Arkansas at LSU odds
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Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
Former Arkansas quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will be making his head coaching debut after being named on an interim basis when the Razorbacks fired Chad Morris after they fell to 2-8 on the season with their 45-19 loss to Western Kentucky on Nov. 9. Lunney, who had an extra week to prepare after an open date last week, is in his seventh season on the staff, coaching tight ends and adding special teams responsibility this year. He might want to lean on Rakeem Boyd, who has five 100-yard rushing efforts this season. The Hogs were competitive in this matchup last season, losing 24-17 to LSU in Fayetteville last year.
LSU Tigers Preview
The LSU Tigers will be looking to clinch the West’s berth in the SEC Championship Game and protect their No. 1 ranking after spending the past two weeks on the road. Coach Ed Orgeron is hoping that the Tigers shore up their defense after they gave up 402 yards on the ground and 614 total yards of offense in a 58-37 victory over Ole Miss last week. That followed a 46-41 win at Alabama in which they gave up 418 yards through the air and 541 in total offense. Orgeron said the Tigers have a “lot of things to get fixed” on defense, but there’s nothing wrong with an offense that is averaging 47.8 points and 556 yards a game, 368.7 courtesy of the arm of Heisman-favorite quarterback Joe Burrow.
- The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 Arkansas games when their opponent recorded more than 400 yards last game
- The Over is 7-0 in the last 7 LSU games when their opponent is averaging less than 190 rush yards per game
Penn State at Ohio State odds
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Penn State bounced back from its loss to Minnesota with a narrow win over sneaky-good Indiana and is still playing for the big prizes. The Nittany Lions would control the Big Ten East with a win Saturday and keep alive hopes of reaching the College Football Playoffs. Quarterback Sean Clifford said he had to delete his social media after receiving death threats following the loss, but he responded with three touchdowns (two rushing) against the Hoosiers. Coach James Franklin was “hopeful” that speedy receiver/returner KJ Hamler would be ready after leaving last week’s game with an injury. Hamler had a 93-yard TD catch against Ohio State last season.
Ohio State Buckeyes Preview
No opponent has yet to find a weakness on this Ohio State team, which leads the nation in scoring (51.5 points per game) and scoring defense (9.8 points per game allowed), although no opponent has been as good as Penn State. Quarterback Justin Fields (31 touchdown passes, one interception) seems headed to New York City for the Heisman ceremony, helped by running back J.K. Dobbins (128.9 rushing yards per game) and a nice array of wide receivers. The Buckeyes are getting defensive end Chase Young back from a two-game NCAA suspension for an improper loan. He has 13 1/2 sacks this season, and Ohio State has 42 as a team, tied for second nationally with SMU.
- Ohio State is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games when their opponent scored more than 14 points in their last game
- Ohio State is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games when their opponent recorded more than 350 yards last game
- Penn State is 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games when their opponent is averaging more than 220 rush yards per game
- The Over is 8-2 in the last 10 Penn State games when their opponent ran for more than 200 yards last game
Texas A&M at Georgia odds
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Texas A&M Aggies Preview
Earlier losses to Auburn and Alabama knocked the Aggies out of the SEC East race, but they have been building momentum since losing to the Crimson Tide and will take a four-game winning streak to Athens. The Aggies have averaged 37 points a game during that stretch behind the production of quarterback Kellen Mond. Mond has put together an impressive season, completing 64 percent of his passes for 243.5 yards per game with 18 touchdowns against only six interceptions. He also is a threat to run with 400 yards and seven touchdowns rushing for the year. Running back Isaiah Spiller has rushed for a team-best 796 yards in averaging 6.0 per carry.
Georgia Bulldogs Preview
The Georgia Bulldogs gave up their first rushing touchdown of the year in last week’s 21-14 win over Auburn but are still holding foes to just 75.5 yards per game on the ground, which ranks No. 3 in the country. The Bulldogs are rushing for 208.4 yards per game with D’Andre Swift leading a deep running back corps with his average of 102.7. Quarterback Jake Fromm completed only 13 of 28 passes for 110 yards last week, but three of his completions went for touchdowns and he didn’t throw an interception for the ninth time in 10 games. All of his three picks this season came in the upset loss to South Carolina in overtime. The Bulldogs have clinched the SEC East but need to win to remain in the College Football Playoffs picture.
- Georgia is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when they recorded less than 450 yards in their last game
- Texas A&M is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent scored less than 28 points in their last game
- Texas A&M is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they recorded more than 500 yards in their last game
- Georgia is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games when their opponent scored more than 28 points in their last game
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 Georgia games when they are favored to win
Western Carolina at Alabama odds
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Western Carolina Catamounts Preview
An FCS team, the Catamounts will be facing their second FBS opponent of the season, having lost to North Carolina State 41-0 in September. They have never beaten an FBS team in 56 opportunities, which includes an 0-4 mark against Alabama. Western Carolina is coming off a 31-13 loss to Samford after winning its previous two games against East Tennessee (23-20 in overtime) and VMI (43-35). Senior quarterback Tyrie Adams, the Southern Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has rushed for 409 yards in nine games and completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 1,587 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a 1,006-yard rusher last season and has thrown for 8,866 career yards.
Alabama Crimson Tide Preview
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, out for the season with a hip injury, may not be the only Crimson Tide player missing in action for this tune-up for the season finale against Auburn. Defensive linemen Raekwon Davis, Phidarian Mathis and DJ Dale also were injured in last week’s win at Mississippi State and are listed as questionable. True freshman defensive ends Justin Eboigbe and Byron Young have played this season but will be taking on bigger roles if the veterans can’t go. Meanwhile, all eyes are on sophomore Mac Jones, who will make his second start at quarterback. The offense also may be missing wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, the team’s third-leading receiver with 32 receptions for 620 yards.
- Alabama is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent is averaging less than 200 pass yards per game
- The Over is 6-2 in the last 8 Western Carolina games when their opponent is averaging less than 190 rush yards per game
Oregon at Arizona State odds
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Oregon Ducks Preview
Oregon clinched the Pac-12 North last week while holding Arizona without a touchdown in a 34-6 victory, a further example of how these Ducks are different than the high-flying units of Chip Kelly from the early part of this decade. Coach Mario Cristobal has a tough, physical team on both sides of the line of scrimmage, with the defense holding four conference foes to seven points or fewer. Quarterback Justin Herbert has 2,662 passing yards and 28 touchdowns (with only three interceptions), although he won’t have emerging freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who broke his arm last week. Penn State grad transfer receiver Juwan Johnson, finally healthy, looks like a difference maker, with 16 catches in the past three weeks.
Arizona State Sun Devils Preview
Arizona State has fizzled after a promising 5-1 start and run into the AP Top 25 poll. The Sun Devils come in having lost four consecutive games, all in Pac-12 play, including a 35-34 loss at Oregon State last week when a late two-point conversion attempt failed. Playing close games is also a hallmark of this team, with five outcomes decided by a touchdown or less (ASU is 2-3 in those games). ASU freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels has been solid all season, throwing for 2,236 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (53 receptions for 964 yards and seven touchdowns) has been a revelation, including returning a punt for a TD last week.
- Oregon is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when their opponent recorded more than 250 yards last game
- Oregon is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when their opponent scored more than 21 points in their last game
- The Over is 7-2 in the last 9 Arizona State games when Arizona State is averaging less than 400 yards per game
Utah at Arizona odds
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Utah Utes Preview
Utah has been a solid program for some time, usually built on physical line play and a powerful ground game. This Utah team — which needs two more wins (or one win and a USC loss to UCLA) to win the Pac-12 South for a second consecutive season — also has a big-play element in the passing game when teams focus too much on senior running back Zack Moss, who leads the conference with 106.1 yards per game. Quarterback Tyler Huntley is fourth in the nation with an average of 10.89 yards per pass attempt, while completing 74.2 percent of his passes. And then there’s a great defensive line that helps Utah be No. 1 in the nation against the run (55.4 yards per game).
Arizona Wildcats Preview
Arizona has lost five consecutive games and will need to pull off a major upset Saturday just to be able to have a chance to be bowl eligible next week when it plays at Arizona State. The Wildcats are coming off a 34-6 loss at Oregon in which they had to play three first-time starters on the offensive line due to injury, and Arizona’s injury situation up front isn’t expected to be any better this week. That will make life tough for tag-team quarterbacks Khalil Tate and Grant Gunnell, as well as redshirt junior running back J.J. Taylor (640 yards, 5.2 per carry) who is expected to play his final home game before declaring for the NFL Draft.
- Utah is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games when their opponent recorded less than 350 yards last game
- Utah is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games when they have played more than 4 games on the season
- The Over is 6-0 in the last 6 Arizona games when their opponent is averaging less than 250 pass yards per game
TCU at Oklahoma odds
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TCU Horned Frogs Preview
TCU is nearing the end of a wild ride of a season, needing one more win to become bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season. Painful, close losses have marked this season, with the Horned Frogs losing four games by seven points or fewer, but they did eke out a 33-31 win over Texas Tech last week despite managing only two touchdowns on six red-zone opportunities. TCU can’t leave points on the board against explosive Oklahoma, although it will help to get likely get back starting guard Austin Myers, who missed last week’s game. Freshman quarterback Max Duggan threw for a career-high 323 yards last week, and the dual threat has 440 rushing yards this season.
Oklahoma Sooners Preview
It’s never a dull moment with high-scoring Oklahoma, which is riding the momentum from its 34-31 victory at Baylor as the Sooners overcame a 25-point deficit and three turnovers from quarterback Jalen Hurts. OU needs some help but it still alive for a spot in the College Football Playoffs, with this game and the rivalry match at Oklahoma State to come. Star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (44 catches, 983 yards, 13 touchdowns) was considered questionable early this week due to an undisclosed injury that kept him out last week. OU retains firepower on offense, but the defense might be wilting, having allowed 120 points in the past three games.
- The Over is 7-0 in the last 7 Oklahoma games when their opponent passed for more than 250 yards last game
Minnesota at Northwestern odds
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Minnesota Gophers Preview
Minnesota dropped only two spots in the College Football Playoffs rankings this week after its first loss of the season — 23-19 at Iowa. It’s hardly a sin to lose at in Iowa City, and this is still a special season for the Gophers, who lead Wisconsin by a game in the Big Ten West, with the division likely to be settled with a home showdown against the Badgers next week. But remaining special likely requires the further services of 2019 breakout quarterback Tanner Morgan, who suffered a concussion late in last week’s game. He has thrown for 2,468 yards and 22 touchdowns, and coach P.J. Fleck would have to pick between two freshman — Jacob Clark and Cole Kramer — as Morgan’s replacement.
Northwestern Wildcats Preview
Northwestern, the reigning Big Ten West champs, have had a miserable season that can easiest be traced to quarterback play. The Wildcats rank 126th nationally in passing (125.4 yards per game), ahead of only the three service academies and Georgia Southern, which also runs the option. Aidan Smith completed 7 of 13 passes for 76 yards, with two interceptions, last week as Northwestern snapped a seven-game losing streak in a 45-6 victory over woeful UMass. Perhaps a star was born for the Wildcats, as freshman running back Evan Hull, getting an opportunity due to injuries, ran for 220 yards and four scores on 24 carries. He had eight rushes all season before that.
- Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when they are averaging more than 350 yards per game
- Minnesota is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when they have played more than 4 games on the season
- The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 Northwestern games when their opponent is averaging more than 250 pass yards per game
Purdue at Wisconsin odds
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Purdue Boilermakers Preview
Purdue had hoped to make a breakthrough this season but injuries to two quarterbacks and star sophomore receiver/returner Rondale Moore stalled the team’s progress in a 4-6 season. The Boilermakers have, however, won two in a row and are coming off a bye heading into this week, with quarterback Aidan O’Connell looking for his second win in two starts. He was 34 of 50 for 271 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 24-22 win over Nebraska on Nov. 9. Purdue ranks 10th in the Big 12 in rushing defense (172.2 yards per game), which doesn’t bode well against Wisconsin. Moore has been out since late September and is not expected to play this week.
Wisconsin Badgers Preview
Wisconsin is playing its home finale, which means it is likely the last game in Madison for junior running back Jonathan Taylor before he heads off to the NFL. He is second in the nation in rushing at 146.3 yards per game, and his eyes light up when seeing Purdue on the other side of the line of scrimmage. He has rushed for 540 yards and four touchdowns on 63 carries in two games against the Boilermakers. He’s added more pass-catching to his resume this season, helped by the consistency and efficiency of quarterback Jack Coan (72.2 percent completions). If Wisconsin wins out (Purdue, at Minnesota), it wins the Big Ten West.
- Purdue is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they ran for more than 50 yards in their last game
- Purdue is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games when they are spread underdogs by less than 35
- Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent passed for more than 200 yards last game
- Wisconsin is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games when their opponent has more than 4 wins
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 Wisconsin games when their opponent is averaging less than 140 rush yards per game
Michigan at Indiana odds
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Michigan Wolverines Preview
It has seemed to be a disappointing season for Michigan — based on high expectations — but the Wolverines are 8-2 and have won three in a row while playing their best football of the year. The defense has mostly been stout all season, ranking fifth in yards allowed (261.6 per game) and 11th in points allowed (16.4). Jim Harbaugh’s team has looked more complete recently, scoring a combined 127 points in its three-game streak, which includes wins over rivals Notre Dame and Michigan State. Senior Shea Patterson will look to continue his personal momentum after throwing for 384 yards and four touchdowns against the Spartans in his best game in two seasons in the maize and blue.
Indiana Hoosiers Preview
Indiana had its four-game winning streak snapped last week, although the Hoosiers competed well in a 34-27 loss at Penn State as Peyton Ramsey carved up the Nittany Lions for a career-high 371 yards, despite being without top receiver, Whop Philyor for most of the game due to a concussion. He was considered questionable as of Wednesday. A balanced offense that averages 33.3 points per game includes running back Stevie Scott III, who has 791 yards and nine rushing TDs. Indiana is 4-1 at home this season, with the only loss coming against Ohio State, and the Hoosiers will be playing their final game of the year in Bloomington.
- Indiana is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when the points total is less than 55
- Indiana is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent is averaging less than 400 yards per game
- The Over is 6-0 in the last 6 Michigan games when their opponent is averaging less than 190 rush yards per game
Texas at Baylor odds
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Texas Longhorns Preview
The Texas Longhorns haven’t been able to get over the hump this season but they also can’t be counted out, alternating wins and losses in their past six games. They are rarely boring, having won twice on last-play field goals but also losing last week at Iowa State on final-play boot, which secured the Longhorns’ 10th consecutive season with at least four losses. Texas will try to regroup and make a Top 25 statement this week behind the scoring potential of quarterback Sam Ehlinger (3,342 yards of total offense) and wide receiver Devin Duvernay (87 catches for 1,017 yards and seven TDs).
Baylor Bears Preview
It might be hard to peg Baylor’s emotional state after coughing up a 25-point lead and losing to Oklahoma last week in its big chance to make a case for the College Football Playoffs. Coach Matt Rhule is hoping his team takes lessons from how well it played in the first half and with how the second half showed how much work still needs to be done. The stakes will get the Bears’ attention because they can clinch a rematch against OU in the Big 12 title game with a win Saturday. Baylor’s strength is its defense (20.5 points per game allowed, 33 sacks) … and the Bears have blocked five kicks.
- Baylor is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent averages more than 35 points per game
- Baylor is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when their opponent is averaging more than 130 rush yards per game
- The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 Texas games when their opponent recorded less than 400 yards last game
Samford at Auburn odds
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Samford Bulldogs Preview
The Samford Bulldogs are 2-77-1 against Southeastern Conference teams, including a 0-27-1 mark in the series with Auburn. This will be their first meeting since 2014, when Auburn won 31-7. Samford needs a win to finish the season with a .500 record and even up their road record at 3-3, but a more realistic goal for the FCS team is to keep alive a team scoring streak that has reached 213 games. Quarterback Chris Oladokun leads a quick-strike offense (16 drives of two minutes or less). He has completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 2,064 yards and is the team’s No. 2 rusher with 488 yards. Running back Jay Stanton is the team leader with 671 yards.
Auburn Tigers Preview
Even after losing to Georgia when their fourth-quarter rally fell short last week, the Auburn Tigers still can get to 10 victories by winning out, including a bowl win. Coach Gus Malzahn emphasized the need for the Tigers to “turn the page” and get over the loss to Georgia. Samford, an FCS team under the .500 mark at 5-6, should provide an opportunity for the Tigers to do just that as they tune up for the Iron Bowl finale against Alabama. The Tigers will be looking to revive a running game that produced only 84 yards against Georgia with quarterback Bo Nix leading with 42 on 13 carries. Samford’s defense ranks No. 111 against the run in FCS statistics, surrendering 230.5 yards per game.
- Auburn is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when they recorded less than 500 yards in their last game
Boston College at Notre Dame odds
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Boston College Eagles Preview
The Eagles have had an extra week to prepare as they seek bowl eligibility for the sixth time in seven seasons under coach Steve Addazio. The Eagles have gotten their act together on offense in their past two outings, setting a school record in total offense with 691 yards in a 58-27 win at Syracuse on Nov. 2 and following that with 508 yards in a 38-31 loss to Florida State a week later. Running back AJ Dillon is having an All-America-caliber season, entering the game with 1,451 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Dillon is the grandson of Thom Gatewood, a former All-America wide receiver for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Preview
Quarterback Ian Book set a school record with his third game of the season with five touchdown passes, that coming last week in Notre Dame’s 52-20 romp past Navy. Four of the scoring tosses against the Midshipmen went to receiver Chase Claypool, giving the senior nine for the season. Book has 26 touchdown passes and is passing for an average of 229.3 yards per game with only six picks in his 177 attempts. He also has rushed for 421 yards and four touchdowns. The series has been marked by a series of streaks. Notre Dame has won the last six meetings after losing the previous six. The Irish are 7-5 all-time against BC in games played in South Bend.
- Boston College is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when they are spread underdogs by less than 25
- The Under is 7-1 in the last 8 Notre Dame games when Notre Dame ran for less than 200 yards in their last game
Illinois at Iowa odds
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Illini Fighting Illini Preview
Illinois coach Lovie Smith took his lumps for three seasons, often relying on a young cast that he hoped would get better in time. After starting the season with a 9-27 record at Illinois, he has seen tangible progress with a current four-game winning streak (including wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State) that has given the Illinois bowl eligibility for the first time since 2014. Much credit goes to an opportunistic defense that forced four turnovers as Illinois rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat Michigan State 37-34 before the team’s bye week. Illinois leads the nation with 26 takeaways.
Iowa Hawkeyes Preview
Iowa is feeling good after positing its best victory of the season by toppling previously unbeaten Minnesota 23-19 last week at home. Senior quarterback Nate Stanley will be among those playing his final game in Iowa City, having thrown for 2,331 yards this season, the third-highest total in the Big Ten. He is looking for his first 300-yard game of the season, though, as the offense has failed to score more than 26 points in six consecutive games. On the other hand, the defense — led by end A.J. Epenesa (seven sacks) — has not yielded more than 24 points in any game.
- Illinois is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games when they average less than 35 points per game
- Illinois is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games when opponent’s winning percentage is less than .800
- Iowa is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent is averaging less than 350 yards per game
- Iowa is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games when their opponent is averaging less than 225 pass yards per game
- The Under is 6-1 in the last 7 Iowa games when their opponent scored more than 21 points in their last game
Memphis at South Florida odds
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Memphis Tigers Preview
Memphis needs a win to keep atop the American Athletic Conference West race. Three teams — Memphis, SMU, and Navy — have one loss apiece, but the Tigers hold the tiebreaker for the spot in the league championship game by virtue of their wins over the other two. They will be going for a fifth consecutive win when they visit USF, but coach Mike Norvell is wary of the Bulls, who outplayed Cincinnati but lost last week. Tigers running back Kenneth Gainwell is No. 2 in the ACC in rushing with 1,166 yards, and junior quarterback Brady White has passed for a combined 691 yards against SMU and Houston in the last two games.
South Florida Bulls Preview
The South Florida Bulls have been playing tough defense, despite losses in their past two games. They held Temple’s offense to one touchdown in a 17-7 setback and yielded only 278 yards in last week’s 20-17 loss to Cincinnati. They still are in contention for a bowl spot but need to win their final two — against the Tigers and at UCF — to get to the six-win level for eligibility. Running back Jordan Cronkrite is 313 yards short of a second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. He rushed for 1,808 yards last season. Quarterback Jordan McCloud, a redshirt freshman, passed for a season-high 267 yards last week against Cincinnati, his second consecutive outing over the 200 mark.
- Memphis is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent is averaging less than 225 pass yards per game
- Memphis is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they are spread favorites by more than 7
- South Florida is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they have a losing record
- South Florida is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games when playing on Saturday
- The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 South Florida games when their opponent is averaging more than 400 yards per game
Temple at Cincinnati odds
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Temple Owls Preview
The Owls are playing to keep their American Athletic Conference East hopes alive as they take on the division-leading Bearcats. Obviously, they need a win over the Bearcats and then hope that Memphis can knock off Cincinnati next week. That would leave Temple and Cincy with 6-2 league marks and the Owls holding the tiebreaker. Defensive end Quincy Roche leads a defense that will give the Owls a good shot at the win. He had 12 tackles with an AAC-record six for loss (three sacks) in Temple’s 29-21 win over Tulane last week, when he also forced and recovered a fumble. Roche has 9.5 sacks for the season, which ranks No. 7 nationally.
Cincinnati Bearcats Preview
The Bearcats can clinch the AAC East with a win over Temple and extend their winning streak to nine games. They haven’t lost since a 42-0 pounding at Ohio State on Sept. 7, but they have had a pair of close calls in their last three outings. They needed late field goals from Sam Crosa for their 46-43 win at East Carolina and their 20-17 win over South Florida last week. In between, they romped past hapless UConn 46-3. Quarterback Desmond Ridder passed for only 78 yards in last week’s win at USF, and the offense produced a mere 278 yards while the defense gave up 438. The Bearcats will be up against a defense that has held its last three opponents to an average of 73 rushing yards per game.
- Cincinnati is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when they scored less than 21 points last game
- Cincinnati is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they passed for less than 150 yards in their last game
- Temple is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when they have a winning percentage of less than .700 on the season
- Temple is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games when they passed for more than 250 yards in their last game
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 Temple games when the points total is less than 50
Boise State at Utah State odds
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Boise State Broncos Preview
Boise State coach Bryan Harsin never really talks about injuries — unless they are of the season-ending variety — so it likely will remain guesswork up until kickoff about the health of his top two quarterbacks. Freshman starter Hank Bachmeier has missed three of the past four games, while his backup Chase Cord missed last week’s contest because of an apparent hand injury. Third-string Jaylon Henderson, who threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-9 win over New Mexico, could get the call again. Another unknown: Star junior pass rusher Curtis Weaver (12 1/2 sacks this season, 33 for his career) might be out with a leg injury.
Utah State Aggies Preview
Utah State is playing the wait-and-see card in this key Mountain Division game in the Mountain West Conference, with star quarterback Jordan Love. The NFL prospect left last week’s win over Wyoming with an undisclosed injury. His backup is sophomore Henry Colombi, who has completed 14 of 18 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns this season and drawn praise from coach Gary Andersen about staying mentally ready. The Aggies have won two in a row (Fresno State, Wyoming) and eight in a two at home, but their defense has been lacking against good teams, giving up an average of 38.3 points in their four losses.
- Boise State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent scored less than 28 points in their last game
- Boise State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent ran for less than 125 yards last game
- Utah State is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games when they have a winning percentage of less than .600 on the season
- Utah State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when they are averaging less than 180 rush yards per game
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 Utah State games when opponent’s winning percentage is more than .550
Oklahoma State at West Virginia odds
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Oklahoma State Cowboys Preview
The story of the Oklahoma State’s season has been Chuba Hubbard, who leads the nation in rushing with 172.6 yards per game and has ripped off eight consecutive 100-yard games. He’s a speedster who is a big-play specialist; he has five runs of at least 60 yards (which is the most in the nation) and 17 runs of 20-plus yards, which also is the best mark in the country. Oklahoma State enters with a three-game winning streak (Iowa State, TCU, Kansas), winning the past two after All-American wideout Tylan Wallace suffered a torn ACL in practice on Oct. 30. But try stopping the ground attack, which is boosted by quarterback Spencer Sanders (625 rushing yards), although his 11 interceptions in 247 pass attempts are troubling.
West Virginia Mountaineers Preview
West Virginia has optimism at the end of the season because of starting debut of Jarret Doege, who stepped in last week for struggling Austin Kendall and threw for three touchdown passes in an upset at Kansas State. Mountaineers cornerback Hakeem Bailey sealed that win with a late interception in the end zone as they snapped a five-game skid in coach Neal Brown’s first season at the helm. He is hoping the defense is beginning to find its stride, too, after it had eight sacks in a 17-14 loss at Baylor on Oct. 31 and held Kansas State to 20 points. The run defense, though, ranks tied for 74th nationally at 167.1 yards allowed per game.
- Oklahoma State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when they recorded less than 500 yards in their last game
- Oklahoma State is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when they scored less than 31 points last game
- The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 West Virginia games when their opponent has a win streak of more than 2 games
Kansas at Iowa State odds
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Kansas Jayhawks Preview
This the Kansas Jayhawks’ last shot this season to get a Big 12 road win, something they been unable to accomplish since the 2008 season. That gives some sort of scale to the rebuilding project Les Miles inherited when he took for this season, which has included a 48-24 win at Boston College. Kansas has lost six of its past seven — beating Texas Tech on a last-second field goal — and has bogged down offensively after an initial burst from a midseason coordinator change to Brent Dearmon, who wants to go up-tempo. The Jayhawks haven’t gone much of anywhere, with fewer than 300 yards in each of their past two games.
Iowa State Cyclones Preview
Iowa State lost to Iowa, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma by a combined 11 points before finally eking out an important close victory with a last-play field goal to beat Texas 23-21 last week. Now, the Cyclones have a chance to finish on a roll and get to eight wins in the regular season, led by quarterback Brock Purdy, who is averaging 320.3 passing yards per game, third-best in the nation. Breece Hall has emerged at running back to give Iowa State a full-service attack; he has rushed for an average of 120.4 yards over the past five games. Wide receiver Deshaunte Jones has a team-high 63 catches.
- Iowa State is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games when the points total is more than 55
- Iowa State is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games when they are averaging more than 130 rush yards per game
- The Over is 5-2 in the last 7 Kansas games when Kansas passed for more than 200 yards in their last game
UCLA at USC odds
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UCLA Bruins Preview
A young UCLA team was showing signs of progress in coach Chip Kelly’s second season, until Utah knocked down the Bruins 49-3 last week. No one argues that Utah is a better, more veteran team at the moment, but UCLA compounded its issues with five turnovers, including a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. A recent bright spot has been running back Joshua Kelley, who has three consecutive games with at least 126 yards rushing after a slow start to his season while he recovered from a knee injury. All eyes will be on him Saturday to see what he does for an encore after rushing for a record 289 yards in the USC-UCLA crosstown rivalry.
USC Trojans Preview
When sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels suffered a torn ACL in the season-opener, USC’s offense seemingly took a major hit. But true freshman Kedon Slovis has been superb, including a 406-yard, four-touchdown effort in last week’s 41-17 romp over a good defensive team in Cal. He has thrown for more than 400 yards in three of the past four games, helped by one of the best receiving groups in the country, led by Michael Pittman Jr. (1,118 yards, nine touchdowns). USC needs to win and Utah lose once to win the Pac-12 South, but the off-field news is more dominated by the job status of Clay Helton, who has a new athletic director in Mike Bohn.
- USC is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent has more than 4 wins
- The Under is 5-2 in the last 7 UCLA games when UCLA ran for less than 125 yards in their last game
Texas State at Appalachian State odds
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Texas State Bobcats Preview
The Bobcats look to challenge Appalachian State’s defense with a passing game that ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference with an average of 244.6 yards per game. Quarterback Tyler Vitt completed a season-high 29 passes in the 63-27 loss to Troy last week, but he also was intercepted four times in 44 attempts. The Bobcats rank only No. 7 in total defense in the conference, giving up 415.7 yards per game with what Appalachian State coach Eliah Drinkwitz calls an “unorthodox” 3-3-5 scheme. Linebacker Bryan London II is one of the league’s top defenders with a team-high 89 tackles.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Preview
The Mountaineers climbed back into the College Football Playoff rankings by beating South Carolina and Georgia State the last two games following their home loss to Georgia Southern. If Georgia Southern loses at Arkansas State this weekend, the Mountaineers would earn the Sun Belt Conference East title and a berth in the championship game with a win over Texas State. Cornerback Shaun Jolly earned conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after intercepting two passes in the win over Georgia State. With 131 yards, running back Darrynton Evans boosted his rushing total to 1,014 yards for the season, giving the Mountaineers a 1,000-yard rusher for the eighth consecutive season.
- Appalachian State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when their opponent is averaging less than 150 rush yards per game
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 Texas State games when Texas State ran for more than 75 yards in their last game
SMU at Navy odds
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SMU Mustangs Preview
SMU got a break last week with a bye after an exhausting three-game stretch in which it won at Houston by three points, lost at Memphis by six and outlasted East Carolina by eight. There was a total of 277 points scored in those three games, so the Mustangs needed the rest. They hope the offense, led by Texas transfer Shane Buechele, stays hot. He three for five touchdown passes against the Pirates, when James Proche caught 14 passes for 167 yards and Xavier Jones ran for three touchdowns, giving him a school-record 20 total touchdowns in a season, breaking the mark of 19 held by Eric Dickerson.
Navy Midshipmen Preview
Navy failed to measure up to Notre Dame last week, losing 52-20 in South Bend, but that was only its second loss of the season. Senior Malcolm Perry is a great option quarterback, with seven games this season with more than 100 rushing yards en route to his third consecutive 1,000-yard season. He’s also passed far more than in previous years, picking his spots by completing 32 of 60 passes for 758 yards, five scores and three interceptions. Navy and SMU both have hope of winning the American Athletic Conference West division, but will need Memphis to suffer a loss.
- Navy is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games when they recorded less than 450 yards in their last game
- The Over is 10-1 in the last 11 SMU games when they have a winning record