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Hustle® is a newsletter spotlighting our biggest bets, juiciest promos and strongest insights to get you ready for the best betting stretch of your life.

IN THIS ISSUE

🥊 BATTLE OF THE BETTORS: Public vs. sharps clash in Tennessee-Bama

🔥 EXPERT PICKS: Two CFB spread plays and two NFL player props

🏫 BACK TO SCHOOL: Penn State dominating spread action vs. Ohio State

🧑‍⚖️ MAKE THE CASE: A couple CFB underdogs we like to win outright

AGREE TO DISAGREE

BATTLE 🥊 OF THE BETTORS

Can Tennessee be the first team to beat Alabama in back-to-back seasons since Ole Miss did it in 2014-15?

There are five spreads on this CFB Week 8 slate where one team has collected at least 60% of the tickets but the other has received at least 60% of the handle. Will the side getting more bets prevail or will it be the side getting the bigger bets?

Georgia State 75.4% tickets, Louisiana-Lafayette 83.4% handle
This is the biggest discrepancy between tickets and handle of any Week 8 game. As a result, it’s moved off a key number from Louisiana-Lafayette -3 to -3.5.

Kansas State 63.9% tickets, TCU 63.7% handle
TCU backup QB Josh Hoover impressed in his first start after taking over for an injured Chandler Morris, throwing for 439 yards and 4 TDs vs. BYU 😮. Now TCU has gone from +7.5 to +6 at Kansas State.

Tennessee 61.0% tickets, Alabama 64.7% handle
Alabama’s spotty QB play has been in the spotlight, but what about the Volunteers ranking 2nd (7.2) in yards per play last season and now being 40th (6.3) 😬? The spread first went from Alabama -9.5 to -8.5, however it’s since been bet back up to Alabama -9.

Clemson 60.1% tickets, Miami (FL) 61.1% handle
It’s been a battle around a key number. This spread has been at Clemson -2.5 (opener), Clemson -3.5 and Clemson -3 (current) throughout the week, as bettors monitor the status of Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke.

Buffalo 64.3% tickets, Kent State 92.5% handle
Even with the majority of the handle coming in on Kent State, it still hasn’t been enough to budge Buffalo off of -7. Is this the week that the Golden Flashes cover after starting off 0-3 ATS in MAC play?

EXPERT PICKS

Max Meyer is rolling with two big underdogs facing top-25 teams, while Ariel Epstein has a pair of overs for NFL player props.

THE SENIOR EDITOR

South Carolina +7.5 (-110) at Missouri [3:30 p.m. ET]
“South Carolina is 2-4, but I think this is a team better than its record. The Gamecocks have played one of the toughest schedules in CFB and have blown two double-digit leads, including last week in the fourth quarter to Florida.”
Arizona State +27.5 (-110) at Washington [10:30 p.m. ET]
“It’s a tough spot for Washington with the Huskies coming off their biggest win in a long time and QB Michael Penix Jr. getting banged up in that victory. ASU is off a bye and has played three straight competitive Pac-12 games.”

THE PROP QUEEN

Seahawks RB Kenneth Walker Over 75.5 Rushing Yards (-115) [Sun., 4 p.m. ET]
“The Cardinals have allowed the fifth-most rushing yards per game, and they’ve had some key injuries to a weak defensive front. Walker has gone over this number in two of three games against other bad run defenses.”
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa Over 1.5 Passing TDs (-160) [Sun, 8:20 p.m. ET]
“The Eagles have allowed the fourth-most passing touchdowns this season. Tua will be looking to bolster his MVP case in primetime, and he already has multiple passing TDs in 4 of 6 games.”
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BACK TO SCHOOL 🏫

PointsBet: A Fanatics Experience data and insights

We have another strong 💪 Saturday card with four matchups between top-25 teams squaring off, highlighted by No. 7 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State. Here are the sides that have been generating the most noteworthy action for Week 8.

Most Spread Tickets: Penn State (opened +5.5, now +4 at Ohio State)

Most Spread Handle: Penn State

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Tickets: San Diego State 81.5% (opened -13.5, now -11.5 vs. Nevada)

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Handle: Hawaii 97.3% (opened +2, now -2.5 at New Mexico)

Most Total Tickets: Penn State-Ohio State OVER (opened 48, now 45)

Most Total Handle: Virginia-North Carolina OVER (opened 56, now 57.5)

Underdog With Most Moneyline Bets: Penn State, now +160 at Ohio State

Underdog With Most Moneyline Handle: Penn State
*Penn State has over five times more ML tickets and nine times more ML handle than any other Week 8 underdog.

UNDERDOGS OVERDELIVER

MAKE THE CASE 🧑‍⚖️

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Senior editor Max Meyer will be sharing his favorite moneyline underdog 🐶 upset picks in weekend Hustle editions. So far, he’s up +2.98 units (6-9 record) and has decided to take two Big Ten teams from today’s college football slate.

Minnesota +155 at Iowa [3:30 p.m. ET]

Iowa’s offense ranks dead last in yards per game, 129th in yards per play and 114th in scoring 🤢. In a game between two terrible offenses, it could mean that one turnover can be the play that swings this entire game. After all, this 30.5 total is the lowest one in FBS going all the way back to 1995.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a major win last week at Wisconsin where the defense feasted on Badgers backup QB Braedyn Locke after Tanner Mordecai left due to injury. That also marked the seventh straight week that Iowa has played, while the Golden Gophers just had a bye week. I’ll take a rested team going up against a fatigued defense that has had to carry Iowa all season.

Illinois +135 vs. Wisconsin [3:30 p.m. ET]

Speaking of Wisconsin backup QB Braedyn Locke, he’ll be getting the start in Champaign. Iowa’s defense has been much better than Illinois’ this season, but Locke’s 15/30 performance for 122 yards and a pick shouldn’t inspire much confidence against any upcoming opponent.

The Illini looked like a completely new team coming off of the bye last week, upsetting Maryland as nearly two-touchdown road underdogs. The Illini pulled it off without starting tailback Reggie Love III, and that’s because true freshman Kaden Feagin shined with 84 rushing yards and a score. If Love III can’t go against Wisconsin, at least Illinois knows it can rely on Feagin and his 5.4 yards per carry.

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