College Football Week 9: Favorable Betting Lines

Matt HillardContributor IOctober 29, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers throws a practice pass before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Easy Money Pick of the Week

Auburn @ Mississippi (+7)

Last week Cam Newton proved to everyone that he is indeed an unstoppable force, rushing for 217 yards against one of the best defenses in college football (LSU). This week he and the Auburn Tigers hit the road to take on Ole Miss in Oxford.

Ole Miss is coming off a pair of road losses to Arkansas and Alabama. They’re off to a slow 1-3 start in SEC play, and they will be hard pressed to get many more wins playing in the stacked SEC West.

The Rebels defense allows 32 points a game, which does not bode well for them playing against Auburn, which puts up 38 points on average. Jeremiah Masoli should be able to get some offense going against Auburn’s poor pass defense, but in the end they won’t be able to keep up with Auburn if this turns into a shootout.

The No. 1 team in the nation has fallen each of the last three weeks in a row. That streak stops now; no way Masoli and the Rebels “steal” this game from Auburn. Barring some major mistakes, Auburn wins this one going away—Easy Money!


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Washington State @ Arizona State (-21)

Don’t get me wrong—Arizona State should win this game in Tempe. It’s easy to overlook Washington State with their embarrassing record and less than impressive squad.

Last week, after three quarters, Washington State trailed Stanford 31-7, but they showed some signs of life in the fourth and ended up dropping the game by a mere 10 points. They had previously lost to Arizona by 17 and to Oregon by 20 the week prior.

Washington State has been a huge underdog in each of these games but covered the spread in each case. So, is it possible that Washington State is a little better than people give them credit for? They’ve shown that they should not be such heavy underdogs every week.

Let’s be honest: Arizona State cannot even be mentioned in the same breath as Stanford, Arizona and Oregon. They have a losing record and are coming off a blowout loss to Cal. The 21-point spread they are being given in this game is extremely generous. Washington State has covered the spread in each of its last four games. They keep it going and lose this one by less than 21.


Duke @ Navy (-13.5)

If you didn’t see what Navy did to Notre Dame last week, allow me to summarize: Navy ran them up and down the field scoring at will. It was a straight-up beatdown! Notre Dame had no answer for the triple option, and Navy ran all over them as a result.

Duke hasn’t had much luck stopping anyone this season; it would be a miracle if they found an answer for Navy.

It’s hard to find many bright spots for Duke; they allow nearly 39 points a game and have a whopping one win, against Elon...yeah, some team you’ve never heard of. Pretty much every other team on Duke’s schedule has managed to beat them by at least two touchdowns—Navy will also.


Idaho @ Hawaii (-15)

Hawaii dominates at home. Maybe these guys are tired from travel or from spending the day on the beach, but opposing teams seem to struggle in Hawaii.

This matchup pairs two of the most productive passing teams in college football. Quarterbacks Nathan Enderle and Bryant Moniz are putting up huge passing numbers. Do you think these teams will come out throwing on Saturday?

The thing is, Hawaii has a decent pass defense and should be able to hold Idaho’s offense at bay, whereas Moniz will be tossing the ball all over the field and picking apart the Idaho secondary. Hawaii has enough firepower to cover the 15 points.