College football odds: Week 9 opening line report

Oct 20, 2013 |
College football odds: Week 9 opening line report
Florida State QB Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards in the victory over Clemson.
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Florida State QB Jameis Winston threw for 444 yards in the victory over Clemson.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports
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."

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