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Ohio State Falls in NCAAF Betting

For the second straight week college football betting saw a shocking upset as an underdog tackled the country’s No. 1 team.

In Week 6, top-ranked Alabama lost as an 8.5-point favorite against South Carolina. In Week 7, it was new national No. 1 Ohio State’s turn to fall. The Buckeyes closed at Bovada and other shops as 4.5-point favorites on the road against Wisconsin, but the host Badgers rode their stellar running game to a 31-18 victory on Saturday.

John Clay gashed the Buckeyes for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Wisconsin also neutralized Terrelle Pryor, holding him to 156 passing yards and picking him off. This game wasn’t too kind to bettors; not only did Wisconsin pull off a big upset, the total landed right at 49 points, making the game a push at most sportsbooks.

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The weekend’s wildest shootout came when Arkansas visited undefeated Auburn. The crazy offensive showdown, featuring Heisman Trophy hopefuls Ryan Mallett and Cameron Newton, ended with a 65-43 victory for Auburn. Needless to say, the total of 108 cleared the OVER of 60.5 by a mile. Auburn covered the 3-point spread on the strength of Newton’s 140 passing yards, 188 rushing yards, and four total touchdowns.

The Michigan Wolverines were 4-point underdogs at home to Iowa after losing to Michigan State the week prior, and their slide continued in Week 7 as the visiting Hawkeyes won outright 38-28. Ricky Stanzi threw three touchdown passes in the winning effort. The high-scoring affair easily went OVER the total of 54.5 points (where it closed at Bovada and other online sportsbooks).

In Week 8, the Nebraska Cornhuskers slide out of the national top five after getting dethroned by Texas over the weekend. They’re no longer undefeated, but have a chance to spoil undefeated Oklahoma State’s party on the road this Saturday. Opening lines have Nebraska favored by a touchdown; oddsmakers clearly don’t believe Oklahoma State is for real.

Two 7-0 teams do battle when LSU visits Auburn this Saturday. After Newton’s amazing offensive showing against Arkansas, Auburn opens as a 6.5-point favorite at home.

The marquee matchups just keep coming this weekend. Wisconsin rides its massive win over Ohio State into a road battle with Iowa. After disposing of Michigan on the road and neutralizing Denard Robinson’s running, the Hawkeyes are expected to contain Wisconsin’s John Clay; the line, which favors Iowa by 5.5 points, at least suggests that.

In another all-undefeated game, Oklahoma visits Missouri on Saturday night. The Sooners average over 450 offensive yards per game and open as 3-point road favorites against the Tigers.