The Weekly Showstopper: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, Oregon vs. Georgia and Cincinnati vs. Arkansas

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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Sep 01, 2022, 3:51 PM

The college football season has begun, and there are plenty of matchups between ranked teams this week.

Here are online sports betting insights for Notre Dame playing Ohio State, Oregon facing Georgia and Cincinnati taking on Arkansas.

College Football

Notre Dame Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Saturday, Sept. 3 | TV: ABC | 7:30 p.m. ET

This is a matchup between two top-five programs. No. 2-ranked Ohio State had a -17 football betting line against No. 5 Notre Dame as of Thursday, Sept. 1.

In college football national championship odds, the Buckeyes were second at +320 and the Irish were at +4000.

CJ Stroud, the Heisman Trophy favorite, is aiming to improve his NFL Draft stock with a solid 2022 season. He passed for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 72% of his throws a year ago. Stroud has Heisman Trophy odds of +200.

Against the Buckeyes defense, which was inconsistent last season, the Irish may often look to tight end Michael Mayer. He’s the team’s leading returning receiver after totaling 840 yards and seven touchdowns on 71 receptions in 2021.

Oregon Ducks vs. Georgia Bulldogs

Saturday, Sept. 3 | TV: ABC | 3:30 p.m. ET

In a duel between two programs with legitimate title hopes, Georgia, the returning national champion, had an NCAA football spread of -17.5, as of Thursday, Sept. 1.

The Bulldogs’ college football championship odds were the third-best at +350. The Ducks’ were at +6600.

The Bulldogs lost multiple defensive standouts who went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including Travon Walker and Jordan Davis. With that being said, they are still projected to be strong on that side of the ball. 

Georgia’s Stetson Bennett is back after passing for 2,862 yards, 29 touchdowns, seven picks and completing 65% of his throws. Bo Nix transferred to Oregon and tallied 2,542 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions while hitting 58% of his passes for Auburn a season ago.

Nix and Bennett had +5000 odds to win the Heisman.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks

Saturday, Sept. 3 | TV: ESPN | 3:30 p.m. ET

This is another nonconference clash between top 25 programs. As of Thursday, Sept. 1, Arkansas had a football betting line of -6.5.

The Razorbacks’ college football odds to win the national title were +8000, while Cincinnati’s were +15000.

Cincinnati put together an impressive 2021 season, reaching the College Football Playoff as a Group of 5 program. But the Bearcats will have to find a way to replace the production of last season’s leading passer Desmond Ridder, leading rusher Jerome Ford and leading receiver Alec Pierce, who all went on to the NFL.

While Arkansas’ leading receiver, Treylon Burks, also is in the NFL, the Razorbacks have their signal caller returning. KJ Jefferson’s Heisman odds are +6600.

He completed 67% of his throws en route to 2,676 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions last year. He also led the team with 664 rushing yards to go with six touchdowns on the ground.

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Colton Pool

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.