September 28, 2010

College Football Week 4 Recap, News, and Notes

The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its fourth 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 4 college football betting action!

Wolfpack Risings: If you’re stuck in the middle of the desert, you certainly don’t want to be stuck in the middle of a pack of wolves. However, these Wolfpack on the college gridiron are taking a bite out of the bookies this year, as the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Nevada Wolfpack are a combined 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS this year (7-0 ATS against FBS schools). Both of these teams are now rare newcomers in the Top 25 this week in polls, and both have a real chance to make another big statement in the week to come, as NCSU is a home pup to Virginia Tech, while Nevada will be playing in Sin City against UNLV.

Mid Major Mark Ups: This was the first week of ATS duds for the Boise State Broncos and the TCU Horned Frogs. Both played in nationally televised games last week, and though they beat Oregon State and SMU respectively, both of which came in impressive fashion, neither was good enough to beat the number posted by the oddsmakers. Get used to saying this: These teams are the top two favorites of the weekend to come as well. TCU is laying 33 points on the road against Colorado State, while Boise State is going to need to win by at least 42 to cover against New Mexico State in Las Cruces.

TD Troubles: The number of teams that didn’t reach the end zone this week in college football betting action is a tad surprising. It all began on Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Panthers were held to just three points. That was followed up by the Boston College Eagles, Ball State Falcons, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons, all of which were shut out. The San Jose Spartans were held to just one field goal, while the California Golden Bears are a surprise on this list after kicking just three field goals in a 10-9 loss to Arizona.

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The Fifty Something’s: As always, we go through our list of teams that scored at least 50 points on the day. The Wisconsin Badgers were the one of two teams to hit 70, as they finally exploded with a 70-3 win over Austin Peay. The high scorers for the week were the Ohio State Buckeyes, who absolutely destroyed Eastern Michigan 73-20. Beyond that, the Utah Utes (56), Hawaii Warriors (66), Mississippi Rebels (55), and Michigan Wolverines (65) all reached the 50+ point barrier.

Studs and Duds: There are only six teams left that are undefeated this year in terms of ATS, but only two are still truly perfect. The Ohio State Buckeyes and the NC State Wolfpack are both 4-0 SU and ATS, while the Utah Utes earn an honorable mention for their 3-0-1 ATS and 4-0 SU marks. Other unbeaten ATS squads include the San Diego State Aztecs (4-0), Central Michigan Chippewas (4-0), and Virginia Cavaliers (3-0). On the other side of the coin, there are five teams that have yet to cover a game this year. The New Mexico Lobos (0-4) and the New Mexico State Aggies (0-3) are both winless both SU and ATS. The other winless ATS teams are the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-3), Boston College Eagles (0-3), and Pittsburgh Panthers (0-2-1).

Tide Start Rolling Against Rough Schedule: The schedule for the Alabama Crimson Tide certainly isn’t getting any easier. Last week, they survived a scare from Arkansas on the road but failed to cover the NCAA football betting line. This week, they have to play the Florida Gators, but duels against the Tennessee Volunteers, LSU Tigers, Auburn Tigers, and South Carolina Gamecocks are all still waiting on the schedule. Needless to say, if the Tide make it to the National Championship Game at 13-0 this year, they’ll absolutely have earned their place as the top team in the land.

The Top Prize at Stake in Two Big Games: Looking forward to Week 5 for just a moment… This isn’t something that we normally do, but it is too notable not to mention. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators have met twice in the last two seasons. The winner of each game has won the SEC (since both games were the SEC Championship Game) and has gone on to win the BCS National Championship. Perhaps even more fluky is the Red River Rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns. Though this game lost some luster last week when the Longhorns were topped by UCLA in a bad way at home, the winner of this game over the last two years has gone on to win the Big XII and finish as the loser in the BCS Championship Game.

Top Passers: Ten men threw for at least 350 yards this week, but only five of them were victorious. To no surprise, Hawaii’s Bryant Moniz was one of them, as he went 19-of-27 for 295 yards with six scores in a demolition of Charleston Southern. Fresno State’s Ryan Colburn (390), Arizona State’s Steven Threet (387), Colorado State’s Pete Thomas (386), Minnesota’s Adam Weber (373), UAB’s Bryan Ellis (373), Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (370), NC State’s Russell Wilson (368), San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley (362), and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett (357) all topped the 350+ yard barrier.

Running All Over the Competition: On the contrary, there were just seven men that rushed for at least 150 yards on the day, and six of those seven came away as winners. The one loser was good to see back in uniform, as Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead had his best game of the year against a stout Oklahoma front. He rushed for 169 yards on 21 carries. Cam Newton led Auburn to a 35-27 win over South Carolina on Saturday night thanks to his 176 rushing yards and three scores. Syracuse’s Delonte Carter rumbled for 172 yards on just 14 carries, four of which went for TDs. Other 150+ yard rushers include Ole Miss’ Brandon Bolden (228), Northern Illinois’ Chad Spann (223), Penn State’s Evan Royster (187), and Alabama’s Mark Ingram (157).

Receiving the Top Prizes: Only five men made it to 150+ receiving yards last week, but there was no doubt that Jerrel Jernigan was worth of top honors with ten grabs for 209 yards in Troy’s 35-28 win against Arkansas State. Other 150+ yard receivers include South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey (192), San Diego State’s Vincent Brown (177), Cincinnati’s DJ Woods (171), and Maryland’s Torrey Smith (159).

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