The Joe Burrow vs. Tua Tagovailoa showdown live up to the hype last Saturday. Both quarterbacks were excellent, but Joe Burrow got the last laugh in LSU’s 46-41 upset win over the Crimson Tide. With Alabama no longer controlling its playoff destiny, the rest of the college football landscape just got a lot more interesting. Here’s a look at some of the top games on the college football betting slate for the week ahead.
No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers at No. 23 Iowa Hawkeyes (-3)
Outside of LSU’s win over Alabama, the Minnesota Golden Gophers had the biggest win of the day last Saturday when they defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 31-26 as 6.5-point home underdogs. The win pushed Minnesota to 9-0 straight up (SU) and 6-2-1 against the spread (ATS) on the season and put the Golden Gophers in excellent position to potentially represent the Big Ten West in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Now, Minnesota will need to pass a tough road test. Iowa is 16-5 SU and 13-8 ATS in its last 21 home games. The Hawkeyes are also 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in their last four games against Minnesota.
No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners (-10) at No. 12 Baylor Bears
With a triple-overtime win on the road over the TCU Horned Frogs, the Baylor Bears improved to 11-0 SU and 7-4 ATS over their last 11 games with 9-0 record so far in 2019. This Saturday will be the one that proves whether or not Baylor belongs in the College Football Playoff discussion.
Oklahoma is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games against Baylor including a current run of 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS in its last four games against the Bears. The Sooners lost to Kansas State 48-41 in Week 9 and narrowly defeated Iowa State 42-41 last Saturday, falling to 1-4 ATS in their last five games in the process.
No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (-3) at No. 13 Auburn Tigers
The Georgia Bulldogs have a chance to clinch the SEC East and to keep their playoff hopes alive this Saturday with a win on the road over the Auburn Tigers. Georgia is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in its last eight games played in the month of November and is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last six games against the Tigers.
Auburn is 8-2 SU and ATS over it last 10 games, with the team’s only losses over that stretch coming on the road against two top-ten teams at Florida and LSU. The Tigers are 7-0 SU and ATS over their last seven home games.
No. 21 Navy Midshipmen at No. 16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-9.5)
The Navy Midshipmen are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS over their last five games and own a 10-2 ATS record over their last 12 games. Navy has earned upsets over Tulsa and Air Force, but an upset win over Notre Dame on the road would be a totally different level and an impressive feat to add to the Midshipmen’s strong season. Notre Dame is 16-0 SU and 10-6 ATS over its last 16 games in South Bend.