Opening Lines: Wolverines vs. Spartans
Unlike last week’s fairly lopsided games, this week’s college football card is loaded with intrigue, highlighted by four games between two ranked teams. Undefeated Oklahoma State and Michigan both face tough road tests this week.
Despite the fantastic play of Denard Robinson to start the season, No. 11 Michigan is actually an underdog on the road this week as No. 23 Michigan State is a 3-point home favorite at 5Dimes. Michigan is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS this season, but in their last three games against Michigan State they are 0-3 SU and ATS.
No. 6 Oklahoma State is a 7.5-point road favorite at TopBet visiting No. 22 Texas this week. Texas picked up their first loss of the season in embarrassing fashion last week, getting crushed 55-17 against Oklahoma. Texas is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against Oklahoma State, but Oklahoma State did beat Texas last year and is 2-1 ATS in their last three meetings against them.
No. 18 Arizona State will try to pick up the upset on the road this week against No. 9 Oregon. Since 2005, Oregon is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS against the Sun Devils, who are just 2-4 ATS this season despite a 5-1 SU record. Even with LaMichael James likely out of action, the Ducks are still a large 15-point home favorite at BetOnline.
Both No. 20 Baylor and No. 21 Texas A&M had bounce-back wins last week after losing the week before, and each will try to carry that momentum into this week. Texas A&M is a 9-point favorite at 5Dimes, and is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games against Baylor.
All three of the top three teams in the nation are on the road this week, but none are expected to have much trouble against inferior opponents. No. 1 LSU is a 15.5-point favorite at Tennessee, No. 2 Alabama is a 25.5-point favorite at Mississippi, and No. 3 Oklahoma is a 35-point favorite at Kansas (all at BetOnline).