College football's final full slate of regular-season action of 2016 is upon bettors, and that means it's rivalry week around the country. Here’s a look at the opening lines and early adjustments for the College Football Playoff Top 10 teams (new poll Tuesday evening) in Week 13.
No team has knocked No. 1 Alabama from atop the CFP poll this season, but three Big Ten teams are hot on the champ's heels. For the first time in over 50 years, the Midwestern conference has three teams inside the top five: Ohio State, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes and Wolverines meet in “The Game” this weekend, so expect the visit to be short-lived for one.
Here’s a look at opening lines for the CFP's updated top 10 headed into Week 13, also known as Rivalry Week.
The spread quickly adjusted to -18 at some sportsbooks in early trading, closer to the -16 offered in advanced lines much of the season. Alabama has spotted Auburn more than two touchdowns in the Iron Bowl five times in the last 40 years, winning and covering in each. Four of these have come under the leadership of head coach Nick Saban.
The line is highly volatile since release, dealing anywhere from -6 to -7 points in favor of the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon. Ohio State has dominated in recent years, going 13-2 straight up and 10-4-1 against the spread. Both Buckeye losses came as short-priced underdogs. Michigan last won as a road dog at The Show in 2000, claiming a 38-26 win as 2.5-point pups.
Clemson last spotted South Carolina 20 points or more in 1982. The Gamecocks, in fact, have kicked off 20-point pups or more just three times in the 2000s.
The Badgers are 20-4 SU in the last 24 when favored in the series. They are just 5-9 against the spread when double-digit chalk, however.
Oddsmakers opened the game at -6 in favor of the Huskies but adjusted to -4.5 within hours on the market. This will be the 10th time in a row Washington kicks off chalk in the series. Cougars head coach Mike Leach has one victory in his prior four matchups, stunning the Huskies 31-28 as 12.5-point underdogs in his first season at Pullman.
No. 9 Oklahoma (Bye)
These two programs are some of the biggest surprises in the betting market this season, but for entirely different reasons. Michigan State is having a season to forget with a 3-8 record, while the Nittany Lions (9-2) are in the playoff picture. The South Point Casino in Las Vegas posted the Spartans as 1-point chalk in its Game of the Year lines back in May. Michigan State is winless as an underdog at Beaver Stadium in seven attempts.
Colorado has covered the spread in all five meeting versus Utah since the two joined the Pac-12 in 2011. But is the first time laying points for the Buffaloes. The Utes spotted them points in each—double digits in all but one, in fact. Utah is 5-1 when getting 10 points or more in Pac-12 play, while Colorado is 3-1 ATS when laying as much. Something has to give. The spread jumped to -11 at some outlets in early trading.
No. 11 Oklahoma State (Bye)
Other notable openers include:
No. 16 LSU (-5) at No. 25 Texas A&M
No. 18 Nebraska at Iowa (-3)
Notre Dame at No. 13 USC (-17.5)
No. 23 Florida at No. 17 Florida State (-7.5)