College Football ATS Matchups to Exploit in Week 8
By David Hayes
With all of college football's Week 8 lines, odds and totals available on FanDuel Sportsbook, we can dive into the handful of matchups that can potentially be capitalized on when betting against the spread (ATS).
With that in mind, here's a look at three Week 8 college football ATS matchups to exploit this weekend.
All betting lines, odds and spreads are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
1. No. 3 Clemson (-24.5) @ Louisville
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 12 p.m. EST
Despite a slower start to 2019 than many were expecting from the defending national champions, Clemson's Week 6 bye looked like the perfect remedy for a Tigers' offense looking to prove the doubters wrong. Clemson came out of the gates firing last weekend against Florida State, crushing the Seminoles, 45-14. Clemson has defeated four of its five unranked opponents by 31 points or more this season, and the Tigers also absolutely dismantled the Cardinals, 77-16, in their most recent meeting last season.
2. No. 3 LSU (-17.5) @ Mississippi State
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 3:30 p.m. EST
Following back-to-back losses that featured a 33-point beatdown to No. 11 Auburn and a 10-point shocker to a reeling Tennessee team, Mississippi State has already proven to us that this year's squad is far from the same Bulldogs' No. 2 scoring defense we saw a year ago. Even though Mississippi State has been relatively better at home, they have yet to face the likes of an offense quite like LSU's No. 1 scoring attack in the nation (52.5 points per game) that's barreling toward them this Saturday in Starkville. The Tigers have yet to score fewer than 42 points against an opponent this season, while the Bulldogs have averaged just 23.67 PPG against SEC competition. Throw in the fact that the last time LSU head coach Ed Orgeron led his Tigers into Starkville, Mississippi State sent them home with a humiliating 37-7 loss in 2017, and a Tigers' team playing with a chip on their shoulder could be quite the problem for the Bulldogs this weekend.
3. No. 16 Michigan @ No. 7 Penn State (-9)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. EST
While both of these programs have taken a huge step up in contention for the Big Ten East simultaneously over the past three seasons, they've played some incredibly lopsided series meetings at the same time. The home team has won each of the last three matchups, and the winner has done so in convincing fashion, to say the least. Since 2016, neither visiting team has come within 28 points of the other, with the winner of this series doing so by a 34.33-point average margin of victory. Penn State's No. 2 scoring defense in the nation, which is allowing just 8.2 PPG this season, provides a matchup nightmare for Michigan's offense too. Incredibly, the Wolverines have already faced two of the country's top-5 scoring defenses prior to Week 8's road trip to Happy Valley, and Michigan's offense struggled mightily in both contests, scoring 14 points against Wisconsin (No. 1) in their 35-14 loss and just 10 points against Iowa (No. 5) in their 10-3 win. Unlike Iowa's No. 94 scoring offense (24.8 PPG), and much more similar to Wisconsin's No. 8 scoring offense (42.5 PPG), Penn State brings the nation's No. 9 scoring offense (42.0 PPG) to the field this Saturday. While the Wolverines were able to hold off Iowa's anemic offense at home, 10-3, don't forget what happened when Wisconsin steamrolled Michigan, 35-14, which was the last time the Wolverines hit the road to face a ranked opponent with a top-10 scoring offense and top-5 scoring defense.
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