Now that the federal ban on sports gambling has been lifted, states like Mississippi are beginning to allow in-casino bets. Where there are sports, you can be sure that there will be more than a few juicy lines to gamble on, legally, of course.
This weekend, with Hurricane Florence heading for the East Coast, a lot of games are being canceled and others are seeing kickoff times change to miss the storm. Still, college football sleeps for no one, and there are still some bets that look good enough to weather the storm.
As always, all of these lines can be found on Bovada.
No. 6 Oklahoma (-18.5) at Iowa State
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is operating at a Heisman-worthy level so far this season, and Lincoln Riley’s offense is still loaded with talent despite losing running back Rodney Anderson for the season. The Sooners are efficient, balanced and primed to start Big 12 play in style.
For Iowa State, they’ve only played one game after their first was shortened due to weather, and the Cyclones were bullied last week in a 13-3 loss to Iowa. Being at home gives them a slight advantage here, but after upsetting Oklahoma in Norman last season with their backup quarterback, I doubt the Sooners are going to be caught off guard in this one.
According to CFB Matrix’s Dave Bartoo, Oklahoma is 5-0-1 since last October against the spread. I expect them to improve that record on the road this Saturday in a big way.
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia (-33.5)
Sorry Middle Tennessee, but this one is going to get ugly.
The Georgia Bulldogs waltzed into one of college football’s top environments at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina and embarrassed a Gamecocks team many thought could challenge Kirby Smart’s team in the SEC East. The Bulldogs are loaded in all phases on offense, defense and special teams, and this one will be a tune up before they hit the road again to take on Missouri.
It’s a noon EST kickoff, but Georgia could cover this spread before halftime.
New Mexico at New Mexico State (O/U: 58.0)
The Rio Grande Rivalry dates back to 1894, and the New Mexico Lobos lead the all-time series 70-33-5. Heading into this game, New Mexico State is reeling coming off three-straight losses to start the season, and New Mexico will be starting their third-string quarterback, Sheriron Jones, after being riddled with injuries.
Neither team boasts a high-powered offense, and both are still searching for an identity. New Mexico seems like the better team on paper, and the Aggies have won the last two games by a combined three points.
This game is too risky to take one way or the other, but under 58 points seems really appetizing.
No. 1 Alabama at Ole Miss (O/U: 71.0)
The Alabama Crimson Tide offense is finding a new identity with Tua Tagovailoa at the helm, and there might not be a legit way to slow down this offense. They’re averaging 309.0 passing yards per game and 250.0 rushing yards per game through two wins. Heading to face an Ole Miss team allowing 34.0 points per game, which ranks dead last in the SEC, expect the Tide to light up the scoreboard.
On the other side, the Ole Miss Rebels are powered by offense only. They’ll find it difficult to put up the gaudy numbers they’ve accumulated to this point against Alabama, but they’ll find the end zone a few times nonetheless. This rivalry has gone over each of the last four times these teams have played, and you can take it to the bank they’ll light up the scoreboard once again.