Appropriately, the college basketball schedule has given bettors some huge matchups to consider – when they’re not watching football, of course.
No. 12 Arizona at No. 2 Duke
Friday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2
Basketball season has officially started in the college world as well, and this season is wasting no time with the blockbuster matchups. Basketball bettors will be treated to a top-15 matchup even before the first Saturday of the season when No. 2 Duke hosts No. 12 Arizona.
The star of the show here is Duke center Kyle Filipowski, a 7-foot sophomore who’s an early headliner in BetMGM’s Wooden Award odds market. He netted 25 points on 83% shooting in Monday’s season debut against Dartmouth.
But Arizona has Player of the Year contenders on its roster as well, with both Caleb Love and Oumar Ballo checking in at +2500 or better. Eight different players scored at least 10 points in Tuesday’s season-opening win against Morgan State.
This game will be the top attraction for Friday night.
No. 3 Michigan at No. 10 Penn State
Saturday, Nov. 11 | 12 p.m. ET | FOX
The Big Ten will get some major clarity on its pecking order this weekend when No. 3 Michigan travels to Happy Valley for a high-stakes showdown with No. 10 Penn State.
Bettors can draw a direct line from this game to the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff. If Michigan (9-0) remains undefeated, a Week 13 showdown during rivalry week will decide the Big Ten East when Ohio State plays Michigan. The winner of that game will be a heavy favorite to win the conference championship and advance to the CFP.
If Penn State wins on Saturday, the situation becomes a bit more complicated. Ohio State could win the division outright and cement its No. 1 CFP seed with a win in Ann Arbor, but the odds may imply that a three-way tie in the Big Ten East may be more likely.
In that scenario, Michigan will have beaten Ohio State, which beat Penn State back on Oct. 21. And Penn State will have the head-to-head win over Michigan.
The Big Ten East would go to whomever wins the tiebreaker, but the CFP may ultimately side with Ohio State – regardless of whether or not the Buckeyes are a conference champion – because of its critical non-conference win over Notre Dame.
So, yes, the stakes are very high in Happy Valley this weekend, with major implications in both the Big Ten and Heisman odds markets.
For now, Michigan remains a 4.5-point favorite in BetMGM’s college football odds market. The Wolverines are also the current betting favorite in the college football national championship odds market.
49ers at Jaguars
Sunday, Nov. 12 | 1 p.m. ET | FOX
For the 49ers, it was all good just a few weeks ago. Entering San Francisco’s Week 6 game in Cleveland, the 49ers carried an unblemished 10-0 record in regular-season games since Brock Purdy had become the starting quarterback late last year.
Since then, the 49ers’ momentum has come crashing to a halt. The 49ers – Super Bowl odds favorites just a few weeks ago – have lost back-to-back-to-back games to the Browns, Vikings, and Bengals.
Roster attrition and Injuries have been a real source of pain. Left tackle Trent Williams, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, running back Christian McCaffrey, and several other key contributors have been playing hurt or not available to play at all. Purdy himself has reportedly been dealing with a concussion.
San Francisco had a bye last week, so the team has had the opportunity to rest and get a bit healthier. Suddenly locked in a heated NFC West divisional battle with Seattle, the 49ers need a win this weekend in Jacksonville.
The problem? The Jaguars’ five-game winning streak is currently the longest active run in the NFL. One particular Jacksonville strength is its coverage unit, which grades out at third in the NFL, according to PFF.
BetMGM’s NFL odds currently price San Francisco as a 3-point road favorite.