College Football Opening Odds: Pittsburgh, Stanford Early Favorites

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second half of their NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 21-10. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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The Pittsburgh Panthers are early four-point road favorites against the Boston College Eagles in college football Week 2 action Friday night.

The game is the first meeting in a decade between the former Big East rivals, with the Panthers hoping to pick up where they left off as winners in four of their last five against the Eagles.

Entering their second season in the ACC, Pittsburgh sits in the middle of the pack with 40-1 odds to win the ACC championship—well ahead of the Eagles, who are currently 200-1 long shots.

Pittsburgh is coming off a lopsided 62-0 win over Delaware in Week 1 as 24-point favorites, single-handedly going over a total that was set at 59.5.

The Eagles dominated local rivals Massachusetts 30-7 in Week 1, easily covering the 17-point spread and ending a two-game losing streak straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS).

The Stanford Cardinal are early 3.5-point favorites in college football betting when they welcome their oldest rivals, the USC Trojans, to Stanford Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Trojans have struggled in recent meetings with Stanford, winning just one of their last five and covering just two of their last seven against the Cardinal. Interestingly, when they have had success against Stanford, it has been on the road, posting a 4-2 record at Stanford Stadium.

Another classic matchup is on the Saturday schedule as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish play host to the Michigan Wolverines. The Irish are five-point favorites after dominating Rice, 48-17, as 19.5-point favorites in Week 1.

Notre Dame is currently riding a 20-5 SU run and is 5-2 SU and ATS in its last seven home meetings with the Wolverines.

Michigan has provided mixed returns to sports bettors in its most recent outings, going 4-1 ATS in its last five but just 2-5 SU in its last seven overall.

The Oregon Ducks are solid 13-point favorites against the visiting Michigan State Spartans Saturday evening. The Ducks started the season as a college football futures betting favorite to win this season’s championship, with odds of 9-1. MSU is 8-0-1 ATS as a road underdog and hasn’t been a double-digit underdog since 2009, according to the college football database at Odds Shark.

In other Week 2 action, the South Carolina Gamecocks are 14-point favorites at home against the East Carolina Pirates, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are favored by 12 over the Virginia Tech Hokies.


Stats, odds courtesy of Odds Shark.