College football Top 25 betting cheat sheet: Week 4

Sep 20, 2012 |

If you're looking to get some action down but only have a few minutes to handicap, let our Top-25 cheat sheet help you out. We grabbed some quick-hitting betting info on each of the Top 25 matchups with odds available in Week 4 of the season:

Kentucky at (14) Florida (-24, 52)

Florida is in the midst of a 25-game winning streak against the Wildcats, the longest active streak in the nation for a team against a conference opponent.
Kentucky is 0-5 ATS in its last five meetings with Florida.

Texas El Paso at (24) Wisconsin (-18, 48)

Wisconsin puts its 18-game home winning streak on the line, which is currently the second-longest active home win streak in the nation behind LSU (20). The Miners are 0-16 all-time in road games versus BCS conference teams, but keep in mind the Badgers are 0-5 ATS in their last five contests overall.

Maryland at (7) West Virginia (-27, 62)

The seventh-ranked Mountaineers have put up 111 points in their first two games of 2012. Senior quarterback Geno Smith has completed 88 percent of his passes in victories over Marshall and James Madison, throwing for 734 yards. The Terrapins are 0-5 ATS in their last five meetings.

Virginia at (16) TCU (-17, 53)

No. 16 TCU puts its nation-longest 10-game winning streak on the line Saturday against Virginia. The Horned Frogs were dealt a blow when leading rusher Waymon James was ruled out for the season Wednesday due to a left knee injury. He had 168 rushing yards on 9.9 per carry. 

Eastern Michigan at (20) Michigan State (-33, 47)

The Eagles have been outscored 122-56 in their three games and have dropped five in a row dating back to last season. They’re 0-8 against Michigan State, with seven of the meetings coming in East Lansing. The Spartans have won the last five matchups - all at home - by a combined score of 248-44.

Oregon State at (19) UCLA (-7.5, 52)

After racking up 85 points and 1,299 yards of offense in its first two games, No. 19 UCLA showed off its cunning defense by forcing six turnovers in a 37-6 rout of Houston last week. The Bruins are just one of two FBS teams (Oklahoma State is the other) averaging 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing. The Beavers are 1-8 ATS in their last nine meetings.

Idaho State at (22) Nebraska- odds N/A

The Cornhuskers’ rushing attack is putting up 295 yards per game and will receive an additional boost when tailback Rex Burkhead returns from injury this week. Ameer Abdullah has been a monster on the ground in Burkhead’s absence, averaging 122.3 yards per game and six yards per carry. The over is 4-0 in the Bengals’ last four non-conference games.

Missouri at (8) South Carolina (-10, 49)

Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has named Connor Shaw his starting QB Saturday despite his banged up throwing shoulder. The Tigers also have issues under center. James Franklin sat out Missouri’s 24-20 victory over Arizona State last week with a shoulder ailment, but is “90 percent sure” he’ll play in the club’s first ever SEC road game. South Carolina is 4-0 ATS in its last four games as a home favorite.

Florida Atlantic at (1) Alabama (-49, 57)

The Tide has posted back-to-back shutout wins over Western Kentucky (35-0) and Arkansas (52-0), marking the first time they've accomplished the feat since 1980. Alabama has outscored its opponents by an incredible 167-14 margin in its last 17 quarters dating back to last season.

California at (12) Southern California (-16.5, 58.5)

USC was stunned by Stanford last week, failing to score over the final 40-plus minutes. Cal has scored 10 or fewer points five times and hasn’t scored more than 17 during its current eight-game losing streak to the Trojans. USC was favored in all eight of those games and went 6-2 ATS while the under went 7-1.

(18) Louisville at Florida International (13.5, 57.5)

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has completed 81.8 percent of his pass attempts this season and now faces a Golden Panthers' defense that has surrendered 39 points per game and more than 291 passing yards per contest. Florida International is 4-0 ATS in its last four games as a home underdog of 10.5 or greater.

(2) LSU at Auburn (20.5, 49)

The Tigers have posted routs in all three of their games so far over North Texas (41-14), Washington (41-3) and most recently, Idaho (63-14). They are 2-1 ATS in those games. LSU is 6-0 ATS in its last six games as a road favorite. Auburn is 0-3 against the spread and needed overtime to earn its first win of the season against Louisiana-Munroe last week.

South Alabama at (23) Mississippi State (-34, 49.5)

The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs seek their first 4-0 start since 1999 on Saturday. The Jaguars have been held below 10 points in their last two games and the under is 4-0 in Mississippi State’s last four September contests.

(17) Michigan at (15) Notre Dame (-4.5, 50.5)

The Wolverines have broken the hearts of the Irish with four-point victories in each of the last three seasons and Michigan QB Denard Robinson has accounted for 948 yards of offense in his two starts against Notre Dame. The Irish will be without safety Jamoris Slaughter, who recently tore his left Achilles tendon. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last four meetings.

Vanderbilt at (6) Georgia (-16.5, 54)

The Bulldogs amassed a school-record 713 yards of total offense in a rout of overmatched Florida Atlantic last week to help increase their scoring total to 47.3 points per game this season. Vanderbilt ranks 16th in the nation in scoring defense (13.3 points) and is 5-0 ATS in its last five games as a dog.

(13) Kansas State at (5) Oklahoma (-14, 58.5)

The Sooners are 13-0 in Big 12 openers under Bob Stoops, outscoring the opposition by an average of 22.6 points in the process. Oklahoma owns a commanding 71-17-4 lead in the all-time series with Kansas State and the Sooners are 8-1 against the Wildcats during Stoops' tenure. The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.

(9) Clemson at (4) Florida State (-14.5, 57)

Florida State is 3-0, outscoring its three opponents 176-3. Defensive end Bjoern Werner has seven sacks and is anchoring a defense that has allowed less than two yards per play. The home team has taken each of the last five and nine of the last 10 in the series.

(21) Arizona at (3) Oregon (-23, 77.5)

The Ducks are coming off a season-high 63-point effort over Tennessee Tech. Arizona also has a potent offense, averaging a hefty 604.7 yards of total offense per game. Oregon is 0-6-2 ATS in its last eight games as a home favorite of 10.5 or greater.

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