|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFA number of the top teams in college football were off this past week. Still, there were a number of exciting games involving some interesting teams throughout the weekend. These included a few games that would end up being a little closer from a spread perspective than what many predicted.
Seminoles Survive a Scare
Florida State, the top-ranked team in the country, was put into a very tight situation in a road game against North Carolina State. The Seminoles were -23.5 favorites but the Wolfpack kept the game extremely close. The Wolfpack had a 38-28 lead midway through the third quarter while quarterback Jacoby Brissett had three touchdowns and more than 350 passing yards.
However, the Seminoles got four touchdowns after the midway part of the third quarter while quarterback Jameis Winston got four touchdown passes to lead the Seminoles to a 56-41 win. The Seminoles held on to the top spot in the polls but they did not cover the spread.
Aggies Survive As Well
Texas A&M played against Arkansas at Arlington's AT&T Stadium this past Saturday. The Aggies were down by two touchdowns after three quarters but Kenny Hill got three touchdown passes after that to give the Aggies a 35-28 overtime win. The Aggies did not get past the -8.5 spread for the game.
Memphis Carefully Covered
One of the closest ends to a spread bet came in a game with Mississippi and Memphis. The Rebels were -21.5 favorites to take out Memphis this week. The Rebels were ahead 7-3 for a large majority of the game as the Tigers got four takeaways throughout the year.
Kansas State Has a Big Win
Kansas State played Texas-El Paso this weekend and went off to a massive victory although they almost didn't cover the spread. The Wildcats were -29.5 favorites to beat the Miners.
The Wildcats had a 52-7 lead after three quarters and had placed much of the team's reserve players into the game as it was clear they were going to win. UTEP quarterback Jameill Showers had three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to try and beat the spread. In addition, the Wildcats missed the PAT after scoring a touchdown in the same quarter. Still, the Wildcats barely got past the spread with a 58-28 victory.
Syracuse Comes Close
Syracuse took on Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium right outside New York. The Fighting Irish were-13.5 favorites and were dominant for much of the game. The Orange did make an attempt late in the game to try and get past the spread. However, a two-point pass conversion in the fourth quarter was unsuccessful. The Irish won 31-15, thus barely getting over the spread for the week.
LSU had one of the largest spreads of the weekend. There were -44.5 favorites to beat New Mexico State. The Tigers did give up a touchdown in the second quarter as Andrew Allen ran 79 yards for a touchdown. However, that was the only real problem that kept the Tigers from trying to cover the spread. In the end, the Tigers still managed to score with more than 500 yards of offense en route to a 63-7 victory.
Stanford Sneaks By
The Stanford Cardinal was a -6.5 favorite to win against Washington on the road. The game was very tight throughout the entire run time and Stanford's three turnovers kept the game much closer than expected. The Cardinal would pull away for good with a short touchdown run by Kevin Hogan with about five minutes left to give the Cardinal a 20-13 victory. It was good enough to give the Cardinal the win against the spread but it was not easy. In fact, the Huskies' last possession was marked by both an intentional grounding penalty to keep them from going forward.
A Quick Preview
The next week of NCAA action will feature a few matchups between two Top 15 teams. There's a game with Texas A&M and Mississippi State as the Aggies are listed at +1.5 for the game. Alabama will be a -6.5 favorite against Mississippi and Stanford is a -2 favorite on the road with Notre Dame. Outside of these big matchups, Florida State will probably have an easier time with their coming game as they are -38.5 favorites against Wake Forest.