It’s a battle of the unbeatens.
One of them was expected. Penn State entered the season full of promise and a fair share of hype. But Minnesota emerged from the shadows, a surprise team that has risen to No. 17 in the country.
On Saturday, one of them has to lose.
And that’s why this game deserves our attention. Each week, Penn Sportsbooks highlights the weekend’s best games in our Pick 6 feature, covering the odds of our regional teams and the corresponding spreads at PA sportsbooks.
We start this week with the game that will bring a blemish to one team’s record.
Penn State at Minnesota (+6.5): 11/9, 12 p.m.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Nittany Lions as a near touchdown favorite in a Big Ten showdown featuring two undefeated teams. The Gophers have arrived here with a softer schedule. Penn State has beaten Pitt, Iowa, and Michigan, but Minnesota has routed teams in recent weeks. The Golden Gophers outscored their last two opponents (Rutgers and Maryland) 94-17.
On Saturday, something has to give. The game’s total is set at 48 points. Minnesota is +215 on the moneyline. Penn State is -270. And over at the newly-minted DraftKings Sportsbook, there’s a promo that can give you the Nittany Lions on a risk-free bet.
Texas Tech at West Virginia (+2.5): 11/9, 12 p.m.
It’s a ho-hum battle of 3-5 teams that is almost begging for some wagering to make the game a little more enticing. West Virginia is listed as a slight underdog at BetRivers after nearly upsetting unbeaten Baylor last week on Halloween. The Mountaineers will enter the game on Saturday with a little extra rest. Texas Tech is also well rested after having a bye last week. The Red Raiders are -139 on the moneyline, while West Virginia is +114. The game’s over/under is posted at 59.5. BetRivers has a number of alternate point spreads and totals, as well as a first team to score bet available to enliven Saturday’s game.
Temple at South Florida (+1.5): 11/7, 8 p.m.
The Owls head to Tampa to face the Bulls in a Thursday night game on ESPN. Temple is coming off a bye week and is listed as -121 on the moneyline at Parx Sportsbook. South Florida is +100. The game’s total is listed at 49 points. Parx has numerous other point spreads and over/unders listed as well for those seeking different numbers. Some live betting options should also be available during the game.
Rams at Steelers (+3.5): 11/10, 4:25 p.m.
Pittsburgh survived a late scare last week against the Colts to move to 4-4 on the season. BetRivers has the Steelers as +155 on the moneyline in the Sunday afternoon battle with the defending NFC Champions. The Rams are -195. The game’s over/under is set at 44 points. Rivers has a number of prop bets, as well as various quarter and half-game bets for those looking for additional action. DraftKings Sportsbook also has a Steelers moneyline promo that will give you a free $6 bet for every touchdown Pittsburgh scores.
Bills at Browns (-3): 11/10; 1 p.m.
Buffalo remains one of the NFL’s surprise teams at 6-2. Cleveland is in a tailspin at 2-6 and is looking to save its season. The Browns are -143 on the moneyline at FOX Bet, while the Bills are +120. The game’s total is set at 40 points. FOX Bet has posted the Brown’s team total at 20.5 points, while the Bills are listed at 18.5. There are also races to 10, 15, and 20 points available for additional betting options on the game.
LSU at Alabama (-6.5): 11/9; 3:30 p.m.
The weekend’s biggest game is far south of Pennsylvania in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. LSU is ranked No. 1 in the AP poll and Alabama is No. 2. The Crimson Tide, however, is nearly a touchdown favorite. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is likely to play in a game that will have significant ramifications for the college football playoff. The new DraftKings Sportsbook has Alabama as -240 on the moneyline. LSU is listed as +190. The game’s total is listed at 64 points. A number of live betting options should be available for this monster game once it kicks off Saturday afternoon. And for what it’s worth, President Trump is expected to be in attendance. It’s unclear how that will affect the point spread.
If you’re feeling lucky, a parlay of this week’s Pick 6 games should pay out more than $450. And if you’re playing on the new DraftKings sportsbook, you could take advantage of a promo that will refund a parlay bet of 5+ teams if you only miss one leg. Maybe it’s worth a shot.