Nebraska's Matt Sichterman
Nebraska's Matt Sichterman (70) lifts quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) in celebration of his touchdown alongside Wyatt Liewer (85) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

NCAAF Best Bets, Oct. 9

Patrick Werkmeister

With another slate of college football approaching, these lines are getting increasingly transparent, which makes these picks easier to make. For this fun-filled Saturday, all three of these bets are road favorites against inferior opponents that could make for a sexy parlay. In addition to a 3-0 record in NFL Thursday Night Football, these plays are a sharp 11-4 in the previous 15 bets since last week. Although it’s a new week and anything can happen, these teams are on a roll along with these best bets. Here is what I’m confident in for this slate.

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Georgia (-15.5) @ Auburn
From Alabama, quarterback Bo Nix and the Auburn Tigers look to defend their turf against the Georgia Bulldogs and QB JT Daniels. Georgia opened this one up as strong 14.5 point favorites and after being bet up by the public, they are now favored by 15.5. The Bulldogs are an astounding 7-1 ATS and SU in their last 8 vs Auburn. Last week, they once again displayed their strength in a shutout victory over a top ranked Arkansas team. This season, Georgia’s defense has only let up one touchdown through 5 games. Additionally, they are the only defense in the country allowing less than ten points per game. Although their normal starter at QB JT Daniels is banged up with a lat injury, their defense has illustrated they can still dominate opponents with limited help from their offense. If he is able to take the field, the odds are in his favor with the perfect 7-0 record he holds as the Bulldogs starter. Furthermore, he boasts a 4th best QBR in the whole FBS at 87.6. Nonetheless, this nation’s leading defense should be able to get the job done against an Auburn offense that lacks a true identity. Take this very tough Georgia team to cover the points versus this second-tier SEC opponent at best. 

Wake Forest (-6.5) @ Syracuse
For this ACC match, the Syracuse Orangemen host the undefeated Wake Forest Demon Deacons. This line opened up favoring the Deacons by seven and a half-points, but they are now favored by just under a touchdown at 6.5. While Syracuse has an exceptional 6-1 record ATS in their last 7 contests, they are just 3-10 SU in their last 13. Last week, they gave Florida State their first win of the season where they allowed over 30 points. They are clearly not a solid program, whereas Wake Forest has looked fantastic so far this year. In their previous game, Wake Forest pulled off a thrilling win over a respectable Louisville squad 37-34. Their electric offense gained over 500 yards where the defense also helped out with two turnovers. The Deacons have averaged almost 400 yards of offense per game through five matches, which is one of the top in the country. Additionally, their defense has been able to keep offenses in check where they allow just 18.2 ppg. Take the much more talented Wake Forest team to cover who have their ambitions set on winning the ACC. 

Michigan (-2.5) @ Nebraska
In Lincoln from Memorial Stadium, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are at home against the Michigan Wolverines for this Big Ten matchup. The opening spread for this one favored Michigan by a touchdown but has been bet down significantly where Nebraska are underdogs by just under a field goal. With their undefeated start to the season, the Wolverines are 5-0 SU and an impressive 4-1 ATS. In Week 5, Michigan was able to embarrass the Wisconsin Badgers on their home field 38-17, where they limited the Badgers to just 200 yards of offense. Not only have they shown brilliance on defense, but Michigan’s offense is ranked 12th in the country in points per game with an average of nearly 40 a game. Although the Cornhuskers have been generally consistent on defense, their rushing defense has been slightly weaker than their passing defense, which fares well for the potent running game of Michigan. Take the Wolverines to cover this small spread and then some.

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