The rivalry that spawned the Game of the Century had been reduced to something north of the fray, and the bookies responded accordingly.
A week after Nebraska fired long-time coach Scott Frost after a modest home loss to Georgia Southern, the Cornhuskers stand in the losing position +10.5 points to their unbeaten rival Oklahoma on Saturday.
“Nebraska is currently a rubbish fire after Frost was expelled,” said Brian Gilmartin of Tibeco Sportsbook. “The public is swinging in favor of a steady sooner.”
Likewise, the top-ten Notre Dame is also reeling from its massive upset at the hands of Marshall, and the public flocked to believe Cal could force the Fighting Irish for a first 0-3 in the history of the superstar program.
In this week’s edition of college football’s Hot Tix and Picks, a survey of the nation’s top bookmakers, tough mentality takes center stage.
First, let’s dive into this week’s hot tex.
Oklahoma (-10.5) in Nebraska
Alum Mickey Joseph takes over as interim coach of Nebraska, inheriting the chaos of the Frost legacy that has marred heartbreaking narrow losses and strong falls from his former position as a national powerhouse.
Meanwhile, the No. 6 seed in Oklahoma did what he’s supposed to do against her lower rival, defeating UTEP and Kent State by 78-16 to start the season.
Quarterback Dillon Gabriel has thrown five touchdowns so far for the Sooners, but it’s worth noting that in the Las Vegas Superbook, Nebraska is one of the players’ best plays.
People under the age of 66.5 also gained public support.
Gilmartin said: “Last week we saw Kent State able to slow the pace against Oklahoma in a game totaling just 36 points. Nebraska still has talent on the defensive side of the ball, and Joseph should look to slow down this game in order to get on a chance.”
Cal (+330 moneyline) in Notre Dame
With first-year coach Marcus Freeman searching for his first win after losing the bowl to close out last season, bettors are speculating that the Bears could win outright as the underdog by 11.5 points.
“The biggest shocker is that Cal has a lot of preference to win the match straight away,” Gilmartin said.
On the contrary, there is strong support for Notre Dame in the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Louisville (+2.5) vs Florida
Although the Seminoles are located a short distance from USA coaches survey TODAY Sports AFCApublic bettors assess that they will stay outside looking inside.
In this Friday game, the Cardinals are mostly supported because they are home.
“Louisville’s attack was stagnant, averaging just 13.5 points per game, so an outbreak is set,” Gilmartin said.
No. 2 Georgia (-24.5) in South Carolina
The National League champion looked superior to SEC rival (and highest-ranked) Alabama so far, and the bandwagon at Tipico and FanDuel filled in at Saturday’s SEC opener.
“It wouldn’t come as a surprise, but the clear and obvious best team in the country to start the season has taken the bulk of the bets,” Gilmartin said. But the Gamecocks also lost to Arkansas by 14. If the Razorbacks can do that, the Bulldogs should be able to cover that number.”
Mississippi State (-2.5) at LSU
Bali bettors have made this the most popular choice, a position that could drop the Tigers to a surprising 1-2 point under new coach Brian Kelly.
Now for our hot picks:
No. 4 Clemson (-33.5) vs Louisiana Tech
The Tigers are rising high after opening victories in three games as well as the new extension of coach Dabo Swinney’s 10-year contract worth $115 million.
Louisiana Tech was defeated 52-24 in Missouri two weeks ago, moving sharp bookmakers into the Las Vegas Superbook to make that top pick.
Buffalo (+13.5) in Coastal Carolina
The unbeaten Bulls don’t need to beat the undefeated Coastal Carolina, they just need to stay within the relegation games.
And viewers haven’t erased that threshold against the Army or Gardner-Webb yet, prompting support from Superbook Sharps.
North Texas (+2.5) in UNLV
Despite the Rebels losing six points to Cal, sharp Bally backed the Mean Green team reeling from a 48-10 loss to SMU. They rebounded well, beating Southern Texas 59-27.
Wyoming (+16.5) vs Air Force
With the home team having all these points, this Friday game is Bally’s #1 sharps game.
Wyoming recorded an additional win in overtime against Tulsa two weeks ago while the Hawks are seen ripe for frustration after their 41-10 defeat to Colorado last week.
Ohio (+18.5) in Iowa
Speaking of disappointment, the Superbook’s sharps is based on one of the tornadoes after their disruption in Iowa.
Ohio suffered a 46-10 defeat last week against the mighty Big Ten at Penn State.
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