DraftKings posts early lines for Rivalry Week

Ohio St. has won eight games in a row over Michigan and 15 of the last 16.

DraftKings already has its Week 13 look-ahead lines up for Rivalry Week.

Let’s start with the Iron Bowl that’ll be played on The Plains. Auburn won’t have Bo Nix and his absence has probably impacted the line by at least four points. Alabama opened as an 18.5-point road favorite.

The Crimson Tide hosts Arkansas on Saturday as a 21-point home ‘chalk,’ while Auburn is -7.5 at South Carolina. Nick Saban’s program has lost back-to-back at Jordan-Hare Stadium, falling to the Tigers in 2019 and 2017. Auburn is 6-3 against the spread with five outright wins in nine games as a home underdog since 2016.

Michigan still hasn’t beaten Ohio St. during Jim Harbaugh’s seven-year tenure. However, his five previous losses to the Buckeyes (they didn’t play in last year’s pandemic campaign) will all be forgotten if the Wolverines can pull the upset next week at The Big House.

First, Michigan has to get past Maryland on the road Saturday. But if it does, Harbaugh’s team will be in play for everything — a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game and a potential berth in the College Football Playoffs — if they knock off Ohio St.

The Buckeyes are 7-1 in Ann Arbor since 2005. They host Michigan St. on Saturday before facing their arch rival. (To make the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan does need help in the form of one Michigan St. loss — whether it’s at Ohio St. or vs. Penn St.)

DraftKings has Ohio St. listed as a 6.5-point road favorite at Michigan. The Westgate SuperBook has the Buckeyes favored by six points.

The Egg Bowl will be played on Thanksgiving night, less than two weeks after a glorious Saturday for the state of Mississippi. This past weekend, Mississippi St. rallied from a 28-3 deficit at Auburn late in the second quarter to capture a 43-34 win.

Later that night, Ole Miss cooled off red-hot Texas A&M and ended its hopes of making it to Atlanta with a 29-19 win as a 1.5-point home underdog.

DraftKings has Ole Miss installed as a two-point road favorite at Mississippi St. The road team won four games in a row in this rivalry from 2015-2018, but the home teams have won in back-to-back meetings. The Rebels collected a 31-24 home win last season, but the Bulldogs covered the spread as 9.5-point road underdogs.

In last year’s victory, Ole Miss QB Matt Corral completed 24-of-36 passes for 385 yards and two TDs without an interception. In the losing effort, Mississippi St. QB Will Rogers connected on 45-of-61 throws for 440 yards and three TDs without an interception.

Mississippi St. is on a 4-0 ATS run going into Saturday’s home game vs. Tennessee St. The Rebels, who have won five of their last six games while compiling a 4-2 spread record, are 36.5-point home favorites Saturday vs. Vanderbilt.

The Bedlam Rivalry will feature a pair of one-loss teams if the Sooners and Cowboys can get out of Week 12 unscathed. DraftKings has made Oklahoma a one-point road favorite in Stillwater.

OU has won six games in a row over OSU, with five of those victories coming by double-digit margins. The Sooners have won four straight in Stillwater by margins of 18, 10, 35 and 9 points.

Mike Gundy is an abysmal 2-14 against the Sooners during his 17-year tenure at his alma mater. In fairness to Gundy, though, seven of those losses (and one win) were to Oklahoma teams who were ranked in the top-10 nationally and all but two of them were ranked No. 18 in the country or better.

The Cowboys won 38-35 at OU in overtime in 2014, and they smashed the Sooners 44-10 in Stillwater in 2011.

If Sparty can pull a stunner at The ‘Shoe in Columbus on Saturday, its showdown with Penn St. in East Lansing next week will take on added implications. DraftKings opened Mel Tucker’s team as a one-point home favorite vs. the Nittany Lions, who have lost four of their last five games by 18 combined points.

The ‘under’ has cashed in four consecutive games for PSU to improve to 8-2 overall. James Franklin’s team hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

Florida opened as a 10-point home favorite vs. FSU. The Gators and Seminoles are on the road Saturday with games at Missouri and at Boston College, respectively. UF has won both meetings against the ‘Noles on Dan Mullen’s watch, winning 41-14 at FSU in 2018 and 40-17 at The Swamp in 2019.

Three Friday games have been lined early by DraftKings, including Boise St. -2.5 at San Diego St., Iowa pick ’em at Nebraska and Washington -3 vs. Washington St. The Apple Cup will be played with two interim head coaches, as both programs are on the hunt for their next leader after Jimmy Lake was fired by the Huskies earlier this week.

DraftKings also opened Oregon as a 13-point home favorite vs. Oregon St. The Beavers won a 41-38 decision as 13-point home underdogs last year for just their second win over the Ducks in the past 13 meetings.

Oregon St. has lost six games in a row at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, but the Beavers are 4-2 ATS in those six defeats.

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