Top College Football Expert Predictions And NCAAF Lines

Top College Football Expert Predictions And NCAAF Lines

There are a lot of great games on the schedule for week 4 of the college football season, so expect another crazy weekend filled with upsets and close calls.

Some of the games you shouldn’t miss this week include Boston College vs Clemson, Vanderbilt vs. Alabama, and Oklahoma vs Baylor, which we preview below.

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Boston College Eagles vs Clemson Tigers

  • When: September 23, 2017, 3:30 PM ET
  • Where: Memorial Stadium-Clemson
  • Spread: Clemson -34
  • Over/Under: 53
  • Moneyline: NA

The Eagles have lost two consecutive games and are coming off a 49-20 loss to Notre Dame. They will be going for their first conference win of the season against the second ranked team in the country.

Boston College hasn’t been very good on both sides of the ball, their offense has managed 53 points so far this season while their defense has allowed 103.

The Eagles lost to the Tigers 56-10 at home last season and will need to play their best game to avoid a similar fate on the road this year.

In general, in order for the Eagles to have a shot at upsetting Clemson, they’ll have to take care of getting off the field quick and not give up third down opportunities, control the ball, have a nearly flawless game, force Deshaun Watson into making at least some mistakes, and take risks.

I just don’t think it’s going to go this way for BC, do you?

The Tigers knocked off a top 15 team for a second consecutive week and look like a team headed for the College Football Playoffs.

After their big win over Louisville, I expect them to come out slow to start the game and runaway with this in the second half.

The real question for this game, is whether or not Clemson can beat the spread. Because of sharp betting, the line on this game has seen major movements, going from -31.5 to its current standing. 34 points is a big number, and in order for an ATS bet on Clemson to make sense, they’ll have to play their best.

You also have to take in consideration that Clemson has outscored opponents 117-30 this season and beat No. 19 Louisville by 26 points.

There’s no question in my mind the Tigers will win; I also believe from watching how they’re playing they can overcome the huge point spread.

Boston College vs Clemson Betting Trends

  • Boston College is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Boston College is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston College's last 6 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Clemson's last 9 games

Pick and Prediction

Clemson is favored to win by 34 points. After the performance they put up against Louisville last week, I expect them to make short work of the Eagles. Take Clemson -34.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Vanderbilt Commodores

  • When: September 23, 2017, 3:30 PM ET
  • Where: Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Spread: Alabama -18.5
  • Over/Under: 43
  • Moneyline: Alabama -1050 vs Vanderbilt +750

There’s no question on the powerhouse status that Alabama garners; since Nick Saban took the reigns, the Crimson Tide has been the favorite to win the National Championship year after year and crushed the NCAAF lines.

The Crimson Tide have looked good in their last two games, scoring 41 points in each, including a 41-23 thrashing of Colorado State in Tuscaloosa.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts had another strong performance, racking up 351 total yards and three touchdowns, one of which was a 78-yarder to star receiver Calvin Ridley.

Their defense hasn’t been as dominant as they allowed Colorado State and Fresno State to score 31 combined points against them.

But, Alabama usually bounces back after off performances, so expect them to be up to snuff once more against Vandy.

Vanderbilt has been a surprise this season, winning their first three games.

Their biggest victory came against 18th Kansas State last week, 14-7, at home.

They will be trying to upset a ranked team for the second consecutive week.

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur has been instrumental to those wins, and while struggled against K-State, he’s off to a strong start to the season.

He has a 71 percent completion percentage and an 8-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio, while his 194.85 quarterback rating is sixth in the entire nation.

Vanderbilt has played great on defense, allowing only 13 points so far. However, they haven’t played an offense like Alabama’s, so it will be interesting to see how they respond on Saturday.

Alabama vs Vanderbilt Betting Trends

  • Alabama is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
  • Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Vanderbilt is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Vanderbilt is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • Vanderbilt is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Pick and Prediction

Alabama is favored to win by 18.5 points. The Commodores will try to make a game of this, but the Crimson Tide will prove to be too strong in the end. Take Alabama on the point spread.

Oklahoma Sooners vs Baylor Bears

  • When: September 23, 2017, 6:30 PM ET
  • Where: McLane Stadium
  • Spread: Oklahoma -27.5
  • Over/Under: 62.5
  • Moneyline: NA

In the past, this was an important Big 12 game, but after Baylor’s 0-3 start to the season, nobody is expecting this one to be particularly close.

Baylor has fallen on tough times that they can’t seem to get out of; quarterback Anu Solomon led the offense in their losses to Liberty (48-45) and UTSA (17-10), while Zach Smith was on hand for the Bears’ 34-20 loss at Duke last week.

It’s still unknown who coach Matt Rhule will call to face Oklahoma. But, whoever it is will benefit from having running back Terence Williams back in the fold.

Since this is football, and a rivalry game, it is not a good idea to write the Bears off.

The Sooners have won their first three games of the season, including an impressive win over Ohio State in the Horseshoe.

It’s been a picture-perfect start to the Sooners’ season. First they tore through UTEP (56-7); then, it was Ohio State (31-16); and, finally it was Tulane (56-14) to not only go 3-0 straight-up, but also 3-0 against the spread.

This week, their high scoring offense will try to stay hot against a Baylor team that has allowed opponents to score an average of 33 points per game.

Baker Mayfield will continue making his case for the Heisman Trophy, so expect him to have another big game here.

The current +220 Heisman favorite is second in the nation in passer rating due to an outstanding 77 percent completion percentage, 348.7 yards per game, and a 10-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

In Mayfield’s two previous meetings against Baylor, he’s gone a combined 44-of-59 for 570 yards, five passing touchdowns to two interceptions, and two rushing touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to two wins.

Sooners vs Bears Betting Trends

  • Oklahoma is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oklahoma's last 9 games
  • Baylor is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Baylor is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baylor's last 5 games

Pick and Prediction.

Oklahoma is favored to win the game by 28 points. Even though the Sooners are the better team, this is a rivalry game, which means anything can happen. Look for Baylor to play its best game of the year and cover the spread. Take the Bears +28.

 
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