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NCAA Football Saturday Preview

NCAA Football Saturday Preview

Due to the ongoing, and still worsening, COVID-19 pandemic, two of the biggest SEC games on the Saturday slate, as well as a couple more, have either been postponed or canceled all together.  However, there is still plenty of action for sports gambling fans around the NCAA.

COVID-19 Still A Threat To Football

The first game to be canceled is the one featuring the AP’s number one team in the nation, Alabama, whose contest against the defending national champs, the LSU Tigers, has had to be postponed due to an outbreak of positive COVID-19 test results.  Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is probably the most disappointed of any of us about the postponement as he was surely looking for a bit of revenge after losing to the Tigers last year along their road to glory.

The contest between the number 12 Georgia Bulldogs, who are coming off of a stinging defeat at the hands of their archrivals the Florida Gators in Jacksonville last week, and SEC opponent the Missouri Tigers has likewise been postponed until a later date.

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Also canceled is the matchup between the number three Ohio State Buckeyes and the Terrapins of the University of Maryland.  However, a good Big 10 matchup is on the Saturday card when the AP number 10 ranked Hoosiers of Indiana travel to Michigan State to play the Spartans as seven point favorites in an early game.

More College Games On Tap

However, thankfully, there are several top tier college football games on the schedule for this Saturday as the number two ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on Boston College as 13.5 point favorites and the University of Wisconsin Badgers will take on the University of Michigan at the ‘Big House’ as 4.5 point favorites since Michigan lost to Indiana on the road last week.

But first, tonight, the AP number-six ranked Cincinnati Bearcats, who are 6-0 so far this season, will host a 1-5 team from East Carolina as 27.5 point favorites.

The only major SEC game remaining to be played will be when the Arkansas Razorbacks visit the ‘Swamp’ down in Gainesville to take on the now number six-ranked Florida Gators as 17-point underdogs.

Elsewhere, the number-nine AP ranked Miami Hurricanes will be 2.5-point road dogs when they travel to Virginia Tech to take on the Hokies on Saturday.  The surprising 3-0 Northwestern Wildcats, now ranked 23 in the nation, will travel down to meet the 2-0 Boilermakers of Purdue as 2.5-point favorites.


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Army will enjoy a trip down to New Orleans to play the Tulane Green Wave as four-point dogs, but watch out for an angry Army team this Saturday.  Another big game among the unranked teams will feature the 2-5 Texas Tech Red Raiders hosting the 1-4 Baylor Bears as 1.5-point favorites but the Over/Under is set at an eye popping 57.5, which does not seem likely, given the lack of offense displayed by these two teams so far this season.

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Out west, the number eleven Oregon Ducks travel to Washington State as 10.5-point favorites and the AP number twenty USC Trojans will also be on the road down in Arizona as 14.5-point favorites.

While it is a bit odd to see both the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Nebraska Cornhuskers winless at this point of the season, this could turn out to be a pretty good football game when the Nittany Lions travel out to Nebraska as 3-point favorites.

Among the also-rans this weekend are 3-3 TCU at 4-3 West Virginia and a winless Vanderbilt team taking on the Kentucky Wildcats as 18-point underdogs.  Finally, the surprising number 25 AP-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana will host South Alabama down in Lafayette as 16-point favorites this Saturday afternoon.


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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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