After a sleepy Week 3 of the college football betting, the marque matchups return to the board for Week 4.
Here’s a look at the Best Online Sportsbooks biggest games to bet this week:
Utah at USC (+4.5)
Friday night has the two ranked teams clashing in Southern California when the USC Trojans host the Utah Utes. The Trojans are coming off a crushing overtime loss at BYU, in which freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis came back to earth after his strong debut in Week 2. He three for 281 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions, allowing the Cougars to keep pace and steal an outright win as 5-point home pups.
The Utes present a much toughest challenge defensively. Utah is coming off a 31-0 shutout of FCS Idaho State and has given up only 29 total points on the season. Utah won at BYU in Week 1, so if you want to do the math, you can see where this spread is coming from. Utah has been a wise bet against USC, covering in five of their last six meeting with the Trojans.
Michigan at Wisconsin (-3.5)
The Michigan Wolverines have failed to live up to offseason expectations, narrowly avoiding a loss in overtime versus Army in Week 2. Michigan had a week off to right the ship before this huge Big Ten battle in Wisconsin. The offense doesn’t have any big-play threat and the defense – the supposed backbone of this program – hasn’t look anything like the unit which ranked among the college football elite in 2018. Head coach Jim Harbaugh is starting to sweat and a loss in Madison could really start a fire under his seat.
The Badgers have yet to allow a single point through two games, blanking South Florida and Central Michigan in Weeks 1 and 2 before enjoying a bye week last Saturday. Wisconsin is going to pound at the UM line with running back Jonathan Taylor, who is sneaking into Heisman conversations after marching for five touchdowns and catching three others in just two games. The Badgers have covered only two times in their last dozen matchups with Michigan.
Auburn at Texas A&M (-4)
The SEC schedule is a slog and this matchup is a perfect example. Auburn comes to College Station in a battle of contrasting styles: the Tigers want to ground and pound and the Aggies want to let it fly. Auburn is 11th in the country is rushing yards per game, marching for almost 283 per game en route to a 3-0 start with its most recent victory coming over Kent State. After taking a Week 1 win over Oregon, the Tigers have a real shot at making the CFP Final Four but need to avoid the various pitfalls ahead. It’s a good sign that the road team has been the smart play when these conference rival clash, with the visitor covering in six of the previous seven meetings.
Texas A&M got thumped by Clemson in Week 2, pretty much erasing the Aggies CFP chances. They bounced back with a dominating win over FCS Lamar this past weekend, scoring 62 points at home. If the Aggies are going to win this game, it will likely be on the heels of a shootout. If you like Texas A&M, you may want to tie that to the Over. If you like Auburn – knowing it will want to control the ball and tempo with the run attack – then you may want to tie the Tigers to the Under.