The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its third 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 3 college football betting action!
Look Out for the Wild, Wild, Wildcats: The Arizona Wildcats have officially announced their arrival to the world. Beating the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night was the biggest win of the day for any team, as Arizona is certain to come shooting up in the Top 25 now that it is 3-0 SU and ATS. QB Nick Foles threw for just over 300 yards and threw the game winning touchdown pass with less than four minutes to play. Could this be another Heisman Trophy candidate emerging? We mind find out more next week when the California Golden Bears come to town.
Mid Major Madness: As Tim Brando loves to say, these guys are the flies in the ointment! The Boise State Broncos, Utah Utes, and TCU Horned Frogs all posted dominating victories last week to cover their spreads. All three teams are not only candidates to play in the BCS, but they are all legitimate National Championship threats as well. The team that really made a name for itself this week for mid majors was the Nevada Wolfpack. QB Colin Kaepernick is turning himself into a potential project pick next year in the NFL Draft, and he might be a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy as well. The Pack destroyed the California Golden Bears on Friday night in front of a national TV audience, and all of a sudden, the coast might be relatively clear until those pesky flies from Boise State come to MacKay Stadium.
Scoring Explosions and Duds: It’s starting to become commonplace for the Oregon Ducks to find themselves on this list. The Ducks posted a 69-0 victory for the best offensive performance of the weekend. We’re also going to make note of the Nevada Wolfpack (52), Alabama Crimson Tide (69), Nebraska Cornhuskers (56), Central Michigan Chippewas (52), Oklahoma State Cowboys (65), Utah Utes (56), Boise State Broncos (51), and Stanford Cardinal (68), all of which scored at least 50 points on the weekend. The only teams to get shut out last week were the North Texas Mean Green and the Portland State Vikings, the latter of which was blanked by… you guessed it… the Oregon Ducks.
Picture Perfect SU and ATS Teams: In our weekly check on the teams that are still undefeated both SU and ATS, the list has been shortening in a big way. The Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats, NC State Wolfpack, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon Ducks, Boise State Broncos, Fresno State Bulldogs, and Indiana Hoosiers are the only nine teams left in the land that are perfect both SU and ATS on the year.
Duds of the Duds: A few teams came off of the list of the ultimate duds so far in the country, but now, the only teams that are left that are totally defeated both SU and ATS are the New Mexico State Aggies, New Mexico Lobos, Colorado State Rams, and the Akron Zips.
Choking on Colorado State’s Offense: How on earth can you only score an average of 6.3 points per game? The Rams have just had nothing going offensively all season long, and they easily have the worst ‘O’ in the nation. Colorado State has only found its way into the end zone one time on offense all season long. QB Pete Thomas is doing his job, as the Rams rank 49th in the country in passing yards. However, where are the rushing yards coming from? 42.7 per game is the second worst in the land. RB Raymond Carter has carried the ball 25 times for 39 yards, making him the most accomplished rusher on the team this season.
Top Passers: Nine different passers ended up throwing for at least 350 yards this week, and six of the nine proved to be victorious. The hero of the day was Ryan Mallett of the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Hogs’ leader did whatever he could to take his team to a third straight win on the year, hooking up with WR Greg Childs for the game winning score on a great drive with less than a minute to play. Mallett finished with 380 yards and three scores. Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert was a hero as well, as he threw a long TD pass with time running out to save the Tigers’ skin against the San Diego State Aztecs. Gabbert ended the day with 351 passing yards. The top quarterback for the week was clearly Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden who threw for 409 yards and six TDs against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Other 350+ yard passers include Troy’s Corey Robinson (404), Western Michigan’s Alex Carder (403), Boise State’s Kellen Moore (370), Notre Dame’s Dayne Crist (369), Indiana’s Ben Chappell (366), and UAB’s Bryan Ellis (360).
Running All Over the Competition: This is the first week of the year in which there was not a 150 yard rusher that was a quarterback. San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman nearly led the Aztecs to a tremendous upset of the Missouri Tigers, as he rumbled for 228 yards and two scores. RB Mark Ingram is back and looks better than ever already. He ran for 100+ yards in the first quarter and ended his day with just nine carries, 151 yards, and two scores. Other 150+ yard rushers include Oregon’s LaMichael James (227), Central Michigan’s Paris Cotton (209), Cal’s Shane Vereen (198), Connecticut’s Jordan Todman (192), Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas (181), Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure (180), Temple’s Bernard Pierce (169), Kentucky’s Derrick Locke (166), and Fresno State’s AJ Ellis (165).
Receiving the Top Prizes: The list of 150+ yard receivers this week is quite short. The top man on the day was Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, who picked up six grabs for 174 yards and three TDs in the big romp of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The only other 150+ yard receivers both did so in losing efforts, as Western Michigan’s Jordan White had 170 yards on 13 catches, while Cal’s Marvin Jones hauled in 12 balls for 161 yards.