The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its second 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 2 college football betting action!
Not Doing the Hokie Pokey: Uh oh. The Virginia Tech Hokies found themselves on the short end of the stick on Labor Day night against the Boise State Broncos, losing 33-30 in a game that could’ve easily gone either way. The pollsters didn’t punish the Techsters that badly for a loss which was certainly one of quality, but last Saturday, they suffered the type of loss that could ruin a program for years to come. V-Tech was dropped by the James Madison Dukes 21-16 in the home opener at Lane Stadium. The result sent shockwaves through college football, as the Hokies became the second team in the history of college football to be ranked in the FBS polls and lose to a team from the FCS. Head coach Frank Beamer has a ton of work to do to get his troops back together again.
ACC: All Crumbling Conference: Virginia Tech wasn’t the only team in the ACC to really get a huge bite taken out of it this weekend. The Miami Hurricanes, Florida State Seminoles, and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets all suffered embarrassing defeats on the national stage to take some huge credibility away from this once proud conference. The Coastal Division of the ACC has been particularly woeful this year, going just 4-7 SU and 5-6 ATS on the year. The only team that picked up a cover in this half of the conference this week was the Virginia Cavaliers, who nearly shocked the USC Trojans by losing just 17-14 in So Cal.
Scoring Explosions: Let’s give some credit to some of the teams that put up the best offensive efforts in Week 2. The Houston Cougars got some sweet revenge for last season’s loss to UTEP by crushing the Miners 54-24. They weren’t the only mega scorers on the weekend. The Connecticut Huskies (62), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (54), California Golden Bears (52), Clemson Tigers (58), Maryland Terrapins (62), TCU Horned Frogs (62), Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (56), Missouri Tigers (50), Kentucky Wildcats (63), Arizona Wildcats (52), Texas Tech Red Raiders (52), and Nevada Wolfpack (51) all scored at least a half a hundred over the course of the weekend.
Picture Perfect SU and ATS Teams: We are only two weeks into the CFB betting campaign, and only 16 teams are still undefeated both SU and ATS. Only six of those 13 are currently ranked in the Top 25 of either the USA Today or AP Polls, though the top two teams in the land, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes are amongst the two that are still perfect on the season. Both the Tide and Buckeyes rolled to massive victories over ranked opponents that served notice to the rest of the country that they are the teams to beat. However, there are still a ton of games left on the schedule that need to be attacked, and everyone is going to be giving these guys their best shots.
Duds of the Duds: Logic tells you that some of these teams have to win at some point, right? Unfortunately for the Virginia Tech Hokies, UCLA Bruins, New Mexico State Aggies, New Mexico Lobos, Memphis Tigers, Colorado State Rams, UAB Blazers, and Akron Zips, they are the only teams remaining that are still winless both SU and ATS on the short season.
Nothing “Bruin” with UCLA: Normally, this would be the part of the weekly breakdown where we talk about the teams that were shutout over the course of the week. Unfortunately for the UCLA Bruins, they’re the only team we can discuss, as they were blanked by the Stanford Cardinal 35-0 on Saturday. It was a complete abomination from the get go for the Bruins, who only managed a whopping 81 yards through the air on the day and tossed two picks. Two fumbles were also lost. It is clear that HC Rick Neuheisel has himself a lot of work to do with this team to keep up with the Houston Cougars’ top notch ‘O’ next week at home, or UCLA will be 0-3 and Neuheisel might have to start working on his resume.
Top Passers: For the second straight week, both Duke’s Sean Renfree (358) and Tulsa’s GJ Kinne (356) reached the 350+ yard passing mark. The top arm on the week came in a losing effort unfortunately, but here at Bang the Book, we wre appreciative of the 438 yards passing that Ryan Aplin of Arkansas State dropped on ULL over the weekend. Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett (400), Arizona State’s Steven Threet (381), and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (380) round out the 350 yard passers on the day. Honorable mention goes to Jerrod Johnson, who threw for 349 yards and four TDs in Texas A&M’s 48-16 win over Louisiana Tech.
Running All Over the Competition: Four quarterbacks rank amongst the ten players that ran for at least 150 yards last weekend, but none were better than Denard Robinson. Robinson ran for 258 yards and accounted for over 500 yards of offense in a one man show, as he single handedly carried the Michigan Wolverines to a 28-24 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Chandler Harnish from Northern Illinois (178), Colin Kaepernick from Nevada (161), and Taylor Martinez of Nebraska (157) all cracked that mark from the signal caller spot. 150+ yard rushers that were traditional running backs include Houston’s Bryce Beall (195), Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey (184), Michigan State’s Edwin Baker (183), South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore (182), Tennessee’s Tauren Poole (162), and LSU’s Stevan Ridley (159).
Receiving the Top Prizes: For Notre Dame, Kyle Rudolph probably proved that he was the most valuable and most versatile tight end in the country on Saturday, as he had eight catches for 164 yards and a TD. The top receiver of the week though, was Conner Vernon from Duke, who had eight grabs for 181 yards. Washington’s Jermaine Kearse (179), Bowling Green’s Kamar Jorden (168), Ole Miss’ Markeith Summers (165), Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller (160), Wake Forest’s Chris Givens (159), and Central Michigan’s Cody Wilson (153) finish up the 150+ yard receivers for the week.