When you bet on NCAA Football, you should know all about the numbers. Numbers for stats, numbers for trends, numbers for betting lines, numbers for ‘totals’ – You should know it all. Here at Bang the Book, we are set to talk about the NCAA football betting lines for Week 14. Here are the most important numbers that you need to remember for the week!
0: The number of teams out of the MAC that have ever been to a BCS bowl game. The time is here for this conference to shine though, knowing that there are not just one, but two teams that could ultimately bust the BCS. The Kent State Golden Flashes are almost certainly win and in on Friday night, but with a win and some help, the Northern Illinois Huskies could be on their way as well. This is the biggest game in the history of the MAC, and it is a game that is going to end with the celebration of all celebrations for the winning team, even if it means that in the end, that school is going to get clobbered by a team like the Florida State Seminoles in the Orange Bowl.
2: The number of teams that still have the right to become bowl eligible this week. They’re the Pittsburgh Panthers (at South Florida) and the Connecticut Huskies (vs. Cincinnati). The bowl season has found a way to not embarrass itself this year by not having enough eligible teams, as there are now 71 teams that are eligible to go to a bowl. We know that the Central Michigan Chippewas will be one of the teams that are left out. There are a bunch of teams in the middle of the MAC and the middle of the Sun Belt that are praying that these two teams both lose this week to open up bowl bids for them to play this winter.
6: The number of consecutive 10-win seasons that the Boise State Broncos have had coming into this year. They’re going to have two more chances to keep that going, the first of which comes this week against the Nevada Wolf Pack. There isn’t a team in America that has been this consistent for this long as Boise State. Not only is the team almost certainly going to log its seventh straight year with at least 10 wins, but it has won at least eight games every single year since 1999. There are very few in America that can stand up to that test of time over the course of two major coaching stints. There’s a reason that a ton of universities would love to pry Head Coach Chris Petersen away from the Smurf Turf.
8: The number of consecutive games in a row that the Florida Atlantic Owls had covered before last week’s game against the Florida International Golden Panthers. That streak for the Owls was one of the most remarkable in the country because they were underdogs in each and every single one of those contests. Heck, they were outgained by the Georgia Bulldogs by 395 yards and the Alabama Crimson Tide by 393 yards in consecutive weeks, yet they were still able to cover both of those point spreads. This week, FAU is getting nine points against the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
13: The number of head coaches that have already been fired this year at the FBS level. That’s just an insane number of coaches to choose from, knowing that there just aren’t all that many great coaching candidates waiting in the wings. Plus, we still have another week to play, and men like Skip Holtz, Lane Kiffin, and DeWayne Walker had better not get too cozy for the holiday season, as they might be ultimately shopping for jobs when push comes to shove.
20: The number of points that the West Virginia Mountaineers are favored by over the Kansas Jayhawks. In this light week of college football betting action, that makes the ‘Neers the biggest favorites of the weekend. At least the pressure is off from WVU if the team punts this one, as it is going to be headed to a bowl game in spite of the fact that it only won its first game in a month and a half last week against the Iowa State Cyclones. For Kansas, this could be the end for first-year Head Coach Charlie Weis, who has had an embarrassing season.
25: The number of points that the oddsmakers thought separated the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners just seven years ago when these two teams met in a non-conference clash in Norman. That win for TCU was, at the time, one of the biggest upsets that we had ever seen in college football, and it was the type of win that really changed the course of the Horned Frogs as we know it. Without that win, perhaps the men in purple are still in the Mountain West or the Big East, just struggling to find a home. Now though, these two are on level terms in the Big XII, and though Oklahoma is a six-point favorite, it will remember the fact that this was a team that it was upset by several years ago.
26.3: The number of points per game that the Stanford Cardinal have beaten the UCLA Bruins by over the course of the last three meetings. In fact, Stanford has won and covered four in a row dating back to 2009 between these two Pac-12 rivals, but for the first time, they’ll meet twice in the same season when they face off on Friday night. Not only is this the first time that they’ve met twice in the same campaign, but it’s the first time that they have seen each other twice in a span of just six days, too! Stanford won at the Rose Bowl 35-17 last Saturday, and if it can win again in this de ja vu game, it’ll be de ja vu all over again when it goes back to the Rose Bowl for New Year’s Day.
40.5: The number of points in the ‘total’ for the Cincinnati Bearcats and Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon. These two teams both have fantastic defenses and substandard offenses that really have a lot of work to do to improve, and that’s why this is the lowest ‘total’ on the board by a relatively comfortable margin. The number is up from 39 at the outset of the week though, so there is at least some sort of a feeling that this one might get to the posted ‘total’ and not be a total defensive snoozer.
58.0: The number of points per game that the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide have averaged against one another over the course of their four meetings since 2002. The ‘total’ feels a bit high in this one at 50.5, but in the end, history plays a huge role in this in spite of the fact that both of these teams have defenses that are on absolute fire at the moment.
87: The number of points in the ‘total’ for the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday afternoon. These two teams have been two of the most wildly inconsistent clubs in the Big XII all year long. QB Nick Florence is going to be wrapping up a great year in which he puts up numbers that are just as good as the stats that QB Robert Griffin III had last year, while on the other side of the field, it really doesn’t seem to matter who in the heck is at quarterback for the Cowboys. They’re the only team in America that you’ll find with three quarterbacks that have over 1,000 passing yards, and it has nothing to do with ineffective play. This one has the potential to be another game like that 70-63 outing that West Virginia and Baylor had two months ago. Unofficially, this might be the highest ‘total’ in college football history when it goes off the board.
121: The number of total yards that the Kansas State Wildcats put up last year against the Texas Longhorns. Of course, the bad news for Texas is that the team still lost the game 17-13, and it was a game that was played in front of the hometown faithful in Austin. There’s no reason to think that the Horns stand any chance whatsoever of holding QB Collin Klein down to 121 yards in a single quarter in this one, let alone for the whole game, as KSU has had one of the surprisingly better offenses that the Big XII has had to offer all year long.
128:38: The number of minutes and seconds of game time that it has been since the Alabama Crimson Tide have given up a single point. The last man to generate anything at all against this ‘D’ was QB Johnny Manziel, and he’s going to likely go on to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman. Think this game maybe means a little something to QB Aaron Murray? He’s got 11 wins under his belt already, and he could be going to the BCS National Championship Game. Add in 30 TDs and perhaps a dominating performance against what is figured to be the most talented defense in America, and the makings are right for him to sneak into this Heisman discussion right at the very end.
363.4: The number of total yards per game that QB Jordan Lynch has averaged this year. He has rushed for 1,611 yards and 16 TDs this year, and even though he is a quarterback, he might ultimately be the top rusher in college football when push comes to shove. He if he can find a way to score four TDs on the ground between the MAC Championship Game and the Northern Illinois Huskies’ bowl game, he will join that very elite fraternity of men that have rushed and thrown for 20+ TDs in the same season, and he might be able to add 2,000 rushing yards and 3,000 passing yards to those credentials as well.
401: The number of rushing yards that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had against the Florida State Seminoles the last time that these two teams met in 2009. The bad news for the Noles is that they are going to have to prepare for this crazy triple option attack on just one week of practice, and it comes on the heels of losing to the hated Florida Gators at home. It’s a tall task for sure, knowing that very few on this defense have ever defended the triple option at anything more than the high school level, and with Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops taking the job with the Kentucky Wildcats, it’s anyone’s guess as to how well matters are going to end up going this week for the garnet and gold in spite of the fact that they are 14-point favorites.
Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.