College Football Betting: Sharps All Over Big Schools' Opening Lines

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Doug Upstone

Monday, September 26, 2016 3:31 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 26, 2016 3:31 PM UTC

This Saturday, October hits us, and if you are on a tough start with your CFB picks, now is the time to start turning it around. We have six valuable college football odds that caught our attention when studying Week 5 opening lines.

There are six college football odds that caught our eye for a variety of reasons coming from BetOnline - now offering 50% Free Play welcome bonus. Here is what we have to contemplate.


Looks like Sharps Special
While Stanford was not impressive most of the game against UCLA and was incredibly lucky to cover the spread on last play of the game, they showed grit in hanging in and were clutch at the end. Washington needed OT to top an inferior Arizona squad on the road and seeing the Huskies would seem to scream sharps grabbing up the +3.5 early on Stanford.

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Knee Deep in Curiosity
The first game released by most oddsmakers was the gigantic Louisville at Clemson ACC clash, which has national implications. The Tigers were sent out at -3, but after stewing for a few hours, Clemson was down to -2. With all the news on the Cardinals and QB Lamar Jackson, Deshawn Watson and Clemson have been out of the social media's biggest trends. This number bears watching.

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The other big battle of interest is undefeated teams Wisconsin and Michigan and the Wolverines went out at -9.5. The Badgers flatten a flat Michigan State club and with their defense, especially the front seven, the starting number feels a little high on Michigan. First real test for the Wolverines with Wisconsin far more battle ready.

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Is This Really Where the Ducks Are?
Oregon revolutionized college football with its myriad of uniforms. While many hated it, at least the Ducks were consistent Top 10 program. That is not the case today and off a home loss to lowly Colorado, Oregon is quickly fading even in the Pac-12 and if you are making college football picks, you might be stunned to see the Ducks at +1 at Washington State. #Quack #Ouch

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Better Pay Attention Rebels
Ole Miss gouged Georgia after a pair of hard to swallow losses to Florida State and Alabama. With SEC road game at Arkansas and LSU, it might be easy the Rebels to overlook Memphis, who has looked better than anticipated, granted, versus weak competition, after losing head coach and quarterback. Mississippi is favored by 13 at home.

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Under The Radar Special
Only Midwesterners and graduates from MAC schools pay attention to their contests. Yet one football bettors will be following is the conference opener for Western Michigan at Central Michigan. Visiting Western Mich. is a 3.5-point favorite and at 4-0 has beaten a pair of Big Ten teams. Central Mich. is 3-1 and won at Oklahoma State. Sets up as a terrific opening act in the MAC.

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