This weekend of college football has seen more than a handful of postponements, but there are still some games of intrigue to be paying attention to across the nation. Top-ranked teams on the road against teams with winning records (Notre Dame and Miami at Boston College and Virginia Tech, respectively). The Big Ten features a division game between unbeaten Northwestern and Purdue and a battle for the first win of the season between Penn State and Nebraska. And Feleipe Franks returns to Gainesville as his Arkansas Razorbacks look for a big upset on the road against the Florida Gators.
But which games should you be paying attention to against the spread? Here are a few that stand out this weekend.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Saturday, Nov. 14.
[Editor's note: Coastal Carolina-Troy was postponed on Friday morning, after this article was originally published.]
Miami (+2.5) at Virginia Tech, 12 p.m.
Miami has had a couple of close calls in the ACC these past two weeks against Virginia and NC State. And judging by the line, the Hurricanes could be in for another close one in Blacksburg, Virginia, this weekend against the Hokies. Virginia Tech is actually a slight favorite despite losing two of their last three games. Take Miami and the points, as the Canes win this one straight-up. Miami 34, Virginia Tech 29
Coastal Carolina (-11.0) at Troy, 12 p.m. - POSTPONED
If you have not been paying attention to what the Chanticleers have been doing this season, now is the time to correct that. Coastal Carolina has been shutting opponents down, outscoring their last three by a combined 102-20. Grayson McCall and Coastal Carolina look to avoid being upset by Troy, who has lost two of their last three games. The way this season is going, Coastal Carolina will keep their slim New Year's Six bowl hopes alive and cover in the process. Coastal Carolina 27, Troy 13
Nothing appears to be slowing down the Thundering Herd in Conference USA. Brenden Knox should continue to rack up the yardage on the ground as Marshall easily outpaces Middle Tennessee for a win to remain undefeated. Marshall 45, Middle Tennessee 20
Oregon won its season opener by 21 against Stanford last weekend and now head to Pullman to take on 1-0 Washington State. The Ducks won last year'’s thriller by two points in Eugene, and this could be another close contest. But Oregon will manage to cover the spread when it pulls away in the fourth quarter. Oregon 42, Washington State 30
SMU (+2.5) at Tulsa, 7 p.m. ET
We are going to go against the grain a bit this weekend in the AAC. Tulsa is 3-1 ATS this season, and SMU is 2-2 ATS when away from home. Since being ambushed at home by Cincinnati a few weeks ago, though, SMU has scored back-to-back double-digit victories. With second place in the AAC on the line, the Mustangs find their way to a big win on the road. SMU 38, Tulsa 34
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