College Football Odds Week 14: Opening Lines and Sharp Money

Dec 5, 2020 |
College Football Odds Week 14: Opening Lines and Sharp Money
Kedon Slovis and USC are taking 71 percent of tickets and 68 percent of money for their Sunday night showdown with Washington State. The total is up 1.5 points to 68.5.
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Kedon Slovis and USC are taking 71 percent of tickets and 68 percent of money for their Sunday night showdown with Washington State. The total is up 1.5 points to 68.5.
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College football odds for Week 14 are on the betting board and getting action, as this COVID-wracked season moves into December. Plenty of big-name programs are in action, but Coastal Carolina hosting Liberty loomed as arguably the most intriguing game – until COVID issues with Liberty's program shelved that matchup.

Multiple oddsmakers provided insights on college football Week 14 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 14 odds for the premier games on the schedule, as of November 30. 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
(3) Clemson at Virginia Tech 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday Virginia Tech +23.5 66.5
(13) BYU at (18) Coastal Carolina 5:30 p.m. ET Saturday Coastal Carolina +10.5 62.5
(4) Ohio State at Michigan State Noon ET Saturday Michigan State +22.5 58.5
(6) Florida at Tennessee 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Tennessee +17.5 62.5
West Virginia at (9) Iowa State 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Iowa State -5.5 48.5
(12) Indiana at (16) Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday Wisconsin -13.5 44.5
Baylor at (11) Oklahoma 8 p.m. ET Saturday Oklahoma -22.5 61.5
(5) Texas A&M at (22) Auburn Noon ET Saturday Auburn +6 48
(1) Alabama at LSU 8 p.m. ET Saturday LSU +29.5 64
Washington State at (20) USC 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday USC -13 68.5

Opening line

Virginia Tech +21.5, Over/Under 66.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 7:15 P .M. ET SATURDAY: The SuperBook at Westgate opened -22, went to -22.5, dialed back to -21.5, then worked up to the closing number of -23.5. "We need VaTech. The majority of Clemson money came in at -23 or better," SuperBook risk manager Rex Beyers said.

UPDATE 5:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: After opening -21.5 at FanDuel, Clemson is up to -23.5, with tickets and money both running more than 9/1 on the Tigers. The total is up a point to 67.5, with tickets and money 3/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 10 A.M. ET SATURDAY: Clemson went from -22 to -22.5 to -22 at BetMGM Nevada, though action is completely one-sided, with ticket count 8/1 on the Tigers and money far more lopsided. That includes a $50,000 bet on Clemson -22.

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: DraftKings opened the Tigers -23.5 and is now at -21.5, though Clemson is landing 86 percent of tickets and 89 percent of cash on the spread. The total moved from 66.5 to 67.5 and back, with 87 percent of tickets/84 percent of money on the Over. 

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Another game, another huge double-digit spread for Clemson, which is favored by 21 points or more for the eighth time this season. As of Monday night, there's no movement at FanDuel on the opener of Clemson -21.5. Early ticket count and money are both well beyond 9/1 on the Tigers. The total remains at 66.5, with 66 percent of bets and 99 percent of money on the Over.

Opening line

Brigham Young -10.5, Over/Under 61.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 3 P.M. ET SATURDAY: The Cougars moved from -9.5 to -10.5 at FanDuel, but this action is drawing ever closer to dead-even two-way. BYU is now taking just 53 percent of tickets and 56 percent of money. The total moved from 59.5 to 62.5, with tickets and money 9/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET SATURDAY: BYU remains -10.5 today at PointsBet USA, with 60 percent of tickets and 72 percent of money on the road-warrior Cougars. The total is up to 62 from 59.5, with 86 percent of bets and 91 percent of money on the Over.

UPDATE 8:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: BYU opened -10 at PointsBet USA on Thursday and crept to -10.5 earlier this evening, with 68 percent of tickets and 71 percent of money on the visiting Cougars. The total is up two points to 61.5, with 90 percent of tickets and money on the Over.

UPDATE 3:30 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Fortunately, unbeaten Brigham Young (9-0 SU, 6-2-1 ATS) was waiting in the wings after Liberty had to cancel, and the Cougars will head cross-country to face fellow unbeaten Coastal Carolina. FanDuel opened BYU -9.5 Thursday afternoon, and ticket count/money are both running 3/1 on the Cougars, despite the lengthy road trip on short notice. The total of 61.5 is seeing practically every early ticket and early dollar on the Over.

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Coastal Carolina is not only solid on the field at 9-0 SU, but is great for bettors at 7-1-1 ATS. The Chanticleers were set to take on Liberty, another solid team SU and ATS (9-1 and 8-2, respectively). But COVID issues in the Flames' program forced the cancellation of the matchup Thursday. 

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Opening line

Michigan State +22.5, Over/Under 59.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. ET SATURDAY: Ohio State went from -22.5 to -24 and back to the opener at PointsBet USA, where 85 percent of spread tickets and 91 percent of spread dollars are on the Buckeyes. The total fell from 59.5 to 58.5, although tickets and money are both more than 4/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 10 A.M. ET SATURDAY: BetMGM Nevada opened Ohio State -23 and reached -24 early, then spent most of the week at -23.5. "A lot of tickets on this game, a fair amount of interest," BetMGM Nevada's Scott Shelton said. "It's 2/1 tickets and just over 2/1 money on Ohio State."

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: The Buckeyes moved from -22.5 to -24 at DraftKings, where the ticket count is 4/1 and money beyond 6/1 on Ohio State. The total opened 59.5 and spent literally a few minutes at 60.5 Monday before returning to 59.5, with 89 percent of bets but just 60 percent of money on the Over.

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Ohio State's Week 13 game at Illinois was canceled due to COVID issues within the Buckeyes' program, and the status of this week's game is not yet clear. DraftKings still decided to put the game up at Ohio State -22.5 and moved to -23.5 Monday, but betting splits aren't yet available. The total at DraftKings moved from 59.5 to 60.5 and back to the opener by Monday afternoon.

Opening line

Tennessee +16.5, Over/Under 61.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Florda went from -16.5 to -18 at PointsBet USA, where ticket and money are both in the 9/1 range on the Gators. The initial move on the total was down, from 61.5 to 60.5, but it's now at 63, with 66 percent of bets and 89 percent of money on the Over.

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: The Gators opened -17.5 at DraftKings, dipped to -16.5, then spent the past three days bouncing between 17.5 and the current number of -17. But the action is all Florida, at 92 percent of bets and 84 percent of money. The total is pinned at 61.5 so far, with 64 percent of bets and 88 percent of money on the Over.

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On Monday night, Florida is back to FanDuel's opener of -16.5, after spending about 12 hours at -17.5. Similarly, the total moved from 61.5 to 60.5 and back to 61.5. Betting splits are not yet available on this game.

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Opening line

Iowa State -6.5, Over/Under 50.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 3 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Thirty minutes before kickoff, Iowa State sits -5.5 after opening -6.5 at FanDuel, where 61 percent of tickets and money are on the Cyclones. The total fell from 50.5 to 47.5, with 70 percent of tickets and 79 percent of money on the Under.

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET SATURDAY: After opening -7, Iowa State is down to -5.5 at PointsBet USA, where 67 percent of tickets are on the Cyclones, but 53 percent of money is on the visiting Mountaineers. The total went from 49 to 49.5, then down to 48, with 55 percent of tickets and 65 percent of money on the Under.

UPDATE 8:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: PointsBet USA opened Iowa State -7 and on Wednesday moved to -6.5, where the line remains now, with 66 percent of tickets and 58 percent of money on the host Cyclones. The total opened at 49, spent time at 49.5 and 48.5, and is now 49, with tickets running 2/1 and money 3/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: The Cyclones moved from -6.5 to -7.5 and back at DraftKings, where Iowa State is grabbing 77 percent of point-spread tickets, but just 57 percent of dollars bet. The total at DK moved from 48.5 to 49.5, despite 52 percent of bets and 66 percent of money on the Under.

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As of Monday night, this line hasn't budged at FanDuel, though ticket count is 3/1 and money approaching 9/1 on the host Cyclones. The total is down two points to 48.5, with tickets and money running 4/1 on the Under.

Opening line

Wisconsin -10.5, Over/Under 51.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 3 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Wisconsin opened -12.5 and peaked at -13.5, dipped to -11.5 earlier this afternoon and is now back out to -13.5 at FanDuel. That late upward move comes despite tickets running 3/1 and money 2/1 on underdog Indiana. The total made a quick move early in the week from 51.5 to 45.5 and is now 44.5, though tickets are about 3/1 and money 4/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Wisconsin ticked from -13 to -13.5 in the past hour at PointsBet USA, but Indiana is attracting more than 70 percent of money and tickets. The total is at 44.5, with 87 percent of bets and 88 percent of money on the Over. 

UPDATE 8:30 P.M. ET FRIDAY: PointsBet USA started the Badgers at -10, spent a few hours at -9.5, and the line then shot up to -13 in one fell swoop while on its way to -14. Wisconsin is now -13. "Good two-way action on the spread, with 72 percent of bets on Indiana, but 58 percent of handle on Wisconsin," PointsBet's Patrick Eichner said. The total opened 50.5, then adjusted straight to 45.5 on the info of Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr (torn ACL) being out. The total is now 44.5, but 90 percent of tickets and money are on the Over. 

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: DraftKings opened this game at Wisconsin -10.5, and the first move perhaps surprisingly was to -9.5, but the line then ballooned to -14.5 by Tuesday and is now -14. However, even though Indiana won't have star QB Michael Penix Jr. (torn ACL), the Hoosiers are drawing 84 percent of spread tickets and 63 percent of spread money. The total made an even bigger move, but in the opposite direction, from 51.5 to 45.5, although 84 percent of bets/70 percent of dollars are on the Over.

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Indiana lost star quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to a torn ACL suffered in the Week 13 win over Maryland. With that in mind, it's no surprise that DraftKings opened Wisconsin a double-digit favorite, though the first move on this line was from Badgers -10.5 to -9.5. The total is already down two points Monday night, to 49.5. Betting splits aren't yet available.

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Opening line

Oklahoma -21.5, Over/Under 62.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 5:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: This line alternated between Oklahoma -21.5 and -22.5 several times throughout the week and is currently -22.5 at FanDuel. The Sooners are taking 72 percent of bets and 74 percent of money on the spread. The total moved from 62.5 to 63.5, then receded to 60.5, but the Over is taking 91 percent of bets and 76 percent of money.

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Oklahoma nudged from -21.5 to -22.5 and back at DraftKings, where ticket count is about 3/1 and money 4/1 on the Sooners. The total fell from 63.5 to 62.5, despite 91 percent of tickets/70 percent of money on the Over.

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FanDuel hasn't budged off Sooners -21.5 as of Monday night. Oklahoma is taking 52 percent of tickets and 82 percent of money on the spread. The total moved from 62.5 to 63.5 and back, though splits aren't yet available on the total.

Opening line

Auburn +4.5, Over/Under 48.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 11:30 A.M. ET SATURDAY: PointsBet USA opened Texas A&M -6, peaked at -7, fell to -5.5 and is now at -6. The Aggies are landing 73 percent of bets and 79 percent of dollars on the spread. The total moved from 47.5 to 50.5 to 48, with tickets running 4/1 and money 3/1 on the Over.

UPDATE 9 P.M. ET FRIDAY: The Aggies opened -6, peaked at -7 and are now down to -5.5 at PointsBet USA. "Another game with good two-way action," PointsBet USA's Patrick Eichner said. "Sixty-seven percent of spread bets and 58 percent of spread handle on Auburn." The total moved from 47.5 to 50.5, then backed up to 48.5, with 74 percent of tickets on the Over and 71 percent of money on the Under.

UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: DraftKings has the Aggies back at the opener of -6.5, after spending a day at -7. Point-spread ticket count is 4/1 and money 2/1 on Texas A&M. The total jumped from 47.5 to 49 early, but is now at 48, though 94 percent of bets/85 percent of dollars are on the Over.

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Texas A&M actually has designs on the College Football Playoff, but certainly has to win this week to keep such hopes intact. Bettors at FanDuel have already pushed this number to Aggies -6.5, with practically every ticket and every dollar on A&M through Monday night. The total is up to 49.5, with 84 percent of bets and 94 percent of money on the Over.

Opening line

LSU +28.5, Over/Under 67.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 7:15 P.M. ET SATURDAY: Alabama went from -28.5 to -29.5 at The SuperBook. "Surprisingly low volume to this point, but what do you expect when Bama was favored at home last year and now is laying 30-ish on the road less than 13 months later?" SuperBook risk manager Rex Beyers said. "It just goes to show how crazy this season has been. I would think in the last hour before kickoff, there will be people betting both sides of that game, because regardless of the spread, it is 'Bama-LSU. But we'll see."

UPDATE 5:45 P.M. ET SATURDAY: After spending most of the week at -29.5, the Crimson Tide are back at the opener of -28.5 at FanDuel, where 80 percent of bets and 85 percent of dollars are on Alabama. The total is down to 64.5 from 67.5, with tickets and money 2/1 on the Under.

UPDATE 1 P.M. ET SATURDAY: PointsBet USA moved Alabama from -28.5 to -29.5 to -29, with ticket count 3/1 and money 4/1 on the Crimson Tide. The total opened 68.5 and is now 65, with tickets 2/1 and money beyond 6/1 on the Under.

UPDATE 5 PM. ET THURSDAY: Alabama bounced from -28.5 to -30.5 to -29 at DraftKings, and there are few believers in LSU, with the Crimson Tide attracting 80 percent of point-spread bets and 92 percent of spread money. The total opened 69.5, bottomed out at 66.5 and is now 67, with 56 percent of tickets and 92 percent of cash on the Under.

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Before this crazy season, Alabama-LSU was certainly circled on everyone's calendar, with the perennial national title-contending Crimson Tide meeting the defending national champion Tigers. But LSU has dropped off significantly, certainly not helped by key players who opted out of the season due to COVID concerns.

Alabama hasn't moved off -28.5 at FanDuel, but through Monday night, 82 percent of bets and 89 percent of dollars are on the Tide. The total has bounced around a bit early, from 67.5 to 69.5 to 66.5, with ticket count 3/1 and money 2/1 on the Under.

Opening line

Southern Cal -12.5, Over/Under 66.5

Why the line moved

UPDATE 9 P.M. ET FRIDAY: Southern Cal fell from -14 to -13 early in the week at PointsBet USA, but the Trojans are attracting 71 percent of tickets and 68 percent of money on the spread. The total moved from 67 to 68.5 on what PointsBet's Patrick Eichner described as limited action.

    UPDATE 5 P.M. ET THURSDAY: Southern Cal is currently -13.5 at DraftKings, in a game that's been moved to Sunday. DraftKings' betting splits aren't yet available for this matchup.

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    Southern California is already up two points at FanDuel, sitting at -14.5 Monday night, but the betting splits don't really reflect that move. Seventy percent of early tickets and 55 percent of early dollars are on Washington State. Conversely, the total is down two points to 64.5, though FanDuel's betting splits aren't yet available.

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