Is the state of Florida the 'King of Football' once again?
One thing is for certain, Week 10 of the college football schedule will bring us a matchup to determine who the king in the Sunshine State actually is when the Miami Hurricanes visit the Florida State Seminoles.
Both of these programs boast 7-0 records but it's the Seminoles who come in as the sexier team.
Another blowout victory, this time a 49-17 triumph over North Carolina State, has the Seminoles (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) opening as huge home faves over the Hurricanes (7-0 SU, 4-3 ATS).
The 'Canes keep winning, but not in the same, dominant fashion which their in-state rivals do.
They escaped Wake Forest as 24-21 victors, but were far from covering the daunting 26-point spread that oddsmakers installed.
Peter Korner, founder of the Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club, says he and his team of oddsmakers are fully aware of the quality and talent on both sides, but sent out a big number of FSU -20 nonetheless.
"We sent out -20 but only see this number going higher. Florida State warrants it," Korner told Covers. "They're the 'it' team right now and they're looking better and better each week. Miami is good but they're facing a buzz saw this weekend."
Michigan Wolverines at Michigan State Spartans (-3.5)
Another classic in-state battle has the Michigan Wolverines (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) traveling to face the Michigan State Spartans (7-1 SU, 4-3-1 ATS).
The visitors are coming off a bye week after putting up 63 points against offensive-oriented Indiana. It was a good bounceback game after suffering their first loss of the season to Penn State on Oct. 12.
The Spartans posted an impressive 42-3 victory over a slumping Illinois team for their fourth-straight victory.
Michigan backers have felt stung in the previous meetings between the two programs as the Wolverines are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings.
"Our range went from MSU -1.5 to -4.5 and settled at -3.5," Korner says. "It's a good rivalry game in which our numbers reflect a competitive contest. Michigan State should take care of business but the hook may grab some dog players early in the week."
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Florida Gators (+1.5)
The 2013 edition of the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" is set to go Saturday and both Georgia and Florida sport identical 4-3 records.
Both teams are coming in cold, however, having lost two straight games.
The Georgia Bulldogs (1-5-1 ATS) have severely cooled off since a great victory over LSU in Week 5. Their ATS record is dreadful and places near the bottom of the standings.
Coming off a much-needed bye week, the Gators (2-5 ATS) will look to capture their first Okefenokee Oar trophy since 2010.
"We were all on Georgia's side but between a PK and -2," Korner said. "We sent out GA -1.5 knowing this number can swing to Florida's side. Either one of these teams can win straight up so the number looks to be in the PK zone all week. We don't feel this number will take off either way."
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Tech Red Raiders (+3)
The Red Raiders (7-1 SU, 5-3 ATS) suffered their first loss of the season against the Oklahoma Sooners in Week 9. Many felt their 7-0 record was potentially smoke and mirrors as it is and their competition in Week 10 is another power in the Sooner State.
After a shocking loss to West Virginia in Week 5, the Cowboys (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) have rattled off three-straight victories, including a 58-27 thumping of Iowa State in Week 9.
Korner and his team like the Cowboys as field goal faves and are confident the number will swing throughout the week.
"We sent out Oklahoma State -3 and though we saw the offshores swung their number over to Texas Tech's side, we're not falling for it. Oklahoma State is the better team and that number will come back our way come kick off."