The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its tenth week of play on Saturday night. Here at Bang the Book, we’ve got you covered for all of the most important news and notes from Week 10 college football betting action!
Is the BCS Race Down to Three Teams?: The fate of the TCU Horned Frogs could very well rest in the hands of the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country really didn’t have any troubles getting rid of subpar foes over the course of the weekend, but the Horned Frogs made the biggest statement of them all, absolutely destroying the Utah Utes on the road 47-7 for arguably the biggest win in school history. There is no one that really thinks the Horned Frogs can get the job done by hopping over the Tigers or Ducks, but it really seems as though there isn’t a one loss team in the country left that can keep TCU out of the BCS Championship Game. The only questions are whether the LSU Tigers and Boise State Broncos could be making a case to hop over TCU if one of the top two were to fall at some point.
Booted Out of the BCS in the Bayou: One year after the Alabama Crimson Tide won the National Championship, they are probably going to be stuck settling for a game like the Capital One Bowl or the Chic-Fil-A Bowl this year. The Tide were handed their second loss of the regular season in the SEC, a 24-21 defeat by the LSU Tigers. If the Auburn Tigers take out the Georgia Bulldogs next week at home, Alabama has nothing left to play for except for pride in the Iron Bowl. Sure, there is an outside chance that HC Nick Saban and company could backdoor their way into the Sugar Bowl as the second choice in the SEC, but things just don’t look good, especially knowing that the game against Auburn is only a few weeks away. Meanwhile, LSU is in good shape, as it should know that wins against its last three foes should nail down a bid in the BCS, if not the BCS Championship Game.
Big Comeback in Lawrence: No conference has seen a stranger day in 2010 than what we saw this past week in the Big XII. It’s not often that we get to mention the Kansas Jayhawks, but they might have been the most notable team on the day in the entire country. They trailed the Colorado Buffaloes 45-17 one play into the fourth quarter, and from that point on, they absolutely dominated. Kansas put 35 straight on the board in a span of just over ten minutes of action to shock the Buffs 52-45. Needless to say, we wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of HC Dan Hawkins right now, as he is going to be without a bowl game this year once again, and probably be without a job before Christmas as well.
More Big XII Shenanigans: Just when you thought it was safe to come outside in the Big XII… The Nebraska Cornhuskers blew a 14 point lead in the fourth quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones and needed a stop on a two point conversion play to hold on for a victory. Things didn’t go so well for the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, and Missouri Tigers, all of which were beaten as short favorites on the road this week as well. Now, the only team that controls its own destiny in the wild Big XII South is the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who absolutely crushed the Baylor Bears 55-28 in the only cover for a favorite in the conference this weekend.
Knights in Shining Armor Standing Alone: The UCF Knights have cracked the Top 25 this week for a rare appearance in school history. They are the highest ranked team in the state of Florida for the first time ever, but they also have a very nice distinction of having the longest cover streak in the nation. By virtue of their win over the Houston Cougars this weekend, UCF has run its ATS winning streak to seven games, which beat out the Hawaii Warriors and Virginia Tech Hokies, both of which had their ATS winning streaks stopped this weekend.
Saturday Night Delights: Top scoring squads this week that reached 50 points felt like they were coming all over the place. They started with the Arkansas State Red Wolves, who scored 51 on MTSU on Tuesday night, and ended with the Nevada Wolf Pack, who scored 63 points and put the most yards up by any team on the season with 844 in their romp over Idaho. How could we not make special mention of the Illinois Fighting Illini, who became the first team to score 50+ points and lose this season. They were dropped by the Michigan Wolverines 67-65 in the highest scoring game of the season by a country mile. Other 50+ point scoring teams this week include the Duke Blue Devils (55), Florida Gators (55), Oklahoma State Cowboys (55), Georgia Bulldogs (55), Auburn Tigers (62), Kansas Jayhawks (52), Tulsa Golden Hurricane (64), BYU Cougars (55), Oregon Ducks (53), Navy Midshipmen (76), and Tennessee Volunteers (50).
Still Waiting for Touchdowns: For the first time all season long, every single team in college football scored at least one touchdown in their games!
Top Passers: If there was ever a game that could get Boise State’s Kellen Moore back in the Heisman Trophy race, this was it. Moore threw for 507 yards and three TDs in the Broncos’ win over Hawaii that kept their BCS Championship hopes alive. There were seven other men that topped the 350 yard barrier through the air this week, and those men included North Carolina’s TJ Yates (439), Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (435), Virginia’s Marc Verica (417), East Carolina’s Dominique Davis (413), Tulsa’s GJ Kinne (361), Temple’s Mike Gerardi (368), and TCU’s Andy Dalton (355).
Running All Over the Competition: Ten players reached the 150 yard barrier this week on the ground, but only Robbie Rouse put together a game that was truly remarkable. Fresno State’s top back rumbled for 286 yards, which would have been a season high if not for the game that Roy Helu had last week for Nebraska. Other 150+ yard rushers on the day included Montel Harris (183), Michigan State’s Edwin Baker (179), Rice’s Sam McGuffie (178), Colorado’s Rodney Stewart (175), Akron’s Alex Allen (165), Navy’s Alexander Teich (157), Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey (152), San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman (151), and Wyoming’s Alvester Alexander (151).
Receiving the Top Prizes: Michigan’s Roy Roundtree broke the record for most receiving yards by a Wolverine in a game last week in that wild win over Illinois, as he tallied 246 yards and two scores on nine catches. A whopping three men had at least 230 yards receiving this week and ten in total had at least 150 yards. Those players include Virginia’s Dontrelle Inman (239), North Carolina’s Dwight Jones (233), Central Michigan’s Cody Wilson (185), Ball State’s Jack Tomlinson (175), Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (173), Stanford’s Chris Owusu (165), Tulsa’s Damaris Johnson (163), Houston’s Patrick Edwards (162), and Florida State’s Willie Haulstead (154)
Season Long Awards: Starting next week, 3,000 yard passers will start to look like a dime a dozen, as there will probably be as many as 6-10 others that join this list. This was the week that running backs started reaching the 1,000 yard barrier as well, as there are now 11 men and several more to come. Montel Harris, Vai Taua, Daniel Thomas, and Bobby Rainey are the newcomers to the list this week. For receivers, Alshon Jeffrey and Jordan White both became 1,000 yard men of note.
3,000 Yard Passers
Bryant Moniz (3,374)
1,000 Yard Rushers
Denard Robinson (1,349)
LaMichael James (1,331)
Kendall Hunter (1,240)
Cam Newton (1,146)
Daniel Thomas (1,102)
Bobby Rainey (1,090)
Bilal Powell (1,067)
Ronnie Hillman (1,056)
Vai Taua (1,041)
Montel Harris (1,019)
Chad Spann (1,000)
1,000 Yard Receivers
Justin Blackmon (1,285)
Greg Salas (1,246)
Ryan Broyles (1,077)
Jordan White (1,057)
Alshon Jeffrey (1,034)