College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 14: No. 1 Alabama opens as four-touchdown favorite over LSU

The first weekend in December is usually reserved for conference championship games, but not this year. Instead, 2020 has delivered us a few extra weeks of regular-season play before conference champions are crowned the weekend before Christmas. 

No. 5 Texas A&M will look to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive when it travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on Auburn, LSU will host No. 1 Alabama in what is typically one of nation’s biggest games of the year and No. 3 Clemson will travel into Lane Stadium to take on a Virginia Tech team that is in desperation mode.

Lines for most of the Week 14 games have been released by William Hill Sportsbook. Let’s break down the the biggest games and examine what oddsmakers are thinking early in the week.

No. 1 Alabama (-28) at LSU: My, how things have changed. It was fair to expect a big line in this one after the Tigers fell on hard times early this season. Four touchdowns? At home? Yeah, that’s deserved. Teams have to get in shootouts in order to have a chance with Alabama, and there’s no chance that LSU’s offense is capable of doing that. 

No. 3 Clemson (-21.5) at Virginia Tech: Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence came back with a vengeance, and the defense showed out last weekend against Pittsburgh. The Hokies, however, are getting no respect at all from oddsmakers after losing three straight games to Liberty, Miami and Pitt. 

No. 5 Texas A&M (-4) at No. 22 Auburn: The Aggies didn’t look very sharp on offense last week. More specifically, quarterback Kellen Mond struggled mightily in less-than-ideal conditions with heavy rain. The defense, however, absolutely dominated up front. That bodes well against an Auburn offensive line that hasn’t give quarterback Bo Nix much help this year. 

No.  6 Florida (-16.5) at Tennessee: The first game of the SEC on CBS doubleheader features traditional rivals that are going in different directions. The Gators are on a fast track toward the SEC Championship Game with Heisman Trophy contender Kyle Trask at quarterback. Meanwhile, the Volunteers have lost five straight after a hot start.

West Virginia at No. 13 Iowa State (-7): The Cyclones are coming off of a big win at Texas, and oddsmakers clearly think that they’ll continue that hot streak against a Mountaineers team that had their game vs. Oklahoma last week canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

Best of the rest

Syracuse at No. 3 Notre Dame (-33)
Vanderbilt at No. 9 Georgia (-33)
No. 15 Oregon (-9.5) at California

Liberty at No. 20 Coastal Carolina (-5.5)
Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5)
No. 23 Oklahoma State (-1.5) at TCU
No. 24 Iowa (-12) at Illinois
No. 25 Tulsa (-10) at Navy

Stanford at Washington (-10)


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No. 4 Virginia goes down as a huge favorite vs. San Francisco

It’s not quite losing to a 16 seed in March Madness, but Virginia was dealt the first major upset of the college basketball season.

Virginia, ranked No. 4, was a double-digit favorite over San Francisco. USF had already lost 76-68 to UMass Lowell this season.

And San Francisco ended up with the upset. The Dons won 61-60, with Virginia missing a 3-pointer in the final seconds. At least those who bet Virginia as a big favorite knew for a long time they had no chance to cover.

Virginia was a big favorite

Virginia was between a 14- and 15.5-point favorite at various sportsbooks before the game. It happened on a Friday morning with college football games going on, so the game at Mohegan Sun Casino probably didn’t get a lot of betting attention. It got interesting when USF had a lead after halftime and kept it for most of the second half.

San Francisco started very slowly but was able to get hot from 3. The Dons hit 13-of-28 3-point shots, a huge factor in the win. Virginia has its famous packline defense that strangles anything inside the line, so a team like USF needs to hit some threes to win.

Of course, the upset loss brought back some bad memories for Virginia, which was the first No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history to lose in the first round. Of course, they won an NCAA championship the next season and technically are still defending champs.

a man holding a basketball: San Francisco's Khalil Shabazz, center, watches his 3-point basket go in against Virginia. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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San Francisco’s Khalil Shabazz, center, watches his 3-point basket go in against Virginia. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

USF hit key shots

The Cavaliers were one of the four clear favorites to win the title going into the season at BetMGM. They finished last season strong, always play good defense and were expected to be better on offense with pieces like newcomer Sam Hauser, a Marquette transfer.

Part of Virginia’s slow-tempo, defense-first style is they’ll find themselves in close games more often than not. Then if a team like USF can string together some big 3-pointers, it’ll be in danger of losing to an inferior team.

The season is young and Virginia should be just fine. But if you expected some chaos during this weird college basketball season, you have one large upset just three days into it.

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Boston College Opens as Big Favorite Over Syracuse

Boston College (4-3) heads up north this weekend to face off with divisional rival Syracuse (1-6). According to online betting site, the Eagles are opening as huge favorites. The game, which kicks off at 2pm, has BC at (-14).

Syracuse has struggled this season, with their lone win coming against Georgia Tech. They have also lost their starting quarterback Tommy DeVito to an ankle injury that has officially ended his season. On top of that, they have struggled on defense, and their offensive line has played poorly. They played Clemson tough two weeks ago, holding on for three quarters before the flood gates opened and the Tigers rolled 47-21.

This is the second largest spread favoring Boston College this season. Earlier this year they were 20.5 point favorites against Texas State, a game they failed to cover only winning on a thrilling last minute field goal. The Eagles were also favored against Georgia Tech, only with a 3.5 point spread, which BC easily covered. 

Against the spread this year Boston College is 5-2. This weekend they easily covered the 30.5 or 24 point spread–depending on when you got in on the action. They failed to cover against Texas State and Virginia Tech, but has been a bettor’s dream for the rest of the season. 

Here are some other ACC spreads:

North Carolina (-9½) at Duke

Liberty at Virginia Tech (-14)

Pittsburgh (-2) at Florida State

Clemson (-6) at Notre Dame

Louisville at Virginia (-1)

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College football odds, lines, schedule for Week 8: Michigan opens as a favorite vs. Minnesota on road

We’re entering Week 8 of the college football season and some teams are already near the midway point of their 2020 campaigns. However, one of the country’s most-prominent conferences is just getting started. 

The Big Ten is finally set to join the fray this week as the league debuts with a slate of seven games, starting Friday when No. 14 Wisconsin hosts Illinois.

The addition of a fourth power conference to the action makes for an intriguing weekend slate that features a total of 20 ranked teams in action. Among them are No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, both of whom are massive favorites against league foes. But the Big Ten’s return is sure to add drama to the national picture as teams like Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin launch their bids to crash the College Football Playoff.

It’s never too early to take a look at the lines for the weekend ahead, so here are the odds from William Hill Sportsbook.

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Syracuse at No. 1 Clemson (-44.5): Clemson closed as a 26.5-point favorite at Georgia Tech on Saturday and proceeded to thrash the Yellow Jackets 73-7. Now the top-ranked Tigers host a Syracuse team that is 1-4 and coming off a 38-21 home loss to Liberty. The Orange have never been a bigger underdog in an ACC game. But perhaps it’s worth noting they upset Clemson in 2017 as a 23.5-point underdog.

No. 17 Iowa State at No. 6 Oklahoma State (-3.5): With Texas and Oklahoma each already nursing two Big 12 losses, this game could be an important determining factor in who wins the league’s regular-season title. These two teams along with Kansas State are the only squads left without a league loss. So perhaps this will be a preview of the Big 12 Championship game. If nothing else, it should be a great game. The last five between these two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less.

No. 9 Cincinnati (-1) at No. 16 SMU: Cincinnati and SMU are the only remaining undefeated AAC teams so there will be plenty on the line when they square off Saturday. The Mustangs are banged up but have a veteran quarterback and shown an ability to close out close games so far. Cincinnati has not truly been tested and has not played since in an uninspiring win over South Florida on Oct. 3.

No. 18 Michigan (-3) at No. 21 Minnesota: This is the only game of the Big Ten’s opening weekend that features two ranked teams, and it truly is a huge one for both squads. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh needs a win to quiet the chaos surrounding him as he enters his sixth season. Meanwhile, the Gophers are looking to prove last season’s 11 wins were no fluke and that they are ready to overtake Wisconsin in the

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