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 6. Here are the most important numbers that you need to remember for the week!
0 – The number of passing touchdowns that the Stanford Cardinal scored last year against the Washington Huskies. U-Dub really did a remarkable job holding down this offense, but remember that QB Josh Nunes was the man calling the shots at that point. That loss was the one that ultimately took Stanford out of the National Championship picture, and it was the game that ultimately put Nunes on the bench and gave the current quarterback, QB Kevin Hogan the job calling the shots.
2 – The number of games that the Air Force Falcons have covered against the Navy Midshipmen over the course of the last 14 years in this rivalry. It’s amazing to think that Navy has had such a dominating series against Air Force over the years, especially knowing that these two teams run very similar offenses to one another. Heck, the Falcons have probably had the better team for most of those years as well. However, the Commander-In-Chief Trophy has routinely been going to the Middies over the course of the last several years, and that could once again be the case this year as well.
4 – The number of consecutive games that the LSU Tigers have covered coming off of their bye week. The Bayou Bengals have always played well against whomever comes up after the bye, and on the same token, Head Coach Les Miles generally does pretty darn good in bowl games and in games early in the season as well. Many give the Alabama Crimson Tide credit for what they can do when they have some time to prepare for games, but LSU actually has the more impressive marks, albeit not in the National Championship Game a few years ago against that same Alabama outfit.
5 – The number of teams that are 4-0 ATS thus far on the season. The Maryland Terrapins, Houston Cougars, Oregon Ducks, UCLA Bruins, and UCF Knights are the four teams, and only the first four are truly perfect teams both from an SU and an ATS perspective. The Baylor Bears are 3-0 SU and ATS, the Wisconsin Badgers are 4-0-1 ATS and 3-2 SU, and the Missouri Tigers are 3-0-1 ATS and 4-0 SU, and they all deserve mentioning in this breath as well.
8 – The number of teams in the country that have yet to log a cover on the season. The Central Michigan Chippewas are the worst in the world at 0-5 ATS, but the SMU Mustangs, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, FIU Golden Panthers, and Cal Golden Bears aren’t all that far behind at 0-4 ATS. The Fresno State Bulldogs might be 4-0 SU, but they are 0-4 ATS to show for their work, and last year’s national runners up, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 0-4-1 ATS as well. The Kansas Jayhawks aren’t all that far off the pace either at 0-3 ATS, though they have a few more games left to screw up before they are in this truly elite category.
38.5 – The number representing the lowest ‘total’ of the week. It’s not all that surprising that the game that we’re referring to pits the Iowa Hawkeyes against the Michigan State Spartans. Time and time again, we’re talking about MSU as having the lowest ‘total’ of the weekend, and that’s because the team really doesn’t have all that much of a quarterback or a running game. When you don’t have those things and you have a defense that ranks #1 in the nation in total defense, #1 in the country in pass defense, and #2 in the country in rush defense, those are definitely the workings for a low scoring game on Saturday afternoon.
49.5 – The number of points per game that the Oregon Ducks have beaten the Colorado Buffaloes by in the first two seasons of the Buffs being in the Pac-12. The U of O has absolutely dominated on both sides of the ball, and in the end, Colorado just has not been able to keep up with anything that the Quack Attack have been doing. There’s a reason that Oregon is a 38-point favorite on the road in this one, though we must say that this is the best edition of the Buffaloes that we have seen in quite a few years.
55.5 – The number representing the largest spread of the week. The Alabama Crimson Tide are favored by these eight touchdowns against the Georgia State Panthers, and that really isn’t all that much of a shock considering the fact that this is essentially an FBS vs. FCS game. Georgia State has had a rough transition up to the FBS level, and it really doesn’t have all that much of a chance to stick around in this game in any way, shape, of form. That said, the Crimson Tide really haven’t had all that much of a shot of blowing out teams, and this would be a big step in the right direction to get this team back to a National Championship level.
69 – The number representing the largest ‘total’ of the weekend. The Baylor Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers are featuring that ‘total’ in this one, and as we saw last year when these two teams met, absolutely anything is possible. That said, QB Nick Florence and QB Geno Smith are both gone, and that is going to hurt a lot, but especially the Baylor offense is one of the best in America and cannot be underestimated (more on that below).
170 – The number of yards that the Maryland Terrapins amassed last year when they played against the Florida State Seminoles. That’s not an entirely fair stat, knowing that the Terps had to play that game with LB Shawn Petty playing quarterback. That’s right, a backup linebacker had to take the snaps for most of that game in a formation that was referred to as the “Wild Crab.” Maryland will have much more of a chance this year even though the game is going to be played in Tallahassee, but this is still going to be a very tough game to get through.
751 – The number of yards per game that the Baylor Bears are averaging this year. Granted, we know that that isn’t the most impressive thing in the world considering the fact that the Bears haven’t really played anyone this year. However, the really impressive part is the fact that the team is averaging 152 yards per game more than anyone else is in America. That’s definitely a “Yo!” stat that bears discussing. Oh, and the last time that the Bears played against this week’s foe, the West Virginia Mountaineers, the two teams put up over 1,500 yards and 133 points between them. Bombs away in Waco on Saturday.
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.