College Football Week 4 Point Spreads on the Move

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor ISeptember 18, 2012

College Football Week 4 Point Spreads on the Move

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    College football handicappers are starting to feel more comfortable with teams from around the country, which will lead to an increased handle at sportsbooks, especially with many marquee games featuring conference rivals.

    The Clemson Tigers have been favored in their first three games of the 2012 campaign, but they are currently listed as 14-point road underdogs against the Florida State Seminoles in the Week 4 college football betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum).

    It's a surprising number in one of the biggest Atlantic Coast Conference games of the year, considering the Tigers have gone 6-1 against the spread in the last seven meetings.

    Let's take a closer look at five point spread moves that may help you profit when making your college football picks this week.

Oregon State Beavers vs. UCLA Bruins

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    I've already written that the UCLA Bruins may hold a considerable edge in this Pac-12 matchup due to the amount of games both teams have played, especially with Saturday's host covering its first three contests.

    Early action has landed on the Bruins, but the college football betting odds have moved in the other direction.

    The opening line may have been a bit inflated, considering the Beavers knocked off the Wisconsin Badgers as 6-point home underdogs.

    UCLA enjoyed a similar result against a Big Ten Conference opponent, capturing a 36-30 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as 3.5-point home underdogs in Week 2.

    Sports bettors will find that the program getting points has covered four of the last five games in this series. 

    Opening Line: UCLA Bruins -11.5

    Current Line: UCLA Bruins -10

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators

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    The Florida Gators have opened up Southeastern Conference play with back-to-back road wins over the Tennessee Volunteers and Texas A&M Aggies, which is why sharp action has landed on the other side in early wagering.

    In sports betting, one of my favorite scenes is watching a team celebrate after a big victory, as it will likely come out flat the following week.

    Look at this picture, and it tells the story, especially when you've won 25 straight games against your next opponent.

    The Kentucky Wildcats will look to bounce back after suffering a 32-31 setback to Western Kentucky in overtime, as they've gone 5-0 ATS following a straight-up loss. 

    Opening Line: Florida Gators -25.5

    Current Line: Florida Gators -24

Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have outscored their last last two opponents by a 115-23 margin, which clearly demonstrates that the locker room has gotten over its season-opening loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies.

    Sports bettors need to be careful laying this amount of points, especially with the Miami Hurricanes kicking off as the favored side in the last three meetings, including a 24-7 home win last year.

    The Yellow Jackets are also 3-10 ATS in their last 13 opportunities as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points.

    Opening Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -12

    Current Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -14.5

California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans

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    The USC Trojans are 0-3 ATS through three games, as they try to recover emotionally after suffering a 21-14 loss to the Stanford Cardinal as 9.5-point road favorites last week.

    Larger action clearly sided with the California Golden Bears in the early going, but that could be dangerous in this particular matchup.

    Saturday's visitor has scored just 29 points in the last four meetings, while the favorite is enjoying a 6-1 ATS run in the series. 

    Opening Line: USC Trojans -17

    Current Line: USC Trojans -15.5

Clemson Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles

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    The Florida State Seminoles have a chance to make a big national statement on Saturday, while also trying to gain revenge from a 35-30 setback as 2.5-point road underdogs in last year's meeting with the Clemson Tigers.

    It's important to note that Seminoles starting quarterback EJ Manuel didn't play in that contest, but backup Clint Trickett did throw for 336 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

    Early action clearly landed on Saturday's host, as the opening number will likely be the shortest price the Seminoles will see all week.

    Opening Line: Florida State Seminoles -12

    Current Line: Florida State Seminoles -14


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