Friday College Football Odds, Betting Previews, Picks: Plentiful Post-Thanksgiving Wagering Opportunities

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San Diego State Aztecs place kicker Matt Araiz (Photo by Justin Fine/Icon Sportswire)

Odds, analysis, and picks for several Friday college football games, on an unusually large holiday slate, that will serve as a springboard to Saturday’s packed wagering menu.

Lines listed are current as of Tuesday.

OHIO Ohio vs BOWL Bowling Green Odds NCAAF Odds

NCAAF · Fri (11/26) @ 12:00pm ET

OHIO Ohio at BOWL Bowling Green
Doyt L. Perry Stadium, Bowling Green, Ohio

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Ohio Bobcats at Bowling Green Falcons

Line (BetMGM): Ohio -5.5, 48.5

A pair of 3-8 teams don’t usually generate much attention. But this one is an exception, and CBSSN will televise.

Five of the host’s past six games have sailed over their totals, and they’ve yielded an average of nearly 42 points to those opponents. Ohio’s previous six opponents have averaged 31 points.

The past four between these two have seen 62, 90, 63, and 78 points being tallied. Two of our models have 59 and 55 points being scored.

Ohio at Bowling Green Pick

We liked the ‘over’ at the opening total of 45.5, but the value has been bought up in early wagering.

UNC North Carolina vs NCSU NC State Odds NCAAF Odds

NCAAF · Fri (11/26) @ 7:00pm ET

UNC North Carolina at NCSU NC State
Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina

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North Carolina Tar Heels at North Carolina State Wolfpack

Line (Caesars): NC State -5.5, 62.5

In his ninth season in Raleigh, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren is on the verge of his third nine-win season. His squad is 7-2 ATS as a home favorite over the past two seasons, and it’s won all six inside Carter-Finley this year.

In fact, NC State (8-3) is 26-6 at home in the past five years. Look for a rabid home crowd for this ESPN primetime contest.

The Heels (6-5) are 0-4 away from home this season. And they’ve allowed 0.538 points per play on defense, a bottom-25 national rate, over their past three games. NC State quarterback Devin Leary, 13th in the country with 3,186 aerial yards, is poised to capitalize against those holes.

North Carolina at North Carolina State

NC State -5.5

USF South Florida vs UCF UCF Odds NCAAF Odds

NCAAF · Fri (11/26) @ 3:30pm ET

USF South Florida at UCF UCF
Bounce House, Orlando, Florida

South Florida Bulls at UCF Knights

Line (PointsBet): UCF -18.5 (-105), 62

Bulls fans had better brace themselves. USF (2-9) has been rubbish on pass defense lately, allowing its past three foes to complete 78.9% of their attempts, last among the nation’s 130 Division-I programs over that span. It’s also 0-5 on the highway this season.

UCF (7-4) is 6-0 at home. Knights quarterback Mikey Keene, a 5-foot-11 true freshman from Arizona, should have a field day on ESPN. He’s had 64.7% accuracy this season, with 15 TDs and six interceptions. In his past four games, he has 10 TDs and one pick. And, yup, his name is Mikey.

South Florida at UCF Pick

The opening line of UCF -14 presented plenty of value on the favorite, but with the line getting bet up to -18, that value is gone.

BOIS Boise State vs SDSU San Diego State Odds NCAAF Odds

NCAAF · Fri (11/26) @ 12:00pm ET

BOIS Boise State at SDSU San Diego State
Aztec Stadium, San Diego, California

Boise State Broncos at No. 22 San Diego State Aztecs

Line (Caesars): Boise -2.5, 44

This is a 9 a.m. local kickoff, the price for a national CBS television audience when you’re a minnow like San Diego State. The No. 22 Aztecs appear to have been riding high, at 10-1. Their defense and kicking game, thanks to Matt Araiza’s bionic left leg, have been stellar.

The SDSU quarterback position, however, has been dreadful. Those first two units will have to shine to win this one and claim a spot in the Mountain West title game.

Boise State (7-4) has won four in a row, and it has recorded passing and rushing touchdowns in each of those victories. One of our models has 55 points being scored, two others 46 each.

Boise State at San Diego State Pick

Over 44

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Veteran sportswriter Rob Miech covers soccer and does features for Gaming Today. He has written about college hoops for the Las Vegas Sun, CBS SportsLine and the Pasadena Star-News. He is the author of four books, including Sports Betting for Winners.

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