This is the time of the year where the leaves start turning color and falling to the ground. It is also the time of the year where the real BCS National Championship contenders step up and separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Alabama and Florida are still atop the BCS rankings, but those rankings will likely change numerous times in the coming weeks. Taking care of business on the field should be all any team is worried about at this point in the season.
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Who has been taking care of business of late? Bill Snyder’s Kansas State Wildcats deserve some major love after their performance over the last few weeks. Kansas State went to Norman and beat the Sooners, which initially made everyone assume that Oklahoma was worthless this year. Now that Oklahoma has been smashing its recent opponents, that win at Oklahoma is looking much better for Kansas State. Last week, Kansas State went to Morgantown and absolutely humiliated the Mountaineers, 55-14. Maybe it’s time to realize that this Kansas State team is actually really good?
Several unbeaten teams will get a major test this weekend. Ohio State must take on a red-hot Penn State team in Happy Valley. Notre Dame will try to keep their perfect season going against the Oklahoma Sooners. Oregon State’s game at Washington is a potential land mine as well. Don’t be surprised if we wake up to several upsets on Sunday morning. Here is a look at some intriguing numbers to consider before wagering on college football this weekend.
1- The number of teams that are unbeaten and winless against the spread this year. Utah State is the lone team that hasn’t lost against the number. The Virginia Cavaliers are the only winless team against the spread.
1- One popular Columbus radio announcer is now without a job after an offensive tweet from last week. Scott Torgerson was suspended last week by 97.1 The Fan last week, but the station announced on Wednesday that Torgerson is no longer employed by their company. What got the man they call “The Torg” into so much trouble? Torgerson tweeted, “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” It’s a good bet that he wishes he could go back and do that one over again.
11- The number of points that Oklahoma is favored by against Notre Dame this weekend. It is definitely surprising to see a Top-5 team as such a large underdog. Notre Dame will go to Norman as a double-digit underdog this weekend. This feels like one of those games where the books are just begging you to take Notre Dame.
20- In 2020, the Ohio State Buckeyes will travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks. Oregon will return the favor by traveling to Columbus in 2021. This home-and-home series between two perennial powerhouses is exciting for the college football nation as a whole. It seems teams are finally starting to realize the benefit of beefing up their nonconference schedules. In the end, it will be fans of college football that are the true winners when we get high-profile early-season matchups.
28- Seth Doege now leads the nation in touchdown passes with 28. Mike Leach might no longer be in Lubbock, but don’t think for a minute that means the Red Raiders can’t throw the football. Doege has 13 touchdown passes in the team’s last two games!
33- The spread in the UMass vs. Vanderbilt game scheduled for this Saturday night. It is the biggest spread on the board this week. A couple years ago, it would have been laughable to suggest that Vanderbilt would be favored by 33 points over any team in the country. Seeing the Commodores as a 33-point underdog wouldn’t have been a surprise. Sure, UMass is a really bad a team. However, James Franklin and his coaching staff deserve a ton of credit for what they are doing at Vanderbilt.
41- The posted total on the Michigan State vs. Wisconsin game this weekend. It is the lowest posted total on the board. Are you sick of games that go well over 100 points because of a lack of defense? If so, this might be the game for you. One word of caution: don’t watch this game if you want to see good quarterback play from either team!
100- Alabama has now reached +100 to win the BCS Championship according to odds from BetOnline. It’s almost unheard of to see a team be this big of a favorite in late October. My initial reaction was that it is ridiculous to have any one team favored by this much right now. After thinking about it for a few minutes, I don’t really have any good argument for why the Crimson Tide shouldn’t be such a big favorite. Oregon is the second favorite at +375.
200- Looking to place a bet on Collin Klein to win the Heisman Trophy? You’ll pay -200 on Klein to win the Heisman according to the latest odds from TopBet. It’s amazing how much of a difference this is from two weeks ago, when Geno Smith was the odds-on favorite. Klein obviously got a huge boost from his team blasting Smith’s team last weekend.
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