For those uninitiated in NCAA betting, it might seem odd to witness someone yelling at the television after a late touchdown or field goal that has no consequence on the outcome of a football game. But those of us who like to put money on the point spread know all too well that rarely is there a meaningless field goal or touchdown.
The beauty of playing the spread is that it evens the playing field and can make even the most lopsided NCAA football game entertaining. So let’s take a look at which NCAAF away teams are most likely to cover this week when it comes to college football odds.
Wake Forest (+4.5) at Clemson
It seems that these odds are based on Clemson’s pedigree rather than the current state of the Tigers. The glory days of Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson are over, and the D.J. Uiagalelei-led offense just isn’t getting it done. The Tigers rank 107th in total yards and 95th in points-per-game this year – a far cry from the last few years at Clemson.
The tone was set in the first game when Georgia completely shut them down, and things haven’t gotten much better. On the other hand, Wake Forest has been an offensive juggernaut and is second in the nation in scoring, averaging 44.7 points per game. So the 9-1 Demon Deacons feel a little disrespected here. So I’m taking Wake Forest on the road with the points.
Oregon (+3) at Utah
Speaking of disrespect, the Oregon Ducks are an underdog on the road against a very hit-and-miss Utah Utes team. This is a Ducks team that is 9-1 and is currently in the College Football Playoff according to recent rankings. These teams are hot, with the Ducks winning five straight and the Utes three, including a victory over Arizona last week.
These two teams do match up well. The offenses are nearly identical, with the Ducks averaging 35.3 points per game and the Utes 35.7. The same goes for the defenses, with Oregon giving up 22.6 per game and Utah allowing 23.8. It should be a great game, but it’s hard to pass up a fantastic Ducks team at +3.
Michigan State (+18.5) at Ohio State
We’re not used to seeing Michigan State as this big of an underdog, but that’s just how good the Ohio State offense has been this year. This game features two top Heisman candidates in Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III and Buckeyes standout QB C.J. Stroud. Both have been excellent this year, and this will be a fun game to watch regardless of the score.
Ohio State has been red hot, piling up the points week after week, but Michigan State will be the best team they have faced since the Ducks in Week 2. It’s a Sparty team that plays physically and will look to pound the rock all day long against a somewhat susceptible Ohio State defense.
There’s a lot on the line in this game, with the loser essentially being eliminated from the College Football Playoff race. I think this is a game that Ohio State wins, but the 18.5-point spread is too high.
What NCAAF Away Teams Do You Have This Week?
It seems that sometimes NCAAF away teams don’t quite get the respect they deserve, and that’s why I like the three games listed above. There’s a lot on the line this weekend, and there’s bound to be some and wild finishes. So be sure to keep up to date on BetMGM’s football lines and check back daily for all of your online sports betting action. Then, sign up for an account with BetMGM and place your bets today.