set the Badgers up for a game-winning field goal, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave ran left and tried to take a knee in the middle of the field, clipped one of his offensive linemen while trying to go down, and fumbled the ball onto the yard marker before hopping up quickly. Confused by the play, players from both teams dove on the ball thinking it was a fumble, Wisconsin lost precious seconds while ASU players were pulled off and while officials held the Badgers at the line of scrimmage before allowing them to snap the ball. Stave tried to get a play off so he could spike the ball, but ran out of time.
The Pac-12 conference has reprimanded the officials in Saturday night's game, and now the Devils head into Palo Alto after a hard-fought, albeit disputable, win and have to play a team that has won this meeting the past two seasons.
Other games to note this week include (with lines courtesy of 5Dimes): Friday's Mountain West battle between a pair of preseason favorites, as Boise State visits Fresno State (-3). On Saturday, the annual rivalry game between Tennessee and Florida (-17.5) takes place in Gainesville; in a Big 12-ACC clash, West Virginia travels to Maryland (-5.5); Michigan State hits South Bend to face defending national runner-up Notre Dame (-7); and a game sure to receive attention because of how scrappy Utah State can be, the Aggies visit Southern Cal (-6.5).