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 10. Here are the most important numbers that you need to remember for the week!
4 – The number of quarterbacks that the South Florida Bulls have used thus far on the season. After three horrid failures and with his job already on the line in his first season playing BCS level football, Head Coach Willie Taggert has taken the redshirt off of freshman QB Mike White. Now, Taggert basically has to keep White out there for the rest of the season come hell or high water. The first test? A game on short rest against the Houston Cougars, who have one of the most dynamic offenses in all of college football. Good luck, kid. You’re going to need it.
4 – The number of teams that are ranked in the Top 6 in the country that aren’t playing this weekend. That means that it is a great opportunity for both the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes to make up some big time ground, though obviously, only one of the two is going to be able to get the job done in the game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Either way, it will be a tremendous win for one of the teams in the Sunshine State, as the eyes of the world will be watching, while the rest of the teams are going to be sitting this week on the sidelines. Eight of the Top 25 aren’t going to be in action this week as well.
5 – The number of consecutive covers for the Cincinnati Bearcats against the Memphis Tigers. Of course, this dates all the way back to the 2004 season when these two teams shared Conference USA together. Now, UC has a tough trip to the Liberty Bowl lined up. Memphis has been a dominating team at home for bettors this year, and it is unlucky not to have at least one more victory under its belt here in this venue. The Bearcats could have their work cut out for them, especially knowing that this is an oddball Wednesday night game.
6 – The number of covers for the NC State Wolfpack for the North Carolina Tar Heels in a row before last season. The Heels finally figured out how to get the best of their brethren from Tobacco Road, and that really might start to swing the tide the other way when push comes to shove. It’s clear to us that, in spite of the records for these two teams, UNC is the better of the two teams, and that’s why it is laying points in this game, even on the road in Raleigh.
18 – The number of touchdowns that RB Marion Grice has coming into Week 10 of the season. He has found the end zone at least once in every game this season in some respect, and he is not only the leading rusher, but the leading receiver for the Arizona State Sun Devils as well. Grice has the most touchdowns of any player in the nation, and he holds that title by a whopping three scores. Heisman Trophy hype? It won’t happen unless Arizona State blows through a heck of a lot of competition here in a hurry, including the Washington State Cougars this week.
43 – The number representing the lowest ‘total’ of the weekend. The game we’re referring to is the one between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Boston College Eagles in the ACC. These two teams have a history of playing great defense, but perhaps more importantly, neither offense is exactly stellar either. Do remember though, that BC was the only team that had any success whatsoever this year against the defense for the Florida State Seminoles, and this game is played right where that one was here at Alumni Stadium.
47 – The number of points that the Texas A&M Aggies are favored by over the UTEP Miners on Saturday night. It’s really not all that much of a surprise that this makes A&M the biggest favorites of the weekend. There aren’t many marquee games on the board at this point, and this should be a stinker to end the night in the Lone Star State. QB Johnny Manziel isn’t going to have to play long if this point spread has any legitimate hope of being covered.
53 – The number of points that the USC Trojans have scored combined in four of their eight games this season. That’s the bad version of the Men of Troy. The good version? The team that scored 144 points in the other four games that it played combined.
61 – The number of points that the USC Trojans have allowed in six of their games this year. The bipolarity for the Trojans continues. This is the good version of USC. The bad version? The team that allowed 93 points in its two games against the Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils. Simply put, this is an ugly team at times in just about every respect of the game.
66 – The number of rushing yards that the Miami Hurricanes have averaged against the Florida State Seminoles in the last eight seasons. These two play each other every single year, so this is an alarming stat, especially for a team that wants to run the pigskin. If RB Duke Johnson and the gang don’t get to at least 100 rushing yards this week, the Canes are as good as dead, and the oddsmakers believe that they are in a bad spot, as they are one of the shockingly biggest underdogs of the week even though they are a Top 10 ranked team.
77 – The number of points in the game with the highest ‘total’ of the weekend. The game we are referring to is the one between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UTEP Miners. It goes without saying that A&M has an offense that can get to this 77 all by itself, and it also goes without saying that it has a defense that could give up 35 to the Miners as well. UTEP’s games have been awfully high scoring this year too though, and there’s a reason that the oddsmakers are expecting at least 11 TDs to hit the board on Saturday night.
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