College Football Betting Weekend Previews
League: NCAA Football
By: Rocky Atkinson Published on: 10/05/2013
College Football Betting Weekend Previews
Here is a look at the top college football games of the weekend which have football bettors’ interest piqued.
(331) MARYLAND at (332) FLORIDA STATE (-15, 57)
Maryland has definitely improved, as evidenced by their 4-0 start but have to cross the mental barrier of having lost 11 in a row (2-9 ATS) to Florida State. The Terrapins best chance for success by rushing the ball, where the Seminoles have been ordinary by their standards in allowing 154 yards on the ground. The test will be if the Maryland offense line can stand up to the Noles quickness. If Boston College scores on the Seminoles, Maryland certainly can, but it will be the Terps defense limiting QB Jameis Winston which will decide how this ACC encounter plays out.
After manhandling a couple of inferior opponents, the Florida State defense was pushed around by Boston College, who gained over 400 yards and tallied 34 points on the Seminoles vaunted crew. The FSU defensive line is no longer attracting NFL quality defensive linemen like in the past and its real strength is in the linebackers and secondary. Florida State is 9-0 ATS at home after gaining 6.25 or more yards a play in four consecutive games.
(347) GEORGIA at (348) TENNESSEE (+11.5, 65.5)
With their come from behind win over LSU, Georgia has established itself as the team to beat in the SEC East. Aaron Murray and the offense could hardly have played any better in their first four contests. The Bulldogs head to Knoxville and cannot take Tennessee too lightly because their defense is not very imposing; however, it has been better against the run. The Dawgs are 15-5 ATS in road games off a home win against a SEC rival.
Tennessee nearly squandered a 24-point lead, but hung on to escape against South Alabama 31-24 as 16-point home favorites. These days, any victory is good for the Vols, who are still rebuilding the program from the Philip Fulmer days. Tennessee could pull the upset if Georgia is not mentally sharp and is able to use it talented offensive line to run the ball and shortened the game. The Vols secondary already has 11 interceptions and a couple of picks of Murray could change the complexion of the contest. Tennessee has beaten the number in five of the last seven meetings.
(381) WASHINGTON at (382) STANFORD (-8.5, 53)
Washington is 4-0 (3-1 ATS) for the first time in 12 years and starts to find out if they are really an elite team in the Pac-12. The Huskies have a very good offensive line and RB Bishop Sankey has been the beneficiary, with Jesse Callier performing well when called upon at 6.5 yards a carry. For Washington to execute the upset QB Keith Price has to have a career-type performance and the defense has to stop or at least control the Stanford running game and cover the tight ends expertly.
After a couple of sluggish non-conference performances, Stanford has answered the bell and elevated their level of play when Pac 12 action commenced. The Cardinal played their first complete game in thrashing Washington State 55-17 and its defensive front 7 is wreaking havoc with pressure in the opponent’s backfield. The Cardinal is a confident crew and is 10-0 ATS after scoring 42 or more points.
(401) ARIZONA STATE vs. (402) NOTRE DAME (+6, 62.5)
Arizona State is nearly a touchdown favorite for this “Shamrock Series” showdown in Dallas. Coach Todd Graham has a few tricks up his sleeve and though this would seldom ever happen, he’s selling the Sun Devils players on the idea they could be the first team ever to knock off USC and Notre Dame in back to back games. The Sun Devils offense is potent in averaging 44.2 PPG and against a substandard Notre Dame secondary and linebacking crew, QB Taylor Kelly should enjoy another huge day. ASU is 9-2 ATS under Graham doling out points.
With a 3-2 record, this Notre Dame squad is not nearly as good as what was thought in August. Coach Brian Kelly needs to raise the demands on his team to give greater effort, as it is obvious in watching them, they do go full throttle enough. Since the opener, the defensive back seven is weak against the pass and with a gunslinger like Kelly, they could be in for a long evening in Big D. Tommy Rees after a fast start has leveled off, which means the Fighting Irish rushing attack needs a monster game against Arizona State’s leaky run defense.
(407) OHIO STATE at (408) NORTHWESTERN (+7.5, 62)
As we enter October, these are two best teams in the Big Ten at the moment. Ohio State has a devastating offense, averaging 287 yards rushing per game, and 6.3 yards per carry and they just got back their best running back Carlos Hyde last week. Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes passing game is lethal, with perimeter talent scattered everywhere. No wonder Ohio State is averaging 48.2 points a game. The Buckeyes are a money-making 8-1 ATS vs. teams outscoring opponents by 10 or more points a game.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald understands this is a defining moment for his program. The Wildcats have lost 28 of their past 29 to Ohio State (5-7-1 ATS the past 20 years). Ever the motivator, Fitzgerald has sold his players on opportunity, which does not always come around in this fashion. Offensively, Northwestern has the players to compete, but will their 117th ranked pass defense hold the line if they do not force at least three turnovers.
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