Clemson-Notre Dame and the rest of the college football weekend may have just ended, but it's never too early to look ahead to next Saturday in college football. With all five conferences now back in action, let's look at some point spreads.
Obviously the week is headlined by Alabama's visit to LSU with both teams coming off a bye - here is how Vegas sees things going, with the odds provided by Circa Sports:
No. 1 Alabama (-22) at LSU
No. 12 Georgia (-9) at Missouri
Vanderbilt at Kentucky (-17)
No. 24 Auburn (-10) at Mississippi State
No. 5 Texas A&M (-12) at Tennessee Arkansas at No. 6 Florida (-17)
South Carolina at Ole Miss (-7)
Again, the big one here is Alabama, which opens as over a three-touchdown favorite at the defending champion. I'd expect that one to go up as we get closer to kick-off, because well, do you really believe in Bo Pelini's ability to slow down the Alabama offense? Also, keep an eye on Missouri at home off a bye against a beat up Georgia team. I'm not saying the Dawgs will lose, but it could be close. Texas A&M as an almost two-touchdown favorite at Tennessee is also intriguing.
In the Big Ten, at least for now all 14 teams appear to be back in action, including Wisconsin's return to the field against a struuuuuuuggling Michigan squad. We'll see if this game gets played, and to be honest, no one needs a weekend off quite like the Wolverines do.
Here are the full Big Ten lines:
Iowa at Minnesota (Pick 'em)
No. 3 Ohio State (-27) at Maryland
No. 10 Indiana (-9) at Michigan State
Northwestern at Purdue (-2)
Illinois at Rutgers (-7)
Penn State (-4) at Nebraska
No. 13 Wisconsin at Michigan (-3)
Off the top of my head, the only thing that really stands out is... wait, Michigan is really a favorite against Wisconsin? I know the Badgers haven't played - or even practiced - in two weeks, but I'm just not sure the Wolverines should be favored over anyone right now. Northwestern looks juicy as a slight dog, and how about seeing Rutgers as a seven point favorite? Wonder when the last time the Scarlet Knights were favored by a touchdown against anyone?
Finally, also pay attention to No. 2 Notre Dame, which is a 13-point favorite against a pesky Boston College team on the road.
Make sure to check to back on Thursday when we'll drop our weekend gambling picks.