Each week Maddux Sports will try to point out the lines with the biggest movement in college football, especially for highly regarded games, so you can see which teams have increased value. Don’t forget to check out the always-updating lines at our college football odds page. It’s important to stay current with the numbers, and helpful to locate a top-notch sportsbook that’s offering a better line for your liking.
Here’s a quick glance at some of the biggest movers:
Michigan (-7) at Northwestern – Michigan opened as a 10 point road favorite against Northwestern, but sharps have pulled that down to 7. The public has been decidedly in favor of Michigan, so the wiseguys really think they’re onto something here. Dan Persa is back for Northwestern. If the Wildcats can somewhat contain Denard Robinson, they should have a good chance at an upset. Easier said than done.
Illinois (-14) at Indiana – The Illini opened as 17 point road favorites, but much like the Michigan-Northwestern game, sharps have hit the home underdog hard and moved the line to 14. The Hoosiers showed some fight last week against Penn State, covering the spread. Illinois nearly lost at home to Northwestern.
Penn State (-4) vs. Iowa – Penn State started as a 1 ½ point favorite, but sharps have moved that to 4 points at most books. The squares have been playing Iowa, so here again the wiseguys feel confident. But Iowa has owned this series in the past decade.
Mississippi State (-19 ½) at UAB – This line has been steamed up from 15 ½ at opening to 19 ½ currently with most books. Mississippi State has played a tough schedule and this is a pretty good football team, though they did squeak out a recent win in overtime. UAB, on the other hand, has been terribly inconsistent and should have a lot of trouble with a decent SEC squad.
Purdue (-14) vs. Minnesota – The Purdue line has been steamed up from 9 ½ at opening to 14. Minnesota has been just awful this season, but Purdue is far from good. Home field advantage, along with Minnesota’s gigantic issues in the past several weeks, are probably why this line has moved so much.
NC State (-10 ½) vs. Central Michigan – The Wolf Pack has moved from a 13 point favorite down to 10 ½ points. NC State has been generally unimpressive all season. They’ll get a chance to right the ship against a MAC team, though sharps seem to think they’ll have trouble.
Notre Dame (-14) vs. Air Force – This is another line the sharps have really liked. Notre Dame opened at -17 but throughout the week the line has steadily receded to -14. The Irish look like they’re starting to put it together, but in the past two years they’ve had all kinds of trouble with Navy, which is a close comparison to Air Force.
Central Florida (-19 ½) vs. Marshall – This line has been steamed up from 14 ½ to 19 or 19 ½, depending upon the book. Central Florida has a lot of athleticism and is one of the better teams in Conference USA. Marshall has shown they can get blown out, like their game at Ohio not too long ago.
South Carolina (-21) vs. Kentucky – The Gamecocks are expected to rebound against Kentucky this week. The opening number of 18 ½ has been pushed up to 21 points. The Wildcats have been unimpressive all season, but South Carolina needs to play more inspired football.
Texas A&M (-9 ½) at Texas Tech – The Aggies have steadily moved from a 7 point favorite at opening to 9 ½ points. After two second half disasters, it’ll be interesting to see how A&M responds. For their part, the Red Raiders have taken care of business. But this is clearly their toughest game to date.