A new season of college football is underway following the first round of games for most Division IA (FSB) programs. The first week of action went according to plan with no major straight-up upsets. One of the biggest showdowns on the list was the No. 11 Oregon Ducks, out of the Pac-12 on the road against the SEC’s No. 16 Auburn Tigers. The game lived up to the hype with Auburn winning 27-21 as a four-point home favorite.
The AP’s preseason Top 25 went chalk and overall, the favorites won 89.3 percent of the games SU. When it came to the closing spread, the oddsmakers were also on their game right out of the gate. Favorites covered in 49.4 percent of the 84 games with a betting spread. The total stayed UNDER in 56.1 percent of those contests.
One of the more interesting matchups between ranked teams is Saturday’s game between the SEC’s No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies and the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, out of the ACC. This could be a good early test to see just how dominating of a team the Tigers have this season as defending national champs.
The opening spread for this 3:30 p.m. start on ABC is set at 18 points with Clemson listed as a home favorite. It was able to cover the closing 36.5-point spread in its 52-14 season-opening win at home against ACC rival Georgia Tech. The Aggies opened their new season as 33.5-point home favorites against Texas State and they covered as well in a 41-7 victory.
These two teams battled it out in Week 2 last season with Clemson squeezing out a tight 28-26 road win as a 12-point favorite. This was the Tigers’ tightest margin of victory during their entire SU 15-0 run to a national title. Playing this game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson could make it rather difficult for Texas A&M to keep things that close again.
The Aggies have lost four of their last five road games SU, but they have covered in five of their last six games in Week 2 of the season. Clemson has covered the closing spread in nine of its last 11 games, but they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games played in the month of September.
In this head-to-head matchup between ranked teams, the SEC’s LSU Tigers go up against one of the top teams in the Big 12, the No. 10 Texas Longhorns. Game time in Austin this Saturday night is set for 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The Tigers go on the road as early 4.5-point favorites.
LSU rolled over Georgia Southern 55-3 in Saturday’s season opener as a heavy 27-point home favorite. Joe Burrow threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns while the Tigers added 122 yards running the ball on 33 rushing attempts.
Texas was home against Louisiana Tech on Saturday as a 19.5-point favorite and it covered that number in a 45-14 win. Sam Ehlinger had a strong game throwing the ball as well with 276 total passing yards and four scoring throws. The Longhorns ran the ball 30 times in that game for 153 yards rushing and two scores.
The Tigers are 13-7 ATS over their past 20 games and they have covered in five of their last seven road games.
Texas is 10-2-1 ATS in its last 13 games closing as an underdog and it is 6-1 SU in its last seven home games.
This could be a good spot to take the Longhorns as home dogs, they have a shot at winning this one SU on Saturday night.