College football heads into the holiday weekend with a vast amount of games spread over several days. We have found the biggest early college football line moves and encourage you to return on Friday for updates, new information and free picks. Studying line moves can become a very profitable venture if you know what to look for.
CFB – Friday (333) SOUTH FLORIDA at (334) CENTRAL FLORIDA 8:00 ET ESPN
Central Florida continues its quest to win the AAC and snag the automatic invite to the BCS. The Knights face in-state partner South Florida, who is having another despicable season at 2-8 and the Bulls have been taken from +25 to +27. UCF should have no trouble winning, but USF coach Willie Taggert is an amazing 17-2 ATS for the teams he’s coached in his college career.
CFB – (345) OHIO STATE at (346) MICHIGAN 12:00 ET ABC
For only the second time in 20 years, the road team will be favored by 10 or more points, as No. 3 Ohio State tries to stay unbeaten. The betting public certainly likes their chances, moving the Buckeyes from -12 to -14.5, as Michigan’s season has turned into a major disappointment. The Wolverines are 2-10 ATS at home after being outgained by 175 or more total yards.
CFB – (367) TEMPLE at (368) MEMPHIS 12:00 ET ESPN News
While these teams have just four wins between them, Memphis is getting the call being taken from -7 to -9. The Tigers edge is they have the superior defense (20.9 vs. 30.6 points per game allowed) and are 7-0 ATS in November the last two years. But Temple is a fantastic 7-1 ATS as an underdog this season and deserves a look.
CFB – (375) COLORADO at (376) UTAH 2:00 ET PAC-12N
These Pac-12 squads might both have 4-7 records, but according to oddsmakers, that is where the similarity ends. Utah has been pumped up from -14 to -17 and the case is made playing in conference. Each team is 0-6 and 2-4 ATS, but the Utes have lost by 10.1 points a game, while the Buffaloes have been blown out by 28.8 PPG. Figure the difference and the spread makes sense.
CFB – (401) LOUISIANA TECH at (402) UTSA 3:30 ET CSBA
It has been a remarkable job by veteran coach Larry Coker, who has UTSA bowl eligible in just their second season of FBS football and first in Conference USA. In fact, if Rice was to lose at home to Tulane and the Roadrunners win this contest, they would win the West Division and play for the C-USA title. UTSA has been elevated from -14 to -16.
CFB – (409) NORTH TEXAS at (410) TULSA 2:30 ET FSN Affiliates
North Texas was thoroughly out-played in their home finale against UTSA which ended their hopes of playing in the Conference USA championship. The Mean Green will look to instead finish the regular season on a 6-1 SU and ATS roll and is up two points to -5 at Tulsa. This has been an abysmal campaign for the Golden Hurricane and they are 1-4 SU and ATS at home.
Arizona State tumbling from -14 to -12 almost had to be expected, given the history of the Territorial Cup, which by the way is the oldest trophy in college football. Here is why the Sun Devils are sinking favorites. In the past 20 years, the road team is a quirky 16-4 against the spread, winning outright 65 percent of the time.
Sports Watch Monitor Weighty Trends
CFB ATS Trend
Western Michigan is 3-11 ATS as an underdog the last two seasons.
NBA ATS Trend
The L.A. Lakers are 1-11 ATS after covering the spread in two or more consecutive games since last season.
CBB ATS Trend
Marshall is 0-12 ATS off a home win the last two seasons.
NHL Money Line Trend
Anaheim is 13-3 after a victory this season.