The opening spreads for Week 12 of the college football season have been released with some lines closer than anticipated, via OddsShark:
@betonline_ag Indiana @ Michigan -27.5 Pitt @ Wake Forest +6 Wisconsin @ Purdue -5.5 Duke @ Clemson -27.5 Texas Tech @ Kansas State +8 Arkansas @ Mississippi -19.5 NC State @ Louisville +15 Utah @ Colorado +26 Arizona State @ Oregon -4.5 Virginia @ Georgia Tech -7 Kansas @ Oklahoma -35.5
Notre Dame and Syracuse will battle in one of the few marquee games of the week, although the Orange (8-2) are only given 10 points despite facing the undefeated Fighting Irish at a neutral site.
This is despite the fact that Notre Dame is coming off a 29-point home win against Florida State.
There is still a lot of faith in the Orange and their offense, which ranks seventh in the country with 44.4 points per game. Syracuse is just 2-2 away from home this season and will have to take on Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium.
The Texas-Iowa State spread is much different than many would have expected a few weeks ago.
While Texas was considered one of the best teams in the country in mid-October, it has lost two of its last three games.
On the other hand, Iowa State has five straight wins, including over Oklahoma State and West Virginia, and is suddenly a contender in the Big 12. The upcoming battle will serve as an elimination game in the conference, and oddsmakers are expecting a close matchup with just a three-point spread.
Elsewhere in the Big 12, West Virginia enters as a 4.5-point favorite on the road against Oklahoma State, a team that nearly pulled off a road upset over Oklahoma on Saturday. Fans should expect another high-scoring game in which anything can happen.
Even Ohio State isn't too big of a favorite (-13) against an inconsistent Maryland team.
These lines could indicate a drama-filled Saturday in college football.