College Football Week 12 Odds

In a big ACC showdown this week, streaking Virginia Tech travels to Miami in hopes of winning its ninth straight game and it looks like bettors could find some value on the visiting Hokies if they pounce on the lines early.

Virginia Tech opened as a 1.5-point favorite at Bovada but other books, such as Sports Interaction, already have the Hokies as 2.5-point favorites. Presumably, the line could shift to three and beyond as the week progresses.

Bettors may want to pounce on Virginia Tech now. Led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Hokies have looked absolutely unstoppable – if not better than any other team in the country – since starting 0-2.  The Hokies’ 19th-ranked rushing attack could give Miami’s 77th-ranked run defense fits. Every book has the over/under at 50 points now, with no variation so far.

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Can Iowa recover from its disastrous loss to Northwestern last week when it hosts Ohio State this week? Oddsmakers aren’t so confident. Every book has the Buckeyes favored on the road; Bovada has the spread at 3 points. Bovada set the opening over/under at 48 points.

Ohio State looked strong as ever in its 38-14 win over Penn State last week, running for 314 yards – but should bettors tread carefully? Iowa’s emotion after an embarrassing loss is a wild card. It should play with extra fire at home. The safe play may be the UNDER, which is 7-1-2 over Ohio State’s last 10 road games.

No. 14 Arkansas takes its 4-1 road record to Mississippi State as it battles the Bulldogs on Saturday night. This is yet another marquee matchup between ranked teams in which the home squad is the underdog. Major books like Bovada made the Razorbacks four-point favorites in the opening lines but have since reduced the spread to 3.5 points.

Arkansas’ offense is really rolling thanks to Heisman Trophy hopeful Ryan Mallett’s banner season. The Razorbacks rank third in the country in passing and have scored at least 38 points in five straight games. With the total set at 53 points at books like Bovada, bettors have to be optimistic that Arkansas’ offensive prowess alone gives this game a great shot at going OVER.

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Mississippi State doesn’t enter this matchup with much momentum after taking a beatdown from Alabama last week. Considering that the Bulldogs have the nation’s 79th-best pass defense, they could have trouble stopping Mallett. Still, the spread is shrinking and heading Mississippi State’s way at the books.

Bettors may therefore want to wait a few days and see if it keeps shrinking before picking Arkansas.

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