Forget March Madness, college football’s November Nonsense has just as many wacky games. Saturday was proof.
No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon both were upset, shaking up the race to the BCS Championship Game and the odds to win it.
The aftermath left Alabama as once again the favorite to win it all. BetOnline
re-opened its BCS title odds Sunday with Alabama as a -175 favorite. Notre Dame was listed at +350, with Oregon at +850, and Georgia at +1600.
Barring another string of upsets, Notre Dame appears to be on a collision course with the winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia. However, the Irish must win at USC first, something that seemingly became significantly easier with the Trojans’ loss of starting quarterback Matt Barkley.
The game remained off the board as of Monday afternoon, but bettors should expect to see a line soon with Barkley officially ruled out.
The Florida-Florida State line was also off the board as of Monday, while we wait on the status of Gators starting QB Jeff Driskel.
However, there was still plenty of betting interest on this Thanksgiving week card.
College Football Opening Line Movements
Missouri at Texas A&M (-21.5)
The betting world’s love of Johnny Football is in full bloom. The Aggies opened as a 16.5-point favorite over Missouri, but the line popped quickly up to -21.5 just hours after BetOnline
posted the first pointspreads on the market.
Missouri was stunned by a late Syracuse comeback in the Orange’s 31-27 upset of the Tigers in Columbia. Star defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was suspended for the game, and his status for Saturday’s game in College Station is unknown.
Vanderbilt (-13) at Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons left Notre Dame battered and bruised, with a handful of key players appearing on this week’s injury report.
Vanderbilt opened as an 8.5-point road favorite, but line-moving money poured in on the Commodores pushing the line up to as high as -13 as of Monday morning.
Vanderbilt is rolling at a level rarely seen in Nashville. The Dores have won five straight, including a 41-18 demolishing of Tennessee last week.
Ohio at Kent State (-10.5), Friday
Ohio was the preseason favorite in the MAC, but the Bobcats are in a full-fledged November slide.
Kent State opened as a 7-point favorite, but the line bolted to 10.5 by Monday morning. The Golden Flashes, who are 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games against Ohio, are mowing down the MAC. They’ve won nine consecutive games.
Ohio, on the other hand, is reeling, having lost three of four to fall out of contention in the conference.