The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its sixth 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 6 college football betting action!
Bama Busted: It really only seemed like a matter of time until the Alabama Crimson Tide were defeated. We still believe that the Crimson Tide might be the best team in the country, but they were knocked from their perch atop the rest of the land for the first time in nearly two full years when they were beaten by the South Carolina Gamecocks 35-21 in Columbia. QB Stephen Garcia deserves all the credit in the world for coming up with arguably the biggest game of his career at the right time, as he tossed three first half TD passes in the game that was never really all that close. HC Steve Spurrier has his biggest win since his days with the Florida Gators, and the Ol’ Ball Coach brought South Carolina its first ever victory against a No. 1 team in the land.
Spartans and Tigers and Noles, Oh My!: The upsets certainly didn’t stop there across the country over the weekend. The Michigan State Spartans absolutely rolled through the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, posting a 34-17 ‘W’ to validate their place amongst the Top 15 teams in America. The Florida State Seminoles won for the third straight time in South Beach, taking down the hapless Miami Hurricanes 45-17 as modest underdogs. However, the biggest coup in the Sunshine State on Saturday night came when the LSU Tigers used a fake field goal to help beat the Florida Gators 33-29 in the Swamp to make a big case to be the best team in one of the best conferences in America.
Studs and Duds Still Left in the Country: The Utah Utes are the only undefeated ATS team left standing in the country. No one is perfect anymore, as the San Diego State Aztecs were dropped by the BYU Cougars 28-24 as short favorites to drop from the ranks of the unbeatens. Utah smashed Iowa State by dropping a whopping 68 points on the board, something that we will clearly be discussing more later on. The Cougs are now the only team in the land that has yet to play an ‘over’ game at 6-0 for ‘under’ bettors, while the Oregon State Beavers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are both still undefeated for ‘over’ bettors. There are only two winless ATS teams left in the land as well, as the New Mexico State Aggies and Boston College Eagles have still yet to notch their first ATS win of the year.
Saturday Night Delights: We’ve already mentioned just how great the Utah Utes were offensively, as they poured 68 points on the Cyclones on Saturday night in Ames to move up firmly into the Top 10 teams in the country. The Oklahoma State Sooners put 54 on the board on Friday night in Cajun Country as well to continue one of their best offensive seasons even under HC Mike Gundy. Other teams that scored 50+ points on the week include the Louisville Cardinals (56), the Vanderbilt Commodores (52), and the Boise State Broncos (57).
Still Waiting for Touchdowns: We have to give the TCU Horned Frogs all the credit in the world right now. They posted their second straight shutout last week, this one coming against the Wyoming Cowboys. The Memphis Tigers were also shutout against the aforementioned Cardinals in the biggest romp of the day. The Utah State Aggies (6), Colorado Buffaloes (0), Eastern Michigan Eagles (6), and Miami Redhawks (3) all failed to reach the end zone as well.
Mid Major Madness!: This is going to be the second straight week in which all three of the Utah Utes, Boise State Broncos, and TCU Horned Frogs are going to be ranked in the Top 10 in the country. Last year was the first time that we saw two teams from the mid major conferences playing in BCS bowl game, but could this be the first time for three? It seems very plausible that these three could combine to lose just one game this season, and if that’s the case, especially if it is TCU that is losing the game to the Utes, all three will have fantastic resumes to get into the BCS. The Horned Frogs and Broncos got great news over the weekend, not just from the Alabama loss, but from the Oregon State Beavers, whom they both have wins against this year, beating the Arizona Wildcats 29-27 on the road in one of the more important upsets of the day.
Top Passers: Eight different men topped the 350+ yard passing mark over the weekend, but not all that many of them proved to be successful. We have to give props to Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden, who threw for 351 yards to just make this list, but he also had the highest TD total in the country with five on the day in Cajun Country on national television. This is also the third straight appearance for Hawaii’s Bryant Moniz on this list after he threw for 376 starts in the upset win at Fresno State. The top passer for the weekend was Taylor Potts, who led the Air Raid of Texas Tech to 462 yards and four TDs through the air. Other 350+ yard passers include Arizona’s Nick Foles (440), Oregon State’s Ryan Katz (393), USC’s Matt Barkley (390), Baylor’s Robert Griffin (384), and SMU’s Kyle Padron (381).
Running All Over the Competition: Quarterbacks crushed the list of the top running backs in the nation this week, and it should come as no surprise that both Taylor Martinez from Nebraska and Cam Newton from Auburn are both legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders at this point. Martinez is legit even though he is only a freshman, and he is so for games like the one he played on Thursday night against the Kansas State Wildcats. The Big Red leader ran for 241 yards on just 15 carries with four scores. Newton also had four TD runs for the Tigers in the narrow escape from the Kentucky Wildcats. Other 150+ yard rushers include Louisville’s Bilal Powell (204), Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead (197), Nevada’s Vai Taua (196), Georgia Tech’s Anthony Allen (195), Florida State’s Chris Thompson (158), Florida Atlantic’s Alfred Morris (153), and Cal’s Shane Vereen (151).
Receiving the Top Prizes: The list of 150+ yard receivers this week is a short one, but it is chock full of relatively familiar faces. Robert Woods did everything he could for the USC offense against Stanford on Saturday night, as he caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three TDs from Barkley in the near miss for the Trojans. Jeff Fuller is the newcomer on this list, as he had eight grabs for 154 yards and a TD for the Aggies in a disappointing 24-17 loss to Arkansas at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Arizona’s Juron Criner was a loser as well in spite of the fact that he had 12 grabs for 179 yards and a TD. The lone winner that had 150+ receiving yards was Justin Blackmon, who picked up 190 yards and two TDs on 13 catches.
Look out next week for our season long accolades, as players start reaching milestones for their 2010 NCAA football betting campaigns!