Friday College Football Betting: Odds & Picks for Ohio State-Northwestern, Pitt-Syracuse, 2 More


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Oct 18, 2019, 09:53 AM EDT
  • There are four college football games on Friday night, and you can bet that we'll be wagering on them.
  • Ohio State vs. Northwestern has the most name value but largest point spread, while FAU-Marshall and Pitt-Syracuse present some interesting handicapping angles.

The college football scheduling czars have blessed bettors with four games on Friday night, coming in all shapes and sizes.

The Ohio State bulldozer will be on display in Evanston, looking to dump Northwestern as a four-touchdown favorite. Marshall and FAU square off in an interesting Conference USA showdown that features the exact same point spread from one of the worst beats of all-time two years ago.

Sandwiched between those two games is Pitt-Syracuse, and UNLV-Fresno State will cap off the slate.

Here’s how we’re betting all four games.

Friday College Football Odds & Picks

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Marshall vs. FAU Odds

  • Odds: FAU -5.5
  • Over/Under: 58.5
  • Moneyline: FAU -220, Marshall +180
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

Get the full Marshall-FAU preview here.

Both teams have faced a common opponent within the last few weeks and it’s skewing the line in this game. Two weeks ago, Marshall lost to Middle Tennessee 24-13. Last week, FAU beat MTSU 28-13.

On the surface it looks like FAU is the much better team but that’s not the case upon further review. Marshall’s loss to the Blue Raiders was on the road and they out gained them 578-404 before turnovers did them in. FAU took care of business at home but Middle Tennessee out gained them 459-364.

These two games were a microcosm of both team’s seasons thus far. Marshall has gotten unlucky from a yards-per-play to points-per-play perspective while FAU has been very fortunate. In fact, FAU ranks 96th in the country in YPP on offense and defense while Marshall is 44th and 68th respectively.

The way that FAU’s defense can get stops is when their defensive line that ranks 20th in line score dominates the line of scrimmage. Marshall will be able to combat that a big, experienced offensive line that ranks 19th in offensive line score.

My power numbers on this game make FAU just under a one-point favorite so I’ll be the Thundering Heard in this one. The number is currently sitting at 5.5 right where it opened so I’m holding out hope for a six or 6.5.

I’ll back the Herd all the way down to 3.5. — Kyle Miller

Miller’s Pick: Marshall +5.5 or better

Pittsburgh at Syracuse Odds

  • Spread: Pittsburgh -3.5
  • Over/Under: 52
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

Get the full Pitt-Syracuse preview here.

Don’t sleep on the enormous advantage Syracuse will have on special teams. The Orange have one of the best special teams units in the country thanks to an elite punter and kicker, while Pitt has had one of the worst special teams units in NCAA in 2019. Here are a few highlights demonstrating this discrepancy:

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