College Football Betting Line Moves

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It’s time for some college football and here are the biggest line moves thus far.

CFB – Thursday (133) SOUTH CAROLINA vs. (134) NORTH CAROLINA  6:00 ET  ESPN

South Carolina GamecocksOpening televised contest of the college football season and both these Carolina schools have relatively low expectations coming into the season and want to prove they might be better than anticipated. South Carolina is preferred by bettors, moving from -1 to -3, coming from the stronger conference. Both defenses have a lot to prove and North Carolina changed defensive coordinators to former Auburn coach Gene Chizek after allowing 39 PPG last season. The Tar Heels are just 1-9 ATS in the first half of the season the last two years. Latest Trend – 68% backing South Carolina

CFB – Thursday(137) OKLAHOMA STATE at (138) CENT. MICHIGAN  7:00 ET  ESPNU

Oklahoma State is thought to be a dark horse to sneak in and win the Big 12. Whether that is true or not we will find out, but they are a very popular choice in this contest, up as road favorites by five points to -24. The Cowboys have a throwing quarterback they feel they can trust for the first time in a few seasons and are 52-26 ATS as favorites under coach Mike Gundy. Central Michigan does not figure to put up much a fight, picked fifth in the MAC West. Latest Trend – 75% backing Oklahoma State and better than 90% on the OVER

CFB – Thursday(143) DUKE at (144) TULANE 9:30 ET  CBSSN

After finishing 7-6 and going to a bowl game for the first time in 11 years, Tulane regressed and was 3-9 last season. The Green Wave does return 16 starters and coach Curtis Johnson, likes his running backs and offensive line and feels the defense will put more pressure on the opposing quarterback. With Duke having a few more holes than in recent years, Tulane has dropped from +11 to +7 home favorites. However, nobody is going to outcoach the Dukies David Cutcliffe and his teams are 19-9 ATS in nonconference games. Latest Trend – 63% backing Duke (Sharp money on Tulane?)

CFB – Thursday (145) OHIO U.  at (146) IDAHO  9:00 ET ESPN-W

Somebody knows something about one or both of these teams which is not obvious, because most football bettors would gloss over such a matchup. Nonetheless, off a 1-10 campaign, Paul Petrino begins his third year as coach of Idaho and have seen the Vandals slide from +10 to +7. Among the reasons for the line movement is Idaho was 8-3 ATS last year and is also 8-3 against the spread as a home underdog. Ohio U. was 6-6 after five straight winning seasons and has 17 starters back. Latest Trend – 55% backing Idaho

CFB –  Thursday (211) WESTERN KENTUCKY at (212) VANDERBILT 8:00 ET  SECN

Western Kentucky was a prolific scoring team a year ago at 39.9 PPG and with QB Brandon Doughty and several very good skill players around him, the Hilltoppers figure to be just as dangerous. Vanderbilt was pathetic offensively last season at 17.2 PPG (116th nationally) and changed offensive coordinators, but other than RB Ralph Webb, a lot of question marks. This has helped push Western Kentucky from +2.5 to  -2.5 at various sportsbooks. Despite the Commodores scoring issues, the Hilltoppers were one the poorest defenses a year ago. Latest Trend – 78% backing Western Kentucky

CFB – Friday (159) WASHINGTON at (160) BOISE STATE  10:15 ET  ESPN

Washington head coach Chris Peterson knows his way around Bronco Stadium, but with only 10 returning starters, Peterson might be more familiar with the Boise State players than his own team. Sports bettors are in agreement, the Huskies are not being thought of as very good underdog up from +10.5 to +12. Boise State brings back 17 starters, but must find a quarterback and will likely run more in this encounter. It would stand to reason the Broncos seniors remember being drilled 38-6 two years ago in Seattle. Latest Trend – 58% backing Washington

CFB – (191) UL- LAFAYETTE at (192) KENTUCKY  7:00 ET  ESPNU

After four consecutive 9-4 seasons and making it to the nearby New Orleans Bowl in each of those years, the Ragin’ Cajuns might take a small step backwards under coach Mark Hudspeth who should be moving on soon to better job. But Kentucky under Mark Stoops is making strides and he feels his team will go bowling for the first time in five years in 2015. The money is backing the Wildcats, up 2.5 points to -17. Just keep in mind ULL is 16-6 ATS as an underdog, losing by 2.8 PPG. Latest Trend– 77% backing Kentucky

CFB – Monday (209) OHIO STATE at (210) VIRGINIA TECH 8:00 ET  ESPN

When All-American DE Joey Bosa and three other players were suspended for the opening game, immediately top-ranked Ohio State tumbled from -14 to -11. The number has stayed right there, but don’t be shocked if it falls a little more as sharp money is going to be on the Virginia Tech. The Hokies defense has more size than recent years, but still the speed. The Buckeyes will have revenge on their minds and is a rock solid 48-30 ATS as a road favorite the past 22 years. Latest Trend – 75% backing Ohio State

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