As we head into the second half of the college football season the pointspreads are getting tighter and tighter. However, there’s still plenty of disagreement between bettors and oddsmakers, especially on schools from the Lone Star State.
How impressive was Texas Tech in its 49-14 beatdown of West Virginia? How unimpressive was Texas in getting beat down 63-21 by Oklahoma? Bettors let their opinion be known by attacking this week’s opening lines.
College Football Opening Line Report
Texas Tech (-1.5) at TCU
The Horned Frogs could have gone into the tank. Two weeks ago, they lost starting quarterback Casey Pachall to personal issues and then suffered a disappointing loss at home to Iowa State.
But Gary Patterson’s club bounced back in a big way with a 49-21 win at Baylor.
Oddsmakers thought enough of the win to open TCU as a 3-point home favorite against Texas Tech this week. Bettors quickly disagreed.
The Red Raiders were favored within hours of the opening lines from BetOnline.
Texas Tech is coming off the most decisive upset of the season, a stunning 49-14 rout of then-No. 5 West Virginia.
The two ex-Southwest Conference rivals have only played twice since 2003. The Horned Frogs won the last meeting 12-6 in 2006.
Baylor at Texas (-9.5)
The Longhorns limped out of the Red River Rivalry with key players injured and their ego bruised.
Star defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat suffered a torn pectoral muscle against Oklahoma and is lost for the season.
The news was bettor for Texas QB David Ash. X-rays on his injured left wrist did not show a fracture, and he could play Saturday at Baylor.
Those two injuries highlight an array of banged-up Longhorns, who must find a way to bounce back from a second straight blowout to their arch rivals.
The line opened at Texas -13, but quickly shrunk down to 9.5 as the injury situation was revealed Sunday.
Baylor has won two straight over Texas, but has never beaten the Longhorns three consecutive times.
The Bears are 4-1 against the spread in their last five against the Longhorns.
Oregon (-9.5) at Arizona State - Thursday
The second-ranked Ducks opened as 12-point road favorites at Arizona State. Bettors thought that was too much and jumped on the Sun Devil bandwagon. The line was down to -9.5 as of Monday morning.
The Sun Devils are 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Ducks.
Utah at Oregon State (-10.5)
The Beavers are the surprise story out west. Mike Riley’s team, which beat BYU 42-24 with a backup QB, is now 5-0 and ranked eighth in the country.
Sharp bettors have been locked in on the improved Beavers (4-1 ATS) throughout the season. Oregon State has been a part of the early line moves—almost always in its favor—throughout the season. Each week money pours in on the Beavers, causing book managers to adjust their opening numbers.
That was again the case this week. Oregon State opened as a 7-point favorite over Utah, but was bet up to -10.5 as of Monday morning.