College football Week 6 opening lines: By how much can Alabama and Georgia continue to win?

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It’s lonely at the top of college football right now for Alabama and Georgia, but it’s not over ‘til it’s over for everyone else. Nobody is just going to concede the National Championship to one of those two SEC powerhouses—especially when we are entering just the sixth week of the season. At least two other spots in the College Football Playoff appear to be completely up for grabs, and one game this weekend (Penn State vs Iowa) could go an especially long way in determining a seat at the table. That showdown headlines what should be another entertaining Saturday on the college gridiron.

College football Week 6 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).

Houston -4.5 at Tulane
Coastal Carolina -17.5 at Arkansas State

Temple +28.5 at Cincinnati
Stanford +10 at Arizona State

Oklahoma -3.5 at Texas
Arkansas +6 at Ole Miss
Maryland +20.5 at Ohio State
Georgia Tech -3 at Duke
South Carolina +10 at Tennessee
West Virginia +3 at Baylor
Vanderbilt +39 at Florida
Virginia +3 at Louisville
Wisconsin -8.5 at Illinois
Georgia -14.5 at Auburn
Boise State +4 at BYU
Florida State +16.5 at North Carolina
Wake Forest -6.5 at Syracuse
SMU -14 at Navy
Penn State +3 at Iowa
Oregon State -3.5 at Washington State
TCU -1.5 at Texas Tech
Michigan -3 at Nebraska
Notre Dame -1 at Virginia Tech
LSU +3.5 at Kentucky
Alabama -17.5 at Texas A&M
Utah +3.5 at USC
New Mexico +19 at San Diego State
UCLA -16 at Arizona

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

Week 6 games to watch

It will be No. 3 vs No. 4 when Iowa hosts Penn State on Saturday afternoon. Iowa is 5-0 with five double-digit victories, including a 51-14 beatdown of Maryland this past Friday night. Penn State is also 5-0 but has struggled a bit each of the two ranked opponents it has faced. Close wins over Wisconsin and Auburn are not looking overly impressive right now, either. Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford will face his toughest test to date in the form of a Hawkeyes defense that is giving up just 11.6 points per game.

With the line at less than a field goal, I’ll go with Iowa.

I also see some potential opportunities in the SEC. It’s just difficult to see anyone being even remotely competitive with Alabama and Georgia at the moment. The Crimson Tide messed around with Florida earlier this season, but they hammered No. 12 Ole Miss 42-21 last weekend and led 35-0 early in the third quarter. Head coach Nick Saban’s crew is a -17.5 favorite at Texas A&M on Saturday. Continuing to showcase the most dominant defense around, Georgia shut out Arkansas 37-0 in Week 5. The Bulldogs are -14.5 favorites at Auburn.

Give me the two best teams in the nation—by a country mile—and I’ll happily give the points in both cases.

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