You won’t see as many lopsided games in the middle of October, since just about every team is playing a conference game. Familiar opponents should make for some interesting action and for some tight college football betting spreads.
Missouri Tigers @ Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, 12:05 PM ET
College Football Betting Odds: Georgia -8
This game feels extremely volatile, but in the end, the home team should have the edge. Georgia is playing without a boatload of players: running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall; receivers Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley; and punter Collin Barber. Yet, the Bulldogs were able to overcome a big test against Tennessee. Their ability to win amidst so many injuries should give them a lot of confidence. Moreover, playing at home should help them as well. One must also realize that Missouri has not yet beaten any of the SEC East’s top teams since coming to the SEC last year. The Tigers have to prove that they can play Georgia on even terms for 60 minutes. Georgia has had a week of practice in which to make adjustments and get on the same page, coping with all the injuries that have damaged the team in recent days. This ability to re-tool the game plan to his personnel should give Georgia coach Mark Richt an edge over Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. Missouri has a great chance at an upset, but the Tigers have historically not made the most of such chances. Go with Georgia.
Pick: Georgia -8
Oregon Ducks @ Washington Huskies
Saturday, 4:10 PM ET
College Football Betting Odds: Oregon -14
This is a game that is likely to be contentious, even though Oregon has regularly blasted Washington over the past several seasons. Oregon’s offense has greatly outpaced Washington’s offense in recent times, and as a result, the Ducks have been so much more effective as a program. Washington has not been able to win more than seven games this decade. However, there are signs that things could be changing.
Washington played really well this past Saturday in a narrow loss at Stanford. Quarterback Keith Price was extremely sharp, and his receivers helped him out on several occasions. If Washington’s offense plays at the same level it did this past weekend, the Huskies should score at least 30 points, and that will put them in this game for at least three quarters if not four. Oregon’s offense, however, is so difficult to stop. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is running the Ducks’ offense so smoothly that it’s hard to see how Washington’s offense will stop it for four full quarters. Washington will probably cover the number, but Oregon will win.
Pick: Washington +14
Michigan Wolverines @ Penn State Nittany Lions
Saturday, 5:05 PM ET
College Football Betting Odds: Michigan -2.5
This is a game in which the Wolverines’ passing game, specifically quarterback Devin Gardner, will come under scrutiny. Gardner was very shaky in consecutive games against bad teams (Akron and Connecticut), but he steadied himself against Minnesota this past weekend. Michigan is a more skilled team than Penn State. The Nittany Lions’ defense got blasted by the Indiana Hoosiers this past weekend. All in all, the Wolverines should win as long as Gardner and the rest of the offense do not commit more than one turnover. The verdict for this game is that Michigan will commit only one turnover. The Wolverines will find a way to win on the road in University Park, Pa and cover the spread.
Pick: Michigan -2.5