Saturday Setup: QBs affect NCAAF odds

As the college football season rolls on into the second half and games become more meaningful down the stretch, coaches keep injury news particularly close to the chest. This makes watching out for status changes late in the week even more important.

Here’s a look at the status of a few quarterbacks heading into this week’s action, as well as a few other things to keep your eyes open for this Saturday.

John Brantley set to start

Florida and Georgia have been going in different directions with Florida losing three straight games (0-3 ATS) and Georgia winning five straight (4-1 ATS). But the Gators could get a boost this week with the return of quarterback John Brantley, who is set to start Saturday. Florida is 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams. Florida is a 3-point underdog at TopBet.

Jeff Tuel out against Oregon

Coach Paul Wulff said earlier in the week that quarterback Jeff Tuel may be available for Washington State on Saturday, but the news was much grimmer later in the week when he announced that Tuel may not return at all this season. Oregon meanwhile is getting healthy with both Darron Thomas and LaMichael James expected to be available. Oregon is a 35-point favorite at Bovada.

Chance of snow in Illinois at Penn State game

Current weather reports indicate a 50% chance of snow in Saturday’s game at Penn State, but even if it doesn’t snow, footing will likely be a problem in the harsh conditions. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Illinois’ last 10 games and five of Penn State’s last seven, and could again this Saturday especially if it snows. The total is set at 40.5 at 5Dimes.

Tough road tests for undefeated teams

Five undefeated teams have fallen in the last two weeks, and Clemson and Stanford will try to avoid being next while facing tough toad tests Saturday. Stanford is a 7.5-point favorite at USC and Clemson is a 3-point favorite at Georgia Tech, both at BetOnline. Wisconsin lost outright as a 7.5-point road favorite to Michigan State last week.

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