Early Money on Notre Dame, Stanford & TCU in NCAAF Week 4

Monday, September 17, 2018 1:01 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 17, 2018 1:01 PM UTC

Here are opening point spreads for Week 4 of the college football season, with the early offshore movement from line originator BetOnline from Sunday afternoon.

NCAAF Capper Week 3 Picks Record: 3-3-1
NCAAF YTD Picks Record: 10-7-1

NCAAF: Opening Line Report, Week 4Thursday

TEMPLE -7½ Tulsa (down to -6½ -115 after release, BetOnline)

Friday

#18 CENTRAL FLORIDA -13 Florida Atlantic
#9 Penn State -27½ ILLINOIS
USC -5 Washington State (down to -4½ -115)

Saturday

IOWA STATE -18 -105 Akron (up to -18½)
NC State -4 -115 MARSHALL (up to -7 -115)
MASSACHUSETTS No Line Charlotte
#23 Michigan State -5½ -105 INDIANA (down to -4½)
MARYLAND No Line Minnesota
BALL STATE -3½ -120 Western Kentucky
Boston College -7 -115 PURDUE (up to -7½ -115)
SYRACUSE No Line Connecticut
#20 Miami Florida -28 +100 Florida International
Pitt -2½ NORTH CAROLINA (up to -3½ -115)
FLORIDA STATE -11 -105 Northern Illinois
Miami Ohio -5½ -105 BOWLING GREEN
#4 OHIO STATE -34 Tulane
#2 Clemson -16 -115 GEORGIA TECH (up to -16½ -115)
CINCINNATI -8 -115 Ohio (up to -9 -115)
SOUTH FLORIDA -21½ East Carolina
#8 Notre Dame -5½ WAKE FOREST (up to -8 -115)
TOLEDO -12 -105 Nevada (down to -10½ +100)
VIRGINIA -2½ Louisville (down to -3½ -120)
Western Michigan -5½ GEORGIA STATE (up to -7)
Buffalo -3 -120 RUTGERS -2 (up to -4 -115)
Arizona -6½ -105 OREGON STATE
#19 OREGON -1½ #7 Stanford (>Favorite-flip to STAN -1 -115)

Florida -8 TENNESSEE (down to -6 -105)
Mississippi State -9 KENTUCKY (up to -10½)
#21 MICHIGAN No Line Nebraska
#13 WEST VIRGINIA -14 -115 Kansas State (up to -14½ -115)
OLE MISS -30 -120 Kent State (down 15 cents to -30 -105)
SOUTHERN MISS -13-105 Rice
#11 AUBURN -27½ -105 Arkansas (up 5 cents to -27)
#15 OKLAHOMA STATE -12 -105 Texas Tech
Navy -12½ SMU
UL LAFAYETTE -1½ Coastal Carolina
ARKANSAS STATE -4½ -105 Unlv (up to -6½ -115)
TEXAS -2½ #17 TCU (>Favorite-flip to TCU -2½)
#5 OKLAHOMA -31½ -105 Army
#6 LSU -21½ Louisiana Tech (down 5 cents to -21½ -105)
BAYLOR -8½ -115 Kansas (up to -9½ -120)
South Carolina -3½ VANDERBILT (down to -2½ -105)
MEMPHIS -27½ -115 South Alabama
UTAH STATE -10½ -115 Air Force (down to -9½ +100)
New Mexico State -3 UTEP -1 (down to -2 -105)
UTSA -7 -115 Texas State (up to -8 -115)
Troy -6½ -105 UL MONROE
#13 Virginia Tech -28 -115 OLD DOMINION (up to -28½ -115)
North Texas -14½ -115 LIBERTY (down to -14)
#3 Georgia -14 -115 MISSOURI (up to -15)
#1 ALABAMA -26 -105 Texas A&M
#16 Wisconsin -6 IOWA (down to -3½)
#12 WASHINGTON -18½ Arizona State (down 5 cents to -18½ -105)
SAN DIEGO STATE -9 Eastern Michigan (down to -8½ -105)

BetOnline open, Don Best rotation order; vigorish -110 unless noted; HOME TEAM in CAPS

Coaches Top 25 Poll rankings from Sunday, September 16

Notre Dame Among Teams Backed By Sharps In Early Betting

After a flurry of early activity on the NCAAF Week 4 betting board after opening lines from Offshore sportsbook BetOnline were released Sunday afternoon, there were a few surprises and a couple of 2½-point-plus movers. Notre Dame went from an opening 5½ up to 8 before settling back around 7½ at press time for their game against Wake Forest at a soggy (Hurricane Florence) BB&T Field (FieldTurf) in Winston-Salem on Saturday (noon ET; ABC).

Stanford, which rested RB Bryce Love in Week 3 vs. U.C. Davis, moved from a 1½-point underdog to a 1-point favorite after the professionals did some early work, backing the Cardinal against QB Justin Herbert and Oregon and Autzen Stadium (FieldTurf) on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ABC).

And TCU also saw a favorite-flip from open with early action on the Horned Frogs over host Texas, moving from an opening Longhorns -2½ a healthy 5 points the other way to #15 TCU -2½ -105 for their semi-rivalry (TEX 62-25-1) game at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf) on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET; FOX).

Some other sides the wiseguys and early bettors backed: N.C. State, which went from an opening 4 (-115) quickly to 7 for their non-conference game at Marshall on Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium (FieldTurf) in Huntington, WV (7 p.m. ET; CBSS); and Florida, which went from 8-point opening chalk down to -6 (-105) at BetOnline for the Gators' Third Saturday in September (FLA 27-20) annual SEC showdown with Tennessee at Neyland Stadium (grass) in Knoxville on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN).

Sun Belt Conference side Arkansas State also saw enough money in the first two hours of trading early to go from 4½- (-105) to 6½-point home chalks (-115) for their tussle with MWC side UNLV at Centennial Bank Stadium (ProGreen) in Jonesboro on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN3).

And early betting was seen on South Florida, with the host Bulls going from big opening 21½-point favorites to as high as 24 in some shops offshore (Heritage) for their Saturday evening affair vs. East Carolina at Raymond James Stadium (grass) in Tampa (8 p.m. ET; ESNN) in a series which has been completely dominated of late by USF (6-0 ATS L6, 3-0 ATS L3 at home). Count me in on fading the Pirates this weekend (2017: USF 61 EC 31, USF -21).

And there was heavy fading of Wisconsin — upset at home by BYU in Week 3 — with the sharps moving the opening number on RB and Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor (+650 to win Heisman Trophy, 5Dimes) and the Badgers (3-1 ATS L4 at IOWA) from opening 6- to 3-point favorites (-105, BetOnline) for their Battle for the Heartland Trophy (WIS 46–43–2) on Saturday in Week 4 at Kinnick Stadium (FieldTurf) in Iowa City (8:30 p.m. ET; FOX).

NCAAF Week 4 Picks

Memphis -27½ -105 over South Alabama
Virginia Tech -27½ -105 over Old Dominion
Georgia -14 -105 over Missouri
Alabama -24 -105 over Texas A&M (Heritage)
South Florida -23½ -115 over East Carolina (BetOnline)

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