College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 4

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 2:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 2:52 PM UTC

Let’s take a closer look at six games in the next round of action, while also examining all the numbers being offered at

College football handicappers have a pretty good feel about teams across the country at this stage of the season, which makes it very important to get the best number available in the market. Let's get a jump on this weeks lines, as we look for any early value for our college football picks.

Opening number at Bookmaker sportsbook is represented in parentheses (Road team vs. Home team) 

Boise State Broncos vs. Fresno State Bulldogs -3 (-3) 

The Broncos are 10-1 SU when playing a league game in this series, while the Bulldogs have won all 10 games under head coach Tim DeRuyter when scoring 30-plus points. 

From a sports betting trend perspective, Boise State is a dominating 21-11-1 ATS as an underdog in its last 33 opportunities.


Michigan State Spartans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish -7 (-6) 

The Fighting Irish are 2-0 SU/ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 7 points the last two-plus seasons, but the road team has grabbed the cash in 11 of the last 13 meetings in this rivalry.


Tennessee Volunteers vs. Florida Gators -17 (-15.5) 

The Volunteers have a good chance to cover this number if they can force the Gators into making a couple of mistakes, as they lead the Southeastern Conference with a plus-six turnover margin. 

Florida has limited opponents to a combined 2-for-24 on third-down conversions, which happens to be the best mark in the country.  

The Gators are 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series, but will they be able to meet the large number posted on the college football odds board?


Utah Utes vs. BYU Cougars -7 (-6.5)

Since Kyle Whittingham became a member of the coaching staff in Salt Lake City, the Utes have gone 12-7 against the Cougars, which is far better than their 2-13 mark in the 15 years prior. 

BYU is coming off a bye week, as it was last seen rushing for a schoo-record 550 yards versus the Texas Longhorns. 

College football handicappers will find that the underdog is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 overall meetings in this in-state rivalry.


Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Stanford Cardinal -7.5 (-6.5) 

The Sun Devils lead the nation in averaging just 10 penalty yards per game—a category that head coach Todd Graham deems very important to a program that lacked focus at times under Dennis Erickson. 

Since 2009, the Cardinal have won eight of their 10 home games versus ranked opponents, which fits nicely with the host going 8-2-1 ATS in the last 11 games in this Pac-12 Conference series.


Utah State Aggies vs. USC Trojans -7 (-6.5)

The Aggies have rolled up 500-plus yards of total offense in seven of their last nine games, but they’ll have a hard time reaching that type of number against a defense that has been much improved early on from a season ago. 

USC has won all four previous meetings in this series by an average of 46 points.


Other Games

Clemson -13.5 (-13) vs. NC State

North Texas vs. Georgia -32 (-36.5)

FIU vs. Louisville -41.5 (-41)

Western Michigan vs. Iowa -16.5 (-19)

Vanderbilt -32 (-36) vs. Massachusetts 

Wake Forest -3.5 (-3) vs. Army

Pittsburgh -3.5 (-6) vs. Duke

Michigan -17.5 (-18.5) vs. Connecticut

Purdue vs. Wisconsin -24 (-22.5)

Ball State -10 (-8) vs. Eastern Michigan

Kent State vs. Penn State -19.5 (-14)

Marshall vs. Virginia Tech -9.5 (-11)

Cincinnati -22 (-24) vs. Miami OH

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech -6 (-3.5)

West Virginia vs. Maryland -5.5 (-4.5)

San Jose State vs. Minnesota -5 (-6.5)

Troy vs. Mississippi State -14 (-13)

UL Monroe vs. Baylor -28 (-30)

Wyoming -3.5 (-2.5) vs. Air Force

Hawaii vs. Nevada -12.5 (-14)

SMU vs. Texas A&M -28.5 (-26.5)

Rice vs. Houston -2.5 (-4)

Kansas State vs. Texas -6 (-7)

Arkansas State -4 (-3) vs. Memphis

Louisiana Tech vs. Kansas -10.5 (-9)

Colorado State vs. Alabama -39.5 (-36.5)

UL Lafayette -7 (-6) vs. Akron

Idaho vs. Washington St -31 (-35)

Middle Tennessee St -4 vs. Florida Atlantic

Tulane vs. Syracuse -15 (-10.5)

Texas State vs. Texas Tech -26.5 (-25)

Oregon State -11 (-8) vs. San Diego St

Auburn vs. LSU -17.5 (-14)

Missouri -3 vs. Indiana

New Mexico St vs. UCLA -42 (-38)

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