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College Football Week 9 Opening Odds: Florida, Notre Dame, USC Favorites

The Florida Gators will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season and only their second non-cover of the campaign Saturday when they take on the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field in Jacksonville as opening 2.5-point betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

The Gators fell 35-28 on the road at LSU in their last game back on October 17, losing as a six-point underdog that day to fall to 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread on the season. That has the Gators at No. 11 in the AP Top 25 poll heading into their matchup against the Bulldogs, who are 5-2 SU but just 2-5 ATS on the season.

Overall, the Gators are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games, according to the Odds Shark College Football Database. They thumped the Bulldogs 38-20 in their meeting last season while winning outright as 12-point underdogs at the sportsbooks. The Bulldogs are coming off a 9-6 win over Missouri in which they failed to cover the 15.5-point spread at the sportsbooks.

With several top teams on a bye around college football this week, the schedule is light on marquee matchups. The only game between ranked teams for this week has No. 9 Notre Dame on the road against No. 21 Temple, with the Fighting Irish opening as a 10.5-point favorite. Notre Dame is coming off a 41-31 victory over USC two weeks ago.

The Trojans opened as four-point road favorites against California for the week ahead, with USC 11-0 SU in its last 11 games against the Bears but 1-6 ATS in its last seven games on the road in the month of October.

Other Pac-12 matchups for the weekend have Utah as 21.5-point home favorites against Oregon State, UCLA as 18.5-point home favorites against Colorado and Stanford as 12.5-point road favorites against Washington State on the opening lines.

Clemson opened as a 9.5-point road favorite against N.C. State for its Saturday matchup, with the Tigers 10-1 SU in their last 11 games against the Wolfpack but N.C. State 8-2 both SU and ATS in its last 10 games. Michigan opened as a 10-point road favorite against Minnesota, while Wisconsin opened as a 19-point home favorite against Rutgers.

Two ranked teams are in action Thursday night this week, with No. 23 Pittsburgh hosting North Carolina and No. 5 TCU getting a visit from West Virginia. The Panthers opened as 2.5-point home underdogs against the Tar Heels, while the Horned Frogs opened as 14.5-point home favorites against the Mountaineers.

And the No. 17 Florida State Seminoles, coming off a 22-16 upset loss at Georgia Tech as five-point favorites on the weekend, opened as 19.5-point home favorites for their game Saturday against Syracuse. The Seminoles are now 6-1 SU and 3-4 ATS on the season, and they are 20-0 SU in their last 20 games at home.

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