The opening lines on week 4 in college football were released on Monday with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish seeing early action in their game against Michigan State this weekend. The Irish are 0-3 ATS this season after a late rally to beat Purdue.
Following the Alabama vs. Texas A&M game and other great matchups, it is no wonder the there are few marquee matchups on tap amongst ranked teams.
Some of the bigger games that sportsbooks online such a topbet are expecting to draw attention are Michigan vs. Norte Dame, Auburn vs. LSU and Arizona State vs. Stanford. The Friday night matchup between Boise State and Fresno State might be a prelude to the championship game of the Mountain West Conference.
Bovada opened the Fighting Irish, ranked No. 22 in the nation as a 7.5-point favorite versus the Spartans. The Irish rallied late Saturday night to beat the Boilermakers of Purdue. The Irish are 2-1 SU and 0-3 ATS, while Michigan State is 3-0 SU and 1-2 ATS. The two teams have covered just 1 time between them in a combined 6 games played.
Notre Dame did not play well for the first three quarters of the game versus Purdue, but it is difficult to enter the game on Purdue’s home field as an 18-point favorite. Last season in South Bend, the Irish escaped with a three point victory on a last minute field goal.
Michigan State has been described by some analysts as having a slow to develop offense and hence the more than 7½ point spread in Notre Dame’s favor.
The No. 5 ranked Stanford and No. 23 ranked Arizona State matchup has the Sun Devils getting 8½ points after opening at 9½ as the underdog. This will be the first major test for Stanford. The Sun Devils defeated a tough Wisconsin team 32-30 and come into the game 2-0 SU and 1-1 ATS, but did not cover as the favorite by 7 points against the Badgers. Some say Arizona State should have lost outright, but a crazy call at the end of the game gave them the outright win.
Stanford did not look good in their 34-20 victory over Army. The Cardinal went off as a 30½ point favorite and failed to cover, as they looked disinterested in the game.
This week has just a few marquee games that will draw much less bettor interest than last week.
However, it is an opportunity for bettors to go online to topbet, Bovada, sportsbook.com and betonline and check out all the options including betting the spread, the winner, the point total and even live betting during the game itself.