The college football betting lines page of our website indicates significant movement from the time of the opening odds until now. Be sure to bookmark that page so you can track the moves as well as see the current point spreads for all of the games. Here are some of the biggest movers so far with analysis.
Central Michigan (+6 ½) at Northwestern – The home Wildcats opened as 10 point favorites, but the line has made its way down to 6 ½ with most books. The public has been playing Northwestern at a pretty good clip, currently around 2:1. But a lot of sharp money has pulled the line down to under a touchdown. Don’t be surprised to see some buy back on this one.
Michigan (-25 ½) vs. Bowling Green– This line has already been bought back. The line opened with Michigan at 23 points, got steamed up to 27, and has come down to 25 ½ or 26 points. Bowling Green’s starting quarterback, Matt Schilz is almost certainly out for the game with an AC joint sprain he suffered in the Falcon’s 44-28 win over Marshall last week. That explains the initial spike, but 27 points seemed too high for sharps and squares, probably because of the way Michigan let UMASS hang around.
Temple (+13 ½) vs. Penn State– This line has seen a ton of steam. Penn State opened at 19 points, but the line has steadily come down. It’s currently sitting at 13 ½ at many sites, though a couple are still at 14. The public had been hitting Temple really hard, but now the game is split about 50/50. Don’t be surprised to see sharp money buy this back to 14 ½ or 15 points. The Nittany Lions are getting good value at 13 ½.
Stanford (-4 ½) at Notre Dame– The Cardinal opened as 2 ½ point road favorites, but this line has been steamed up to 4 ½ or 5 points, depending on the sportsbook. The squares have been all over Stanford, and are currently playing them at over 80%. Stanford beat the Irish in a shootout last year, 45-38. But now they have to travel to South Bend. This will be an interesting line to watch.
Tennessee (-13 ½) vs. UAB – Tennessee opened at 11 points, but the line has been continually pushed up, first to 12 ½ and now up to 13 ½ or 14 points. The squares and wiseguys are moving this one, playing the Volunteers at over 95%. Tennessee has played some stiff competition (Oregon, Florida), but UAB is coming off a big, come-from-behind win over a decent Troy team. This line will probably go up at least another point.
LSU (-9) vs. West Virginia – Don’t forget about this game on Saturday night – should be a good one. The home Tigers opened at 6 ½ points, but sharps and squares have steamed the line up to 9 points, and a couple books are already at 9 ½. The public is playing LSU at better than 3:1. The Tigers have been solid, but the Mountaineers may have hit their stride against Maryland last week. Depending upon how high the line goes, there might be some buy back on this game.
UTEP (-11 ½) vs. Memphis– The Miners opened at 7 points, but the line has been steamed up to 11 ½. The squares have been killing the Miners, still playing them at over 95% after the wiseguys bet the piss out of UTEP. The El Paso Times writes that Donald Buckram will probably play on Saturday after missing the team’s first 3 games. But Buckram was expected to be back against Houston, then New Mexico State, and now Memphis. It’s hard to say if he’ll play, but if he is back and his knee isn’t bothering him, look out. The Miners want revenge after losing to Memphis last year, 35-20.
Florida Atlantic (-10) vs. North Texas – More steam with this line. The Owls opened at just 4 points, but heavy money from sharps and squares has spiked the line. It has gone up to 10 ½, and then some buy back brought it down to 9, and now it’s hovering between 9 ½ and 10 points. Don’t be surprised to see this line go even higher. The public is still playing Florida Atlantic at over 95%. The Owls are coming off a bye, while the Mean Green got waxed by Army, 24-0 and are down to their 3rd string QB and have other multiple injuries to starters.
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