College football continues this week and we have a betting preview for three of the biggest games on Friday.
We look the best bets for Clemson vs Syracuse, California vs Oregon and San Diego State vs San Jose State.
There is always terrific value available with bookmaker for NCAAF games, so get stuck in.
Friday College Football Picks
Clemson Tigers vs Syracuse Orange @ Carrier Dome
Clemson hasn’t lived up to expectations this season with a 3-2 record, but they should fire back against the Syracuse Orange.
The Tigers are 0-5 against the spread, which won’t please bettors taking the –13.5. However, despite the poor start to the season, they’re capable of turning it all around.
Last week’s win over Boston College didn’t come as easily as many had predicted, but it should provide them with some stability. It was a good bounce back win after losing to North Carolina State in double overtime.
Syracuse comes off consecutive losses to Florida State and Wake Forest. Both losses came by three points, so they were tough to accept. The Orange is 5-1 against the spread, and getting 13.5 points is a sizable advantage.
Bet: Syracuse Orange +13.5
California Bears vs Oregon Ducks @ Autzen Stadium
The Oregon Ducks were well on their way to a playoff spot before losing to Stanford, but they’re still a quality team.
That is reflected in betting markets with the Ducks at 13.5, which might seem like a big line to cover, but California isn’t an overly impressive team.
The Golden Bears are 1-4 following consecutive losses to Washington and Washington State, and although they weren’t bad in a loss to Washington, Oregon is on another level.
Not much went right for Oregon last game. It was mostly its own doing, with turnovers coming at costly times, but we were impressed with its form prior.
The Ducks scored a 41-19 win over Arizona and they looked set for a top four spot. They are currently ranked ninth, so they’ll need to do some rebuilding.
They are a high-scoring team, averaging 35.8 points per game. California allows more points than it scores, so that bodes well for a comfortable Oregon victory.
We’re happy to take the Ducks at 13.5, as we think the line could move towards 16.5 on game day.
Bet: Oregon Ducks –13.5
San Diego State Aztecs vs San Jose State Spartans
The Aztecs have found their way into a top 25 position after starting 5-0. They have beaten the likes of Arizona and Utah, which is excellent form for this game.
We’re not bagging the ability of the Spartans, but at 3-3 after losing to Colorado State, they’re not exactly playing their best football.
Last week’s 32-14 loss to the Rams was disappointing, and they didn’t look much better when losing to Western Michigan earlier in the year.
San Diego put away New Mexico 31-7 last week, so it’s brimming with confidence. It followed up a tough 48-21 win over Towson, and it’s deserving of a ranking.
We think their winning run will eventually come to an end, but we can’t see San Jose getting in its way. Take the –8.5, which is a generous line from bookmakers.
Bet: San Diego State –8.5
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.