Rivalries, Injuries and Iron Bowl Highlight Holiday Weekend Action

Thanksgiving weekend marks one of rivalries and this weekend will have also have games with implications for the inaugural College Football Playoff.

One big game pits the Florida Gators against the Florida State Seminoles. Florida has won 4 of its past 5 games played at Florida State, including handing Florida State its last loss two seasons ago in Tallahassee.

In 2004, Ron Zook led Florida to victory over FSU 20-3 after being fired at UF. Will Muschamp hopes for the same type of success this weekend in what will be his last game coaching Florida.

Florida State is 1-8 ATS in its past 9 games as a favorite by 7 or more points this year. In this matchup, the Seminoles are 7.5-point chalk at home.

Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams missed two straight games since his leg injury November 8. However, he likely will play in the Iron Bowl on Saturday on the road at Alabama. Williams has 38 receptions to lead the team and 5 touchdowns. However, Nick Marshall the Auburn quarterback might have a hard time finding Williams due to the pressure he could receive from the Alabama defense.

Stanford will be without Ty Montgomery its best playmaker when they meet UCLA on Friday. He has an injured shoulder and cannot play.

Stanford is 6-0 SU in its past 6 games against UCLA.

Brandon Allen the Arkansas quarterback injured a hip last week in the Razorbacks win against Ole Miss. He is questionable for Friday’s matchup with Missouri.

Anu Solomon the starting quarterback for Arizona sprained his ankle against Utah last week and sat out the second half. He remains questionable for the Wildcats game at home against rival Arizona State.

Clint Trickett the starting quarterback for West Virginia is questionable for the Mountaineers game on Saturday against Iowa State.

The game featuring South Carolina against Clemson has not been on the board this week due to the uncertainty of Deshaun Watson the quarterback of Clemson who is questionable and his status will be determined at game time.

Iron Bowl: Auburn vs. Alabama

The Crimson Tide is favored at home by 9.5 points. Alabama must take advantage of an Auburn defense that has had more holes than Swiss cheese of late. Auburn has allowed 31 or more points in five straight SEC games.

Alabama has won 5 of its 6 games at home this season by 21 or more points.

Pick: Take the Tide to Roll in this game 35-17.

Lines Moving Early in Two Big 10 Games

College football enters week No. 12 with a pair of important games in the Big 10 that have seen line movement early. One of the games has much more importance than the other, but both are moving on the board in the early going.

Nebraska visits the Wisconsin Badgers in a game that could determine the title in the West division of the Big 10 while Indiana visits Rutgers in a matchup of two of the conference’s worst teams this season. Bettors in both games have backed the home teams since the lines became available on Sunday.

The Badgers and Cornhuskers are presently in a tie with the Minnesota Golden Gophers atop the West division of the Big Ten.

According to Bovada and betonline, Minnesota still must play against both Nebraska and Wisconsin on the road after hosting Ohio State the East division leader in the Big 10.

The line opened on Sunday with Wisconsin favored at home by 4 points over Nebraska, but has been bumped up to -5.5 as of late Monday.

On certain sites such as topbet and sportsbook.com, the line had gone up to -6, before pulling back to -5.5.

Some observers like Nebraska with close to a touchdown.

The Cornhuskers are battling for the national championship making this game as big as any for them on the season.

However, Wisconsin is on their home field and strong but giving nearly a touchdown against a power like Nebraska is a lot.

At the same time, two teams that have a great deal less to play for have had a line that has moved even more. On Sunday, Rutgers opened as the favorite at home by 5 points, but that has been bet up to new sit at 7.5 points.

Despite being just 1-4 in Big 10 action, Rutgers is just a win from being eligible for a bowl and entering this game off a bye, could spell trouble for Indiana.

Rutgers lost before the bye 37-0 against Wisconsin at home.

The Scarlet Knights have had to play away at Nebraska and Ohio State, prior to loosing at home to Wisconsin.

UMass started its season 0-6, but has won two of its past three and faces Ball State on Wednesday night.

UMass has covered the number in each of its last five games overall.

The line opened as a Pick’ em and has moved to UMass being a 3-point favorite, which makes it the biggest mover on the board since Sunday.

Alabama Laying 6 points at LSU Saturday Night

Southeastern Conference action highlights the college football schedule on Saturday. One of those important games will be the Alabama Crimson Tide visiting the LSU Tigers.

Alabama remains outside the top 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 5. However, the Tide will have another opportunity to showcase their talent when they travel to LSU.

Before anyone goes and writes in a win for Alabama on Saturday, remember that LSU is has won 19 of its past 21 games at home against opponents from the SEC.

A win by LSU against Alabama as a dog at home, would help the Tigers for their short and long-term futures.

The current line has Alabama favored by 6.5 points with the point total on just 45.5.

According to Bovada and betonline, Alabama is just 1-7 ATS over its past eight games as a favorite on the road, without covering its last five.

LSU is 3-0 against the number over its past three games playing as a dog at home.

According to topbet and sportsbook.com, the Tigers are 19-2 SU over their past 21 games at home versus opponents from the SEC. The only two losses are Mississippi State earlier in the season and two years ago to Alabama.

The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the past 4 LSU games as an underdog at home. The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the past 5 games between these two archrivals.

Alabama might be No. 5 in the most recent rankings for the College Football Playoff, but their schedule will give them a shot to prove to their doubters that are amongst the top 4. The Tide has the Tigers this weekend and then must play at home versus Mississippi State and Auburn.

Like Alabama, the Tigers have won three straight games. LSU’s last win was October 25, as an underdog at home by 4 points, when they defeated Ole Miss 10-7.

Most insiders believe Alabama has a much better offense than does LSU and will likely put points on the board easier than the Tigers will.

As the season has gone on, LSU has picked up experience and confidence. At home under the lights, LSU is 46-4 under Les Miles.

The game will likely be a defensive battle with turnovers playing a key part in who wins this matchup. Both teams are very strong defensively, while both tend to be very conservative offensively making an ideal situation for the UNDER.

LSU is 3-0 over its past three home games when an underdog. The big play however in this is the UNDER, with a slight lean toward LSU and the points.