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Saturday’s College Football Top 25 Betting Cheat Sheet: Week 4

We break down all the need-to-know facts and figures for Saturday’s Top 25 NCAAF contests.

(20) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Duke Blue Devils (+7.5, 56)

* The Yellow Jackets totaled 915 yards rushing in the first two games but were limited to 216 in the loss to the Fighting Irish and only a pair of touchdown passes in the final minute made the score respectable. “You put it behind you and move forward and get ready for the next game,” head coach Paul Johnson told reporters. “It is what you do.”

* Duke has limited 13 of its last 16 opponents to 25 points or fewer, including a 31-25 win at Georgia Tech last year. The Under is 10-2 in those 13 games (no line for Week 1 versus Elon in 2014).

Southern Jaguars at (6) Georgia Bulldogs (Off, Off)

* The Jaguars have won back-to-back games – scoring 50 points in each victory – and feature senior playmaker Willie Quinn, who has two touchdowns on special teams through three games.

* Georgia quarterback Greyson Lambert completed 24-of-25 passes as the Bulldogs crushed South Carolina 52-20 last week, Lambert setting a NCAA record for highest completion percentage while finishing with 330 yards and three touchdowns.

(9) LSU Tigers at Syracuse Orange (+24, 47)

* LSU, which has yet to trail this season and also has yet to commit a turnover, has won 49 consecutive regular-season non-conference games heading into this matchup. The Tigers are 28-17 ATS in those games (four games with no line).

* The Orange lost starting quarterback Terrel Hunt to an Achilles tear in the season opener and now must take the field without backup Eric Dungey (upper-body injury), who left last week’s victory over Central Michigan after taking a vicious hit in the second quarter.

Central Michigan Chippewas at (3) Michigan State Spartans (-26.5, 54)

* Central Michigan is 6-22 all time against Big Ten opponents, including a 38-17 victory over Purdue last season and a 32-31 triumph against Iowa in 2012.

* Spartans LB Riley Bullough, who leads the team with 39 tackles and three sacks, is suspended for the first half due to his ejection for targeting in last week’s game.

Rice Owls at (4) Baylor Bears (-34.5, 74.5)

* The Owls are facing their second Big 12 opponent on the road after losing at Texas 42-28 in Week 2 and feel they are better prepared this week. “We learned some lessons from the Texas game,” head coach David Bailiff told reporters. “You also learn how to work in a loud environment. Procedurally, you didn’t see a lot of problems. I think that helps us moving forward.”

* Baylor’s 17-game home winning streak is the longest current mark in the FBS. The Bears are 14-2 ATS in those home games (one game with no line).

(22) Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Longhorns (+3, 58.5)

* The Cowboys are tied for eighth nationally in scoring defense (11.7 points) and forced eight turnovers but their nonconference schedule featured three non-Power 5 squads with a combined 1-7 record. Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean lead the defensive front with a combined 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

* Opponents have converted on 56.3 percent of third-down plays against Texas, ranking the Longhorns second-to-last nationally.

Western Michigan Broncos at (1) Ohio State Buckeyes (-31.5, 61)

* The Broncos throw the ball a lot and junior receiver Daniel Braverman leads the nation with 40 receptions while totaling 398 yards and three touchdowns. Braverman isn’t the only top target junior quarterback Zach Terrell (947 yards, eight touchdowns, five interceptions) has at his disposal as junior receiver Corey Davis ranks fifth in school history with 2,648 receiving yards.

* Ohio State has never previously faced Western Michigan but improved to 31-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference foes when it defeated Northern Illinois 20-13 last Saturday.

UMass Minutemen at (8) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-28.5, 59)

* UMass is 0-10 against Power 5 teams since moving to the FBS level in 2012. The Minutemen are 4-6 ATS in those 10 games, including 0-1 ATS this season (Week 1 at Colorado).

* Predictions for Notre Dame’s season were being reevaluated after Malik Zaire was injured in a tight win over Virginia in Week 2, but DeShone Kinzer proved to be a capable replacement and the defense stepped up to lead the way in a 30-22 win over Georgia Tech last weekend.

UL Monroe Warhawks at (12) Alabama Crimson Tide (-38, 55)

* ULM returns 17 starters from last season, including senior wideout Rashon Ceaser, who caught 10 passes for 97 yards last week, giving him 31 catches for 388 yards in his last three outings. Garrett Smith has thrown for 576 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games and also has the team’s longest run of the campaign (28 yards).

* Alabama coach Nick Saban expects Jake Coker to get the start at quarterback, although he hopes the offense can revert to the form it showed in a Week 1 win against Wisconsin. “I thought we had some identity in the first game and were moving in the right direction and then in the last two games, we’ve been scattered,” Saban said this week. “We need to have some certainty in what we’re going to do. Jake came into the (Ole Miss) game and played with some passion and showed great leadership and energy when he played.”

(2) TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Tech Red Raiders (+6.5, 82.5)

* The Horned Frogs have won 11 consecutive games, the nation’s second-longest winning streak behind defending national champion Ohio State (16). The Horned Frogs are 7-4 ATS during that streak (1-2 ATS this season).

* Sophomore quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is playing well and has passed for 1,029 yards and nine touchdowns while being intercepted three times and has Texas Tech is averaging 54.3 points through three games and seeking its fourth 4-0 start in a five-season span.

Vanderbilt Commodores at (5) Ole Miss Rebels (-24, 53.5)

* Vanderbilt has not forced a turnover in its first three games and is minus-7 in turnover margin – last in the SEC and 124th in the nation.

* The Rebels lead the nation in scoring (64 points per game) and rank among the top 10 in total offense (567.3) and passing (352.3), and they have not trailed yet this season. After averaging 74.5 points in their first two games, they proved the explosiveness was no fluke in a 43-37 road win over the Crimson Tide a week ago to vault into the top five.

(15) Texas A&M Aggies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks (+7, 58)

* The Aggies have been sharp on offense to start the season, averaging 46 points per game thanks in part to quarterback Kyle Allen’s nine touchdown passes – four coming last week.

* The Razorbacks ranked 10th nationally in total defense last season, but gave up 486 yards last week and did not force Texas Tech to punt.

Mississippi State Bulldogs at (25) Auburn Tigers (-3, 59)

* The Bulldogs dropped a 21-19 decision at home to LSU in Week 2 and took out their frustrations against Northwestern State with a 62-13 drubbing that allowed Prescott to take most of the afternoon off. “Our effort today was better,” head coach Dan Mullen told reporters after watching his offense set a school record with 647 total yards. “I think we’re getting better as a football team.”

* A list of the most disappointing college football teams of the first month has to have Auburn at or near the top, and Jeremy Johnson is paying the price. The Tigers will hand the quarterback job over to Sean White when they host Mississippi State on Saturday.

(23) Missouri Tigers at Kentucky Wildcats (-2.5, 45.5)

* The Tigers are looking to extend two impressive streaks – they’ve won 11 straight road games and six consecutive SEC games – and shake off a sluggish performance a week ago. They are 10-1 ATS during their road streak and 5-1 ATS in the run versus SEC foes.

* The Wildcats are 2-14 under Mark Stoops when their opponent scores first and 1-18 when trailing at halftime.

(11) UCLA Bruins at (16) Arizona Wildcats (+3, 65.5)

* The Bruins are expected to get a key defender and special-teams players back in Ishmael Adams, who was reinstated to the team Tuesday after it was announced he would not face felony charges for an incident involving an Uber driver last month.

* Anu Solomon has been nearly flawless at quarterback for the Wildcats, recording 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions while completing 68.3 percent of his throws this season. He’ll be eager to make up for his 18-of-48 performance against UCLA last year.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at (21) Wisconsin Badgers (-24.5, 50.5)

* Senior quarterback Max Wittek bounced back from a rough performance versus Ohio State (7-for-24, 67 yards, two interceptions) by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in last week’s 47-27 victory over UC Davis.

* Wisconsin senior quarterback Joel Stave has completed 67.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions – a big improvement from 2014 when he hit on 53.4 percent with nine TDs and 10 picks – while leading an offense which has clicked without injured running back Corey Clement.

(17) Utah Utes at (13) Oregon Ducks (-12.5, 64.5)

* Utah coach Kyle Whittingham indicated quarterback Travis Wilson’s status would remain in limbo until late in the week while senior Kendal Thompson was being prepared to make his second straight start.

* The same chorus line was being preached by Oregon coach Mark Helfrich per the status of Adams as junior Jeff Lockie could make his second consecutive start. “He looks very similar to last week, so how’s that?” Helfrich said of Adams during a press conference. “It’s going to be similar to last week in it will be right up until the end of the week before we make that call.”

Ball State Cardinals at (19) Northwestern Wildcats (-19.5, 50.5)

* Ball State leads the MAC in rushing (249 yards per game) and has piled up at least 199 in six straight contests dating to last season.

* Northwestern is 19-2 SU in the month of September since the beginning of the 2010 campaign. The Wildcats are 13-8 ATS in those games.

(18) USC Trojans at Arizona State Sun Devils (+5.5, 62)

* USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who has gone 101 passes without throwing an interception, will be tested by an Arizona State squad that leads the Pac-12 in pass defense and tackles for loss. The Trojans’ quick-strike offense is engineered by Kessler but also features a trio of top running backs in Tre Madden, Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II along with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is fifth in the nation with 144.7 receiving yards per game.

* Arizona State is 18-4 at Sun Devil Stadium under head coach Todd Graham, but are just 12-10 ATS in those games.