Once upon a time, Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin was Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator. And Kiffin was quite an asset. In fact, Saban credits Kiffin with modernizing the Crimson Tide attack. But Saban also fired Kiffin when Baby Kiff was not fully engaged during the College Football Playoffs. Kiffin has rejuvenated the Ole Miss program into a national championship contender. And his dream is to beat Saban. Last week the Crimson Tide was defeated by the LSU Tigers. Kiffin gets his shot on CBS national television on the grove Saturday.
College Football Odds – Wisconsin Badgers at Iowa Hawkeyes
Kickoff time at Kinnick Stadium is at 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1. Wisconsin opened as a 1.5-point favorite.
Since the shocking firing of Paul Chryst, the Wisconsin Badgers have gone 3-1 under interim head coach Jim Leonhard. Leonhard is considered a fait accompli for the gig. In fact, Chryst was fired because Wisconsin didn’t want to lose Leonhard, who is a defensive mastermind. Iowa’s popgun offense is not a good matchup here.
Best Bet: Wisconsin Badgers
Betting on College Football – #6 Alabama Crimson Tide at #11 Ole Miss Rebels
Kickoff time at Vaught Hemingway Stadium is at 3:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on CBS. Alabama opened as an 11.5-point favorite.
Not only have the Alabama Crimson Tide lost two games, but they could have easily lost two more. The Tide has lost its polish, while the Ole Miss Rebels have improved in all areas. And Lane Kiffin will throw the playbook at Saban in front of a raucous home sellout crowd. Kiffin has an Ole Miss team that has improved enough defensively to support its prolific offensive attack.
Best Bet: Ole Miss Rebels
NCAA Football Odds - #13 Kansas State Wildcats at Baylor Bears
Kickoff time at McLane Stadium is at 7 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1. Baylor opened as a 3-point favorite.
Last week the Kansas State Wildcats fell behind big but rallied late to nearly topple the Texas Longhorns. But Adrian Martinez was not at his best at QB. And the Baylor Bears are coming off a big win at Oklahoma. Martinez was coming off an injury and may have rushed back after Will Howard lit up Oklahoma State in a near-flawless performance.
Best Bet: Baylor Bears
College Football Betting – Washington Huskies at #8 Oregon Ducks
Kickoff time at Autzen Stadium is at 7 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FOX. Oregon opened as an 11.5-point favorite.
Since their week one blowout loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Oregon Ducks have been one of the hottest teams in the country. The Washington Huskies have shown vast improvement this year under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. But Oregon rookie head coach Dan Lanning has gotten the Ducks back into the College Football Playoff race. Oregon may even get another shot at Georgia. Oregon’s Autzen Stadium is one of the country's loudest and most intimidating venues.
Best Bet: Oregon Ducks
NCAAF Betting Odds – #7 TCU Horned Frogs at #24 Texas Longhorns
Kickoff time at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ABC. Texas opened as a 7-point favorite.
Despite strong play and an undefeated record, the TCU Horned Frogs continue to face skepticism. This week the Frogs will leap into Austin, Texas, to meet the resurgent Texas Longhorns. Texas showed well in a big win at Kansas State last week in front of a hostile crowd. The Horns barely hung onto the win but hung on they did. Many gamblers question this 7-point spread. Others see it as a trap for TCU backers to fall into.
Best Bet: Texas Longhorns
NCAA Vegas Odds - Arizona Wildcats at #12 UCLA Bruins
Kickoff time at the Rose Bowl is at 10:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1. UCLA opened as a 19.5-point favorite.
The UCLA Bruins are the quietest power team in college football this year. The Arizona Wildcats are light years behind UCLA in development. UCLA is still in the Pac-12 championship and has the horses to light it up in this game.
Best Bet: UCLA Bruins
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