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Saturday Setup: Big Lines in NCAAF

Three games in Week 6 of the college football betting season feature two ranked teams and all three have a double-digit favorite, illustrating this week's lopsided wagering card.

Deciphering the reliable chalk and live dogs will be key to bettors having a profitable Saturday. Here’s a look at some interesting angles to this Saturday’s card to help give you the edge.
 

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A wet Red River Rivalry?

A glance at the weather report for No. 3 Oklahoma’s showdown against No. 11 Texas shows a slight chance of thunderstorms with winds of up to 13 MPH. Oklahoma is currently a 10.5-point favorite at 5Dimes, and the total is set at 56.5. Keep the potential for rain in mind when betting this week’s marquee matchup; it could turn a shootout into a defensive showdown.

Boston College’s Montel Harris shut down

One of the reasons for Boston College’s poor start was the absence of Montel Harris, who missed BC’s first three games with a knee injury. Harris had 108 yards last week in his first full game back in action, but Coach Spaziani announced that he would be shutting Harris down for the rest of the season after he re-aggravated the injury late in the game. Without Harris, Boston College’s chances of covering the spread as a 20.5-point underdog at red-hot Clemson (at BetOnline) are lessened.

Is Arizona at Oregon State a trap game?

With all the big spreads across the board, seeing Nick Foles and Arizona as only a 2-point favorite at winless Oregon State on TopBet is a bit of a surprise. OddsShark bettors agree, as Arizona has been selected to cover by 72% on the matchup report, making them the most one-sided pick on the board. Perhaps bookmakers are looking at recent history; Oregon State is 8-2 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Wildcats.

Can you count to 70?

With Houston’s high-powered offense led by star quarterback Case Keenum coupled with their extremely suspect defense, bookmakers have set the total of their game against East Carolina in the stratosphere this Saturday at 73.5 at BetOnline. The total has gone OVER in five of the last six games between these two C-USA rivals.