Lots of big college football betting matchups between ranked teams pop up on the schedule this week. Most of them are the late games. As a warmup, let’s look at some trends for the Thursday nighter and Saturday’s early games.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Texas A&M (3-0) vs (24) Oklahoma State (3-0)
The OVER looks great in this matchup; it’s 5-1 over the last six meetings and 4-0 over the last four meetings at Oklahoma State. Against the spread, bettors may lean toward Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are 11-4 ATS over their last 15 games as a home favorite whereas the Aggies are 17-36-1 ATS over their last 54 road games.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
(2) Ohio State (4-0) vs Illinois (2-1)
The spread online betting trends absolutely sizzle for Ohio State; I may as well just rhyme off the impressive list. 43-18 ATS over their last 61 games overall; 21-5 ATS over their last 26 road games; 9-1 ATS over their last 10 against teams with winning records; 8-0 ATS over their last eight games after accumulating more than 280 passing yards in their previous game. Wow.
(17) Miami (2-1) vs Clemson (2-1)
Are the Miami Hurricanes chokers under pressure? They’re just 12-25-1 ATS over their last 38 games as a favorite. Clemson is 19-7 ATS over its last 26 as an underdog – a trend that could trump its 1-4 ATS record over its last five home games.
Virginia Tech (2-2) vs North Carolina State (4-0)
Everyone keeps underestimating the N.C. State Wolfpack, who are 6-1 ATS over their last seven games as a home underdog. Virginia Tech, however, is 4-0 ATS over its last four games as a road favorite, so something has to give. The Hokies could also be riding high after shutting out Boston College on the road last week.
Navy (2-1) vs Air Force (3-1)
Navy owns this rivalry at the sportsbook in recent years, going 10-1 ATS over the last 11 meetings. The UNDER is 5-1 over the last six Navy/Air Force matchups. Navy is 4-1 ATS over its last five games as an underdog and 13-3 ATS over its last 16 against the MWC, so the betting prognosis looks positive for the Midshipmen.