Fighting Irish, high-flying Falcons favored to remain unbeaten
With October in the rear-view mirror, football really begins to get interesting as college teams jockey for position in the conference races and in the polls, and NFL teams battle in the various divisional and Wild Card races.
Here's a quick look at some of this weekend's football happenings, and a sampling of point spreads as of Friday morning.
On Saturday in college football:
The 8-0 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, coming off their biggest victory in maybe decades, were favored by 17 points for their game at home vs. the 4-4 Pitt Panthers (3:30 pm ET, NBC).
In a key game in the ACC the defending conference champion Clemson Tigers, who sit a half-game off the lead in the Atlantic Division, were favored by 13 points on the road at the Duke Blue Devils, who are a half-game out of first in the Coastal Division (7 pm ET, ESPN2).
In the big game out in the Pac-12 the 8-0 Oregon Ducks, the leaders of the North Division, were favored by 8.5 points for their game at the LA Coliseum over the South Division-leading USC Trojans (7 pm ET, Fox).
In the rematch of last year's BCS championship game the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, in their quest for back-to-back titles, were favored by 8.5 points for their game in Baton Rouge vs. the LSU Tigers (8 pm ET, CBS).
The Kansas State Wildcats, the No. 2 team in the BCS standings, were favored by 8.5 points over the defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State Cowboys (8 pm ET, ABC).
And in what should be an entertaining Saturday night finale from out West the 6-1 Oregon State Beavers, coming off their first loss of the season, were four-point home favorites over the 5-3 Arizona Sun Devils (10:30 pm ET, ESPN2).
Looking ahead to Sunday's NFL action:
The AFC West-leading Denver Broncos were favored by four points at the 3-4 Cincinnati Bengals (1 pm ET, CBS).
In a battle of 4-3 teams the Indianapolis Colts were getting two points from the visiting Miami Dolphins (1 pm ET, CBS).
Out on the west coast the 4-4 Seattle Seahawks were favored by 4.5 points over the 5-3 Minnesota Vikings (4 pm ET, Fox).
In maybe the premier inter-conference battle of the season so far the NFC East-leading New York Giants were favored by 3.5 points at home over the 4-3 Pittsburgh Steelers (4:25 pm ET, CBS).
For Sunday night the 7-0 Atlanta Falcons were favored by four points at home over the 3-4 Dallas Cowboys (8:30 pm ET, NBC).
And for this week's edition of Monday Night Football the 2-5 New Orleans Saints, trying to play their way out of the bounty scandal, were favored by 3.5 points over the puzzling 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles (8:40 pm ET, ESPN).