There might not be as many marquee matchups on the college football Week 4 board but that doesn’t mean the action is any less intense. We talk to sportsbooks about the betting patterns, sharp and public money, and where they see the lines ending up come kickoff Saturday.
Odds are as of 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning. Check here for the latest live odds.
Kent State Golden Flashes at Penn State Nittany Lions – Open: -18.5, Move: -22
The Golden Flashes have a slew of injuries on defense and have allowed an average of 32 points per game so far this season. Some spots had this line opened as low as PSU -14 but with the public behind a rebounding Nittany Lions squad, this line has rocketed in favor of the home team.
“With the injuries to Kent State, it’s easy to see how the line has moved to (PSU),” Aron Black of Bet365.com tells Covers. “Money has been more Penn State, but luckily for us at higher numbers.”
North Carolina Tar Heels at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Open: -5, Move: -6.5
This ACC rivalry has seen one-sided money on the Yellow Jackets, according to Mike Perry of Sportsbook.ag, who says 90 percent of the handle is riding on Georgia Tech.
“Tuesday, we got sharp action on the favorite, so we moved to the current number of -6.5,” says Perry.
Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Open: -7, Move: -4.5
The early action took this spread from a touchdown to as low as Notre Dame -4.5. The Spartans offense is still finding its stride but the Irish haven’t been able to turn away opponents in the first four weeks, allowing 259.3 passing yards per game.
“Money is split on this game, which is obviously one of the marquee games of the weekend, but as I’m sure it is the same with most places,” says Black. “Early money liked +7 and the later money is starting to come back on Notre Dame, leaving a possible middle or siding on this game for us.”
Colorado State Rams at Alabama Crimson Tide – Open: -41, Move: -39.5, Move: 38.5
A week after escaping College Station with a big win over Texas A&M, Alabama is giving a boat-load of points to the visiting Rams. Sharp money took the road team at the opening number and books have trimmed this spread under 40 with 55 percent of the action on CSU.
“Could be a case where (Alabama coach Nick) Saban calls off the dogs late in the fourth quarter against the Rams,” says Perry. “One of Saban's former disciples is CSU head coach Jim McElwain, who was offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2008-11.”
San Jose State Spartans at Minnesota Golden Gophers – Open: -5.5, Move: -3.5
Injuries to the Gophers’ skill players have bettors siding with SJSU coming to Big Ten Country. Minnesota QB Philip Nelson is questionable and RB Donnell Kirkwood is nursing an ankle injury, slowing down the Gophers’ ground game. That’s good news for the Spartans, who have allowed 197 yards rushing in a loss to Stanford.
“A loss at Stanford is no shame and this is a hard cross-country trip to follow that up,” says Black. “Sharp money likes San Jose State plus the points.”
Arizona State Sun Devils at Stanford Cardinal – Open: -9, Move: -6, Move: 6.5
The ultra-competitive Pac-12 headlines the late games Saturday, with money on Arizona State moving this spread past the key number of a touchdown and down to two field goals. According to Perry, 55 percent of the action is on the visiting Sun Devils.
“This is likely the game of day, and the sharps seem to like the dog,” says Perry. “The Cardinal opened -9 and wiseguy action came on Thursday to move the game to Cardinal -7.”