College Football Odds Week 13: Opening Lines and Sharp Money

Nov 28, 2020 |
College Football Odds Week 13: Opening Lines and Sharp Money
Quarterback Kellen Mond has paced a balanced Aggies offense. For Saturday night's showdown with LSU, A&M is in the 2/1 range on both tickets and money, with the total in the 62.5-64.5 range.
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Quarterback Kellen Mond has paced a balanced Aggies offense. For Saturday night's showdown with LSU, A&M is in the 2/1 range on both tickets and money, with the total in the 62.5-64.5 range.
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College football odds for Week 13 are on the betting board and getting action, with a few games of note. That includes Notre Dame traveling to face North Carolina, and Iowa State on a key road trip to Texas.

Multiple oddsmakers provided insights on college football Week 13 opening lines, early line movement, sharp money and public betting for this week's matchups. Covers will update this action report with college football sharp picks vs. public bets and line movement throughout the week.

These are the current College football Week 13 odds for the premier games on the schedule, as of November 23. Click on each matchup in the table below to get updated in-depth information on the opening lines, sharp money, public betting and odds movement as we get closer to kickoff.

Matchup Time Spread Over/Under
(2) Notre Dame at (23) North Carolina 3:30 p.m. ET Friday North Carolina +4.5 68.5
(15) Iowa State at (21) Texas Noon ET Friday Texas -2 57.5
(11) Oregon at Oregon State 7 p.m. ET Friday Oregon State +13 65
Kentucky at (5) Florida Noon ET Saturday Florida -25.5 61.5
Pittsburgh at (4) Clemson 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Clemson -24 59
(13) Northwestern at Michigan State 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Michigan State +13.5 40.5
Colorado at (18) USC CANCELED OFF OFF
(3) Ohio State at Illinois CANCELED OFF OFF
(19) Auburn vs (1) Alabama 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Alabama -24 64.5
LSU at (6) Texas A&M 7 p.m. ET Saturday Texas A&M -15.5 60.5

Opening line

Notre Dame -6.5, Over/Under 63.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 2:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Notre Dame has dropped to -4.5 at FanDuel, even though the Fighting Irish are landing 85 percent of bets and 83 percent of money on the spread. The total opened 63.5 and is now 68.5, with ticket count 5/1 and money 2/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: There's apparently a little late push on North Carolina, with Notre Dame going from -6.5 very early today to -5 now at DraftKings. Still, tickets and money are running in the 4/1 range on the Fighting Irish. The total opened 64.5, touched 70 a couple times today and is currently 69.5, with ticket count roughly 3/1 and money 5/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 11:20 A.M. ET FRIDAY: Notre Dame reached -6 late Thursday night and ticked back to -5.5 this morning at PointsBet USA, where the line opened -4. "All the action on Notre Dame, 82 percent of tickets and money on the spread, and the moneyline is even more lopsided, with Notre Dame attracting 90 percent of bets and handle," PointsBet's Patrick Eichner said. The total moved from 64 to 70, with 77 percent of bets/88 percent of money on the Over.

UPDATE 11:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: This is easily the biggest matchup on the nine-game Friday slate and one of the biggest games of the weekend. Notre Dame has been stuck at -5.5 at FanDuel since Tuesday, after opening -6.5, stretching to -9 and tumbling to -3.5. But it's still all Fighting Irish at the betting window, with 86 percent of bets and 85 percent of money on Notre Dame. 

UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: Notre Dame opened -7.5 at DraftKings and plunged to -3.5 a couple of times early this week, but the Fighting Irish are now out to -5 while attracting 88 percent of bets and 91 percent of money. The total surged from 64.5 to 68, with 85 percent of bets and 92 percent of cash on the Over. The total jumped from 63.5 to 68.5, with tickets and money both in the 9/1 range on the Over.

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This line posted early at FanDuel, going up Nov. 17, and therefore has bounced all over the place. Notre Dame opened -6.5 and got out to -9, then plummeted to -3.5 and is -4.5 Monday evening. Despite the wild swings, ticket count and money are running 9/1 on the Fighting Irish. The total went up Sunday at 63.5 and is 66.5 Monday evening,  with tickets and money similarly in the 9/1 range on the Over.

Opening line

Texas -2.5, Over/Under 60.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 11:20 A.M. ET FRIDAY: With kickoff looming, this line jumped the fence this morning to Iowa State -2 at PointsBet USA, from an opener of Texas -2. "Great two-way on the side and moneyline," PointsBet's Patrick Eichner said. The total dropped from 61 to 56.5 and is now 57.5, with ticket count about 4/1 on the Over, but money almost 3/1 on the Under.

UPDATE 11:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: The first noteworthy game on the Friday docket is now a pick 'em and seeing two-way action at FanDuel, which opened at Texas -2.5. Iowa State is getting 54 percent of bets and 59 percent of dollars on the spread. The total moved from 58.5 to 60.5, but it's now down to 56.5, though ticket count is 5/1 and money 3/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: This line jumped the fence at DraftKings, opening Texas -2.5 and moving to Iowa State -1.5 by this morning, then going to Cyclones -1 shortly thereafter. Iowa State is taking 57 percent of bets and 63 percent of money on the spread. The total is down four points to 56.5, with 68 percent of bets and 55 percent of money on the Over.

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The Longhorns are down to -1.5 on interesting point-spread betting splits, with the Cyclones getting 62 percent of tickets and Texas taking 55 percent of money as of Monday evening. The total is already down to 57.5 from 60.5, with 77 percent of bets on the Over, but 56 percent of money on the Under.

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Opening line

Oregon -16.5, Over/Under 61.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 6:45 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Oregon is now at -13, with 74 percent of tickets and 65 percent of money on Oregon. The total is at 64.5, with 78 percent of tickets and money on the Over.

UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Ducks began the week at -16.5 and got down to -12.5, and they're now -13 at DraftKings, with 79 percent of spread bets and 70 percent of spread money on Oregon. The total opened 61.5 and peaked at 66.5 this morning, then receded to 65, though 81 percent of bets and 91 percent of dollars are on the Over.

UPDATE 11:20 A.M. ET FRIDAY: PointsBet USA opened Oregon -14.5 and was fairly stable this week on the line of -13.5, though the number is currently down to -13. The Ducks are currently taking 75 percent of spread bets and money. The total opened 61.5 and reached 66 this morning before dialing back to 65, with ticket count 4/1 and money beyond 9/1 on the Over.

    UPDATE 11:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Oregon is now down to -12.5 at FanDuel, after opening -16.5 Sunday afternoon. However, FanDuel doesn't have betting splits posted at the moment.

    UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: Oregon dropped from -16.5 to -13.5 Sunday night and is still there now at DraftKings, although ticket count is 3/1 and money beyond 4/1 on the Ducks. The total moved from 61.5 to 64.5 at its peak and is now 64, with tickets and money in the 5/1 range on the Over.

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    This storied Pac-12 rivalry is seeing the double-digit 'dog get early attention at FanDuel, where Oregon opened -16.5, dropped to -12.5 and is at -13.5 Monday evening. The total moved from 61.5 to 64.5. However, FanDuel doesn't yet have betting splits on the spread or total.

    Opening line

    Florida -19.5, Over/Under 59.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 10:40 A.M. ET SATURDAY: The initial move on this game at BetMGM Nevada was from Florida -23.5 to -23, but the Gators then jumped to -25 and are now -24.5. "Sharp and public play on Florida," BetMGM's Scott Shelton said. "Tickets 3/1 and money 15/1 on Florida. There's nothing on Kentucky."

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Gators are out to -25.5 from an opener of -21.5 at DraftKings, where ticket count is 4/1 and money 5/1 on Florida. The total went from 58.5 to 57.5 to the current number of 61.5, with 81 percent of bets and 91 percent of cash on the Over.

    UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: This line is bouncing around a bit at DraftKings, from Florida -21.5 to -24.5 to the current -22.5, with ticket count 4/1 and money 2/1 on the Gators. The total fell from 58.5 to 57.5, then surged to 61, with 85 percent of tickets and practically every dollar on the Over.

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    The Gators sprinted to -24.5 at FanDuel by early Monday morning and are -23.5 as of Monday night, with early point-spread tickets running 4/1 and money more than 9/1 on Florida. The total is down two points to 57.5, despite early tickets and money in the 9/1 range on the Over.

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    Opening line

    Clemson -26.5, Over/Under 55.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 1:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Clemson is currently -24 at PointsBet USA, down 2.5 points from the opener, but up a half-point from the line's low point. Despite the dip down, 85 percent of bets and 90 percent of dollars are on the Tigers. The total is up to 59 from an opener of 54.5, with more than 90 pecent of tickets and money on the Over.

    UPDATE 11: 20 A.M. ET SATURDAY: Clemson fell from -26.5 to -23.5 at William Hill US, then ticked up to -24 this morning on interesting point-spread betting splits: 74 percent of tickets are on the Tigers, but 57 percent of the money is on the Panthers.

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: After opening -26.5 at DraftKings, Clemson dropped to -23.5 by Wednesday morning and is at that number now, despite taking more than 90 percent of point-spread tickets and money. The total moved from 55.5 to 54.5 and back, and much like spread betting, it's totally one-sided in favor of the Over.

    UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: Clemson opened -26.5 and hit -23.5 this morning at DraftKings. Check back for DK's betting splits on this game.

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    Clemson is down three points to -23.5 at FanDuel on Monday night, although 57 percent of bets/56 percent of dollars are on the Tigers. The total opened at 55.5 and is now 54.5 on limited betting, so FanDuel doesn't yet have splits.

    Opening line

    Northwestern -9.5, Over/Under 41.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 3:20 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Northwestern is -13.5 at PointsBet USA, up four points from the opener of -9.5, with tickets and money running about 3/1 on the Wildcats. There's split action on the total, with 61 percent of tickets on the Over, but 53 percent of money on the Under. The total opened 41.5, peaked at 42.5 and is now 40.5.

    UPDATE 1:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: The Wildcats opened -11.5 at PointsBet USA, spent about 16 hours early in the week at -11, then rose to -13.5, with ticket count more than 6/1 and money about 3/1 on Northwestern. The total is down to 41 from an opener of 42.5, with 74 percent of tickets on the Over, but 58 percent of money on the Under.

    UPDATE 11:20 A.M. ET SATURDAY: Northwestern is up to -13.5 from an opener of -12 at William Hill US, where ticket count and money are both running 3/1 on the Wildcats.

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Wildcats began the week at -11.5 and stretched to -13.5 at DraftKings, then dialed down to -12.5, with ticket count of 4/1 and money 6/1 on the double-digit favorites. The total is at 41.5, after opening 42.5 and peaking at 43.5 early in the week, and the betting splits are intriguing: 73 percent of tickets are on the Over, but 77 percent of money is on the Under.

    UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: Northwestern opened -11.5 at DraftKings and has spent most of the week so far at -13.5, taking 88 percent of tickets and money on the spread. The total moved from 42.5 to 43.5, then down to 41.5, with 73 percent of bets on the Over, but 90 percent of money on the Under.

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    Coming off its big upset of Wisconsin, Northwestern opened -9.5 and is already up to -13.5 Monday night at FanDuel, where 85 percent of early bets and 96 percent of early dollars are on the Wildcats. The total is up a point to 42.5, with ticket count 2/1 on the Under, but money 2/1 on the Over.

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    Opening line

    Souther Cal -10.5, Over/Under 63.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 9:15 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Due to positive COVID tests limiting available players at a specific position for USC, the Pac-12 in the last hour announced that this game is canceled and won't be made up.

    UPDATE 6 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: USC is down to -11.5 from an opener of -13.5 at DraftKings, with the Trojans getting 78 percent of bets, but the Buffaloes attracting 85 percent of early money on the spread. The total is up a point to 64.5, with 68 percent of bets on the Under, but 87 percent of money on the Over.

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    Southern Cal reached -13.5 Monday afternoon and is at -12.5 Monday night at FanDuel, with ticket count and money both in the 9/1 range on the Trojans. The total is up a point to 64.5 on limited betting, so splits aren't yet available.

    Opening line

    Ohio State -28.5, Over/Under 69.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE MIDNIGHT FRIDAY: News broke late Friday night that this game was canceled due to Ohio State COVID issues. Coach Ryan Day tested positive earlier Friday, and the program had an increase in positive tests over the course of the week.

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: DraftKings saw this line bounce around a bit this week, from Buckeyes -28.5 to -27.5 to -28.5 and now -28, with Ohio State attracting nearly 90 percent of spread tickets and money. The total moved from 68.5 to 71.5, but the action is split, with 57 percent of bets on the Under and 56 percent of money on the Over.

    UPDATE 6:30 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: The Buckeyes ticked from 28.5 to 27.5 to 28, though it's an Ohio State landslide, with 94 percent of bets and 97 percent of dollars on the road favorite. The total is up to 71.5 from 68.5, with 57 percent of bets on the Under and 62 percent of money on the Over.

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    FanDuel has the Buckeyes down to -27.5 Monday night, a notch below the opening number, even though early action is all Ohio State, which is attracting 87 percent of bets and 96 percent of money. The total initially dropped a point to 68.5 but is up to 70.5 Monday night, with 80 percent of tickets and 70 percent of money on the Over. 

    Opening line

    Alabama -21, Over/Under 60.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 1:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: The Iron Bowl currently sits at Alabama -24, right where the line opened at PointsBet USA, but it first moved down to -23 and up to -25. And in fact, Auburn is taking 56 percent of bets and 61 percent of money. The total first moved from 60.5 to 59, then swung up to 64.5 by this morning, with tickets and money both in the 9/1 range on the Over.

    UPDATE 11:30 A.M. AT SATURDAY: Alabama is up to -24.5 from -23.5 at William Hill US, with 55 percent of tickets and 77 percent of money on the Crimson Tide.

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Crimson Tide opened -23.5 and peaked at -26, then peeled back to -24.5 at DraftKings, where 64 percent of bets and 51 percent of dollars are actually landing on Auburn. The total moved from 61.5 to 60.5 to 62.5, with practically all the tickets and dollars on the over.

    UPDATE 6:30 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: DraftKings moved Alabama from -23.5 to -25.5, then back to -24.5 by Tuesday night, with 70 percent of bets on big underdog Auburn, but 73 percent of money on the Crimson Tide. The first move on the total was from 61.5 to 60.5, then it went up to 62.5, and practically all the tickets and dollars are on the Over.

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    Alabama is up to -24.5 Monday night at FanDuel, where 61 percent of tickets and 69 percent of dollars are landing on the Crimson Tide. The total is up two points to 62.5, with practically all the early tickets and money on the Over.

    Opening line

    Texas A&M -14.5, Over/Under 64.5

    Why the line moved

    UPDATE 7 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Shortly before kickoff, Texas A&M is -15.5 at FanDuel, up a point from the opener of -14.5, though this game is almost dead-even two-way action. In fact, LSU has a very slim majority of tickets and money on the spread, at 51 percent and 52 percent, respectively. The total is at 60.5 after opening 64.5, although 69 percent of bets and 63 percent of dollars are on the Over.

    UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The initial move on this line at DraftKings was from Texas A&M -14.5 to -13.5, but the Aggies are now up to -15, with ticket count and money in the 2/1 range in favor of A&M. The total has bounced around some, from 64.5 to 62.5 to 64.5 and now 63 on widely varied splits: 71 percent of bets are on the Over, but 90 percent of cash is on the Under.

    UPDATE 6:30 P.M. ET WEDNESDAY: Texas A&M moved from -14.5 to -13.5 and back to -14.5 at DraftKings, where 86 percent of point-spread tickets are on the Aggies, but the money is almost dead even. The total fell from 64.5 to 62.5, then bounced to 63.5, with 53 percent of bets on the Over and 94 percent of money on the Under.

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    The Aggies opened just a tick beyond two-touchdown favorites at FanDuel, then dipped to -12.5 Sunday night, but are now back up to -14.5 Monday night. Texas A&M is attracting 74 percent of early point-spread bets and 88 percent of early point-spread cash. The total fell from 64.5 to 62.5 and is back at the opener Monday night, with the ticket count dead even, but 94 percent of money on the Over.

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