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College Football Point Spread: Ohio State, LSU, Florida vs. Kentucky

The point spread and betting trends on the Week 8 of college football, including Florida vs. Kentucky, Michigan State vs., Ohio State and Auburn at LSU.

College Football Point Spread: Ohio State, LSU, Florida vs. Kentucky Saturday college football is closing in awfully fast and in the edition of the betting preview we will look at three of the football games most likely to get action on the point spread this weekend. First, we will start with the No.1 Ohio State (7-0) which will welcome the Michigan State Spartans (5-2) at 3:30pm. At the betting website Bookmaker, Ohio State are a clear favorite to win the game with betting odds -900, compared to Michigan State listed at +650. The point spread on the Michigan State vs. Ohio State game is sitting at -17 points chalk the Buckeyes, who remain unbeaten this season. But if anyone could give a hard time to the Buckeyes at home, it will be the Spartans. The famous 1998 MSU win over Ohio State (28-24) is still talked about and every Spartan is excited to go to Columbus and try again against the No.1 team.

 What is Michigan State working with? Quarterback Brian Hoyer remains in good shape with 1467 total passing yards this season for 11 touchdowns. Hoyer is 115 completed out of 188 for 61.2%, but sacking is turning to a real problem fro the QB - 17 sacks this season for a total lost of -117 yards, three sacks in the last game against Indiana for the 27-52 win at home. This could be a real problem, when Michigan State faces the No.1 defense in the NCAA with only 211.9 yards allowed per game on average and the Ohio State defense has what it takes to stop the MSU's rusher Javon Ringer (932 yards for 6 TDs). The Buckeyes will depend on quarterback Todd Boeckman, who is 105 completed out of 160 this season for a total of 1353 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, and 13 out of 16 attempted in the last game against Kent State, which Ohio State won 3-48. Chris Wells will be rushing the ball for the Buckeyes with 642 yards racked up already this season and wide receiver Brian Robiskie remains dependable with 6 TDs and 636 yards. Overall, it will be an action-packed game and we believe that the -17 point spread on Ohio State is a little too much - keep your (Buck)eye on it.

 Here is another excellent game this Saturday - the No.8 Kentucky (6-1) will welcome the No.14 Florida (4-2). Early betting numbers at Bookmaker have the Gators favorite to win with odds -290 and the Wildcats are underdog with odds +240. The point spread for the Florida vs. Kentucky game is currently set at -7 points chalk the Gators. This is a good game to jump on, considering Florida is 2-6 against the spread in its last 8 games on the road and Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games.

 Florida is well rested after taking a break last week, but in their last game both Kentucky and Florida met LSU - the Gators lost 24-28 and Kentucky was victorious 37-43, which landed the Wildcats on the 7th spot among the AP Top 25 and cost the team $50,000 fine by SEC for postgame celebration. Big boost in confidence and home turf are major factors and we think that this game will go completely against the bookie. Add to this Kentucky's quarterback Andre Woodson with 1786 passing yards for 21 touchdowns and you got yourself a winner. Florida's top weapon will also be the quarterback - Tim Tebow will be going against Kentucky Michael-Vick-Style with 500 rushing yards and 9 rushing TDs this season for the sophomore. The bad thing about this - the quarterback is also Florida's leading rusher. Our opinion is that Kentucky will not only cover the spread, but win the game as well.

 And finally, we take a look at Tigers match-up of the No.15 Auburn (5-2) at their visit to No.4 LSU (6-1) for the final game on Saturday at 9:00pm. Although LSU lost to Kentucky, which subsequently took away their No.1 position on the AP Top 25 list, Auburn will be a no match. At Bookmaker LSU is favorite with odds -475, compared to the betting line on Auburn at +395, but the spread will see most of the wagers this weekend. The point spread for the Auburn vs. LSU match-up is currently listed at -11 chalks LSU. Betting trends show that Auburn is 4-1 against the spread in its last 5 games and LSU is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games. Both teams have offensive issues, watch the spread.

 Published on 10/16/2007

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