College Football Week 8: Latest Betting Line Updates
With a Top-10 showdown and plenty of big-time games, the college football action today guarantees to be fast and furious. Keeping track of the latest betting lines may be difficult, but here is a quick primer on today's biggest games.
Kansas State (+2.5) to beat the spread at West Virginia
West Virginia was pummeled last week against Texas Tech, proving that Geno Smith can be stopped. Kansas State's defense is even tougher, giving up a mere 16.5 points per game, 17th in the country.
Even though the Wildcats are middle of the pack against the pass, giving up 239.3 yards per game, their run defense is ranked 12th in the nation. The Wildcats should easily shut down the West Virginia rushing attack, putting the entire game on Smith's shoulders.
As good as Smith has been this season, he won't be able to keep pace with the Kansas State offense, which should run roughshod over the Mountaineers defense.
West Virginia has been surprisingly effective against the run, giving up only 3.3 yards per carry. This number is misleading, though: West Virginia has yet to play a top-tier running game. We'll see how they perform today against the Wildcats in their first real test.
Regardless, West Virginia has struggled badly against the pass. Even keeping in mind their difficult schedule, the Mountaineers' defense has been largely a failure this season. They are near the bottom in the nation in pass defense, and worst of all, opposing quarterbacks complete two-thirds of their passes against this defense.
Kansas State QB Collin Klein should be licking his chops to play this defense. Even on the road, Klein should be enough of a difference-maker to help the Wildcats overcome their underdog status and come out on top.
Florida to beat the spread against South Carolina (+3.5)
Today's marquee matchup features No. 7 South Carolina traveling to Florida to take on the No. 2 Gators. With two of the top defenses in the nation in this game, expect all offense to get stuck in the swamp in this game.
Both teams are known offensively for their running games. South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore is considered among the best backs in the nation and is a true workhorse, receiving well over 20 touches a game. Florida RB Mike Gillislee has proven to be able to carry the load as well, sparking the Gators' Week 6 win over LSU with his 34-carry performance.
With elite defenses and solid running games, these two teams appear extremely evenly matched. Ultimately, the team with the best defense has to be given the edge, and that is Florida.
As good as the Gamecocks' run-defense is, opponents have found success grinding it out against South Carolina, as the Gamecocks have given up 52 first downs on the ground this season. The Gators should be able to find similar success.
Further, South Carolina is coming off an emotionally draining loss at LSU, and they'll be playing their third road game in four weeks. This is a team that has to be fatigued, and going into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is hardly what the Gamecocks need.
While South Carolina should put up a fight early, considering this game's SEC title-game implications, expect Florida to beat the spread in a low scoring game.
Latest line updates (via Vegas Insider)
No. 1 Alabama at Tennessee
Started: Alabama -18.5
Current: Alabama -20
No. 7 South Carolina at No. 2 Florida
Started: Florida -3.5
Current: Florida -3.5
No. 4 Kansas State at No. 13 West Virginia
Started: West Virginia -4.5
Current: West Virginia -2.5
BYU at No. 5 Notre Dame
Started: Notre Dame -14
Current: Notre Dame -13
No. 6 LSU at No. 18 Texas A&M
Started: LSU -3
Current: LSU -3.5
Utah at No. 8 Oregon State
Started: Oregon State -7
Current: Oregon State -10
Kansas at No. 9 Oklahoma
Started: Oklahoma -35.5
Current: Oklahoma -35
Colorado at No. 10 USC
Started: USC -40
Current: USC -40.5
No. 11 Georgia at Kentucky
Started: Georgia -27
Current: Georgia -26
Mid. Tennessee at No. 12 Mississippi State
Started: Mississippi State -20
Current: Mississippi State -17.5
No. 14 Florida State at Miami
No. 15 Rutgers at Temple
Started: Rutgers -3.5
Current: Rutgers -4.5
South Florida at No. 16 Louisville
Started: Louisville -9
Current: Louisville -6
No. 17 Texas Tech at No. 23 TCU
Started: TCU -3.5
Current: Texas Tech -1.5
Virginia Tech at No. 19 Clemson
Started: Clemson -11
Current: Clemson -8
No. 20 Stanford at Cal
Started: Stanford -1.5
Current: Stanford -2.5
No. 21 Cincinnati at Toledo
Started: Cincinnati -5
Current: Cincinnati -5.5
UNLV at No. 22 Boise State
Started: Boise State -28.5
Current: Boise State -28
No. 24 Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Started: Oklahoma State -13
Current: Oklahoma State -13.5
Baylor at No. 25 Texas
Started: Texas -13
Current: Texas -8.5
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