College football action is heating up as the season enters its crucial final weeks.
With the playoff committee releasing its first ranking, teams finally have a sense of where they stand in the eyes of committee voters, and what they’ll need to do to secure their spot in the postseason.
For some, the equation is simple, win out or you’re done. For others, the math is a bit more complex.
Last week was another winner for our bets, going 4-3 against the number and just an overtime loss shy of 5-2. Also, for those who followed directions, we made all the money we’ve lost betting on UCLA this year back, after tripling up our bet on Washington against them.
This week, we’re back at it again, trying to identify the values, underdogs, and trending-upward teams that can help us add money to our bankroll.
All lines are courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
LAST WEEK: 4-3
NC State (+8.5) over Clemson
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Despite NC State getting rolled by Notre Dame last week, they are a solid team that still controls its own destiny in the ACC. Last year they took Clemson to overtime as the visiting team, only losing by a touchdown. Additionally, according to SportsInsights, 78% if bettors are taking Clemson in this spot, making this an interesting contrarian play. Defending home turf with talented team that now has another year of football under their belts, look for the Wolfpack to at least keep this one close.
South Carolina (+23.5) over Georgia
Georgia has been the most dominant team in the country so far this season, and was rewarded for that effort with a number one ranking from the playoff committee. But this is just a lot of points to give to a talented South Carolina team. Granted, the Bulldogs have now won six straight games by 25 points or more, so if you like that trend go the other way. But that feels like a bubble waiting to burst.
Oklahoma (+2.5) over Oklahoma State
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Baker Mayfield hasn’t lost a Bedlam game and I don’t expect him to drop the ball here. As huge in-state rivals, there will be no underestimating each other, setting the stage for a great game where the best players on the field control the final outcome. For my money, Mayfield is the best player on that field.