The 2010 NCAA football betting campaign wrapped up its seventh 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 7 college football betting action!
Down Goes No. 1 Again!: Just one week after the Alabama Crimson Tide were defeated for the first time in two seasons to fall from the top spot in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes did the same on Saturday night. Many knew that they were in a heck of a lot of trouble against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall, but no one knew that those troubles were going to start right away. The opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown by the Badgers, and Ohio State was never really able to recover. The Buckeyes were defeated 31-18 and never got closer than three points again in the game. The new No. 1 team in the country? The idle Oregon Ducks, who will take on the UCLA Bruins this Thursday night at home.
Top 25 Turmoil: Just like last week, there were a number of Top 25 teams that were knocked from their perch. We’ll save discussing the Florida Gators for just a bit, but they certainly weren’t the only Top 25 team to be embarrassed on Saturday. None were bigger than the upset by the Texas Longhorns over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Big Red probably watched its BCS Championship hopes go up in flames at home on Saturday afternoon at home, as a loss like that just won’t easily be overcome. Texas returns to the Top 25 just two weeks after falling out of the polls for the first time in roughly a decade. The South Carolina Gamecocks fell victim to a late INT in the end zone to drop to the Kentucky Wildcats, while the Nevada Wolfpack, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Air Force Falcons were all also defeated.
Not So Great to Be a Florida Gator: Maybe Urban Meyer wishes that he would have just stayed away from Gainesville this year after all. What the Florida Gators are quickly learning is that QB John Brantley just isn’t that good. Meyer is insistent that this team must become a running team, just as it was in the Tim Tebow era to win games. However, a third straight terrible performance will not only take the Gators out of the Top 25, but it marked the first time that they lost three straight games since 1988. Is bowl eligibility really in question for the blue and orange this year? Florida still has games against South Carolina and Florida State this year, and if both those games are lost, there really isn’t much breathing room left to make a bowl. Florida isn’t totally out of the SEC Championship race even though it has three losses in conference. The Gators actually control their own destiny, and if they win out, they’ll have a chance to take on the SEC West winner in the SEC Championship Game in December.
Undefeated Utes: There is going to be a point that the Utah Utes realize that they are legitimate a National Championship contender. They are moving up in the polls this week thanks to all of the upsets around them, and they extended their streak as the only undefeated ATS team in the nation by taking care of the Wyoming Cowboys 30-6 to narrowly beat the 22 point NCAA football odds. With the covers by the New Mexico State Aggies and the Boston College Eagles this weekend, every other team in the country has at least covered one spread and failed to cover one spread this year.
Saturday Night Delights: Scoring 50+ points this weekend was nothing that was that hard to do for a bunch of teams. The Kansas State Wildcats proved how easy it was right away on Thursday night by dropping 59 on their rivals from Kansas. The highest scoring team of the weekend was the Auburn Tigers, who needed every bit of those 65 points to make sure that the Hogs were put down for good on the night. Other 50+ point scoring teams include the Virginia Tech Hokies (52), the Oklahoma Sooners (52), and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (52).
Still Waiting for Touchdowns: The number of duds this weekend really has to be disturbing offensive coordinators across the country. The BYU Cougars became the third straight team to fail to score a TD against the TCU Horned Frogs, but at least the Cougs remain as the only team in the country to not post an ‘over’ game this year at 7-0. BYU kicked a field goal, which broke the scoreless streak by TCU’s foes at right around 11 quarters, but it has still been nearly 13 full quarters since anyone has scored a touchdown. The San Jose State Spartans (0), Iowa State Cyclones (0), UTEP Miners (6), Vanderbilt Commodores (0), Illinois Fighting Illini (6), and the South Florida Bulls (6) all failed to reach the end zone this weekend.
Longest Losing Streaks: We really feel for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this morning. The Hilltoppers are the only FBS team in the nation that has yet to post a win against an FBS program as a member of the top flight of college football. WKU was favored for the first time since joining the FBS last week against Louisiana Monroe, but was dropped 35-30. The nation’s longest losing streak stretched to 24 games. The second longest losing streak was snapped though, as the Eastern Michigan Eagles came back from down 28-7 to beat Ball State in overtime on the road.
Top Passers: You don’t think of Ross Jenkins from Louisiana Tech as a man that would normally be throwing for 422 yards in a game, but that’s exactly what he did in the Techsters’ big time 48-35 win over Idaho at home to get back on track in the WAC. Tulane’s Ryan Griffin and Miami Ohio’s Zac Dysert both reached the 400 yard plateau as well. Seven others threw for at least 350 on the weekend, and those men include Indiana’s Ben Chappell (382), South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia (382), East Carolina’s Dominique Davis (376), Idaho’s Nathan Enderle (373), Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert (361), Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden (356), and USC’s Matt Barkley (352).
Running All Over the Competition: Reaching 150+ rushing yards didn’t seem to be anything all that difficult for a ton of backs in the country either. Heck, Montel Harris nearly had that in the first five minutes against Florida State on Saturday, and he ended the day with 191 yards. The leading rusher in the country this weekend was Wake Forest’s Josh Harris, who rumbled for 241 yards and was the lone bright spot in the loss to Virginia Tech. Last week’s top rusher, Louisville’s Bilal Powell had another great game, running for 209 yards in the defeat against Cincinnati on Friday night. Other 150+ yard rushers include San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman (191), Eastern Michigan’s Alex Gillett (189), Auburn’s Cameron Newton (188), Louisiana Tech’s Lennon Creer (179), Western Kentucky’s Bobby Rainey (169), Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse (150), and UCF’s Ronnie Weaver (150).
Receiving the Top Prizes: A ten pack of receivers had at least 150 yards this weekend as well, and we shouldn’t be overly surprised that the top man was Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, who caught ten balls for 207 yards and a TD against the Red Raiders in a statement game for the Pokes. Other 150+ yard receivers include North Carolina’s Dwight Jones (198), Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles (182), Miami Ohio’s Andrew Cruse (179), Kentucky’s Chris Matthews (177), Cincinnati’s Armon Binns (175), Houston’s Patrick Edwards (169), Arkansas’ Greg Childs (164), Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd (157), and Memphis’ Marcus Rucker (155).
Season Long Awards: The 1,000 yard rushing list finally got its first member this week, six weeks into the season, as QB Denard Robinson broke onto the list. He left a loss to Iowa early though, and it is unknown whether he or backup Tate Forcier is going to be the man playing quarterback for Big Blue in its next game.