Missouri Tigers vs. Indiana Hoosiers: College Football Week 4 Betting Odds and Picks

Missouri Tigers vs. Indiana Hoosiers
Saturday, 9/21/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Missouri -3
Current Betting Line:  Indiana -2
Opening Total:  69.5
Current Total:  70
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Indiana Hoosiers have one of the best offenses in the country

The Indiana Hoosiers have one of the best offenses in the country

Missouri had an off week after its most recent win, which happened to be a 38-23 victory over the Toledo Rockets as 15-point home favorites on Sept. 7, while going UNDER the betting total of 65.  The Tigers are trying to start 3-0 for the seventh time in Coach Gary Pinkel’s 13-season tenure on campus, which is important to consider when making your college football picks in Week 4.  The program is 2-6-2 all-time in this series, but these two teams haven’t met since 1992.  Missouri is 2-3 SU and 1-3-1 ATS as favorites of 3.5 to 10 points, with the UNDER going 3-2 in those five opportunities.

The Tigers are 5-2 in non-conference road games since 2003, which includes a 21-16 victory over Central Florida last season.  Missouri’s defense carries an active streak into the Indiana game of 32 consecutive games with a turnover gained.  Quarterback James Franklin passed for 212 yards and ran for another 77 yards against the Rockets, as he was named to watch lists for O’Brien and Unitas Golden Arm Awards before the season kicked off.

Indiana has alternated wins and losses over its first three games of the season, as it comes off an impressive 42-10 victory over Bowling Green as 2.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time.  The Hoosiers threw for 335 yards last time out—marking the third game this season and fifth consecutive contest dating back to last year that they have had 300-or-more passing yards in a game.  Defensively, the team is tied for second in the Big Ten Conference with seven sacks, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.

The Hoosiers returned 10 starters and 193 career starts on the offensive side of the ball, which is why it’s not very surprising that the team leads the Big Ten with 21 total touchdowns.  Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld paces the conference in touchdown passes and passing efficiency.  Running back Stephen Houston is also a key figure offensively, considering he ranks sixth on the school’s career list with 20 rushing touchdowns.  Five players on the roster have the opportunity to reach 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in 2013.

Sports bettors will likely back the Hoosiers due to their 5-2 ATS mark in their last seven home games.

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