Upon his arrival, rookie Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables inherited a firestorm. Oklahoma had just lost head coach Lincoln Riley to the USC Trojans unexpectedly. And Riley took key assistants and players with him. Venables had to act fast to stop the flood. But what was left was far less of a team than OU had in the 2021 season. Venables caught heat for a 3-game losing streak. But the Sooners are starting to rebound with two straight wins. Baylor head coach Dave Aranda is no longer looking like an infallible genius.
College Football Odds – Baylor at Oklahoma
Kickoff time at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium is at 3 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN+. Oklahoma opened as a 3.5-point favorite.
The Baylor Bears were a preseason favorite in the Big 12. But the Bears have come back to earth after winning the Big 12 championship last year. Meanwhile, the Sooner have regained their momentum after a tough 3-game stretch. Oklahoma is in a perfect spot against a Baylor team that is not the same as gamblers expected.
Best Bet: Oklahoma Sooners
Betting on College Football - #18 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Kickoff time at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is at 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1. Oklahoma State opened as a 2.5-point favorite.
Last week the Oklahoma State Cowboys were blown out in a 48-0 massacre at the Kansas State Wildcats. Everyone knows that Pokes are better than that. Coach Mike Gundy runs a proud program that will be out for redemption. The Kansas Jayhawks have lost three straight games without their injured star quarterback Jalon Daniels.
Best Bet: Oklahoma State Cowboys
NCAA Football Odds – Michigan State at #14 Illinois
Kickoff time at Memorial Stadium is at 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on Big Ten Network. Illinois opened as a 16.5-point favorite.
Not only did the Michigan State Spartans lose 29-7 at the Michigan Wolverines last week, but the media roasted them for jumping a Michigan player in the tunnel after the game. Michigan State is a program in free fall. The Fighting Illini of Illinois is the team to beat in the Big Ten West and boasts the nation’s top-ranked defense. Illinois coach Bret Bielema is the lead candidate for national coach of the year honors.
Best Bet: Illinois Fighting Illini
College Football Betting – Texas at #13 Kansas State
Kickoff time at Bill Snyder Family Stadium is at 7 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1. Kansas State opened as a 2.5-point dog.
The Texas Longhorns continue to take two steps back for every step forward. Yet Texas is a favorite at the Kansas State Wildcats, who romped easily over a good Oklahoma State Cowboys team. Kansas State is the most underrated team in the nation and has a level of cultural toughness that the soft and entitled Texas tea-sippers lack.
Best Bet: Kansas State Wildcats
NCAAF Betting Odds - #5 Clemson at Notre Dame
Kickoff time at Notre Dame Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on NBC. Clemson opened as a 4.5-point favorite.
The undefeated Clemson Tigers are the team to beat in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the upswing after a tough start to the season. Notre Dame Stadium will be electric on Saturday night, and the home dogs are not fearful of Clemson. Keep in mind the Tigers barely escaped a home game against Syracuse and only did so after switching quarterbacks.
Best Bet: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
NCAA Vegas Odds – Cal at #9 USC
Kickoff time at United Airlines Field at the LA Memorial Coliseum is at 10:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN. USC opened as a 21.5-point favorite.
Last year the California Golden Bears head coach Justin Wilcox was enticed to leave for the Oregon Ducks job. But Wilcox stayed. And he may regret it. Cal is amidst a lost season and now faces a USC Trojans team contending for a College Football Playoff birth. Coach Lincoln Riley is giving USC exactly what it paid for.
Best Bet: USC Trojans
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