Here’s a look at three games on the college football Week 10 betting card:
Wisconsin (-7, 41) at Northwestern, 12 p.m. ET
Despite its two losses, Wisconsin (6-2 SU, 6-2 ATS) may have a path to the College Football Playoff. If the Badgers win out and Nebraska loses at least one more game (which is likely to happen Saturday at Ohio State), they’ll get to the Big Ten championship game. Then, with a win in the conference title tilt on December 3 in Indianapolis, Wisconsin could find itself in the national final four.
Doubling the motivation factor for the Badgers on Saturday is the fact that they were beaten at home by Northwestern last season, 13-7. Complicating the quest, Wiscy has not won at Northwestern since 1999, a span of four games.
Saturday marks a clear step down in class for Wisconsin, which has just traversed a five-game span of Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska. But they’ll be spotting a touchdown to a Northwestern team (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS) that has kept bettors happy recently, covering the spread in four straight games, including giving Ohio State all it could handle in a 24-20 loss as 25.5-point dogs last week.
Florida (-4.5, 47) at Arkansas, 3:30 p.m. ET
Florida rolls into Arkansas on a three-game winning streak and its defense playing absolutely lights out. In fact, the Gators (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS) allowed 38 points in a loss to Tennessee, but a total of 44 in their other six games. Wow.
That D will be tested against an Arkansas team (3-5 SU, 5-3 ATS) that can put up some points, its most recent outing, a 56-3 embarrassment at the hands of Auburn two weeks ago, notwithstanding.
Florida has been solid when laying points on the road under Jim McElwain, going 3-1 ATS in his two seasons in Gainesville. But the road favorite role is never an easy one on the SEC, and early bettors took the points with Arkansas, moving the spread from its opener of 5.5.
Alabama (-7.5, 44.5) at LSU, 8 p.m. ET
If there’s a spot for Alabama to lose this season, this could be it.
That last sentence sounds nice, but let’s return to reality. This Alabama team (8-0 SU, 6-2 ATS) is nasty, maybe Nick Saban’s best since taking the lead in Tuscaloosa. And they always beat LSU, don’t they? Make it five meetings in a row that the Tide has gotten the better of the Tigers and seven of the last nine.
LSU (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS), though, has opened it up offensively during its three-game winning streak, which began after Les Miles was fired. The Tigers have hung with Alabama in Baton Rouge, going 2-0-1 ATS in the last three meetings in Death Valley, all of which featured point spreads of 7 or 7.5. If they can keep this one close early, the home crowd should be a major factor.
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