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As the college football postseason approaches, another weekend of high-stake betting beckons.
Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. solidified his spot as the Heisman favorite with a sensational win against Oregon last week, while Caleb Williams and USC were dominated in a 48-20 loss to Notre Dame.
Who will make it onto our favorite college football parlay for Week 8? Let’s not waste any more time and take a look.
College football history is being made. This is the lowest total on a game in 20 years, and in the spirit of the line, we are taking the UNDER!
The two teams rank 109th and 113th in scoring, putting together a combined 42.6 points per game. Iowa’s defense gives up the 10th-fewest points per game in the nation (14.9) and has held their last three opponents to an average of 12. Minnesota has less than 1,900 total yards in six games and has 14 touchdowns and eight giveaways.
Minnesota’s defense is average, but Iowa doesn’t have the horses to single-handedly drive the over without injured QB Cade McNamara. Backup Deacon Hill is 12/35 and averages 73.5 yards throwing the ball in two weeks as the full-time starter to go with one touchdown and one interception. Whether the total sneaks under or not, there’s no chance it turns into a shootout (famous last words).
Tennessee has a solid offense (31st in yardage, 36th in scoring) that is led by its relentless running game (231.3 yards per game - sixth). Sixth-year QB Joe Milton III is limited but has done a decent job taking care of the ball. The strong point of this team is the defense, which is 17th in total defense and 18th in points allowed per game (17). It’s also fourth in sacks with 24 and is 4-2 ATS.
Alabama usually gets better at this time of year, but this seems like their worst squad in years. They won their last two games against Texas A&M and Arkansas by an average of 4.5 points and are pedestrian everywhere on offense outside of the red zone, where they are fifth in touchdown scoring percentage.
Bama’s defense is 13th in points and 15th in yards allowed and third in sacks. We expect the defense to be a central theme here and for the game to go under, and in that context, the 9.5-point line will be too much for the favorites to cover.
Ohio State seems to have already ceded the conference to Michigan, and now they’re at risk of dropping to third behind Penn State. The Nittany Lions are going on the road here, but they’ve got all the reason in the world to back themselves.
PSU scores the fight-most points per game (44.3) and leads the country in sacks, tackles for loss, and total defense. They’re also second in points allowed per game and are excellent in the trenches on both sides of the football. QB Drew Allar has not thrown an interception, and the running back committee gains over 200 yards per game.
Ryan Day usually saves his best coaching performances for his toughest games (excluding the recent Michigan losses). OSU has an unstoppable wideout in Marvin Harrison Jr. and a defense that ranks third in points allowed, but there’s tremendous pressure on QB Kyle McCord to deliver in front of more than 100,000 fans. James Franklin is 1-8 against Ohio State and 0-9 on the road against top 10 opponents, but we think this could be a changing of the guard.
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A college football parlay is a combination of multiple college football picks into one large bet.
In order for the bet to hit, every individual pick, known as a leg, must come true. Parlays offer bettors the chance to win exponentially larger payouts if they are willing to accept the extra risk.
Certain jurisdictions do not allow users to bet on in-state colleges. If you cannot find a local school on your sportsbook, that could be why.
Parlays can include standard major markets such as spreads, moneylines, and points totals, as well as props, if your state allows you to bet on college props.
The number-one rule to finding the best value for college football parlays is to line shop across different sportsbooks.
It’s also important to remember not to place contradictory bets. For example, it would be conflicting to take an underdog team to win but for their star quarterback to hit the under on his passing yards.
You should never include bets just to bump the value of your parlay. Stick to what you are the most confident in and leave it at that.
Users can also try adding safer alternate lines for the total or spread to lessen the risk of their parlay. For example, moving a spread of +4 to +7.5 would provide a full touchdown of comfort without greatly affecting the value of the parlay.
All that you need to do to place a college football parlay is to create an account (or log into your account) at a sportsbook, submit a deposit, add your favorite picks to your bet slip, and then assign a stake to the parlay.
Users can monitor the status of their parlays in the sportsbook. If one leg misses, the parlay will instantly be marked as a loss.
Restrictions for college football betting vary by state. More information on the rules can be found in our college football betting guide.
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