Rivalry Week College Football Lines: Michigan-Ohio State, Bama-Auburn + Egg Bowl and more
It's hard to believe but we've officially reached "Rivalry Week" the single best week in the college football calendar.
Michigan-Ohio State. The Iron Bowl. The Egg Bowl. And it all starts on Thursday, Thanksgiving night and takes us well through Pac-12 After Dark on Saturday night.
So with all the big matchups lining up for this weekend, what are the point spreads?
Here are the opening lines via our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, with a couple quick thoughts below:
Ole Miss at Mississippi State (-1) - O/U 60.5 (Thursday)
Boise State (-2.5) at San Diego State - O/U 44.5 (Friday)
Kansas State at Texas (-2) - O/U 52 (Friday)
Iowa at Nebraska (-3.5) - O/U 44.5 (Friday)
Missouri at Arkansas (-14) - O/U 62.5 (Friday)
Cincinnati (-14) at East Carolina - O/U 58
Colorado at Utah (-24) - O/U 52
North Carolina at NC State (-6.5) - O/U 63
Washington State (-1) at Washington - O/U 63.5
Ohio State (-7.5) at Michigan - O/U 63.5
Florida State at Florida (-2.5) - O/U 59
Texas Tech at Baylor (-14) - O/U 52
Georgia (-35) at Georgia Tech - O/U 54.5
Penn State at Michigan State (-1.5) - O/U 52.5
Indiana at Purdue (-15) - O/U 50
Alabama (-19.5) at Auburn - O/U 55
Oregon State at Oregon (-7) - O/U 61
Vanderbilt at Tennessee (-31) - O/U 62.5
Wisconsin (-6.5) at Minnesota - O/U 39
Texas A&M (-6.5) at LSU - O/U 45.5
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (-3.5) - O/U 51.5
Clemson (-11.5) at South Carolina - O/U 43
Kentucky at Louisville (-2.5) - O/U 57
Notre Dame (-17) at Stanford - O/U 52.5
Cal at UCLA (-7) - O/U 57.5
BYU (-7) at USC - O/U 64
When it comes to the biggest games, frankly the point spreads aren't all that surprising. While Michigan is playing some of its best football in years under Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State probably has the single most explosive offense in college football. So it shouldn't be a surprise that the Buckeyes are a touchdown favorite, even on the road in Ann Arbor. Same with Alabama, playing a reeling Auburn team which has three straight loses in the Iron Bowl.
Still, there are some surprises in the point spreads as well.
First, let's start with Thursday night. Yes, the Egg Bowl is in Starkville, but Ole Miss is a 9-2 team looking for its 10th victory of the year. As good as Mississippi State's defense is, this is a bit of a surprise to see the Rebels as a slight underdog.
Staying in the SEC, it is shocking to see Florida as a slight favorite over in-state rival Florida State, The Seminoles have played well with a healthy Jordan Travis at quarterback, while Florida, well, umm, they just fired Dan Mullen. Not telling you how to spend your cash, but that seems like a line that will probably move in the coming days.
Other lines that jump out: Kentucky as a small underdog at Louisville, Oklahoma as an underdog at Oklahoma State and most shockingly of all - Texas a FAVORITE at home against Kansas State.
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