The College Football Playoff picture is beginning to become clearer, but a key loss here or there will send it into chaos. The top-ranked teams are clearly going to be heavy favorites in Week 8 of the college football schedule, but are they worth the pick on the moneyline? Every time a top team loses is it a lucrative proposition for those who backed the underdogs.
The moneyline is always an interesting decision, as bettors must decide whether to gamble on an underdog or be willing to take a big loss if the favorite doesn’t deliver. There will be moneylines available for every college football game this week, but there are certain wagers that stand out among the rest.
Here are some of the best bets when it comes to moneyline plays in Week 8 of the college football season.
Arizona Sun Devils (+115) vs Stanford Cardinal
The Arizona State Sun Devils are hosting the Stanford Cardinal in a Thursday night game. Stanford was at one time ranked in the top 10 nationally but this team was overvalued at that point. ASU doesn’t have a great record but it has been competitive for much of the year. This game feels like a toss-up, and at +115 odds on the moneyline, the Sun Devils are the easy choice.
Virginia Cavaliers (+215) vs Duke Blue Devils
The Virginia Cavaliers are coming off an upset win over the Miami Hurricanes last time out and could pull the trick once again in Week 8. Virginia will be the +215 underdogs on the road against Duke. While the Blue Devils are putting together a nice season, it’s hard to put the full trust in them. The Cavaliers are the right choice.
Ohio State Buckeyes (-500) vs Purdue Boilermakers
The Ohio State Buckeyes have to go on the road this week, but are still big favorites at -500 against Purdue. It’s really hard to fathom a way the Boilermakers come away with a win, even at home. While the Buckeyes won’t pay off too well, a win seems like a virtual certainty and the -500 moneyline is worth it.
Michigan State Spartans (+226) vs Michigan Wolverines
Staying in the Big Ten, the Michigan State Spartans are the +226 underdogs at home against the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State is coming off an impressive win on the road against Penn State as a similar underdog. No one is denying the Spartans have been inconsistent this season, but at this line they are a good choice to pull out another upset in front of their home fans.
UCLA Bruins (-310) vs Arizona Wildcats
The UCLA Bruins have not had a good season but they are solid favorites at home. They are facing an Arizona Wildcats team which is without starting quarterback Khalil Tate. Arizona has no good backup options. It feels a bit risky backing UCLA at -310 on the moneyline, but the home field advantage and the Wildcats’ lack of talent at quarterback makes it a solid wager. Don’t be scared off by the Bruins’ results this season as they are facing off against a team that will not be able to mount an upset attempt.
Oregon Ducks (+125) vs Washington State Cougars
The above choices are good ones on the moneyline but there is one Week 8 matchup which just screams for bettors to take a certain side. The Oregon Ducks are coming off a crucial win last time out over the Washington Huskies, and would be undefeated if not for an inexplicable early-season loss to Stanford. Oregon is somehow an underdog this week on the road against the Washington State Cougars. Washington State is a good team but the Ducks are potentially a great one. Oregon has more offensive weapons and should come away with the victory. At +125 odds, they are a tremendous value.
Check out the latest college football NCAAF betting odds for Week 8.