DraftKings has dropped another set of look-ahead lines in college football.
Many felt that the Oct. 9 trip for Alabama to College Station would be one of the top games of the season. As it turns out, Texas A&M barely won at Colorado one week before Minnesota went to Boulder and won by a 30-0 count.
Then the Gophers lost at home to Bowling Green as 27.5-point home favorites on the same Saturday that Arkansas handed the Aggies their first loss to the Razorbacks since they entered the SEC in 2012.
Nevertheless, Jimbo Fisher’s team to can stay in the SEC West race if it survives Mississippi State’s trip to Kyle Field on Saturday and then beats the Crimson Tide in Week 6. DraftKings has Nick Saban’s bunch installed as a 14.5-point road favorite.
Johnny Flippin’ Pigskin led Texas A&M into Tuscaloosa in 2012 to capture its lone win in nine games against Alabama since leaving the Big 12 for SEC pastures. The Aggies are 4-5 against the spread in those head-to-head meetings.
Of course, Ole Miss is at Alabama on Saturday after enjoying an open date and giving the Crimson Tide fits in Oxford last year. The Rebels and Arkansas are hoping to turn the SEC upside down with wins at ‘Bama and at Georgia, respectively, this weekend.
Then they’ll do battle next weekend in Oxford. Drafkings has Ole Miss listed as a six-point home favorite vs. the Razorbacks. After venturing to Arlington last weekend and Athens this Saturday, the Hogs will make the trek to The Grove for a third consecutive weekend of travel.
Arkansas is 5-2 straight up in its last seven versus Ole Miss. Even better, the Razorbacks are 7-1 ATS in the last eight encounters with the Rebels, who are 3-1 ATS as home ‘chalk’ on Lane Kiffin’s watch.
When Ole Miss came to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium last year, current Heisman co-favorite Matt Corral had the worst game of his career. Corral threw six interceptions, including a pick-six at crunch time when the Rebels were trailing 27-21.
The Red River Rivalry will be renewed in Week 6 after Oklahoma won a four-overtime barburner last season. DraftKings has the Sooners listed as five-point favorites over the Longhorns, who are looking to end a three-game losing streak vs. OU.
Will Iowa and Penn St. remain unbeaten when they tangle in Iowa City next Saturday? The Hawkeyes will have to survive a trip to College Park to face Baby Tua and the Terrapins on Friday night, while PSU is looking to avenge last year’s overtime loss in Bloomington when it hosts Indiana.
Kirk Ferentz’s squad is listed as a 1.5-point home favorite vs. the Nittany Lions, who are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as road underdogs.
Notre Dame hopes to stay undefeated after hosting Cincinnati in South Bend on Saturday. Then in Week 6, the Fighting Irish will face their third straight opponent that’s had two weeks to prepare for them. Nevertheless, DraftKings has Brian Kelly’s squad listed as a 3.5-point favorite at Va. Tech. The Hokies are 4-5 ATS in nine games as home underdogs during Justin Fuente’s six-year tenure.
The other Week 6 look-ahead lines include Georgia -15 at Auburn, BYU -2.5 vs. Boise St., Michigan -4.5 at Nebraska and UMass -1 vs UConn.
Why has UMass vs. UConn been given a look-ahead number? The hell if I know!