The college football season heads into Week 9 with a number of great head-to-head matchups in each of the power conferences. The following five games should be circled when it comes to some of the key betting stats and trends that could have a big impact on the actual outcome of these contests.
The Yellow Jackets moved to 4-2 straight-up on the year with Saturday’s 38-24 victory against Wake Forest. After covering as 3.5-point home favorites, they are a perfect 6-0 against the spread. Georgia Tech is now 10-1 ATS over its last 11 games and it has covered in its last four games on the road.
Clemson is coming off a bye with quarterback Kelly Bryant still listed as questionable for this Saturday’s game. The Tigers are looking to get back on track following a stunning 27-24 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 13 as heavy 23.5-point road favorites. They are now just 2-6 ATS in their last eight ACC games. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four conference games.Big Ten: Penn State at Ohio State (-6)
Penn State is in the middle of a brutal three-game stretch. The Lions passed their first test with flying colors after hammering Michigan 42-13 as 7.5-point home favorites on Saturday. Following this game, they will stay on the road to face Michigan State on Nov. 4. Penn State is 7-0 SU with a 5-1-1 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the seven games.
The Buckeyes extended their SU winning streak to five games with Saturday’s 56-14 romp against Nebraska as 24-point road favorites. They have covered in their last three games with the total going OVER in their last four outings. Ohio State is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games against Penn State and the total has stayed UNDER in six of the Buckeyes’ last eight home games in this Big Ten matchup.Big 12: Oklahoma State (-7) at West Virginia
The Cowboys are 3-1 SU in Big 12 play, but they have failed to cover in three of the four games following a tight 13-10 victory against Texas this past Saturday as 7-point road favorites. The total as stayed UNDER in six of their last seven road games. It has actually gone OVER in 13 of their last 19 conference games.
West Virginia improved to 5-2 SU on the year with a 38-36 victory at Baylor on Saturday, but it could not cover as a 10-point favorite. The Mountaineers are 3-4 ATS this season with the total going OVER or ending as a PUSH in six of the seven games. Head-to-head in this conference clash, the total has stayed UNDER in the last four meetings.SEC: Georgia (-14) vs. Florida in Jacksonville
Georgia is coming off a bye week following its perfect 7-0 SU start. It did fail to cover its last time out in a 53-28 victory at home against Missouri as a heavy 28.5-point favorite to fall to 5-2 ATS. The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in their last six conference games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games in the SEC.
The Gators have dropped their last two games SU in losses to LSU and Texas A&M at home. They are 3-3 SU with a 2-4 record ATS. Coming off a bye week as well, Florida is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games following a week off. The Gators have a perfect 4-0 record ATS in their last four games against Georgia and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings.Pac-12: USC (-3.5) at Arizona State
The Trojans fell to 6-2 SU on the year with Saturday’s 49-14 beatdown at the hands of Notre Dame as 3.5-point road underdogs. They have now failed to cover ATS in seven of their first eight games this season. The total has gone OVER in their last two games after staying UNDER in their previous four outings.
The Sun Devils are just a half game in back of USC at 3-1 SU for the lead in the Pac-12 South as part of an overall record of 4-3. They are 4-2-1 ATS after covering as double-digit underdogs in back-to-back upsets over Washington at home and Utah on the road. Arizona State is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 home games and the total has stayed UNDER in its last four games played at home.