College Football Week 4 opening lines: Undefeated Notre Dame an underdog vs Wisconsin

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A lot of things almost happened in Week 3 of the college football season. In the end most of the results were as expected, but still the stage is set for what could be a wild 2021 campaign. How crazy will the action get in Week 4? There are only two all-top 25 contests on Saturday but as the recent festivities suggest, just because games may not look competitive opener it doesn’t mean they can’t deliver on the field.

College football Week 4 lines

It’s never too early to look ahead toward the betting slate once the lines have come out. So without further ado, let’s dive into the numbers and discuss some potential opportunities on which to capitalize (lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook).

Marshall +7 at Appalachian State

Wake Forest +4.5 at Virginia
Liberty -6.5 at Syracuse
UNLV +31 at Fresno State

Notre Dame +5.5 at Wisconsin
Kentucky -5 at South Carolina
Kansas +14 at Duke
Missouri -2.5 at Boston College
North Carolina -12 at Georgia Tech
Colorado State +23 at Iowa
Nebraska +4 at Michigan State
Tennessee +19.5 at Florida
UCLA -4.5 at Stanford
Illinois +10.5 at Purdue
Washington State +13.5 at Utah
Colorado +14 at Arizona State
Oregon State +12.5 at USC
Texas A&M -6 at Arkansas
West Virginia +15.5 at Oklahoma
Louisville -2.5 at Florida State
Kansas State +7.5 at Oklahoma State
LSU -4 at Mississippi State
Texas Tech +11 at Texas
Clemson -11 at NC State
Georgia -33.5 at Vanderbilt
California +8.5 at Washington
Arizona +28 at Oregon

Make sure you check out our previews for all of these games later in the week

Week 4 games to watch

Notre Dame is 3-0, but to say it hasn’t been impressive would be a gross understatement. The Fighting Irish opened with a 41-38 overtime victory over Florida State, scraped past Toledo 32-20, and then beat Purdue 27-13. Now it gets tougher in the form of a neutral-site showdown against Wisconsin at Soldier Field in Chicago. Although the Irish may be in line for their first loss, right now I would have to take the 5.5 points.

The one conference rivalry game between ranked teams pits Texas A&M against Arkansas. Both SEC squads are 3-0 as they prepare to begin conference competition. I can’t remember the last time this rivalry game wasn’t a competitive affair (actually I know because I looked it up; the answer is 2016). This should be another one, so I’ll happily take the team that is getting 6 points — which is Arkansas.

I also see a potential opportunity in the Big Ten. This past weekend we were all over Michigan State with a 3-star play on the +6.5 spread at Miami (FL) and that was an easy winner. Why not stay on the bandwagon? The Spartans are playing at home this weekend and giving only 4 points to Nebraska. Yep, I’ll take Sparty to cover, thank you very much.

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