by Mark Mayer | Early on, favorites enjoyed a nine-game winning edge over underdogs in covering the spread. No more. The dogs went 4-2-1 ATS in midweek action to cap a 22-win turnaround in covers. The dogs now lead overall on the season, 118-105-5.
Underdogs went 1-1 Friday night with Cincinnati beating Marshall by 23 as a 3-point road favorite and unbeaten Brigham Young getting the back door treatment by Utah State in a 34-14 victory that fell short of the 28½-point chalk. The Cougars led 24-0 after the first quarter in what had to be an agonizing night for BYU backers, unless they bet the 17-point first half line.
Some of Saturdays top matchups include Penn State as a 13½-point favorite at Purdue, unbeaten Vanderbilt as a 4-point home dog against Auburn, unbeaten Missouri as a 10½-point favorite at Nebraska where the Tigers havent won at in 30 years (0-15), unbeaten Texas as a 13-point favorite at Colorado, unbeaten Alabama as a 15-point chalk against visiting Kentucky, unbeaten Oklahoma as a 24½-point favorite over Baylor and USC giving 16 points at home to Oregon.
Of the 45 college games on the Nevada rotation, 24 feature favorites giving at least 10 points. Nine of those 24 have to cover spreads of at least 20 points. The largest line on the board is the "added game" between Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky. The host Hokies, off last weeks upset win at Nebraska, are a 28½-point favorite.
The biggest line move of the week is the Arizona-Washington Pac 10 clash in Tucson where the host Wildcats went from an 18-point favorite to 22. The love for Arizona was due in large part to the availability of Washington QB Jake Locker. Also, Penn State opened at 10½ against Purdue and climbed to 13½.
The public doesnt always see it right. On Thursday night, money came in on host Utah against Oregon State causing the line to jump from 8 to 11½. The favored Utes won 31-28, but failed to cover.