College Football Betting: Week 9
If there was a game UCLA would rather not play, or at least delay for a couple of weeks, it might be Saturday's game in Eugene, where Oregon might be on a mission to score 70 points.
The Ducks are laying -21 points to 12th-ranked UCLA according to 5Dimes, and with plenty of motivation for Oregon, that number may not be enough.
Oregon, which has scored at least 55 points in six of its seven games this season, was leapfrogged by Florida State in the first BCS standings of the season. Understandably, the Ducks have only played one team that was ranked at the time, and now will be out to take advantage of their schedule, and could get a boost over the next two weeks with routs against UCLA and at Stanford.
Defending national champion Alabama and Florida State hold the top two spots, respectively, while Oregon is a close third behind the Seminoles.
The Bruins are in after losing to Stanford, 24-10, a setback that handed UCLA its first loss of the season while the Cardinal climbed five spots to No. 8 in the new Associated Press poll, and are now the highest ranked one-loss team.
Stanford hits the road this week to take on Oregon State, in what should be a tough Pac-12 battle the home team has won five of the last six years. The Cardinal, which is laying -5 to the Beavers, has won three straight in this series.
Two other Top 25 clashes highlight the card this week, with No. 10 Texas Tech at No. 17 Oklahoma in a Big 12 showdown that has the Sooners favored by -7. In SEC play, fifth-ranked Missouri hosts No. 20 South Carolina. There is no line on the game, though, as Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw is unlikely to play because of a sprained left knee. In the manslaughter department, No. 13 LSU is laying -47.5 to Furman, one week after the Tigers were upset by Ole Miss in SEC play.