For the first time since 2016, there was not a single matchup of ranked college football teams playing each other this past weekend. It didn’t matter. There was plenty of action with multiple betting options including some serious value propositions when betting spreads.
Hopefully, you were able to diversify just enough to capitalize on a wild weekend of college football action. Don’t forget, the right pay per head software can help you expand those options.
There were a number of ranked teams in action on Saturday against some serious underdogs. Top 10 teams like Georgia, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame were all in action against what can be termed nicely as inferior opponents.
The No. 3 Bulldogs were 32.5-point favorites over Arkansas State. The Red Wolves head coach Blake Anderson’s wife Wendy, who recently passed away from breast cancer, was honored by Georgia before the game. Then, the Bulldogs promptly ripped Arkansas State a new one, winning 55-0.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma was favored by 23 over UCLA. The home Bruins didn’t disappoint. Head coach Chip Kelly’s moribund offense put up a whopping 14 points and got shellacked by the Sooners 48-14.
Similar results were seen in South Bend, Ind., where the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish opened up the Book – QB Ian Book threw for five touchdowns in a 66-14 victory. For bettors who jumped in on Notre Dame over New Mexico, the Irish covered the 34.5-point spread.
One of the larger spreads offered last week was on Texas A&M and Lamar. The Aggies were 45-point favorites over the FCS Cardinals. Texas A&M wasted no time in jumping out to a 27-0 halftime lead. They left no doubt in the second half and won 62-3. Anyone operating a bookie website could track all of these matchups.
The largest favorites to cover included Louisiana-Lafayette (-47), the previously mentioned Texas A&M (-45), Miami (-41), and Missouri (-35).
One of the more interesting spreads from Week 3 involved LSU. The big surprise for the Tigers this season has been their offense. No longer a three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust operation, LSU has converted to the spread and actually scored some points this year.
Sportsbooks liked the LSU offense so much they pegged the spread in the Tigers game with FCS Northwestern State at 51.5 points. Yes, you read that right, 51.5. Fight as they did, LSU put up 65 points but allowed 14 and didn’t quite cover.
Oregon has also been known for its offense. The Ducks also took on an FCS opponent , Montana, on Saturday. The Grizzlies are actually a pretty good FCS program, one that makes the playoffs most every year. Still, if you operate a pay per head service, you would have offered up Oregon as a 39.5-point favorite. With the big arm of QB Justin Herbert, a potential No. 1 draft pick next season, the Ducks were a huge favorite. Herbert and company were good, just not that good. Oregon won 35-3.
The largest underdogs to win straight up were The Citadel, Kansas (+20.5), and Arizona State (+15.5).
Georgia Tech entered its game with FCS The Citadel as a 26.5-point favorite. Fate got the best of the Yellow Jackets. When Paul Johnson retired as head coach of the Tech program last year, the triple option offense went with him. The Yellow Jackets would run a more modern spread offense moving forward. On Saturday, irony got the best of Georgia Tech.
The Citadel runs the triple option offense that Georgia Tech used to run. The Yellow Jackets had serious problems stopping it and eventually were upset 27-24 in overtime. Losing to an FCS school is embarrassing enough. Losing to one that ran your old offense is just hysterical. If you were lucky enough to bet on it, thank the Citadel!
Alabama was a 26.5-point favorite against South Carolina and led the Gamecocks 47-16 with just over two minutes to play in the game. Instead of rolling over and playing dead, South Carolina wound up scoring with 11 seconds left leaving all those who laid the 26.5 scratching their heads.
Texas was a 32-point favorite over Rice. The Longhorns were cruising right along and led 41-6 with just over three minutes to play. Rice wouldn’t go away though scoring with just a minute to play to make the score 41-13.
The Longhorns did bettors a favor then and returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown securing the cover and pushing the total from Under to Over. Whomp, whomp.
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A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.