College football Week 4 highlights

There are Saturdays when the true playoff contenders emerge with such ferocity and dominance they cannot be ignored. There are Saturdays when the whole system feels rigged, and upsets knock one team after another from the ranks of the elite. And then there are Saturdays like Week 4, where the goal is simply survival. In … Read more

Bettors flock to Oregon State after sportsbook’s initial line favors USC by nearly two touchdowns

An outlier opening line on USC-Oregon State prompted a flood of bets on the underdog Beavers this week and left one sportsbook with more money at stake on the Pac-12 tilt than any of the week’s NFL games. Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened USC as a 13.5-point favorite over Oregon State. Minutes later, oddsmakers at … Read more

Mandel’s Final Thoughts: Leipold brings Kansas to life, how high is the Jayhawks’ ceiling?

And now, 20 Final Thoughts from Week 3, which began Friday evening and, thanks to the weather in Iowa, threatened to bleed into the early NFL games on Sunday. 1. No doubt this column will be full of thoughts later this season about Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and their blueblood friends. This week, however, I … Read more