Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 4

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 4, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

It’s not often that we talk about teams from the Sun Belt Conference, but we have to tip our hats to these guys. The conference has already has covers against the LSU Tigers (North Texas), Oregon Ducks (Arkansas State), Alabama Crimson Tide (Western Kentucky), NC State Wolfpack (South Alabama), Mississippi State Bulldogs (Troy Trojans), Auburn Tigers (Louisiana Monroe), Kansas State Wildcats (North Texas), and Georgia Bulldogs (Florida Atlantic). Oh yes, and it also has an outright victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks (Louisiana Monroe) and the Kentucky Wildcats (Western Kentucky). See, and who says the SEC has the dominating conference! Think that the Baylor Bears are scared to go on the road this week to visit the Warhawks? Or Mississippi State hosting South Alabama? Or the Louisville Cardinals visiting Florida International? At least we know a team that isn’t going to be intimidated this week will be the…

Alabama Crimson Tide, who should absolutely obliterate the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday. If the Owls are going to cover this point spread, it is only a matter of mercy and nothing more. The Tide are 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS, and the only reason that they aren’t 3-0 ATS is because they took their foot off the gas pedal against (you guess it) the Sun Belt’s Hilltoppers. Still, Alabama has held its three foes down to just 14 points this year, and that’s awfully impressive considering the fact that this hasn’t been a pansy of a schedule to start the year with games against Michigan, Western Kentucky, and Arkansas. However, the 128-14 score line in favor of Alabama this year isn’t nearly as impressive as the margin of victory this year for the…

Florida State Seminoles. Of course, we do have to note that FSU has taken on a pair of lousy FCS schools and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, but especially considering the fact that the game against Savannah State was essentially called by the mercy rule just one drive after halftime, it’s all the more impressive that the Noles are outscoring their foes 176-3 this year. The starters haven’t had to play more than three quarters of any game, and even that was just a matter of reps to get ready for the real games on the ACC schedule, starting this week against the Clemson Tigers. Florida State has four players that already have at least three touchdowns this year and a kicker in K Dustin Hopkins that has scored 32 points. If you include the PATs for the touchdowns scored by the rest of the Noles, all five players have accounted for more points scored this year than the…

Massachusetts Minutemen, who have just 19 points scored in three games. Matters should get a bit easier this week against the Miami Redhawks than they were last week against the Michigan Wolverines, but this clearly looks like an 0-12 team to us this year. Not only is UMass ranked dead last in the nation in scoring (6.3 PPG), but it is dead last in points allowed as well (48.3 PPG). What’s worse is that there has been just one offensive touchdown scored for the whole year, and the only other score came via the defense picking off QB Denard Robinson and bringing it back to the house. If Michigan thinks that it is going to have as easy of a time this week as it did last week against UMass, it has another thing coming. The…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish are here to play. It isn’t all that often that South Bend gets to host a night game, but that’s going to be what happens this week when the Irish and the Wolverines have at it in what might be the type of game that serves as a real boost to a BCS campaign for one of these two. Heck, both clubs are still thinking about the National Championship right now, something that…

Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans just aren’t able to think about any longer. The Men of Troy were beaten last week by the Stanford Cardinal, and in the end, Barkley’s career is going to be left with a gaping hole in it, as he was never able to beat Stanford in four tries. What was worse for USC was the fact that it only had 276 total yards of offense, and Barkley had just 253 passing yards and two picks in the loss to the Cardinal. That just isn’t going to get the job done against anyone. Now, USC is 0-1 in the Pac-12, and there is a real possibility that this week’s game against the Cal Golden Bears could be a real challenge. Barkley’s Heisman Trophy campaign is probably up in flames as well, and another man that is commiserating with him over that fact is…

Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badgers. A year after accounting for 39 total touchdowns, Ball has just 320 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards, and two scores this year in three games for the Badgers, and after nearly losing to Northern Iowa, losing to Oregon State, and getting pushed to the wire by Utah State, there isn’t a team on the schedule that probably doesn’t think that it has a shot against Wisky. That includes this week’s foe, the UTEP Miners, who are hoping to make some rare noise for…

Conference USA, which has been a brutal embarrassment this year. This conference already has one embarrassing loss to an FCS school, and if you take out the wins against FCS teams, the conference is just 6-22 SU this year and just 9-19 ATS. That’s a “Yo!” if we’ve ever seen it before. There isn’t a team that doesn’t have an undefeated record, and there are still five that don’t have a win this year. One of the winless teams this year was expected to potentially contend for a spot in the BCS, the…

Houston Cougars. The Cougs are 0-3, they’ve allowed 123 total points, and they have scored just 68. Gone is Head Coach Kevin Sumlin, and gone is QB Case Keenum. It’s difficult to think that there is a team out there that could possibly rely on its quarterback as much as Houston did, but after losses to Texas State, UCLA, and Louisiana Tech, it is clear that this went from a team that was one of the best non-AQ teams in the land to one that just has no chance of finding success. The good news for the Cougars is that they are going to have a week off this week. The bad news for them though, is that they still don’t have a quarterback. We kind of wonder whether Louisiana Monroe would be the same without QB Kolton Browning, who is already set to win the…

Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors. Browning has just been flat out awesome, throwing for 649 yards and rushing for 127 yards. He leads the team in literally every single category, and he has the nation’s 28th ranked offense this year at 480.0 yards per game. Oh, and did we mention that these numbers have come against the Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn Tigers? Most SEC teams aren’t going to roll up 480 yards against these two teams this year, yet Browning has been able to do it. Baylor had better watch out this week, as what has already been a remarkable year for the Sun Belt might be continuing when the national spotlight is watching the Warhawks on Friday night against the Bears.

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.