2016 College Football: What Should Bettors Know For Week 7?
In this weekly column, we will summarize key events from the past week, provide bettors with information needed to make smarter college football bets, and help readers determine which teams are offering value.
As a primer, check out our opening line report. This is a useful resource to see how lines have moved throughout the week. (Week 7 Opening Line Report)
What are the Week 7 line moves that matter? Here are three games that bettors should know about. (Week 7 Line Moves That Matter)
Lamar Jackson is the Heisman favorite for the fourth straight week, but there are few surging quarterbacks who could challenge him. (2016 Heisman Odds)
Washington continues its ascent in the standings, while three teams continue to separate themselves from the pack. (2016-17 National Championship Odds)
WVU/TTU total is currently at 83, third highest of the season. 82% of tickets are taking the Over: https://t.co/bKewJ2uMbz
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Although West Virginia is now a favorite at most books, find out why there’s contrarian value taking the Mountaineers. (Game of the Week: West Virginia at Texas Tech)
Mike Williams (Hamstring), is upgraded to probable Saturday (10/15) vs. NC State
Jalen Hurd (Concussion), is upgraded to probable Saturday (10/15) vs. Alabama
Elijah Hood (Concussion), is upgraded to probable Saturday (10/15) at Miami Florida
Brandon Dawkins (Concussion), is questionable Saturday (10/15) vs. USC
Leonard Fournette (Ankle), is downgraded to doubtful Saturday (10/15) vs. Southern Miss
Key Line Movement
Iowa at Purdue, 12:00 PM Eastern: It’s been a rough season for the Hawkeyes, who were ranked #17 in the AP Preseason Poll. A last-second defeat by North Dakota State likely ruined any playoff hopes for Iowa fans, however, there’s still a chance for a bowl appearance.
This week the Hawkeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on Big-10 rival Purdue. At the market-setting Pinnacle sportsbook, Iowa opened as 12.5-point favorites, but have since fallen by a half-point.
The screenshot below illustrates Iowa’s line movement and shifts in betting trends throughout the week.
Since opening, bettors have hammered Purdue, who has consistently received the majority of spread bets and spread dollars even though they’re a double-digit underdog. This heavy action on the Boilermakers has forced oddsmakers to adjust their lines accordingly. Not coincidentally, Purdue moved from +12.5 to +12 after it was announced that their leading rusher, Markell Jones, had been upgraded to probable.
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