What are the Current Betting Lines on Saturday’s College Football Games?

It’s that time of the year again. Time for sportsbooks to make their picks for the upcoming NCAA football games. Most books have already made their picks, and we have a good idea of who they favor. But just in case you were curious about the current betting lines for these games, here’s a quick look at them as of last night.

Colorado Buffaloes at Michigan Wolverines

This is one of the Top 5 matchups of the 2020 season. Top sportsbooks offer an over/under of 42.5 points for the game. Michigan opened as a 4.5-point home favorite, while the Buffaloes are 7.5-point home underdogs in this battle of the teams ranked 11th and 12th in the COVID-19 power ranking.

Interestingly, the over/under for this particular game is the same as the NCAA’s suggested limit for the season. If you look at the top football betting sites, you’ll notice they are the ONLY places that are taking bets on whether or not the NCAA will suspend the football season. If you consider the fact that college football had to be postponed last year, and that the season might be canceled if the current pandemic continues, it’s not a huge surprise that sportsbooks are taking a pass on making postseason predictions.

Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Longhorns

This is another Top 5 matchup of the 2020 season with the top books making the Kansas Jayhawks 3.5-point favorites. Both teams are 5-0 and look incredibly confident heading into the game. In fact, Topbetting predicted this game would be a total massacre with the ‘Hawks winning 54-13. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as both teams showed up for the brawl, but it was close.

The ‘Hawks opened as four-point favorites, but quickly went up to three points. Texas has now opened as a 7.5-point home underdog in 6 of their 7 games this season. The only exception was their 42-13 loss to the Arizona Wildcats where they were a six-point favorite. Hopefully, that was just a fluke.

Ohio State Buckeyes at Northwestern Wildcats

The fourth game of the day pits the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes against the 1-3 Northwestern Wildcats. Both teams are playing great football right now, and this game could be for the Big 10 Championship. This game has an over/under of 44 points, and the over/under has never been higher. Ohio State opened as an 11.5-point favorite at some books, but has been bet down to 9 or 10 points at other places.

Northwestern is 1-3 as an underdog this season, but has won their last two games as a dog, including last week’s 41-38 thriller against Indiana. Ohio State is 4-0 as a favorite this season, and has won by an average of 26.3 points per game. This will be a battle of the two most powerful teams in the conference. With Ohio State looking to lock down the number two spot in the Big 10, and Northwestern looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, this game should be an interesting one. Bookmakers are taking advantage of the public’s fear during the pandemic, and are getting money on both sides.

Alabama Crimson Tide at LSU Tigers

The sixth game of the day pits the unbeaten Crimson Tide against the 1-4 LSU Tigers. These teams are probably going to meet again in the playoffs, so it’s important to get the latest lines before the season begins to know who to watch out for. The Alabama – LSU game has an over/under of 42 points, and the over/under has never been this high. The Tide are looking to remain perfect, while the Tigers want to end their losing streak.

The over/under has been set at 4 points at most books, but the Tide are listed as 6.5-point favorites here. Last season, the Tide beat the Tigers 41-20 in Tuscaloosa. With both teams looking to make a strong comeback this season, this one should be close. Hopefully, the LSU fans have learned their lesson from last season and won’t get too loud this time around.

UCLA Bruins at Arizona Wildcats

The last game of the day pits the 4-1 UCLA Bruins against the 1-3 Arizona Wildcats. These teams met in last year’s Pac-12 Championship, with the Bruins triumphing 29-24 in a shootout. The two teams were also involved in last week’s college football overtime thriller where the underdogs won 41-38. This game has an under/over of 42 points, and 3-4 points are getting bet. The Bruins are 5-0 as a favorite this season, but have yet to cover in any of their 5 home games. Arizona has been a dog in 4 of their 7 games this season, but have won their last two as a dog. The last time these teams met, the Bruins were on the road in Tucson, AZ, and won 29-27.

Overall Thoughts

As discussed, all of these games have huge implications for the remainder of the season. If you consider the fact that last year’s NCAA football season was canceled, these bets are almost certainly going to be the most popular ones this year. But just like last year, all of these bets are extremely volatile. Unless you’re getting them from a reputable sportsbook, it’s probably best to avoid them if your main objective is to make money from sports betting. But if you’re a casual sports fan and just want to make sure your favorite team wins, then by all means, place a few bets today. Just understand that things could change at any moment, and that it’s not necessarily going to be in your favor. For example, with the over/under for this weekend’s games at 4.5 points, if the over/under were to fall below 4.5 points, then it would be profitable to place a bet on the under. But if the over/under were to rise above 4.5 points, then it would be a smart move to bet on the over.