College Football's Best Bets for Week 10
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Week 10 of the college football season features two of the most anticipated games of the year—Alabama at LSU and Oregon at USC.
Those certainly aren't the only intriguing matchups this weekend, however. From a betting standpoint, there are a lot of interesting games to take a look at, and there are some very favorable lines on the board.
Here's a look at the 10 best bets of Week 10.
Betting lines courtesy of Covers.com
Alabama (-8) at LSU
In recent years, it's never been a smart play to back a visiting team that has to play in front of the hostile LSU crowd on a Saturday night in Death Valley. However, Alabama is the type of mature, well-coached, veteran-laden team that should have no trouble handling the raucous environment.
Nick Saban's squad has looked like it's been on a mission this season, as it's steamrolled over every opponent that had the misfortune of stepping out on the field with the Tide.
AJ McCarron has developed into one of the most consistent and efficient quarterbacks in the country, while the Alabama defense has once again been the most dominant unit in college football.
LSU has plenty of talent and playmakers. However, the Tigers seem to lack the swagger and determination that made last year's team special.
If McCarron and company can build up an early lead, take the crowd out of the game and force Zach Mettenberger to make plays with his arm, the Tide will have a huge advantage, and they should be able to win this one by double-digits.
Louisville (-16) vs. Temple
Louisville has been involved in a lot of close games this season. The Cardinals have won five of their last six games by a touchdown or less, but they should win this weekend's game against Temple much more comfortably.
The Owls have the least productive offense and the worst defense in the Big East, and they simply don't have the type of athletes to match up with Louisville.
The Cardinals have had some inconsistent efforts this season, but they should be able to handle their business and win this game rather easily.
UCLA (-3) vs. Arizona
Arizona is flying high after picking up a huge upset win over USC last week. However, an emotional letdown is to be expected this weekend when the Wildcats make the trek to Los Angeles to square off with UCLA.
The Bruins' dynamic duo of QB Brett Hundley and RB Johnathan Franklin will cause a lot of havoc for Arizona's defense.
The Wildcats are allowing 31 points and 485 yards per game this season, and they'll clearly have a tough time holding the UCLA offense in check.
Oklahoma State (+9) at Kansas State
Kansas State has disposed of teams like Miami, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech this season, but the Wildcats could face their toughest challenge of the year against Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys have the sixth-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 44 points per game, and they have one of the most dangerous playmakers in the country, RB Joseph Randle.
This game has all of the makings of a wild offensive shootout, and it's likely that this one could come down to whichever team has the ball last.
Indiana (-2.5) vs. Iowa
Indiana may only be 3-5 this season, but four of those five losses came by four points or less. Plus, the Hoosiers put a scare into both Michigan State and Ohio State, losing to them by a combined seven points.
Now, Iowa comes to town, struggling to find its offensive identity.
The Hawkeyes are averaging just 4.8 yards per play, which ranks 11th in the Big Ten, and they haven't gotten the type of season they were expecting from QB James Vandenberg.
If Indiana's defense can force Vandenberg to make some key mistakes, they should be able to take advantage of his miscues and pick up their fourth win of the season.
Baylor (-17) vs. Kansas
Kansas nearly shocked Texas last weekend. But the Jayhawks won't be able to put a scare into Baylor on the road.
The Bears have the most explosive passing attacks in the country, averaging 395 yards through the air per game.
QB Nick Florence and Baylor's explosive receiver trio of Terrance Williams, Tevin Reese and Lanear Sampson will just be too much for the Jayhawks to handle.
Charlie Weis' crew better be prepared for another blowout.
Michigan State (+1) vs. Nebraska
Michigan State will have revenge on its mind when it hosts Nebraska. The Spartans still remember what it felt like to be spanked by the Cornhuskers 24-3 in Lincoln last year.
This game should be a much different affair than that blowout, however, as Michigan State knows that it needs to win this game to stay alive in the race to win the Big Ten Legends division.
Besides RB Le'Veon Bell, the Spartans offense has been extremely erratic this season; however, the defense has been one of the nation's best.
DE William Gholston, LB Max Bullough, CB Johnny Adams and the rest of Michigan State's defense should be able to contain QB Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers, while Bell and the offense should do enough to come up with a hard-fought win at home.
San Diego State (+15) at Boise State
Boise State hasn't played many close games on the blue turf in recent years. However, the Broncos may be in store for a very tough test at home against San Diego State.
The Aztecs have one of the toughest defenses in the Mountain West. Plus, they have plenty of offensive playmakers such as running backs Adam Muema and Walter Kazee, WR Brice Butler and TE Gavin Escobar, who are all capable of causing some serious trouble for Boise's defense.
So far this season, this has not looked like a vintage Boise State team that we've been accustomed to seeing during the Chris Petersen era, and the Broncos could be vulnerable against a worthy conference foe.
San Jose State (-20.5) at Idaho
Idaho is a complete mess right now. The Vandals are 1-7, they just fired head coach Robb Akey and dismissed starting quarterback Dominique Blackman.
San Jose State comes into this game at 6-2 with the goal of winning a WAC championship this season.
The Spartans should be able to take advantage of Idaho's weak defense and turn this one into a very lopsided game.
Iowa State (+12) vs. Oklahoma
Oklahoma is coming off a massively disappointing loss to Notre Dame last week, which dashed any hopes the Sooners had of making it back into the national championship race.
Now, Bob Stoops' squad will have to head out on the road to face a tough and gritty Iowa State team.
The Cyclones may not have the type of athletes and playmakers that the Sooners have, but they have a lot more heart, and they play with much more consistent effort.
If Oklahoma doesn't have its full focus on this game, Iowa State could make this one close.