College football odds for Week 12, including Notre Dame-Syracuse, UCF-Cincinnati, Iowa State-Texas

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November has not been a kind month to those who take the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the points, but they are eager to show they’re a more explosive team. The Fighting Irish are 10-point betting favorites against the Syracuse Orange with a 65-point total in a matchup taking place at Yankee Stadium, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The OddsShark College Football Database shows that Notre Dame is 8-1 straight-up in its last nine games against the Atlantic Coast Conference, but 1-6-1 against the spread in its last eight games in November. Syracuse is now a nationally-ranked team under coach Dino Babers, but it is 0-12 SU and 4-8 against the spread (ATS) in its last 12 games as a double-digit underdog.

Elsewhere in Week 12:

NO. 10 OHIO STATE (9-1) AT MARYLAND (5-5)
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 14.5-point road favorites against the Maryland Terrapins with a 58.5-point total. Ohio State is 1-5 ATS in its last six games. The total has gone OVER in six of Ohio State’s last eight road games, with an average combined score of 60.0 points. Maryland is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 home games in November.

INDIANA (5-5) AT NO. 4 MICHIGAN (9-1)
The Michigan Wolverines are 28.5-point favorites against the Indiana Hoosiers with a 53.5-point total. Indiana is 1-4 ATS in its last five road games. Michigan is 9-0 SU in its last nine games.

IOWA STATE (6-3) AT NO. 15 TEXAS (7-3)
The Texas Longhorns are three-point favorites against the Iowa State Cyclones with a 47-point total. Iowa State is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games. The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Iowa State’s last 17 games, with an average combined score of 45.9 points. Texas is 0-5-1 ATS in its last six home games in November.

NO. 9 WEST VIRGINIA (8-1) AT OKLAHOMA STATE (5-5)
The West Virginia Mountaineers are five-point road favorites on the college football Week 12 odds against the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a 73-point total. West Virginia is 22-7-1 ATS in its last 30 road games in November. Oklahoma State, coming off a loss against Oklahoma, is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games after a loss.

KANSAS (3-7) AT NO. 6 OKLAHOMA (9-1)
The Oklahoma Sooners are 36-point favorites against the Kansas Jayhawks with a 69-point total. Kansas is 1-50 SU and 15-36 ATS in its last 51 road games. Oklahoma is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 home games. The total has gone OVER in five of Oklahoma’s last six games, with an average combined score of 88 points.

NO. 20 BOSTON COLLEGE (7-3) AT FLORIDA STATE (4-6)
The Boston College Eagles are 1.5-point road favorites against the Florida State Seminoles with a 48.5-point total. Boston College is 7-1 ATS in its last eight road games. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Boston College’s last nine conference games. Florida State is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 conference games.

DUKE (7-3) AT NO. 2 CLEMSON (10-0)
The Clemson Tigers are 28-point favorites against the Duke Blue Devils with a 57.5-point total. Duke is 0-5 ATS in its last five road games against Clemson. The total has gone UNDER in eight of Duke’s last 10 road games, with an average combined score of 47.9 points. Clemson is 5-0 ATS in its last five conference games.

NO. 24 CINCINNATI (9-1) AT NO. 11 UCF (9-0)
The Central Florida Golden Knights are seven-point betting favorites against the Cincinnati Bearcats with a 60.5-point total. Central Florida is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games. The total has gone UNDER in five of Central Florida’s last six games, with an average combined score of 64.3 points.

ARIZONA (5-5) AT NO. 8 WASHINGTON STATE (9-1)
The Washington State Cougars are 10.5-point favorites against the Arizona Wildcats with a 62.5-point total. Arizona is 2-6 ATS in its last eight road games. Washington State is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Washington State’s last nine home games, with an average combined score of 48.2 points.

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Western Kentucky’s leading tackler taking grad transfer to Purdue

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A significant loss for Western Kentucky’s defense could prove to be a boon for Purdue on that side of the ball.

In an email to the West Lafayette Journal & Courier, Ben Holt confirmed that he has decided to transfer from Western Kentucky to Purdue and continue his collegiate playing career with the Boilermakers.  As he is expected to graduate from WKU in May, the linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2019 for the Big Ten school.

Holt is the son of Nick Holt, who has spent the past two seasons as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Purdue.  Ben Holt’s head coach his first two seasons with the Hilltoppers was Jeff Brohm, who is entering his third year in the same job with the Boilermakers.

This past season, Holt started all 12 games for the Hilltoppers.  He led the team in tackles with 116, tackles for losses with 11½ and quarterback hurries with nine.  His five pass breakups were good for third on the squad in 2018.

All told, Holt played in 38 games his past three seasons in Bowling Green.

Holt becomes the third former Hilltopper to transfer to the Boilermakers since Brohm came to West Lafayette.  Starting linebacker T.J. McCollum followed the coach in February of 2017, with starting offensive lineman Dennis Edwards following McCollum a year later.

Alabama LB Chris Allen undergoes surgery, per report

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The near-complete revamping of Nick Saban‘s coaching staff wasn’t the only football news coming out of Tuscaloosa late this past week.

According to al.com, outside linebacker Chris Allen underwent what was described as a minor surgical procedure on his knee Thursday.  The specific nature of the injury wasn’t detailed.

Allen, who missed the entire 2018 season after tearing an ACL, is expected to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice, which kicks off next month.

A four-star member of the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class, Allen was rated as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Alabama.  As a true freshman, the Baton Rouge native played in seven games.

As noted by the website, Allen is set to be one of the Tide’s top backup linebackers on the outside this coming season.

Minnesota dismisses TE who allegedly punched cop in the face

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Yeah, that’ll do it.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota tight end Max Janes is facing felony charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer very early in the morning of Feb. 8.  It’s alleged that an intoxicated Janes was in the process of breaking into a post office when police officers responded, with the football player ultimately turning violent and allegedly punching one of the cops in the face.

From the Star Tribune‘s report:

According to the criminal complaint: Officers were dispatched to a welfare check on reports of an individual improperly dressed for the cold weather loitering outside the post office. They located Janes just as he gained unlawful entry into the building’s loading dock. Officers placed Janes in their squad car, but opened the rear door after he informed them that he needed to vomit.

Instead, Janes got out and punched an officer — causing demonstrable bodily harm, the complaint says. He was eventually restrained and booked at Hennepin County jail, where he was charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and obstructing the legal process.

As a result of the off-field incident, Janes was dismissed from the football team.

“We have extremely high standards for members of our team and when those standards are not met there are consequences,” head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement. “Law enforcement officers speak to our team and educate them multiple times a year, and we greatly appreciate those who protect and serve us on a daily basis.”

A preferred walk-on, Janes played in 13 games as a true freshman this past season.  The vast majority of his action came on special teams.

Wyoming’s OL coach shuffle continues with hiring of Ohio assistant

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Maybe the third time will be a charm?

Following the end of the 2018 season, Craig Bohl parted ways with his long-time offensive line coach Scott Fuchs and embarked on a search for a replacement. That search ended with Wyoming’s hiring of Klayton Adams; less than a month later, another search for a line coach was launched as Adams took a job as the assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

A little over a week later, and while there’s nothing official yet from the Cowboys, Frank Solich confirmed to the Athens Messenger this past week that Ohio’s offensive line coach, Bart Miller, has taken the same job at Wyoming.

“Our coaches loved working with him, our players loved working with him. We appreciate what he was all about and how he helped our team be what it was last year,” the head coach told the Messenger.

Last season was Miller’s first with the Bobcats. As the newspaper noted, this will mark Miller’s fourth different school in as many years as he was on the coaching staffs at Minnesota and Air Force in 2016 and 2017, respectively.