Florida, Michigan among Week 6 favorites

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(OddsShark.com) — The Florida Gators will look to continue their meteoric rise up the AP Top 25 rankings when they battle the Missouri Tigers on Saturday as early 4-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Gators rose 14 positions in the national rankings following their stunning 38-10 upset of Ole Miss last weekend, picking up the against the spread win as 7-point home underdogs and extending their current straight up win streak to six games.

With the win, Florida enters Saturday night’s Gators vs. Tigers betting matchup at Memorial Stadium ranked No. 11 in the nation, and sit atop the SEC East division standings with a 3-0 conference record, 5-0 overall.

Mizzou picked up their first conference victory of the season last weekend, topping the South Carolina Gamecocks 24-10 as 3-point home chalk and ending a four-game ATS losing streak to begin the season.

This is the fourth meeting between these two teams in as many years, with the Tigers posting SU victories in the last two while covering the spread in all three contests.

Meanwhile, No. 18 Michigan welcomes No. 13 Northwestern to Ann Arbor on Saturday as 8-point home favorites. The Wolverines posted their second straight shutout last weekend, blanking the Maryland Terrapins 28-0 as 13.5-point chalk, and have surrendered just 14 total points in their past four contests.

The Wildcats improved to 5-0 SU, 4-1 ATS, with their 27-0 shutout of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and have allowed an average of just seven points per game.

Michigan has dominated the Wildcats on the field in recent meetings, going 12-3 SU in their last 15 according to the OddsShark College Football Database. However, Northwestern has held the edge at the sportsbooks, posting a 9-6 ATS record in those contests.

In other college football betting action, No. 5 Utah is favored by seven points over No. 23 California in the only other Week 6 matchup between ranked squads.

The Utes crushed No. 13 Oregon 62-20 in their last outing to record their sixth straight SU win, while the Golden Bears failed to cover as 17-point favorites in a 34-28 win over the Washington State Cougars but are 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS on the season.

No. 15 Notre Dame will look to bounce back from a disappointing 24-22 loss to Clemson when they battle the Navy Midshipmen as 14-point favorites, while the Tigers, who have risen to No. 6 in the rankings following their win over the Fighting Irish, host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 7.5-point chalk.

Notre Dame odds falling before Georgia Tech

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(OddsShark.com) – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be without starting quarterback Malik Zaire on Saturday when they battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as 2.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Irish lost Zaire for the remainder of the 2015 season after the junior pivot suffered a broken ankle in last weekend’s 34-27 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers.

The win improved Notre Dame’s straight up record to 2-0 on the season, solidifying their position at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 ahead of Saturday afternoon’s Yellow Jackets vs. Fighting Irish betting matchup at Notre Dame Stadium.

The loss of Zaire brings the total number of Irish players out for the season to five, and has wreaked havoc on the betting line ahead of Saturday’s game. Since Notre Dame opened as 2-point chalk, the line has steadily moved in the Yellow Jackets’ favor.

With injuries piling up, doubt has also been cast on Notre Dame’s chances of qualifying for this season’s College Football Playoff.

After rising to join the frontrunners in college football futures betting, with 14/1 odds following their 38-3 season-opening win over the Texas Longhorns, the Fighting Irish have tumbled to a distant 33/1 odds to win the national championship, their weakest odds since opening the 2014 season as 50/1 longshots.

The weight of Notre Dame’s national title hopes now rest on the shoulders of backup quarterback DeShone Kizer, who orchestrated the Irish’s game-winning drive against the Cavaliers after Zaire left the game, and is expected to be at the helm in Week 3.

The Fighting Irish put a three-game SU winning streak on the line in their clash with No. 14 Georgia Tech, who have roared out of the gate in the young season, tallying 134 total points in a pair of lopsided wins over Alcorn State and Tulane.

The Yellow Jackets’ current win streak improves them to 8-1 SU and a perfect 9-0 ATS in their past nine overall, including a 2-1 SU record, 3-0 ATS, against teams ranked in the Top 10, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

Georgia Tech has also enjoyed success in recent meetings with the Fighting Irish, going 2-1 SU in their last three on the road, while posting ATS victories in each of their last four.

LSU, Alabama favored in Week 3 SEC matchups

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(OddsShark.com) – Action heats up in the SEC in Week 3 of the college football betting slate with four conference matchups on the schedule starting with the Auburn Tigers, who travel to face LSU on Saturday as 7.5-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Auburn, ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25, is off to a 2-0 straight up start to the 2015 season with wins over Louisville and Jacksonville State but failed to record a victory against the spread in either game, needing overtime to get past the Gamecocks by a 27-20 score as heavy 39-point favorites.

That extends Auburn’s ATS losing streak to seven games entering Saturday afternoon’s Tigers vs. Tigers betting matchup at Tiger Stadium, and places their position in the national rankings in jeopardy.

No. 13 LSU finally got their season started in Week 2, topping the Mississippi State Bulldogs 21-19 after their Week 1 date with the McNeese State Cowboys was cancelled due to lightning.

The SU win over the Bulldogs was just LSU’s second in their past five contests, while the ATS loss in that game dropped the Tigers to 1-3-1 ATS.

LSU was crushed 41-7 by Auburn as a seven-point road underdog in last year’s meeting, but are 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS in their last seven home dates against their SEC West division rivals.

Elsewhere, No.2 Alabama plays host to No. 15 Ole Miss on Saturday night as 6-point favorites in Week 3’s other SEC West matchup.

The Crimson Tide will be looking for their 10th consecutive SU home win over the Rebels, but are just 4-5 ATS during that streak and lost 23-17 to Mississippi last season as 4.5-point favorites.

In the SEC East, South Carolina visits No. 7 Georgia as a 17-point underdog. The Gamecocks were stunned by a 26-22 loss to Kentucky as 7-point favorites in Week 2, while the Bulldogs have won three straight SU but are just 4-5 ATS in their last nine.

The Wildcats will be gunning for a second straight upset victory when they host the Florida Gators as three-point underdogs.

The Gators have struggled with consistency, going 7-5 SU in their past 12 games, but are undefeated SU in their last 19 games (12-6-1 ATS) against Kentucky according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

In other Week 3 college football betting action, No.11 Clemson has moved to a 6.5-point favorite for their Thursday night contest with the Louisville Cardinals, while No. 9 Florida State travels to Boston College on Friday favored by 7 points, and No. 8 Notre Dame takes on No. 14 Georgia Tech as a 2.5-point underdog.