Week 10 College Football Opening Odds: Clemson-ND, Florida-Georgia and the rest of the big games
Incredibly we have now hit Week 10 of the college football season and the early lines are out, via Circa Sports.
It's actually a relatively quiet week in both the SEC (where six of 14 teams will be off, including Alabama) and the Big Ten, so instead, let's turn our attention to the game everyone wants to know about: Clemson at Notre Dame. Here is your spread.
Clemson (-5) at Notre Dame
That's right, even without Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers open as a slight favorite on the road, against the No. 4 ranked Irish. Notre Dame. Notre Dame is 6-0 entering this game, but of their six wins, none have come against teams with a winning record. As noted above, Trevor Lawrence will be out of this game as he returns from a positive Covid-19 test early this week.
Here are the SEC point spreads:
No. 8 Florida vs. No. 5 Georgia (-5)
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State (-16)
No. 7 Texas A&M (-16) at South Carolina
Tennessee (-3) at Arkansas
Obviously, the big game here is Florida-Georgia, with both teams coming in with interesting off-the-field storylines. After getting in a mid-game brawl against Missouri, will Florida have players suspended for this game? Heck, will Dan Mullen be suspended for this game? As for Georgia, scary news Saturday, as star corner Richard LeCounte got into a motorcycle accident. Thankfully, it appears as though his injuries are non-life threatening. But on the field - and again, we're glad he's OK, first and foremost - not having him will be a major storyline against Florida's explosive passing attack.
And finally, we have the Big Ten, where the lines are as follows:
No. 23 Michigan (-2) at No. 13 Indiana
Rutgers at No. 3 Ohio State (-37)
Maryland at Penn State (-21)
Minnesota (-9) at Illinois
Michigan State at Iowa (-9)
Purdue at No. 10 Wisconsin (-6)
Nebraska at Northwestern (-3)
The thing that clearly jumps out here is the fact that Michigan is just a two-point favorite at Indiana. You know 2020 is a crazy year when the Michigan plays Indiana and the Hoosiers are the higher ranked team. Also, doesn't 37 points feel like an awful lot for Ohio State to be giving, against a pesky Rutgers team.
It's also probably worth noting that next weekend is when the Pac-12 makes it's long-awaited return. Key matchups include Arizona State at No. 20 USC (-11), for a nice, 9am PT kick-off and Stanford at No. 12 Oregon (-14).
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