NCAA Football Weekend Preview

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look, now, at the three big college football games this weekend, with all relevant college football betting information. Lines and spreads are courtesy Sports Interaction:

No. 1 Florida (-7.5) at No. 4 LSU Moneyline: Gators 1.33

The big news surrounding this mega-matchup is the health of Florida QB Tim Tebow – the two-time Heisman trophy winner was KOed against Kentucky and is still feeling the after-effects of his concussion. Tebow’s presence would obviously shift college betting lines around, but sportsbooks might not have the chance to make the switch. Gators’ coach Urban Meyer is playing his cards close to the vest about Tebow’s health; it’s sounding as though Tebow will be a gametime decision. That’s important, because if history tells us anything, the LSU-Florida game has major national championship implications. The winner of this game has gone on to capture the last three BCS championships; nobody in Baton Rouge forgets the epic 2007 game where the Tigers beat the Gators 28-24 en route to the title. For you sports betting enthusiasts that like to play trends, consider this one: LSU has won a staggering 32 consecutive Saturday night games at Tiger Stadium. That’s a tough theme to bet against, no?

No. 3 Alabama (-5.5) at No. 2o Mississippi Moneyline: Crimson Tide 1.48

This really should’ve been a matchup of undefeated teams, but Mississippi couldn’t hold up it’s end of the bargain. An early-season loss to South Carolina ruined what promised to be a tantalizing matchup in Oxford, but this is still a Top-25 matchup with plenty of intriguing storylines.

The biggest – and the most stressful for Bulldogs fans – is the play of quarterback Jevan Snead. Despite beating Vanderbilt 23-7 last week, Snead was highly erratic throwing for three interceptions to his three touchdowns. He’s been erratic a couple of times this season, something he can’t afford against a Crimson Tide defense that’s got national title hopes. The second-ranked unit in the nation is only allowing 222.2 yards per game and probably won’t give up a lot of points to Mississipi this Saturday – under bettors, you’ve been notified.

Wisconsin at No. 9 Ohio State (-16.0) Moneyline: Buckeyes 1.12

Sure, the Badgers’ undefeated record is impressive, but who have they really beaten? Northern Illinois, Fresno State, Wofford, Michigan State and Minnesota are hardly national powerhouses; we’ll get a much better sense of how good Wisconsin is over the next two weeks as they play at Ohio State and then host No. 12 Iowa.

Saturday’s trip to Ohio State promises to be interesting; there are some serious Big Ten bragging rights at stake here and – even though it’s early in the season – the Buckeyes do need this win to catch the Badgers atop the league table. In order to do that, they’ll have to shut down Wisconsin RB John Clay, who has been rolling through defenses this year. Last week against the Golden Gophers, Clay rumbled for 184 and three touchdowns, earning him Big Tem offense player of the week honors and bumping his yards-per-game average to 116.4.

When the Buckeyes have the ball, all eyes will be on Terrelle Pryor. While he did score four touchdowns in a 37-7 win over Indiana last weekend, Pryor threw another interception, his fifth of the season. That’s a big deal, considering he only threw four all of last year. If Wisconsin can force a few turnovers and maintain ball possession by running Clay, they should be good to cover the 16 points.