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Dogs barking early in college football

Sep 27, 2008 8:27 PM


by Mark Mayer| Perhaps any thoughts of betting favorites in college football should just involve Saturday games. On Thursday, the biggest upset of the season took place in Corvallis where Oregon State shocked Southern Cal 27-21 as a 24-point underdog. The Trojans were amazingly down 21-0 at halftime.

Also on Thursday, Tulane as a 17½-point chalk blew a 31-7 lead and held on for a 34-27 win over SMU. The dogs made it 3-for-3 on Friday when a late pick-6 lifted Connecticut over Louisville 27-21. The host Cardinals, a 3½-point favorite, held a 21-10 lead in the third quarter. As for Saturday’s slate there are 24 matchups with favorites spotting at least 10 points, including 12 having a spread of 20 or more.

Some of the marquee games with high priced spreads include Oklahoma as an 18½-point favorite over TCU, Florida as a 22½-point favorite over Mississippi, Texas as a 27-point favorite over Arkansas, Ohio State a 21-point chalk against Minnesota and LSU a 24½-point favorite over Mississippi State.

Other games which figure to draw interest from betting public include Alabama-Georgia, Purdue-Notre Dame, Wisconsin-Michigan, Illinois-Penn State, Virginia Tech-Nebraska and Nevada-UNLV. The favorites are Georgia -6½, Notre Dame -2, Wisconsin -5½, Penn State -15½, Nebraska -7 and UNLV -3½.

For the season, underdogs now own a narrow 87-86-4 edge over the faves against the spread.