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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.


🏫 BACK TO SCHOOL: Ohio State spread and moneyline bets pouring in

🔥 EXPERT PICKS: Ryan Leaf’s best bet for Ohio State-Michigan

📊 ACTION REPORT: Bettors backing unranked team vs. undefeated top-5 foe

🧑‍⚖️ MAKE THE CASE: Two big CFB underdogs that we like to notch upsets



Ohio State has reeled in 63.2% of the tickets and 75.8% of the handle among all spread bets against Michigan.

Another college football regular season is nearly in the books, but at least we get one more massive Saturday slate 🥳. Here are the sides that have been generating the most noteworthy action from today’s slate, with one top-5 matchup clearly in a tier of its own.

Most Spread Tickets: Ohio State (opened +4, now +3 at Michigan)

Most Spread Handle: Ohio State
*Ohio State has received more than three times the spread handle of any other team

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Tickets: South Florida 87.3% (opened -4, now -6.5 vs. Charlotte)

Most Lopsided Spread Bet by Handle: West Virginia 99.8% (opened -7, now -11.5 at Baylor)

Most Total Tickets: Ohio State-Michigan OVER (opened 46.5, now 45.5)

Most Total Handle: Ohio State-Michigan OVER

Underdog With Most Moneyline Bets: Ohio State, now +130 at Michigan

Underdog With Most Moneyline Handle: Ohio State
*Ohio State has gotten more than two times the moneyline handle of any other team (favorite or underdog)


Ryan Leaf and Max Meyer each like a road favorite to cover, and Leaf also has his top play from the biggest game of the day.


Ohio State at Michigan: Under 45.5 Points (-115) [12 p.m. ET]
“Michigan has been running the ball more the last couple games with Jim Harbaugh suspended. Both teams have elite defenses and points will be hard to come by.”
Alabama -13.5 (-110) at Auburn [3:30 p.m. ET]
“Alabama QB Jalen Milroe has gotten better throughout the year. Hugh Freeze has had his ups and downs in his first year as Auburn’s head coach, and he doesn’t have the complete team yet to compete with Alabama.”


Jacksonville State -2.5 (-115) at New Mexico State [4 p.m. ET]
“As of now, this is Jacksonville State’s bowl game since the 8-3 Gamecocks aren’t eligible to play in one thanks to the NCAA. New Mexico State has the C-USA title game next week and is coming off a major upset over Auburn. So it’s a big motivation edge for Jacksonville State.”


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We’re offering BOOSTED ODDS on the SPREAD for select top-25 college football games today, so make sure to take advantage starting at 12 p.m. ET.



Can Cameron Ward and Washington State prevent Washington from the program's first-ever 12-0 regular season?

Will we see any major upsets to close out the regular season?

Bettors are backing three unranked underdogs 🐶 to cover against top-25 favorites in Week 13. Two of them are getting double-digit points on the road, while the other is a touchdown home dog in an inter-conference rivalry game.

85.3% of handle on Washington State (+15.5) at No. 4 Washington
This spread has dropped a point from Washington -16.5 to -15.5. The Huskies haven’t won a game by at least two touchdowns since Sept. 23 🤔, with six of their last seven wins coming by single digits.

72.4% of handle on Iowa State (+10) at No. 19 Kansas State
This Big 12 spread is a clear sharps vs. public battle, as the favored Wildcats have captured 61.6% of the tickets. With the majority of the money on the underdog, the line has crept down from Kansas State -11.5 to -10.

66.2% of handle on South Carolina (+7.5) vs. No. 24 Clemson
Spencer Rattler
and South Carolina upset Clemson as 14.5-point underdogs to end the regular season last year. Why can’t lightning 🌩️ strike twice?



Jaydn Ott and Cal need a win over UCLA to go bowling for the first time since the 2019 season.

Senior editor Max Meyer will be sharing his favorite moneyline underdog 🐶 upset picks in weekend Hustle editions. So far, he’s up +9.78 units (13-13 record) and has hit all six of his upset picks from the past three weeks. Here are his two for today.

Washington State +515 at Washington [4 p.m. ET]
Rivalry week produces crazy results every season, so let’s get a little nuts here. After a midseason scoring slump, Washington State is rolling again with 95 points in its past two games. The Cougars are averaging the fourth-most passing yards per game in CFB and they can move the ball against a vulnerable Washington secondary.

Now there’s a reason why Washington State is such a big underdog, and it’s the huge mismatch between Washington’s offense and Washington State’s defense. But Michael Penix Jr. hasn’t looked as invincible in the second half of the season compared to Washington’s first six games. As a result, seven straight Washington contests have been within one score in the fourth quarter. The Huskies have been living dangerously, and I’ll take a shot they slip up in the Apple 🍎 Cup.

California +270 at UCLA [10:30 p.m. ET]
UCLA’s offense looked sharp again vs. USC’s defense last week, but who doesn’t have a big offensive game against USC 😆? Before that performance, the Bruins scored 17 points combined in losses to Arizona and Arizona State. Cal’s defense is nothing special, but UCLA still has major questions at quarterback and that could be enough to slow down the entire offense.

Meanwhile, the Golden Bears look like they found something with freshman QB Fernando Mendoza and tailback Jaydn Ott has rushed for at least 150 yards in three of his past four games. Cal head coach Justin Wilcox has been a covering machine as a big underdog and I like his team’s chances to keep it close here too.

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