Here’s a quick betting perspective on three of Saturday’s best college football games.
North Carolina State at Louisville (-19.5, 65), 12 p.m. ET
N.C. State finds itself in a similar spot to last week, as a big road dog against a top ACC opponent. Last week, the Wolfpack (+20) were a chip shot away from upsetting Clemson, but kicker Kyle Bambard blew the opportunity and the Tigers prevailed 24-17 in overtime. For Saturday’s contest at Louisville, handicappers are guessing if N.C. State can bounce back from that heartbreaker.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, beat Duke 24-14 last Friday, but there’s no way Bobby Petrino is happy with the performance. It was the first time this season his team put up a modest score, so look for Heisman favorite Lamar Jackson and company to play with a little extra motivation Saturday.
Early bettors laid the favorite from an opening line of -17.5 to as high as -20.
Colorado at Stanford (-1.5, 49.5), 3 p.m. ET
While Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey was hopeful late in the week that he’ll be able to play – and Colorado says they’re preparing for the star running back – this game is priced as if he won’t go. If it’s announced that he’ll play, look for this number to go off at over a field goal.
Colorado is 5-2 straight up this season, and at 7-0 ATS, the Buffs are the only team in the nation undefeated against the number. Coach Mike MacIntyre has this team moving in the right direction in his fourth season.
But a 17-10 win at Notre Dame last week got Stanford back on the right after two straight losses, and the line here looks light against a team the Cardinal traditionally dominate.
Arkansas at Auburn (-10.5, 55), 6 p.m. ET
After a season to forget last year, Auburn is doing plenty to prove that it’s back. The Tigers have two losses on the season, but those came against still-undefeated Clemson and Texas A&M. They’re a stout 5-1 ATS on this season.
Arkansas hasn’t been too shabby in its own right, its two losses coming against A&M and Alabama. But the Razorbacks are 1-4 ATS in their last five opportunities as road underdogs, and early money is on another point-spread loss – Auburn has been bet up after opening -8.5.
If Saturday’s game is anything like last year’s meeting between these teams, it will be a fun one to watch. As 7-point home favorites, Arkansas won a 54-46 quadruple overtime thriller.
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