The college football betting season will have 14 weeks in the books once the teams put a wrap on Rivalry Week this Saturday. The betting lines have been on the move ever since hitting the board earlier in the week.
The college football betting season will have 14 weeks in the books once the teams put a wrap on Rivalry Week this Saturday. The betting lines have been on the move ever since hitting the board earlier in the week. One of the main reasons why college football bettors witness such enormous line moves early on is because of respected sharp – or wise guy – money infiltrating the markets. Bets from these whales catch the eye of online sportsbook managers which force betting lines to be adjusted immediately. The following are some of the more notable line moves that occurred this week once the sharp money showed its hand.
LAST WEEK: 2-3 ATS / YTD 39-25-1 ATS
Ohio State: Open (-8.5) Current (-9)
We all know that Ohio State has been a problem area for Jim Harbaugh since returning to his alma mater to overlook the program. The Wolverines have failed to log a single win under his watch the four times the hated rivals locked horns. The wise guys don’t expect that trend to change on Saturday afternoon regardless of the fact that the maize and blue enter the tilt white hot winners of four straight both SU and ATS since falling to Penn Statein Happy Valley. Now the freshly anointed No. 1 team in the CFP rankings, it’s a hard sell to want to get in front of the Buckeyes money train right now.
Tulane: Open (+5) Current (+3.5)
Tulane and SMU have fallen upon hard times with the former dropping two
straight in competitive matchups against Temple and UCF, and the latter going
down to Memphis and Navy. Regardless, the wise guy picks are siding with Justin
McMillan and the Green Wave’s electric rushing attack regardless of the fact
that SMU has actually been much better defending the run. That however has much
to do with the fact that their pass defense ranks No. 120 in the country, so
why waste your time running the ball when you can throw at will? Tulane is the
better defensive team by far in this matchup, and it’s getting points!
Iowa State: Open (-3) Current (-5.5)
K-State has always been a moneymaker at home. Over the Wildcats last 10 games, they’re 7-3 SU and ATS with losses incurred to Texas, Baylor and West Virginia. However, two of those defeats just so happened to occur this season after falling to Baylor 31-12 as 1-point favorites and shockingly West Virginia as two-touchdown favorites. That has the wise guys liking the prospect of laying the short road chalk with Brock Purdy and his mates who will be looking to take two straight from the Wildcats after dropping each of the previous 10 matchups while going a bankroll bursting 3-7 ATS in those matchups; it’s retribution time!
Charlotte: Open (-8.5) Current (-9.5)
The 49ers wretched 1-4 SU and ATS road records will collide with the Monarchs awful 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS home records in each team’s finale on Saturday afternoon. Why the wise guys took such a large stance on this CUSA tilt remains to be seen but the one thing we do know is that ODU simply stinks out loud. Its program shouldn’t be competing at the FBS level evidenced by the fact that it’s won a grand total of five games the last three seasons. The fact that Charlotte has dropped three of the four overall meetings with Old Dominion should have them way up to close the regular season out with a sterling performance.
Army: Open (+3) Current (+2.5)
The Black Knights need to accrue one more win to become bowl eligible this season, and the wise guy picks have hit them hard with the belief they go into Aloha Stadium and earn it against one of the better editions college football bettors have seen from the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. This looks to be a matchup based decision with Army possessing the nation’s No. 3 ranked rushing attack that averages better than 300 yards per game matching wits with Hawaii’s porous run defense that serves up over 188 yards per game (No. 94). The fact that the home team is just 1-3 ATS laying 1-3 points the last three seasons is also playing a role.