#NCAAF Week 10 Opening Lines via @FDSportsbook— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) October 29, 2018
No. 1 Alabama (-14) @ No. 4 LSU 勞
No. 6 Georgia (-9.5) @ No. 11 Kentucky
No. 12 West Virginia @ No. 15 Texas (-2.5)
No. 14 Penn State @ No. 5 Michigan (-10)
No. 19 Iowa @ Purdue (-2.5)
No. 3 Notre Dame (-8) @ Northwestern
The Crimson Tide are clearly the best team in the country, have the best quarterback in the nation and their usually stout defense, but -14 against the No. 4 in the country on the road is a lot. It just goes to show how dominant Alabama has been this season. The closest margin of victory they've was the 22-point victory over Texas A&M. Their worst game offensively was when they only put up 39 points against Missouri. So while the line might be a bit much, it's not exactly unwarranted.
Through 8 games, the highest-ranked defense Alabama has faced in YPP is 90th (Missouri). Five are No. 100 or lower.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 28, 2018
LSU on Saturday is 24th.
Elsewhere in the country, No. 6 Georgia opens as 9.5 point favorites over No. 11 Kentucky in the battle for the SEC East. The winner will get to (probably) face Alabama in the SEC championship game.
No. 12 West Virginia and No. 15 Texas face off to see who maintains a lead in the Big 12 and Texas is our first home favorite as they're favored by 2.5.
There's yet another game with championship implications in the Big 10, as No. 5 Michigan is favored by 10 points over No. 14 Penn State. Penn State can't catch Michigan with a win, but it would knock the Wolverines back down to the rest of the division.
CFB PASS DEFENSE YPA— CFB Focus (@cffmwachsman) October 29, 2018
1 Temple 4.5
2 Michigan 4.8
3 Cincinnati 5.2
4 Georgia 5.3
5 Miami Fla 5.5
5 Notre Dame 5.5
5 Penn State 5.5
8 Southern Miss 5.6
8 Washington 5.6
8 Mississippi State 5.6 pic.twitter.com/O24PMKHpHe
Finally, we have two more important Big 10 games. Iowa needs to defeat Purdue, favored by 2.5, to avoid falling two games back in the division of the Northwestern Wildcats, who take on No. 3 Notre Dame. Notre Dame is only favored by eight despite being one of the top teams in the country. Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin on Saturday.
But the biggest question mark of the weekend will be the matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 LSU. If the Crimson Tide can cover this week, all the other teams might just want to pack it up and go home.
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