KEY FACTS: Ten Chiefs caught passes in Kansas City’s 44-21 crushing of the Cardinals. Can the Chargers stymie an offense that produced 7.4 yards per play? And can they score enough without Keenan Allen (hamstring)?
TRENDING: The Chargers are 1-5 ATS following their last six victories. The Over has hit eight times the Chiefs’ last nine games.
INSIGHT: More than 70% of our handle backs the Patrick Mahomes crew.
The Horns hooked us last week. Let’s see whose predictions on Thursday Night Football and a college game will be sharpest – Jay Croucher, Ryan Leaf or Teddy G.
Chargers-Chiefs Under 54 (-107)
“The Chargers – to their detriment – appear obsessed with running the ball, a blessing for Under bettors. KC’s offense has been inflated after beating up on Arizona’s horrid pass defense.”
Michigan State +3.5 @ Washington
“Kenneth Walker is gone, but Michigan State’s defense is imposing enough to keep this a low-scoring game and cover.”
THE BIG NAME
Chargers-Chiefs Over 54 (-107)
“This final could be 35-28. Both offenses are potent. And while the defenses are capable, this game will have more scores than stops.”
Georgia -24.5 @ South Carolina (-107)
“Every week you see Georgia’s (betting) line and think: This game will finally be tougher. And then the Dawgs win 49-3 or 45-0. South Carolina gave Arkansas a pretty good run, but still.”
Patrick Mahomes Over 2.5 TD passes (+110)
“Plus money for the MVP fav who hit four different targets for TD passes in Week 1? Yes, please.”
Western Kentucky +6.5 @ Indiana (-107)
“The Hilltoppers are so sneaky good, ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives them a 54.8% chance of an outright victory.”
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WHAT’S THE DEAL: While Scott Frost fends off accusations of being asleep at the wheel, the show goes on. Nebraska’s defense played with no pride against Georgia Southern; will that change under interim coach and former Huskers QB Mickey Joseph?
TRENDING: OU’s defense has been nasty, allowing one TD in two games. But this is weird: The Sooners are 0-6 ATS in their last six following a straight-up win of 20+ points.
KEY FACTS: Louisville QB Malik Cunningham is completing just 58.8% of passes but rushed for 121 yards in 20-14 upset of UCF. The ‘Noles haven’t suited up since their Sept. 4 stunner over LSU, which ended on a blocked extra point.
TRENDING: Louisville is 4-2 ATS in its last six games as underdogs. The under is 6-0 in Florida State’s last six games.
CASE FOR THE DOG: FSU struggled to contain LSU QB Jayden Daniels (2 TD passes, 114 rush yards), and the Cardinals are home and resilient.
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