College Football Weekend Betting
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are expected to be without Heisman-winning running back Mark Ingram again this weekend when they host the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions.
Missing Ingram wasn't a problem for the Crimson Tide last week, as they rolled over San Jose State 48-3 as a 39.5-point favorite. The Alabama offense didn't even miss a beat, outgaining San Jose State 591-175 yards. His absence hasn't stopped bettors from backing the Tide as 12-point favorites at shops such as Bovada this week. Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson carried the load on the ground and combined to rush for 177 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Greg McElroy played only the first half but still put up 218 yards passing and a touchdown. The Nittany Lions also drew a lackluster opponent in Week 1 and routed Youngstown State 44-14. Freshman quarterback Robert Bolden had a solid first start, completing 20 of 29 passes for 239 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He'll have a tougher time against a much more talented Alabama defense this weekend.
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Bolden did dodge one bullet though, as Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus will be serving the second game of a two-game suspension. Dareus, the defensive MVP of last year's National Championship Game, is expected to return next week. Even without Ingram and Dareus the Crimson Tide are still a 12-point favorite this weekend at Bovada. Miami (12) at Ohio State (2) It's been awhile since the Hurricanes and Buckeyes last clashed, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a Miami or Ohio State fan that wouldn't remember it. It was the 2003 National Championship Game, and Ohio State pulled off a huge upset in a 31-24 double overtime win. The Hurricanes can finally get some revenge Saturday if they can take down the Buckeyes as an 8-point underdog at Bovada. Miami had no trouble in their season opener last week and destroyed Florida A&M 45-0. Jacory Harris only played the first half, but it was more than enough time to do some damage with 210 yards passing and three touchdowns. The incredibly quick Hurricanes defense feasted on the Rattlers with eight sacks while limiting them to 110 yards of total offense. Ohio State faced Marshall to start the season and beat up on the Thundering Herd in a 45-7 win as 28-point favorites. Terrelle Pryor got his Heisman campaign off to a quick start with 247 yards passing and three touchdowns. The Buckeyes' defense easily shut down the Thundering Herd offense, limiting them to 199 yards while forcing three turnovers. The Buckeyes take a six-game home winning streak into Saturday's game, during which they are 5-1 ATS. Get the most betting options and fastest payouts of any sportsbook. Click here!