College Football Week 4 Parlay Picks and Betting Lines

There are a few conclusions we can come to as we move along to another week of the college football season.

One of those is that Alabama is not such an automatic to win the 2022 national title, or even be in the playoff situation. That much was confirmed with a life-and-death two-point win over Florida.

We can also conclude that it's going to take a huge effort on the part of either Clemson or Ohio State to get to the "final four" because they will have to go undefeated the rest of the way and look good doing it. That owes to the fact that both of them have a loss on their record in non-conference play, and those losses have come against teams that might also wind up contenders for that playoff mini-tournament.

So very little is certain right now.

It's also not certain whether we can duplicate our effort from last week, as we won our four-team parlay using the games involving Florida-based teams.

We don't have that same "theme" this week; our only theme is winning our parlay bet.

Clemson vs. North Carolina State Parlay Betting

Clemson vs. North Carolina State Picks

Time: Saturday, September 25 - 3:30 PM ET

Totals Odds: Over 47.5 Points (-110) / Under 47.5 Points (-110)

The Play: UNDER 47.5 (-110)

A lot of people felt as if D.J. Uiagalelei was going to step in and be a Heisman Trophy contender this season. Some of that was based on the big effort he had at South Bend against Notre Dame. Some of it was based on just being Clemson's quarterback, with the assumption that this team was going to be right near the top of the polls all year.

But the loss to Georgia upset the applecart a little, and after three games D.J. is under 60% with one touchdown pass. So he's struggling. But this is still a squad with a lot of defense, and the Tigers are positioned within the top 20 nationwide in most categories.

Yeah, we know it's early, but NC State is giving up 122 fewer yards per game than they did last season. So we'll see, but even in a loss to Mike Leach's Mississippi State team, they did not let things get out of hand.

Are you still laying "Clemson prices"? Maybe, but we're still not big believers in Wolfpack QB Devin Leary.

Rutgers vs. Michigan Parlay Betting

Rutgers vs. Michigan Picks

Time: Saturday, September 25 - 3:30 PM ET

ATS Odds: Michigan Wolverines -20.5 (-110) vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights +20.5 (-110)

The Play: RUTGERS +20.5 (-110)

Michigan has taken care of business pretty easily over the first three games, including a victory over preseason Pac 12 favorite Washington, and along the way they established themselves as #1 in the nation in rushing yards per game.

But we can see the progress in the development of Greg Schaino's Rutgers program. And it has happened quickly, especially considering that he didn't have spring practice in his maiden season.

No, they haven't played against killers, but they have won those games way good teams should win them, allowing just 34 points to date.

Last year Rutgers gave the Maize and Blue all it could handle, taking them into overtime before losing 48-42, behind Noah Vedral's 378 yards and three touchdown passes. This Rutgers team is better, and maybe it's not a small consideration that Schiano is accustomed to hitting a fever pitch preparing for the Wolverines from his three years as Ohio State's defensive coordinator.

California vs. Washington Parlay Betting

California vs. Washington Picks

Time: Saturday, September 25 - 9:30 PM ET

ATS Odds: Washington Huskies -7.5 (-115) vs. California Golden Bears +7.5 (-105)

The Play: CALIFORNIA +7.5 (-105)

Before landing in Berkeley, Justin Wilcox was a defensive coordinator at some of the great programs in this country, including Boise State, USC and Wisconsin. He's no babe in the woods, and he has provided formidable opposition against the number as a dog. His Cal squad has covered 19 of 26 getting points.

So this is an overachiever against an under-achiever. U-Dub, picked by many experts to win the Pac 12, has already lost to an FCS team (Montana) and was decisively beaten by a ranked side (Michigan). Quarterback Dylan Morris, who falls into the category of having been "highly-touted," has not stood out (five INT's, four TD's). With ground support from Damien Moore (5.8 ypc), Cal won't lose touch.

Louisville vs. Florida State Parlay Betting

Louisville vs. Florida State Picks

Time: Saturday, September 25 - 3:30 PM ET

ATS Odds: Louisville Cardinals -1.5 (-110) vs. Florida State Seminoles +1.5 (-110)

The Play: LOUISVILLE -1.5 (-110)

No, we haven't been making excuses for the FSU program. We've just pointed out that there have been emotional carryovers the last two weeks - after the heart-stopping loss to Notre Dame and then the last-second Hail Mary defeat by Jacksonville State, of the FCS division.

I guess we were thrown by their highly-competitive effort against the Irish. But the loss to Wake Forest was close to a no-show, and boosters are now already thinking about who they might replace head coach Mike Norvell with. Change-of-pace QB Jordan Travis may not be available here due o a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Louisville is coming into this game on an upswing after a confidence-boosting win over UCF, and Scott Satterfield has quieted many of the doubters.

FIU Panthers vs. Central Michigan Parlay Betting

FIU vs. Central Michigan Picks

Time: Saturday, September 25 - 12 Noon ET

ATS Odds: Central Michigan Chippewas -10 (-115) vs.FIU Panthers +10 (-105)

The Play: CENTRAL MICHIGAN -10 (-115)

If you recall, FIU as a go-against was a part of our four-game Sunshine State sweep last week.

We're going to pull the trigger again, and it's not necessarily just because the Panthers are more or less a downer on offense with QB Max Bortenschlager.

No, we're going to do this more as a technical play, because CMU coach Jim McElwain (former Colorado State and Florida mentor) has been one of the nation's top pointspread coaches in recent years. His team has been a consistent money maker, covering 16 of 23 games, which includes 8-1 ATS as a favorite.

Since Butch Davis' team doesn't look like a bunch of over-achievers, we're okay with this.

About the Author

Charles Jay is unlike most analysts associated with handicapping and the gaming industry, in that he also has had extensive experience in the so-called "mainstream" media as well.

He has been involved with professional sports industry for almost two decades, working in all capacities, as a matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and also as an editorial consultant on USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights," which, for a time, carried "Charles Jay's Line" on upcoming fights. As a broadcaster, he has called world title fights around the world for various outlets, and has served as a color commentator for Sunshine Network and Prime Network.

His radio experience includes being the host of numerous programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks, and he's done podcasts on all subjects related to sports, gaming and popular culture.

Working within the casino industry, he has a special events consultant for Casino Magic in Mississippi, as that venue established itself in the early 1990s as a hotbed of boxing activity in particular. Prior to this, he had been engaged as a casino gaming columnist for, among others, Casino Player, Card Player and Sports Form (now known as Gaming Today), specializing in blackjack. And later on, his investigative series on boxing, entitled "Operation Cleanup," won him much critical acclaim, including the 2003 "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rendering assistance to ex-fighters in need.

In 2006 he established a content services division of his company, which has eventually evolved in JayWords, and he is arguably the world's most prolific sports & gaming writer, with over 20,000 articles to his credit, the vast majority of which have been sports handicapping pieces. So you might say he has analyzed as many sporting events as anyone alive during this period. He has also brought some interest with his so-called "gimmick" odds on special events, including the Academy Awards, the NFL Draft, and the Super Bowl, for which he posted dozens and dozens of different odds propositions with various sportsbooks.

This renaissance man is a winner of the Retired Boxers Foundation's "Dignity Award" and a member of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame; graduate of the University of Miami (Florida) who currently resides in the South Florida area.