Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 13

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 13, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

For the third straight week, we have a new No. 1 team in America, and that team is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Golden Domers are on their way to Miami if they can figure out how to win just one more game against the USC Trojans. The problem that they have is that they have to go on the road to LA, where it is awfully tough to beat the Men of Troy, let alone becoming the third different road team to win there in the same season. For Head Coach Lane Kiffin, the news is really bad, though. Not only does he have to take on the top team in the land, but he has to do so without QB Matt Barkley. That puts all of the pressure in the world on…

Max Vittek, who already has come out and said that he thinks that the Men of Troy are going to pull off the upset in this game in spite of the fact that his club is a 6.5-point underdog. Vittek, a redshirt freshman, is probably the future of the USC football program. However, he has only thrown a grand total of nine passes in his career, and that’s not a good sign against one of the most ferocious defenses in America, led by…

Manti Te’o. We talk about Te’o quite a bit here at Bang the Book, and it is rare that a defensive player gets so much hype. However, with QB Johnny Manziel still being a freshman, QB Collin Klein perhaps blowing his chance at the Heisman last week, and no other contenders truly emerging, perhaps this could be the year that a defensive player claims the honor. You know that Te’o has the vote of DB Charles Woodson, who was the last defensive player to be the Heisman Trophy winner. Te’o might be the captain of the only eligible undefeated team in America, but he doesn’t have the top rated defense in the land. That title goes to the…

Florida State Seminoles, who are allowing just 236.3 yards per game. Granted, the Noles were helped by a cupcake schedule in which they allowed just 184 total yards to a pair of FCS teams to start off the campaign, but they still have a great defense. The battle against the Florida Gators this week is one of the best rivalry games in the country, and it should be a good one between two great defenses. Of course, even more important than who actually wins this Sunshine State showdown is which conference prevails. The SEC is still sitting atop the mountain right now, but the truth of the matter is that the ACC has a chance to catch up this weekend. It would be flat out awesome for the rest of the country if both FSU and the…

Clemson Tigers were able to beat their SEC foes this weekend. The Tigers are favored by four over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the battle for the Palmetto State, and they are hoping to snap a three-game skid to SC. QB Tajh Boyd might have made himself a Heisman contender last week by accounting for an ACC record eight touchdowns in one game against the NC State Wolfpack. It was one of the most impressive performances that a player has had in the country all year long, and it was yet another win for Clemson, which really has looked unflappable the whole year, save for a half of football in Tallahassee. However, it only took one bad game to take the Tigers out of the National Championship hunt, just like it did with the…

Oregon Ducks. The Ducks, like the Tigers, only have one loss in conference play this year, but that one loss was to the Stanford Cardinal, the team in the driver’s seat to win the Pac-12 North Division. Should Oregon beat the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium this weekend (something that should be done considering that it is favored by 9.5 points), the Ducks will finish up at 11-1 and need Stanford to lose to the UCLA Bruins to move on to a chance at hosting the Pac-12 Championship Game. A loss though, would likely take the Ducks clear out of the BCS picture and ship them to a far less lucrative and alluring bowl destination. Oregon is going to likely be having to fill its head coaching job after this year, as Head Coach Chip Kelly sounds like he is about to be going to the NFL. That’s the same job that the…

Tennessee Volunteers are going to be trying to fill in Knoxville once this week is said and done with. UT wrapped up another losing season last week after getting crushed by the Vanderbilt Commodores, and Head Coach Derek Dooley was immediately shown the door. The team just hasn’t been good at all, and now it is left to try to pick up the pieces of what might be a winless SEC campaign. Beating the Kentucky Wildcats is a must, but the Cats are at least playing for the motivation of their fallen coach, Joker Phillips, who has been given his walking papers as well. Tennessee is a double digit favorite, and it has the talent that should win that game by a ton. Another team that is looking for a new coach already is the…

Cal Golden Bears. It’s hard to not say that we saw this one coming, too. Head Coach Jeff Tedford had been on the job in Berkeley for the last 11 years, but he had worn out his welcome and his team wasn’t responding. The Bears weren’t that talented this year, but they certainly weren’t 3-9 bad either. The cupboard is relatively bare now, and there just isn’t much to work with for whomever is next. The task is made all the more difficult by the fact that both USC, UCLA, and Stanford are programs that are just head and shoulders above that of Cal. That’s sort of the feeling that the…

Indiana Hoosiers are getting at the moment in relation to the rest of the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have won just five conference games over the course of the last five seasons, but they have a chance for a third conference win this week when they take on the Purdue Boilermakers. These two coaches, Kevin Wilson and Danny Hope are both in a heck of a lot of trouble right now, and the man that loses this game might lose his job. What we have to remember about the Boilers though, is that they have pushed a lot of teams this year to the brink, not the least of which is the…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That Purdue game was one of the many this year in which the watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus have seemingly been the only thing guiding this team to victory. Yes, the Irish have felt touched all year long, but no one in the end is going to ask what the total margin of victory has been for the year for them. The only thing that matters is that zero in the loss column. And, no matter whether by hook or by crook, as long as that stays the case this week, the Golden Domers will be off to Miami for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.

Aaron Ryan

Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.