Oregon at Washington (Saturday 3:30 pm ET)
Washington -2.5 (-120) O/U 67.5
This game is not only a huge game in the Pac-12 but has College Football Playoffs implications as well. Washington came out on top 37-34 at Oregon last season in this game and this time get this matchup at home. while both teams are still undefeated this will be the Ducks toughest road test yet.
Bo Nix will lead his Ducks against Michael Penix Jr and his Huskies, two of the top Heisman front-runners. Penix has top notch receivers in Rome Odunze, Jalen McMillian, and Ja'Lynn Polk, as well as the home crowd. he leads the country in passing yards with this dynamic trio. The Ducks have running backs Jordan James and Bucky Irving who are averaging eight yards per carry.
On Saturday we will see two dynamic scoring offenses vs two defenses who can be vulnerable. Expect to see a tight high scoring affair. Taking the over here could be the best bet.
Florida at South Carolina (Saturday 3:30 pm ET)
South Carolina -2.5 (-130) O/U 51.5
The Florida Gators have not been the same team away from "the Swamp" for a long time now, going 2-15 in the last 17 road games. this season the Gators have lost their two road games against Utah and Kentucky by a combined 32 points.
South Carolina has been tested on the road this season, being mostly competitive in losses against North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Now they return home to face-off against the Gators after a bye week. The Gamecocks took a beating in the Swamp last season and could be ready to play their most complete game in a revenge spot.
Missouri at Kentucky (Saturday 7:30 pm ET)
Kentucky -2.5 (-135) O/U 51.5
Missouri has had a good season to this point going 5-1. Coming off a tough loss last week at home to LSU. Their signature win so far has been at home versus Kansas State. They have not been tested on the road yet, as Vanderbilt is their only game away from the comforts of the home crowd so far this season.
The Wildcats have been solid at home, especially in a dominant win over the Florida Gators two weeks ago. Returning home to a sell-out crowd at Kroger Field will be a welcome after last week in Athens. The Cats are also 5-1 on the season and this game will be essential in staying behind Georgia in the SEC East. This game sets up nicely for the Cats since the Tigers haven't been in a hostile road test yet.
USC at Notre Dame (Saturday 7:30 pm ET)
ND -2.5 (-135) O/U 60
The Trojans have a high-flying offense with Heisman winning QB Caleb Williams and company. Unfortunately, their defense is their achillies heel. They have given up 41 points in back-to-back games and barely hung on to win both. This week they go on the road to South Bend where some chilly weather with some rain and wind is expected.
Having this suspect USC defense come into town may be just what the doctor ordered for this Irish offense. Notre Dame and QB Sam Hartman need to get back on track. This could be the perfect opportunity for the Irish offense to hit the re-set button and bounce back from that late Ohio State loss to the home crowd.
UCLA at Oregon State (Saturday 8:00 pm ET)
Oregon State -3.5 (-110) O/U 54
UCLA was sharp in a win over a very good Washington State team and covered as the favorite last week. They jumped back into the rankings after the win. Coming off their biggest win of the year Corvallis is one of the toughest places to play in a road environment.
Oregon State has taken care of business every time except for in a tough road test at Washington State. Two weeks ago, the Beavers won at home over Utah 21-7, and I expect the Bruins to run into a buzzsaw Saturday night in Corvallis. The Beavers continue to play elite defense have enough big offensive plays to get the job done at home.
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