College Football: USC and 4 Other Favorites Who Will Cover the Spread in Week 10
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As the college football regular season winds down, the contenders have differentiated themselves from the pretenders.
Teams like Notre Dame and Oregon continue to take the college football world by storm and have made bettors some money along the way.
With conference championships and bowl implications on the line, expect them to play at their highest level in an attempt to solidify their dominance.
Here are five favorites who will cover the spread this week.
Kansas State (-7) at TCU
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Kansas State comes in as the nation's No. 2 team in the BCS and continues to impress as each week passes.
The Wildcats are 7-1-1 against the spread this season and have covered every week since Week 3. TCU is still adjusting to the Big 12 and has only covered the spread in four of its last six games.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein left early against Oklahoma State last week and his health will be a factor once game time rolls around. Even without Klein at the helm, the Wildcats still have the talent to cover a single touchdown.
Both the Wildcats and the Horned Frogs faced the West Virginia Mountaineers as a common opponent. While TCU squeaked by with a one-point victory, Kansas State obliterated the Mountaineers by 41.
Arizona (-29) vs. Colorado
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If there's been one team to make money off of this season it's been the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffs have been as bad as they come and look much more similar to FCS schools with every loss they suffer in the standings.
Colorado is 1-8 against the spread and has lost by over 36 points in each of its last five games. The Wildcats are coming off an embarrassing loss themselves and will look to right the ship that helped them defeat USC two weeks ago.
The only thing preventing Arizona from demolishing Colorado by 50 is the status of quarterback Matt Scott. After suffering a concussion against UCLA last week, Scott has been listed as doubtful (via Arizona Daily Star) against the Buffaloes.
Despite Scott's injury, the Buffaloes haven't shown anything this season that would make me even consider putting money on them.
South Carolina (-14) vs. Arkansas
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Even without Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina is still a far batter football team than Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been a major disappointment this year and are ranked 103rd in the country in rushing offense.
The Gamecocks had a narrow victory over Tennessee two weeks ago, but return home off a bye week. Arkansas embarrassed them last season by 16 points, but this is a much different South Carolina team.
They've covered four of five games at home this season while the Razorbacks were blown out by a combined 100 points to Texas A&M and Alabama.
Arkansas have also struggled mightily on offense while South Carolina is only allowing 18.3 points per game. The Gamecocks still have an outside shot at the SEC East and will take their frustrations out on an underachieving team this week.
Georgia (-14.5) at Auburn
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The Georgia Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East if they beat Auburn on Saturday. That alone gives them a huge advantage, especially over a team that has yet to win a conference game.
Georgia is coming off two huge victories, including a 17-9 win over Florida to gain the edge in the SEC East. Auburn has been nothing short of horrible this season and was even embarrassed by 17 points at home to Arkansas.
Georgia has outscored Auburn 331-173 this season and will do everything in its power to demolish the Tigers with the SEC crown on the line.
Expect a result similar to the 45-7 smackdown the Bulldogs administered to the Tigers last season.
USC (-9) vs. Arizona State
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For the love of John McKay, can somebody show the Trojans how to play some defense? Over the last two weeks, USC has given up 101 points and lost its identity along the way.
Despite the shellackings the Trojans took against Arizona and Oregon, they have redemption on their minds and will have a huge game against Arizona State.
Matt Barkley has thrown for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns over his last three games and has made up for his sluggish start to the season. He threw for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns against an Oregon team that only gives up 23 points per game.
The Sun Devils are riding a three-game losing streak and have given up over 41 points per game in the process. Though the Trojans are only 2-7 against the spread this season, this is a great spot for them to help fatten some wallets.