Opening Lines: Stanford vs. Washington
All three of this week’s games between two ranked opponents feature conference rivals, which always adds intrigue even when a large spread suggests otherwise. Last week, three undefeated teams fell; will any more join their ranks this week?
No. 1 LSU is not only 7-0 SU, but they are also 5-2 ATS and have won every game this season by double digits. As a result, they are a 22.5-point home favorite at TopBet this week against No. 19 Auburn; another huge spread for an SEC rivalry game, but can you blame bookmakers? This LSU team has shown no signs of weakness.
No. 7 Stanford has also been steamrolling opponents all season, off to a 6-0 SU and ATS start while winning every game by 26 points or more. No. 22 Washington is their toughest opponent yet at 5-1 SU and ATS, but the Cardinal are still a 20-point favorite at home at 5Dimes. Stanford has won their last three against Washington both SU and ATS.
The closest game between ranked teams is No. 4 Wisconsin facing their biggest road test of the season against No. 15 Michigan State. Wisconsin (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) is first in the nation in scoring with 50.2 points per game, while Michigan State (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS) is fourth in the nation on defense allowing just 10.8 points per game. Wisconsin is a 7.5-point favorite at BetOnline.
For the second straight week, No. 6 Oklahoma State will take on a tough conference opponent on the road against Missouri. Oklahoma State is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS, and has won their last two games SU and ATS against Missouri. The Cowboys are a 7-point favorite at 5Dimes.
In one of the most interesting opening lines of the week, Notre Dame opens as a large 8.5-point favorite at home at TopBet over rival USC. Both teams are 3-3 ATS, but USC has the better SU record at 5-1 (to Notre Dame’s 4-2) and has won eight of the last nine meetings against Notre Dame. Notre Dame did win last year’s rivalry game 20-16.