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October 17, 2023

There are some strong matchups on the Week 8 college football card, highlighted by four battles between top-25 teams. Three of these clashes have already seen their spread move ➡️ by at least a point early in the week.

We brought back Wyatt Satre to help explain these shifts.

Penn State at Ohio State
Opened Ohio State -5.5, now Ohio State -4
ASK THE TRADER: We’ve seen sharp 🪒 action on Penn State so far and Ohio State is dealing with injuries on offense. The Nittany Lions have an elite defense that ranks first in CFB in drive yards allowed per play in non-garbage time against FBS teams (DPP).

Utah at USC
Opened USC -5, now USC -7
ASK THE TRADER: The opening number was an overreaction USC’s offensive performance against Notre Dame ☘️. Utah still has massive questions at quarterback without Cam Rising, and the Utes have been much more vulnerable away from Salt Lake City.

Tennessee at Alabama
Opened Alabama -9.5, now Alabama -8.5
ASK THE TRADER: Don’t make too much of this Tennessee movement yet, as it hasn’t crossed over into the 7.5 or 7 range. Tennessee struggled last week against a top defense in Texas A&M and got bailed out by turnovers and special teams. I don’t think Alabama makes those same mistakes.