Week 8 College Football and Week 7 NFL Opening Lines – Patriots -4.5 vs Falcons

Written By Vegas Matty

With the Clemson, Washington State, and Washington all losing as double-digit favorites last week eyes will shift to Penn State Saturday night.  The Nittany Lions opened 11.5-point home chalk at BetOnline.AG for their showdown against 19th-ranked Michigan after the Wolverines needed overtime to avoid a Hoosiers upset bid.

Penn State will be tested each of the next three weeks, visiting the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and then the 18th-ranked Michigan State Spartans following the Michigan game.  The Nittany Lions have an excellent opportunity to solidify their status as the clear second choice for the College Football Playoff field should they sweep all three opponents.

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Meanwhile, the Alabama Crimson Tide SEC dominance tour continues with them hosting the Tennessee Volunteers as 34-point favorites on the heels of routing the Arkansas Razorbacks 41-9 last week.  Alabama gets a bye before hosting 24th-ranked LSU and visiting the Mississippi State Bulldogs, with the 21st-ranked Auburn Tigers looking like their toughest test the rest of the regular season.  On the other side, the Vols have lost three of four, putting head coach Butch Jones on the ultimate hot seat.

In the ACC, the seventh-ranked Clemson Tigers and 16th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack both have byes this week, before they square off in Raleigh on November 4. The Syracuse Orange stunned Clemson 27-24 last Friday as 24-point home underdogs, and they opened as 15-point road dogs at the unbeaten Miami Hurricanes this week. The eighth-ranked Hurricanes sit atop the ACC Coastal following a 25-24 come-from-behind win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Big 12’s lone undefeated team is the fourth-ranked TCU Horned Frogs, and they are one of this week’s biggest favorites. The Horned Frogs took care of business with a 26-6 road victory against the Kansas State Wildcats and they opened as 37-point home chalk at BetOnline.AG versus the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday. TCU’s most difficult matchup is still to come on November 11 at the ninth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, who bounced back from their first loss with a 29-24 win over the Texas Longhorns. Oklahoma opens as a 12-point road fave at Kansas State this Saturday.

The Pac-12 is up for grabs with Washington State and Washington falling the Stanford Cardinal and USC Trojans now lead their respective divisions. The 11th-ranked Trojans take a break from their conference schedule for their annual meeting with the 13th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who opened as 3-point home favorites at BetOnline.AG and have already been bet up to -4. The 22nd-ranked Cardinal and 12th-ranked Huskies are also on byes while the 15th-ranked Cougars opened as 11-point home chalk against the Colorado Buffaloes.

On the NFL side the biggest story surrounds how the Green Bay Packers will deal with the loss of starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone. The Packers host the New Orleans Saints after backup Brett Hundley could not get the job done in a 23-10 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Saints opened as 4.5 point road favorites, over a 10 point adjustment from last week’s look ahead line for the game.

Green Bay went 2-4-1 without Rodgers in 2013 after he suffered the same injury. New Orleans has won three in a row following an 0-2 start after crushing the Detroit Lions 52-38 at home on Sunday. The Saints have dropped two of the past three meetings with the Packers but they have covered the spread in four of the previous five.

Two other prime-time NFL games worth watching include the New England Patriots hosting the Atlanta Falcons in a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night Football and the Washington Redskins visit the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots opened as 3.5-point favs for the Superbowl rematch. The Eagles opened as 4-point home chalk with the number trending higher through early wagering.


College Football Week 8

Houston (-3) vs Memphis

Arkansas St (-12.5) vs Louisiana

Western Kentucky (-9.5) @ Old Dominion

Marshall (-3) @ Middle Tennessee St

Air Force (-5.5) @ Nevada

Colorado St (-7) @ New Mexico

Northwestern (-1) vs Iowa

Tulsa (-6.5) @ Connecticut

Troy (-9.5) @ Georgia St

SMU (NL) @Cincinnati

Florida Atlantic (-3) vs North Texas

Buffalo (NL) @ Miami OH

Toledo (NL) @ Akron

Ohio (-20) vs Kent St

N. Illinois (-13.5) @ Bowling Green

Western Michigan (NL) @ Eastern Michigan

Michigan St (-7) vs Indiana

UAB (-7) @ Charlotte

Army (-6.5) vs Temple

BYU (-5.5) @ East Carolina

Purdue (-8) @ Rutgers

Duke (-8) vs Pittsburgh

Miami FL (-14) vs Syracuse

Central Michigan (-3) @ Ball St

Georgia Tech (-7) vs Wake Forest

App St (NL) vs Coastal Carolina

Penn St (-10) vs Michigan

Wisconsin (-23.5) vs Maryland

Virginia Tech (-21.5) vs UNC

Virginia (-7) vs Boston College

Boise St (-14.5) vs Wyoming

TCU (-37.5) vs Kansas

UTSA (-21.5) vs Rice

Umass (-7) vs Ga Southern

UCF (-7) @ Navy

Missouri (-14) vs Idaho

Miss St (-10) vs Kentucky

USF (-11.5) @ Tulane

UNLV (-3) vs Utah St

La Tech (-3) vs S. Miss

UCLA (-6.5) vs Oregon

Arizona (-1) @ Cal

Minnesota (-14.5) vs Illinois

Alabama (-34) vs Tennessee

Oklahoma St (-7) @ Texas

WVU (-10) @ Baylor

Auburn (NL) @ Arkansas

Florida St (-7) vs Louisville

UL Monroe (NL) @ S. Alabama

Notre Dame (-4) vs USC

Oklahoma (-12.5) @ Kansas St

LSU (-7) @ Ole Miss

Texas Tech (-5.5) vs Iowa St

Utah (-10.5) vs Arizona St

Washington St (-10.5) vs Colorado

San Diego St (-10.5) vs Fresno St


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Chiefs (-2.5) @ Raiders

Titans (-6.5) @ Browns

Jaguars (-3) @ Colts

Steelers (-6) vs Bengals

Vikings (-4.5) vs Ravens

Dolphins (-3.5) vs Jets

Bills (-3) vs Buccaneers (Winston)

Panthers (-3) @ Bears

Saints (-4.5) @ Packers

Rams (-3.5) vs Cardinals (London)

Cowboys (-5) @ 49ers

Seahawks (-7.5) @ Giants

Broncos (-2.5) @ Chargers

Patriots (-4) vs Falcons

Eagles (-4.5) vs Redskins


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