The Florida State Seminoles are rolling.
The Seminoles (6-0 straight up, 5-1 against the spread) hammered the No. 3-ranked Clemson Tigers (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS) by a score of 51-14 in South Carolina. This just one game removed from a 63-0 thumping of the Maryland Terrapins.
Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston was sensational versus Clemson, going 22-for-34 for 444 yards and three touchdown passes and is currently in the process of making a serious claim for the Heisman Trophy.
Next up for State is a visit from North Carolina State (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS) who bring an 0-3 conference record to Doak Campbell Stadium.
According to Peter Korner, founder of the Nevada-based odds service The Sports Club, he and his team of oddsmakers - who sent out the 'Noles as big faves - don't foresee the Seminole Express
slowing down any time soon.
"Florida State is playing well and should have no problem with North Carolina State," Korner told Covers
. "All of us were in and around Florida State -30 and that's just what we sent out. Garbage time will decide this one."Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma Sooners (-10)
The Red Raiders (7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS) improved their unbeaten record Saturday with a 37-27 win over West Virginia. Behind the QB-pairing of Bakery Mayfield and Davis Webb, Tech has the nation's second-best aerial attack at 416.4 yards per game.
The Sooners (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS) bounced back with a win over the lowly Kansas Jayhawks after their loss to Texas in the 2013 edition of the Red River Rivalry. The Sooners are led by a stingy defense that allows just 17.1 points per game - good enough for ninth in the country.
"We were scattered on this one," Korner says. "The range of numbers went from a low of -7.5 to a high of 13. I preferred the higher number but was talked down and we released Oklahoma -10. Offshores released lower but we think the money will be on the home team come kickoff."
South Carolina Gamecocks at Missouri Tigers (-1.5)
It was a banner week for the surging Missouri Tigers (7-0 SU, 6-0-1 ATS) as they - led by freshman QB Maty Mauk - dispatched the Florida Gators by a count of 36-17 and upped their SEC record to 3-0 on the season. If the Tigers get by the Gamecocks (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) in Week 9, they have a real chance of being undefeated when they host Texas A&M on Nov. 30 to conclude their regular season schedule.
The Gamecocks are coming off a tough 23-21 loss at the Tennessee Volunteers and are now 3-2 in the conference play. Starting QB Connor Shaw left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and is now a doubt to play against Missouri.
"Two evenly matched teams and our numbers supported that," Korner stated. "We had a low of a Pick and a high of Missouri -4. We settled on sending out Missouri -1.5 which is nothing more than a little less than home field advantage. South Carolina can certainly take his one straight up so we didn't want to be too generous."Stanford Cardinal at Oregon State (+7)
Another team with a great bounce back week was Stanford. The Cardinal (6-1 SU, 3-4 ATS) took one on the chin from Utah back on Oct. 12, but dusted the dirt off with a 24-10 win over previously unbeaten UCLA. RB Tyler Gaffney was excellent against the Bruins, carrying the ball a whopping 36 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Another Pac 12 foe awaits as the Cardinal will travel up the Pacific coast to face Oregon State. The Beavers (6-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) own the top passing attack in the country with 442.1 yards per game. They thumped Cal 49-17 to extend their winning streak to six games and are 4-0 in conference play.
"Oregon State knows how to put up points and we're very aware of that but Stanford is the better team for sure," Korner explained. "We had a low of Stanford -4 and a high of -9 and we sent out -7 knowing in a later game, the money seems to find all of the favorites. The offshore number was a bit lower but that's not good booking at this point. No need to be cheap on the favorites."