CFB Week 13 Opening Line Report: Will Road Favorites Take Care of Business?

CFB Week 13 Opening Line Report: Will Road Favorites Take Care of Business?

The biggest week of the college football season is upon us with a number of massive matchups like Alabama at Auburn, and Ohio State at Michigan. Here’s a look at how the summer lines compare to opening and current odds:

MatchupCRIS Current
(Nov 20)
CRIS Opener
(Nov 19)
Golden Nugget Lookahead
(June 22)
Alabama at AuburnBama -4Bama -4.5Bama -6.5
Ohio St at MichiganOhio St -11.5Ohio St -10Ohio St -6
Florida St at FloridaFSU -4.5FSU -4.5FSU -4
Clemson at South CarolinaClem -14Clem -14Clem -10
Texas A&M at LSULSU -11LSU -10.5LSU -12
Washington State at Washington
Wash -9.5Wash -11Wash -16
West Virginia at OklahomaOff BoardOff BoardOkla -22
Notre Dame at StanfordND -2.5ND -1.5Stan -9.5
Georgia at Georgia TechUGA -10.5UGA -10UGA -2.5
Baylor at TCUTCU -24TCU -23.5TCU -6
Iowa at Nebraska Iowa -3Iowa -2.5Neb -3.5

Alabama at Auburn The lookahead line just a couple weeks ago was Alabama -10, but Auburn’s impressive win over UGA made the market adjust. On Sunday night Alabama opened -4.5 at Bookmaker and has dropped down to -4. However, Pinnacle had opened Alabama -3 and moved up to -4.5, so the perception is different depending on the book you’re looking at. Around the market the Tide has been getting 66% of very early spread tickets, but at +4 and +4.5 books should be able to take in plenty of Auburn tickets at home.

Ohio State at Michigan 5Dimes actually listed this line at Ohio State -13 prior to the market opening on Sunday, but the Buckeyes are now -11/-11.5 around the market. Sharp bettors missed on the Wolverines as double-digit dogs in Wisconsin last weekend, so will they stay away this weekend? Michigan as a big home underdog may be too tempting, though.

Other Notables and Nuggets

Clemson is only getting 45% of early spread bets at South Carolina as 14-point favorites. Perhaps bettors are a little wary of the Tigers after struggling against FSU before 2 late TDs.

UGA is a double-digit favorite at Georgia Tech this weekend in what could be a tricky game for the Bulldogs. More than 70% of bettors like UGA to cover the big spread, and public bettors are likely a little sour on Georgia Tech after getting blown out by Duke on Saturday.

The WVU/Oklahoma game is off the board at CRIS due to WVU QB Will Grier (finger) being out. However, other books around the market like 5Dimes lists the Sooners -23. It’s looking like it will be a TCU/Oklahoma Big 12 title game.

What a strange year for both FSU and Florida– the Seminoles still haven’t covered a game this season but they’re sizable favorites at The Swamp this weekend. Florida just fired head coach Jim McElwain but coming off a nice 36-7 win over UAB at home. It’s hard to imagine rushing to bet FSU in this one, but they did put a good effort at Clemson on Saturday and more than 70% of early tickets like FSU to cover.

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Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. You can find him on Twitter (@ArsenalDMC) and he can be reached directly at dan.mcguire@actionnetwork.com.

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