Beware of Nasty Weather Before Making Your NCAAF Picks

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Swinging Johnson

Saturday, November 4, 2017 1:43 PM GMT

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 1:43 PM GMT

The average bettor does his fair share of research before making his college football picks. But all that hard work can be for naught if you don't account for inclement weather. Below are Saturday's games whose results could be affected by the elements.

12:00 PM ET Penn State vs. Michigan State

In a nationally televised battle of top 25 powers, there is more than enough action being sent in on both the Nittany Lions as nine-point road favorites and the Spartans in their role as the home underdogs. There will be an easterly breeze of 9-14 miles per hour but a 60 percent chance of showers. Perhaps that possibility of a slow track has at least something to do with Penn State dropping from 13 to 9 point favorites and the total falling a full point from 48 ½ to the 47 ½ found in most of the major offshore sportsbooks.

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 3:30 PM ET Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and are clearly in the thick of the BCS playoff discussion. Today they will face the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest as two-touchdown favorites. But an 80 percent chance of rain has definitely impacted the college football odds as the total has tumbled a full five points from 60 to 55 in virtually all the top online sportsbooks. If you believe the pace will be slowed and the touchdowns will be fewer than get on over to TheGreek because they are the only book offering 55 ½ to those who like the under and are looking for every edge possible.

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7:30 PM ET Minnesota vs. Michigan

A 60 percent chance of rain in Ann Arbor has done very little to affect either the side or the total in this battle of Big Ten rivals. The Wolverines are holding steady as anywhere from 15 to 15 ½ point home favorites while the total is still hovering between 40 ½ and 41 in all of the major online books. But if you believe the forecast is being overlooked then perhaps including this game to go under in your college football picks might not be the worst decision you ever made. BetOnline is one shop offering 41 if you decide to go low.

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10:00 PM ET Oregon vs. Washington

No. 12 Washington will host its Pac-10 rival Oregon and will be under the twilight of cloudy skies with a 10-15 mile per hour wind blowing from the southeast and a 70 percent chance of rain on the horizon. The total opened at 53 ½ but that has dropped to as low as 51 ½ in sportsbooks like Bookmaker, JustBet, and BetDSI. However, if you are inclined to go low and want an extra point then shop on over to Pinnacle, 5Dimes and BetOnline that are all dealing 52 ½ on this matchup.

The Huskies opened as 21-point faves but that number has dropped precipitously across the board to -17 which could be due to what the oddsmakers perceive as a slower track, adversely affecting the Washington offense. But if you disagree you have four points worth of value going your way on the home chalk in this one.

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