Football Line Moves Update - Friday Market Report November 9
By: Don Best Staff
Friday, November 9, 2012
Heading into the weekend, Brian Blessing (@BrianBlessing) and Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) head into the Don Best war room to discuss some of the more interesting line moves on the weekend's football betting card.
First stop is the ACC where North Carolina State started at -9 for its home contest with Wake Forest (click for updated college football odds). That number has been whittled down to the key number of -7 during the week, and playing the role of home favorite has not been a good role for the Wolfpack. Fuhrman wonders how the team will respond after getting pasted at home last week by the Virginia Cavaliers, 33-6.
Staying in the ACC, the Miami (FL) Hurricanes opened as a 2½-point road favorite at Virginia, but that number has swung all the way around to the Cavs laying a point off their big win in Raleigh last Saturday.
Out in the Pac-12, Southern Cal was initially laying 11 at home to the Arizona State Sun Devils, but the spread has since dropped to 8½. The Trojans already have three losses after being a national title contender entering the season, and USC will have to straighten out its defense to cover this number.
Moving to NFL action on Sunday, a huge NFC East battle could effectively end the season for the loser of the Cowboys-Eagles contest in Philadelphia. Dallas went out as 1½-point road pups, and bettors pushed that spread around to the 'Boys laying two (click for updated NFL odds). The Eagles are just 1-6-1 against the spread so far this season and have not been able to protect mistake-prone quarterback Michael Vick so far.
"I think Dallas, despite the 3-5 record, has a lot more talent," Fuhrman said. "Expect them to go into Philadelphia...and get a road win."
Undoubtedly the game of the week in the NFL finds the Houston Texans in Chicago to meet the Bears. The clash between a pair of 7-1 teams opened with the Bears just a 1-point favorite at home, and that number has inched up a bit to -1½. Blessing and Fuhrman are both interested to see where this number ends up settling.
Houston has done a very good job of protecting the football, and Fuhrman believes that could cost the Bears in the end if they cannot score with their defense or special teams.
Brian and Todd will be back Monday morning with a look at early line movement for next week, and bettors can always stay up to date with Don Best Real-Time Odds.