October 9, 2012

Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 7

After another great week of the college football betting season, we are back for Week 7, as we look at the top teams, players, and trends of note for the this week on NCAA football schedule.

History will say that it was “Separation Saturday.” It was the day that three teams that were ranked in the Top 5 in the country were beaten, and the major shakeup occurred. The team that quietly is making the most noise in the land though, wasn’t one of the teams that pulled off the upset. The team is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who just keep finding ways to win games. Computers are suggesting that the Golden Domers are the one team in the country that can run the table and jump into the BCS National Championship Game from behind right now, and last week’s whooping of the Miami Hurricanes was just another step in the right direction. Up next is a date with the Stanford Cardinal, whom they are seven-point favorites against in South Bend. As well as he played this past week, it is going to be a rough, rough game for…

Josh Nunes, Stanford’s quarterback. The much junior who sat behind QB Andrew Luck for years just hadn’t been very good this year, throwing for under 800 yards in four games before having a great outing against the Arizona Wildcats. He threw for 360 and rushed for 33 more yards, and he had three touchdowns, including the score that got the game back within seven with 6:34 to play, and the one that tied the game with 0:45 left. Nunes has got his work cut out for him this week against the Irish and their defense, which hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three straight games. In fact, there aren’t all that many teams that have pass defenses that are better than that of Notre Dame, which ranks 22nd in the land. The No. 1 team, though? That’s the…

Texas Tech Red Raiders… at least for this week. Why do we say that? Because QB Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers are coming to town. The Mountaineers are now ranked in the Top 5 in the country, and they too, think that they can play for the BCS National Championship this year. Of course, this could be a bit more of a challenge if Texas Tech’s pass defense, which is allowing just 117.4 yards per game is 100% legit. However, if last week was any indication, when QB Landry Jones threw for 259 yards and two TDs in the win here in Lubbock, the Red Raiders won’t be No. 1 in the land in pass defense any longer. WVU will be favored on the road, but this isn’t nearly the biggest game this week in the Big XII. That’s of course, the…

Red River Rivalry, which is one of the biggest games in the country all year long. Neither the Oklahoma Sooners nor the Texas Longhorns figured to be National Championship type of material this year, knowing that both already have one loss under their belt, but both are hoping to beat their rivals and at least keep those slim hopes for the BCS and the National Championship alive. The Sooners are getting the nod by just three points in a game that has gone in streaks. Oklahoma has gone 2-0 SU and ATS in the last two games. Texas wen 4-1 SU and 4-0-1 ATS in the previous five games. Oklahoma owned the six before that. If you want to talk about real domination though, you have to talk about what the…

Pittsburgh Panthers have done to the Louisville Cardinals over the course of the last several years. The Panthers are getting 1.5 points from the Cards this week, but they were getting a field goal last year when they were able to go on the road and beat the Birds. Pittsburgh has won four games in a row in this series, and it has covered five straight, including two of those five games as underdogs. Louisville is one of the 15 teams in the country (16 if you count Texas San Antonio) that is undefeated at this point, and it is one of the many flying under the radar this year. There are just seven teams in the land that have yet to lose a game from an ATS standpoint though, and only one of those teams is 6-0 ATS. That’s the…

Fresno State Bulldogs, who are also 4-2 SU to show for their work this year. Apparently, firing Pat Hill was the right step for the Bulldogs to make this year, but they have to have that “Anyone, anytime, anywhere” mentality once again this week when they go on the road to the Smurf Turf in what might be the most crucial game of the year. The Boise State Broncos know that this is going to be one of their toughest games left between now and potentially a spot in the BCS. Boise State is laying nine points, but that doesn’t make this any less dangerous of a game. There aren’t many other teams that could bust the BCS this year, but the…

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs know that this might be their last shot to really impress the voters this year. The Bulldogs are playing in Ruston against the Texas A&M Aggies, who haven’t lost a game since taking on the Florida Gators in the second week of the season. This was supposed to be a game played in Week 1, but Hurricane Isaac had other plans and caused the game to move here. The Bulldogs are averaging 53.2 points per game this year, and they’ve done that without adding a lousy FCS team to the schedule. The Aggies might be six-point favorites on Saturday, but they don’t have the toughest road trip in the SEC by a country mile. That dubious distinction goes to the…

South Carolina Gamecocks, who are going to have to go on the road to take on the LSU Tigers. The Bayou is always a brutal place to play, but it gets even worse at night, and Head Coach Steve Spurrier knows it. Many National Championships for many teams have been lost here in Baton Rouge, and the Gamecocks don’t want to be the next team on that list that failed to win it all because they had to come to visit LSU. This will be a tougher game than the romp was last week over the Georgia Bulldogs, but as 2.5-point underdogs if there is an upset in this game, the team that is going to have to watch its back is the…

Oregon Ducks. The Ducks are off this week, but they are sitting there at No. 2 and hoping that going 13-0 and winning the Pac-12 Championship will be enough to get them to the National Championship Game. South Carolina is one of the big time threats, but as we’ve already talked about, the team that the Quack Attack might have to be on the lookout for right now is the…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Everyone wants to see the Fighting Irish in the BCS again this year, and they are probably five wins away from making that happens. Are they seven wins away from playing for all of the marbles? There are still road tests against the Oklahoma Sooners and USC Trojans to play, but this should be the very last home game that amounts to be all that much of a challenge.

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Andrew 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.

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