We are in the middle of November and it is crunch time in college football. Those making sports picks on the collegiate gridiron have to be sharp in studying the betting odds with what occurs.
We have huge upsets like Auburn last week and fantastic matchups like Mississippi State vs. Alabama this Saturday that warms every college football handicappers and sports bettor’s heart taking on the sportsbooks. Take a long look at our latest college football power rankings and among the elements to follow is our outright upset picks which are 17-11 ATS this season. If you would like to play along, add four points to the home team in the grid.
This week our score-based rankings Top 5 have Ohio State first, followed by Oregon, Alabama, TCU and Baylor. You can view our complete Top 25 by looking for numbers next to the teams.
|Power Ratings||Start||Current||Power Ratings||Start||Current|
|Florida State (10)||100||101||West Virgina||83||94|
|Clemson (25)||93||94||Oklahoma State||89||84|
|Louisville (22)||89||95||TCU (4)||89||105|
|Boston College||80||84||Baylor (5)||95||105|
|Wake Forest||81||74||Texas Tech||86||75|
|Kansas State (18)||89||98|
|Georgia Tech||85||93||Mid. Tenn. State||79||77|
|Ohio State (1)||94||107|
|Michigan State (9)||95||102||West|
|Penn State||88||88||North Texas||80||70|
|Maryland||87||88||UT- San Antonio||82||74|
|Nebraska (14)||88||100||American Athletic|
|Bowling Green||85||77||Oregon (2)||99||107|
|Northern Illinois||84||78||Oregon State||89||81|
|Ball State||75||75||USC (16)||95||99|
|Eastern Michigan||67||57||Arizona State (19)||88||97|
|Fresno State||86||76||UCLA (20)||97||95|
|San Diego State||82||76||East|
|San Jose State||76||72||Georgia (8)||94||102|
|Troy||72||64||Ole Miss (6)||95||105|
|Texas State||72||72||Mississippi State (7)||90||103|
|UL Monroe||77||72||Auburn (11)||96||101|
|Arkansas State||80||82||Texas A&M (24)||90||94|
|New Mexico State||69||59||Navy||83||81|
Sportsbook Review – Situation Conference Games of the Week
AAC – While East Carolina has played like the stronger team most of the season, the pressure seems to have gotten to them. Cincinnati’s defense has improved and our numbers have the underdog Bearcats winning this game outright and we will use with our college football picks.
ACC – Clemson gets QB Deshaun Harris back, but he’s been out almost a month and the Tigers offense has gotten off kilter while Georgia Tech option attack is rolling. We are calling for another home underdog to triumph.
Big Ten – As listed, we have Ohio State as the best team in the country right now and we have them at -17 compared to college football odds of -12.5. The Buckeyes have to keep punishing teams to have a chance to make the Final Four and we think they do.
C-USA – The UTEP Miners are a much improved football team this season and we have them favored by two more points than the odds makers at home. We believe North Texas used up their upset chance last week at home against Florida Atlantic.
Independents – While we agree in principle with the sportsbooks Notre Dame should be a 18-point favorite, over the years they have been a lousy home favorite and will stick with our number at -15.
MAC – Our college football power rankings are score-based as we mentioned and they are evidently too high on Ball State, as for a second week in a row we called for the Cardinals to pull off the upset and they were not close.
MWC – Nevada was originally listed as a one-point road favorite at Air Force which is what we had. The betting public moved the Flyboys to -2.5. We will see who ends up correct.
Pac-12 – Our numbers have Arizona State favored by 12 compared to -9 by the odds makers. Those setting the numbers are considering the Sun Devils being flat after a big Notre Dame win and the fact they have had issues in Corvallis (2-9-1 ATS). Our numbers lack emotion.
SEC – We just missed being correct with LSU last week against Alabama, and we find it hard to believe Arkansas is favored over the Tigers having not won a SEC contest in 17 tries.
Sun Belt – We and the books are very close on Louisiana as the favorite at UL –Monroe (-8 vs. -7), but we will share this nugget of info in this great rivalry, the underdog is 14-2 ATS last 16 years!