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

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Missouri Tigers
Saturday, 9/20/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Missouri -15
Current Betting Line:  Missouri -13.5
Opening Total:  72
Current Total:  72
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Missouri Tigers are 4-0 SUATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points since 2012
The Missouri Tigers are 4-0 SUATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points since 2012

Indiana is playing the second of back-to-back road games, as it looks to bounce back from a 45-42 setback to the Bowling Green Falcons as 8.5-point favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 75.  The Hoosiers are certainly explosive offensively with Nate Sudfeld under center, which is important to consider when making your Week 4 college football picks, as he completed 31-of-41 passes for 347 yards with one passing touchdown and a career-high two rushing scores.  Indiana is 2-12 SU and 6-8 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-4 in that situation.

Since the beginning of 2013, Hoosiers running back Tevin Coleman ranks second nationally in averaging 126.8 rushing yards per game, while sitting fourth in hitting pay dirt 17 times on the ground.  Indiana is 30-24-3 SU all-time against teams currently in the Southeastern Conference.  It’s important to point out that the team’s offense returned eight starters and 180 career starts.

Missouri is aiming to start 4-0 for the seventh time out of the last nine seasons, while it attempts to win its second game in as many tries in this series under head coach Gary Pinkel, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds page.  The Tigers have compiled an impressive 8-2 mark against the Big Ten Conference since Pinkel arrived on campus.  Quarterback Maty Mauk’s 78 points accounted for leads the nation heading into this week’s action.  Missouri is 4-0 SUATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points since 2012.

The Tigers own the nation’s longest active streak of consecutive games with a takeaway to 47, with the next closest one being 29 contests by Louisiana-Monroe.  Missouri has the ability to run the football to provide balance for Mauk to take to the air, as Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy have combined for 462 rushing yards, with each averaging 5.5 yards per carry.  On the other side of the ball, the team leads the SEC with 12 sacks and is tied for second with five interceptions.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 6-0-1 ATS mark in their last seven games following a SU win of more than 20 points.

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