With the rise in popularity of football betting contests, the Yahoo Sportsbook staff is offering its top football picks for this weekend’s slate. And much like those contests, these lines locked as of Thursday night, so they won’t reflect subsequent movement.
All lines from BetMGM.
Season record: 37-23
Utah (-2.5) vs. Oregon
Oregon has been decimated with injuries this year and while I don’t think this game is a blowout like it was a few weeks ago, I think Utah ends up going to the Rose Bowl.
Georgia (-6.5) vs. Alabama
A Nick Saban team hasn’t lost as an underdog since 2008. But the offensive line performance by Alabama in the Iron Bowl makes me wary about this game for the Tide.
Louisiana (+3) vs. Appalachian State
The Ragin’ Cajuns have been the best team in the Sun Belt this year and beat App State by 28 earlier in the season.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (Under 46.5)
I think it could be a slog with Minnesota getting a one-score win.
Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5)
This line feels too small, which probably means WFT wins outright.
Season record: 29-30-1
Utah vs. Oregon (Under 58.5)
After Utah dominated its last matchup, Oregon is going to want to match that level of physicality with a Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl trip on the line.
Kent State (-3.5) vs. Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois has allowed 6.86 yards per play during conference games, yet has somehow managed to make the MAC title game via a bunch of close wins. That won’t happen in this one.
Houston (+10.5) at Cincinnati
Cincinnati will win this game, but Houston has a really strong defense that can get after the quarterback. The Cougars can keep this close.
Michigan (-10.5) vs. Iowa
Iowa’s offense stinks. Even if there is a hangover from the Ohio State game, I still think Michigan can win this game…