|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThere were not all that many big matchups in the third week of NCAA football action but there were a number of significant upsets. These include games where many Top 25 teams fell to unranked squads. Let's take a closer look at some of these upsets, who lost against the spread, and look ahead to Week 4 in college football betting.
Louisville Wears Out
The Louisville Cardinals were -6.5 favorites against the Virginia Cavaliers. However, the Cavaliers were on top of the game for most of the day. The Cardinals were favored primarily due to their strong winning efforts and Virginia's extended ACC losing streak. The Cavaliers intercepted Will Gardner twice and recovered two Cardinal fumbles in order to get the lead and keep it for much of the game. The Cavaliers won this game 23-21.
Pirates Slash Hokies
The East Carolina Pirates have been looking to make a big splash in football this year after moving to the AAC. The Pirates made a huge statement by heading to Blacksburg and beating Virginia Tech 28-21. The Pirates scored the first 21 points of the game in the first quarter. Shane Carden's touchdown run with less than twenty seconds left in the game secured a victory for the Pirates. Michael Brewer's two interceptions did not do much for the Hokies. This all came in spite of the Hokies being -9.5 favorites.
People who took the moneyline bet for the Pirates especially got a good payday. The Pirates were listed at +300.
UCF Still Falls
After getting a BCS win last year and producing the highest-drafted quarterback in this past year's NFL Draft, the Central Florida Knights have really struggled this year. The Knights were listed at +10.5 in their game with Missouri this past week. The Knights fell to 0-2 and failed to cover the spread as they lost to the Tigers 38-10. Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk had four touchdown passes in spite of just barely completing half his passes. The Tigers had 31 unanswered points from the middle of the second quarter all the way to the end of the game. They didn't quite go past the 53.5 point total though.
Only One Top 25 Game
There was only one game in the NCAA this week that was between two teams that were in the Top 25 poll. Georgia went over to Columbia to take on South Carolina in this match. The game was delayed for a bit due to a thunderstorm but it did not disappoint after the delay. The South Carolina Gamecocks took over the lead in the middle of the second quarter and held onto it thanks to three touchdown passes by Dylan Thompson. Although the Bulldogs' Tony Gurley had 131 rushing yards, kicker Marshall Morgan also missed two critical field goals, thus preserving a 38-35 win for the Gamecocks.
The Bulldogs were favored with a -6.5 spread. The teams did go over the 58 over/under total for the game.
Lofty Odds Didn't Work
There were many large sportsbook odds placed on some of the best teams in the NCAA as they went against weaker schools. One noteworthy trend about those games is that the favorites did not beat the spread.
The largest spread of the week belonged to Alabama as they were -47 favorites against Southern Mississippi. The Tide won 52-12, thus failing to go past the spread. Oregon was -42 favorites against Wyoming but the Ducks only won 48-14. Texas A&M beat Rice 38-10 but the Aggies were favored by -31.
There was one noteworthy instance where a team went over the incredibly high odds that were placed for them. Ohio State were -31.5 favorites in their game with Kent State. The Buckeyes shut out the Golden Flashes by a score of 66-0.
What About Tight Games?
Some games had rather tight odds but they ended up having very different results. North Carolina State was favored at -2.5 against South Florida. The Wolfpack far went past that, beating USF 49-17. Western Michigan was also listed at -3 against the bowl-ineligible team from Idaho. WMU won their game 45-33.
One close game did end up being a push. West Virginia was -3 favorites against Maryland. The Mountaineers won 40-37. Josh Lambert's last-second field goal, which was close to fifty yards in length, game the Mountaineers the straight up win and a match on the spread total.
What About Week 4?
The next week of NCAA football action should be much more appealing as conference play starts to get into top gear. The games for the fourth week include Florida State-Clemson, Alabama-Florida, BYU-Virginia and a Thursday night game between two Top 20 teams, Auburn and Kansas State.