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Saturday Setup: College Football Betting

With a month of college football officially in the books, bettors and sportsbooks have now seen enough to start separating the contenders from the pretenders. Winning bettors will be the ones that pay extra attention to detail.

Here are some late trends and news updates to help you get the edge this Saturday.

Can Mother Nature slow down Denard Robinson?

Michigan's Denard Robinson hasn’t thrown the ball particularly well, but no one can seem to stop him on the ground as he has rushed for 506 yards and five touchdowns in his last three games. Minnesota is a 20.5-point underdog at 5Dimes, but their defense may get some help from Mother Nature on Saturday. Isolated moderate rain showers are expected around game time, with winds of up to 19 MPH.

Jordan Jefferson’s suspension is lifted.

Jordan Jefferson was supposed to be LSU’s starter coming into the season, but his suspension left the door open for Jarrett Lee to take a stranglehold on the starting job. Jefferson returns this week, and coach Les Miles says Lee is still his starter but Jefferson may get some playing time. As a 30.5-point home favorite over Kentucky at TopBet, Jefferson may come in after LSU takes a comfortable lead, and will likely get some passing work in if he does.

Talented running backs Ed Wesley and Malcolm Agnew return from injuries.

Oregon State’s Malcolm Agnew (hamstring) and TCU’s Ed Wesley (shoulder) have both been out since their season openers, but are each expected to return to action on Saturday. Oregon State is an 18.5-point underdog at Arizona State, while TCU is a 13-point favorite at home against SMU (both at BetOnline). Both backs when healthy give their respective offenses a significant boost.

Georgia Tech is a popular ATS play this Saturday.

Georgia Tech is one of the most popular ATS sides on the college board this week on the OddsShark matchup reports with 71% of bettors believing they will cover as a 10-point road favorite over North Carolina State at 5Dimes. Georgia Tech is 4-0 ATS this season, while North Carolina State is 0-4 ATS.