Intriguing Games Featuring Betting Value - Opening Lines Report For Week 4

Wisconsin Badgers

Jay Pryce

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:46 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016 1:46 PM UTC

Here's a look at the opening lines and early point-spread movement for college football's biggest games in Week 4. Make sure you own multiple sportsbook accounts to tap into some valuable early lines.


Week 4 of the 2016-17 college football season sees four games with ranked teams squaring off against one another, three of them SEC matchups: No. 12 Georgia vs. No. 23 Ole Miss, No. 19 Florida vs. No. 14 Tennessee, and No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic. The surprising Wisconsin Badgers, climbing to No. 11 after an undefeated start and defeating LSU in the opener, travel to Spartan Stadium to take on No. 8 Michigan State in the only other ranked meeting.


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Georgia opened a 2-point pup on Sunday afternoon in their first trip to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in five years. The line adjusted to -7.5 in less than 24 hours. The Bulldogs own a 10-game win streak in the matchup, kicking off as double-digit favorites in the last five meetings.

The Volunteers are laying a touchdown to the Gators, the most points they’ve spotted Florida in the last 35 years (-5). The line opened at -10 but has since fallen to 7.5 points. Florida has won the last 11 meetings in the always-instrumental SEC East showdown.

The upstart Aggies catapulted to 6-point favorites over Arkansas in early trading after a 2.5-point opener. Played at Jerry World, the Razorbacks have taken the last two games into overtime but have not won since 2011.

The line is off the board in the Big Ten’s big game between the Badgers and Spartans, mainly due to a potential quarterback battle brewing in Madison and the unknown playing status of star running back Corey Clement. Freshman signal-caller Alex Hornibrook sparked a 10-point, fourth-quarter rally in the team’s 23-17 win over Georgia State on Saturday, making his claim for starting duties moving forward. Clement missed last week due to an ankle injury.

In other ranked action, No. 5 Clemson kicks off festivities with a Thursday night clash against ACC foe Georgia Tech. The feared Tigers offense finally found some life in a mercy-shortened 59-0 rout against South Carolina State on Saturday. Most of the early money is coming in on the Yellow Jackets after opening as 13-point underdogs.  The line is down to 10 as of Monday morning. Clemson is just 2-7 SU and ATS in its last nine as road chalk at Bobby Dodd Stadium, though only once has it kicked off as a double-digit favorite (1988) . 

USC and No.24 Utah square off on Friday night, the Trojans a dog for the first time ever in the meeting. The Utes opened at -1 but has since adjusted to -2 at some shops like Bookmaker. This game went off a pick ‘em in 2014, Utah winning 24-21 on a 1-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds of the game.

No. 13 Florida State is a 6-point favorite over the South Florida Bulls for their Saturday noon kickoff. The line opened a field goal. The Seminoles have not allowed more than 17 points in the last three meetings, but may be in for more after No. 3 Louisville gashed them for 63 on Saturday.

Speaking of the Cardinals, they are seeing a ton of early money in their Week 4 road matchup against Marshall. The opening line (-19) and is up to -25 points. Louisville is only the second team in FBS history to score 60 points or more in their first three games (Baylor 2013). The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, allowed 65 points to Akron last week, the most yielded in regulation time in at least the last 35 years.

The line crossed the fence in early trading for the UCLA-Stanford clash. The No. 7 Cardinal is a field goal favorite after opening a 1-point pup initially. The Bruins are 0-8 SU and 1-7 ATS in the last eight meetings.

The Big 12’s best game sees No. 16 Baylor laying 9.5 points to Oklahoma State in Waco. It’s the fourth year in a row the Bears are chalk over the Cowboys after spotting points in two of the prior 16 meetings.

Other intriguing games include No. 18 LSU spotting Auburn 3.5 points in the always-entertaining SEC West matchup, No. 4 Michigan gifting 17 points to Penn State at the Big House, and No. 20 Nebraska, fresh off a home win against Oregon, laying a touchdown at Northwestern. 

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