Week 14 College Football Opening Odds Analysis
Week 14 College Football Opening Odds Analysis
Thanksgiving has passed, we’re running headlong into the holiday season, and college football is going into the final stretch of this COVID-affected 2020 season. The stakes get higher, and matchups mean more as races for conference titles and bragging rights get put fully on display. FanDuel luckily has some odds posted on matchups for this weekend’s college football madness that I’ve highlighted below:
Oklahoma State (-1.5) at TCU, O/U 51.5
It may not be the Red River shootout, but another Oklahoma-Texas cross border battle comes to us this week from Texas: Gary Patterson’s Horned Frogs are going to host the Cowboys of Oklahoma State, facing off on ESPN with an early, 11:00 a.m. CST start.
Fresh off of demolishing Big 12 doormat Kansas 59-23, the Horned Frogs are home underdogs, which is when they’re most dangerous under Patterson. This matchup also bodes well for TCU as they have won two of the last three matchups with the Cowboys. Patterson’s quarterback, Max Duggan, has played well since taking over the reins of the offense in the opener, throwing for over 1,200 yards and five touchdowns against three interceptions. The team runs a running back stable, riding the “hot hand,” and their pass catcher unit are paced by wide receiver Taye Barber, who has established a solid rapport with Duggan this season.
Mike Gundy’s 19th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys look to build on what would be the second win in a row after narrowly beating Texas Tech 50-44 last week. Gundy, best known for his “I’M A MAN! I’M 40!” press conference that is now a meme brings an always dangerous Cowboys offense, helmed by star running back Chubba Hubbard and wide receiver Tylan Wallace. Different this year is that the Cowboys have the 22nd-ranked scoring defense in college football and will look to slow down Patterson’s team. Whether or not they have success will remain to be seen in this matchup!
Texas A&M (-6.5) at Auburn, O/U 49.5
Jimbo Fisher’s fifth-ranked Aggies are leaving the friendly confines of the 12th man and Kyle Fieldhouse to travel to Auburn to face an irritated Tigers team that was just demolished by over five touchdowns by Nick Saban’s death star Alabama team.
Squarely in the college football playoff spotlight, Fisher’s Aggies have looked as solid and steadfast as a non-Alabama/Clemson team could be so far this year. Quarterback Kellen Mond has played brilliantly, and the motor of the offense remains star running back Isaiah Spiller, who should have a field day against an Auburn team that has already allowed 12 rushing touchdowns this season and is ranked 67th nationally in rush defense. Tight End Jaylen Wydermyer paces the pass-catching weapons on the team with 32 receptions and four touchdowns on the season.
Auburn has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde team all season, but they should look to defend Jordan-Hare Stadium for their last home game there this year. Unfortunately, the Tigers came out of the Iron Bowl with some injury concerns to running backs Tank Bigsby and DJ Williams, in addition to an injury to starting cornerback Jaylin Simpson. That said, the 4-3 Tigers have quarterback Bo Nix and head coach Gus Malzahn bringing experience and tenacity to a matchup they hope to bring an upset to this Saturday in Auburn!
Eastern Michigan (+13.5) at Western Michigan, O/U 65.5
This writer has a soft spot in his heart: any time there is a directional state team playing another directional state team, I feel that it must be highlighted and expounded upon.
A winless, 0-4 EMU Eagles team is getting 13.5 points traveling to Ypsilanti to look to face an undefeated 4-0 Chippewas team. Their work will be cut out for them: they are allowing 35 points per game to opponents (and over 500 total yards of offense) and get an opponent who averages over 45. Their quarterback Preston Hutchinson has done his best, tossing seven touchdowns to six interceptions, but the team also requires Hutchison to be a dual-threat quarterback and handle the bulk of the 99 yards-per-game rushing average that the team possesses.
The Chippewas are in a different place as a team, firing on all cylinders: they have won nine-straight home games, and the offense is clicking. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby and his pass-catchers Jaylen Hall and D’Wayne Eskridge have connected all year, with the duo catching Eleby’s passes for over 700 combined yards receiving. Running back Ladarius Jefferson has paced the run game for the team with 340 rushing yards thus far. The team averages over 45 points per game and is an offensive juggernaut.