Top 25 battles shape Saturday college betting action
There are some big college football games this weekend and the BCS picture is starting to shape up, but after today’s games the picture will be clearer.
No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-0) at No. 1 Texas Longhorns -11.5 (7-0) – Nothing much is at stake in this game except first place in the Big 12. The winner of this game remains undefeated and will be in the driver’s seat, at least the passenger seat, for the BCS Championship game. This game features the 8th ranked offense of the Longhorns vs. the 10th ranked offense of the Cowboys.
No. 3 Penn State Nittany Lions -2 (8-0) at No. 9 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-1) – This game features two defenses ranked in the top 10 nationally, as PSU ranks 8th and OSU ranks 10th. The Buckeyes need to rush the ball well to win, as their passing offense ranks 107th in the nation. PSU has a decent passing offense, ranked 39th, so if their running game breaks down they can still score. PSU has not won at Ohio Stadium in 30 years and have lost 10 straight road games against ranked teams.
No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs (6-1) at No. 13 LSU Tigers -1 (5-1) – The loser of this game can kiss their title hopes goodbye. Both teams are pretty even on offense, but the Bulldogs have the advantage in the passing game, as they rank 21st in the nation while the Tigers rank 57th. For the Tigers to be successful they have to stop Georgia’s RB Knowshon Moreno (108.9 ypg), who leads the SEC in TD’s with 11. LSU has won 6 straight games against opponents in the top 10.
No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-0) at No. 23 Kansas Jayhawks (5-2) Pick – This game will show if the Red Raiders are a legit title contender. TT has the top rated passing offense in the nation and ranks 5th in points scored per game. The Jayhawks also have a good passing offense ranking 6th in the nation. This is the Red Raiders first game in a brutal 4 game stretch where they play Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks have played the Red Raiders 10 times, all time, and have lost 9.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) at Dallas Cowboys -1.5 (4-3) – The Cowboys have lost 3 of their last 4 games and are playing without stud QB Tony Romo, as they play the 5-2 Bucs this Sunday and they are favored? The Cowboys need to stop the bleeding and win this game to keep pace with the 5-2 Redskins and the 5-1 Giants in the NFC East.
The Bucs could really use a win as well, as they are in a battle with the 5-2 Panthers and 4-2 falcons in the NFC South. Bettors have bet these teams pretty even this week, as the line has not moved. We play this game UNDER with Brad Johnson at the controls facing a stingy Buc defense.
St. Louis Rams (2-4) at New England Patriots -7.5 (4-2) – Even though the Rams are only 2-4, they have won 2 in a row against Washington and Dallas. New England came alive last week with a 41-7 pasting of the Broncos on Monday night, but bettors are still wary, as the line has only moved .5 from the starting line of New England -7.
The Patriots need to win this game to stay in control of the AFC East while the Rams need a win to get back in the playoff picture.