Saturday is usually the day when college football betting is on the radar but the action begins early this week as the regular season is winding down. Here are the top three games from Friday.
Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Iowa Hawkeyes
Odds: Nebraska -14
The No. 17 ‘Huskers have won five straight since giving up 63 points at Ohio State, and they’re doing it the Nebraska way: with hard-nosed defense and a strong ground game to gouge their opponents. The Hawkeyes have lost five in a row and have failed to score more than 24 points in a game during that time; their defense is 40th in the country in points allowed, but you have to be able to take advantage of that good defense. NCAA football betting cappers should know that Nebraska has won all three meetings with Iowa, covering twice, and they should do so again.
Pick: Nebraska -14
LSU Tigers @ Arkansas Razorbacks
Odds: LSU -12.5
The No. 8 Tigers are still in the hunt for a BCS bowl after losing to Florida and Alabama by a combined 12 points, and would you expect anything less? Despite having an anemic aerial attack (which is a running theme at LSU), Les Miles has the Tigers right where they need to be and you have to put Les Miles in the top two or three coaches in the country. Arkansas would love to have a decent coach as this year has been a fiasco under John L. Smith, who replaced the disgraced Bobby Petrino. LSU has won six of the last 10 meetings between the two, but Arkansas, who will be suiting up for their finale, is playing like a team that just wants 2012 to be over.
Pick: LSU -12.5
Arizona State Sun Devils @ Arizona Wildcats
Odds: Arizona -2.5
In the latest edition of the “Duel In The Desert”, the Wildcats have won four of their last five after a three-game skid and even though they’re not in the AP poll, they’re 24th in the BCS standings, which can be more important when it comes to placement in bowl games. The Sun Devils had lost four in a row before rolling over Washington State in their final home game of the season, but that isn’t a great accomplishment as the Cougars haven’t won a Pac-12 game. The Sun Devils have decent numbers (28th in points allowed, 35th in points against), and three of those four losses during their skid came against Oregon and at Oregon State and USC. The Wildcats are 22nd in points allowed, but they’re 103rd in points against (although that may be exaggerated by losses to Oregon, Stanford and UCLA). The Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings, but Arizona won the previous three and this game will be closer than people expect. Still, take ‘Zona to barely cover this spread (which you need to watch throughout the week, if it moves to three or more, take the Sun Devils).