Two Top-10 teams will clash at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday when the sixth-ranked Washington Huskies square off against the ninth-ranked Auburn Tigers as two-point underdogs on the college football odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Huskies will kick off the season as Pac-12 favorites and will try to win this tough non-conference matchup versus the Tigers in hopes of getting back to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.
Two seasons ago, Washington quarterback Jake Browning was just a sophomore when he led the team to a 12-2 mark overall, eventually falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national semifinals. Now a senior, Browning will be looking to help the Huskies make another run at the NCAA title off a 10-3 campaign in 2017.
Meanwhile, Auburn also would like to return to prominence in 2018 following a 10-4 season that saw the team lose its last two games, including a disappointing 34-27 defeat to the Central Florida Knights in the Peach Bowl. The Tigers closed as 15-point favorites in that game.
Central Florida was the only team in the FBS to go undefeated last year at a perfect 13-0 straight up and 8-4-1 against the spread. The 21st-ranked Knights will also be in action this week, visiting the Connecticut Huskies on Thursday as 23.5-point road favorites. The Huskies are riding a five-game losing streak into this American Athletic Conference matchup, as they finished last season with a 3-9 SU mark but did cover five of their last seven games.
Three more ranked teams will be in action on Friday when the fourth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 11th-ranked Michigan State Spartans and 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal all take the field for the first time as double-digit home favorites.
The Badgers (-37) host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, the Spartans (-23.5) take on the Utah State Aggies and the Cardinal (-14.5) battle the San Diego State Aztecs. Stanford is led by Heisman Trophy odds favorite Bryce Love, who rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior last year to rank second in the country behind San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny.