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College Football 2018 Week 10 Bets

In the middle of one of the biggest betting weekends of the year in horse racing, I still find some time to make college football upset picks.  Of course, with the first CFP Poll out and season altering games such as Alabama-LSU, Notre Dame-Northwestern, Georgia-Kentucky, and Michigan-Penn State, this is a weekend to sit down and just enjoy all the action.  Here are my five upsets of the Saturday card:

Season: 12-13 (8 Outright)

  • AIR FORCE (+6.5) at Army
    • The Commander-In-Chief Trophy is on the line when these two military academies face off.  Air Force has already beaten Navy and a win over Army would see the Trophy come back west.  Air Force has the points scoring offense to match up with Army very well and this should be anything but a blow out either way.  A close game that might be decided by just a point.
  • IOWA (+3.0) at Purdue
    • The Boilermakers are still riding high off of their win against Ohio State, at least in the eyes of Vegas.  They didn’t look too great against Michigan State last week (but good enough to keep it close) but now face an Iowa team that wants revenge after last week’s loss in Happy Valley.  Watch out for the Hawkeyes.
  • PENN STATE (+12.0) at Michigan
    • 12 points is a huge line to give an in-conference rival.  Especially one that hasn’t lost by double digits in two years (though that game was against Michigan, and in the Big House).  I’m under the belief that Penn State’s offense will find ways to score and keep them in this game, one that could easily become a shootout.
  • COASTAL CAROLINA (+14.0) v Appalachian State
    • Last week, App State saw their quarterback Zak Thomas go down with an injury.  He has since been day-to-day and mainly sitting out of reps instead of practicing.  While I do think they still will win, the Chanticleers have been rolling strong and should put up a test to the bruised Mountaineers, keeping this game close on the surf turf.
  • TEXAS TECH (+13.5) v Oklahoma
    • It has been just a bit over two years since Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes dueled out in an absolute offensive onslaught in Lubbock.  Now the teams meet again under the lights at Jones AT&T Stadium.  The Red Raiders have been playing with a much better defense than previous years and have been scoring at will against many good teams; meanwhile Oklahoma has been on a tear since their loss in the Red River Shootout.  This could be another memorable classic, and one that should be decided by whoever has the ball last.

(All spreads from ESPN)

College Football 2018 Week 9 Bets

Week 9 is headlined by the Florida-Georgia/Georgia-Florida rivalry in Jacksonville, a top matchup in Palo Alto between Washington State and Stanford, a tough Iowa team making the trip to Happy Valley, and Texas going under the lights against Oklahoma State trying to get another statement win in the Big 12.  But outside of those big games, there are plenty of matchups to look at and games to bet.  Here are my five upsets of the week:

Season: 10-10 (7 Outright)

  • TEXAS TECH (+ 6.0) at Iowa State
    • The Cyclones have blown out the Red Raiders the last two years… but Texas Tech has gotten themselves a defense this year.  Revenge is a sweet sweet thing and Texas Tech has been playing well.  Iowa State might have a great defense, but can’t see a blowout going their way.
  • NORTHWESTERN (+ 3.5) v Wisconsin
    • The Badgers haven’t won back to back games in Evanston since ’97/’99.  They’ve won the last two years, but Northwestern has been getting much better and rarely lets Wisconsin grab three straight as of late in this rivalry.  A win for the Wildcats would spoil Wisconsin’s chances at a Big Ten title, and put themselves in a big spot for their own Big Ten title quest.
  • USF (+ 8.0) at Houston
    • Vegas loves the Cougars this week, but without Ed Oliver, can they stop the Bulls?  USF loves to score and Houston has been playing close games against good teams.  More than a touchdown is a lot of points to give.
  • NAVY (+ 24.0) v Notre Dame (Neutral Site)
    • San Diego County Credit Union Stadium plays host to a long standing rivalry of Navy and Notre Dame.  The Irish will be heading into Navy territory on the West Coast against a team that runs a very tough to stop offense.  This will be a new look for Notre Dame to see this year and they have struggled against big underdog teams.  It is a lopsided rivalry, but never a blowout; 24 is a lot of points to give.
  • HAWAII (+ 26.0) at Fresno State
    • The Bulldogs would love to make their case for the best Group of Five team, and a big win against Hawaii would go a long way.  Hawaii’s offense hasn’t been rolling since their 5OT game against SJSU, but they will need to to beat Fresno State.  This will be Fresno State’s first tough test, and although they should win, it will be a close one.

 

(All lines from ESPN)