Get the most from these college football odds by timing your bets


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Each week during the college football season, Covers Expert Steve Merril looks at the NCAAF odds and tells you which spread to bet now, which one to bet later and which total to watch as the week plays out.

Spread to bet now  

Memphis Tigers at Temple Owls (+2)

These two teams have had incredible seasons and they both come into this game with 8-2 SU records. However, the two teams play totally different styles of football. Memphis uses its potent offense to win games while Temple relies on a stout defense to win games.

Memphis is currently a 2-point favorite at several sportsbooks, but the line has dropped to -1.5 in some spots. This is a terrible spot for the Tigers to be laying points on the road. They played a huge game at Houston last week, but they blew a 34-14 fourth quarter lead and lost 35-34. Temple is also off a loss, but that was a 44-23 defeat that took nothing out of them. Take the points now as there’s a good chance Temple becomes the favorite by kickoff.

Spread to wait on

California Golden Bears (+11) at Stanford

Stanford is in a terrible situational and scheduling spot for this game against California. The Cardinal lost an important home game against Oregon Saturday night – a loss that essentially knocked them out of the four-team national playoff discussion. Stanford had a chance to tie the game, but it missed a 2-point conversion as time expired.

California is catching Stanford at the perfect time because the Cardinal will now be playing this game with a hangover after last week’s heartbreaking loss. The Golden Bears have momentum after snapping their four-game losing streak with a 30-point win last week. California will be ready for this big rivalry game, so wait this game out and grab as many points as you can with the Golden Bears.

Total to watch  

Baylor Bears at Oklahoma State Cowboys (78)

Baylor and Oklahoma State match up extremely well for a high-scoring game. The Bears’ offense averages 54.8 points per game with 292 rushing yards and 346 passing yards per game. Teams that are well-balanced like that are extremely difficult to stop.

Oklahoma State’s offensive strength is throwing the football. The Cowboys average 353 passing yards per game on a whopping 9.4 yards per pass attempt. Baylor’s defense has fallen apart recently as it’s allowed 33.3 points per game during its past four games. There’s a very good chance that this game easily lands in the 80s.

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