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Instant replay: College football Week 1 betting recap By RYAN STETSON
It wasn’t the most dynamic opening weekend of college football, was it?
With the rotten weather, a pile of dud performances, and very few contests going down to the wire, we waded into the football season waters – instead of our usual cannonball.
The good news, of course, is that with live college football comes real live odds on games that actually mean something. After each week of football, we’ll recap all the betting goodies from college and the pros.
Let’s dig in.
The real betting discrepancy in Week 1 was in the tally of the totals. Based on Covers.com’s odds just before kickoff the over dominated throughout the opening week, going 53-24.
Meanwhile, Week 1 college underdogs narrowly edged favorites 40-37, but only six of those pups won outright - Northwestern (+6), South Florida (+10), Ball State (+5), LSU (+3.5), Richmond (+12) and Sacramento State (+24).
The South Florida Bulls were one of the big winners, by dropping Notre Dame 23-20, while LSU manhandled Oregon in a 40-27 blowout in the game everybody was waiting for.
Outside of those games, the weather that caused delays across the country really was the big story – just ask Western Michigan supporters. Set as 14-point underdogs against Michigan, the Broncos were down 34-10 in the third quarter when the game had to be delayed due to thunderstorms. College games need to go 55 minutes for an official result, so the 44-minute win did nothing for Wolverines bettors.
King of Covers
Each week we’ll take a look at the hottest King of Covers contestants, a NCAAF competition that ranks your picks as you compete for both weekly prizes and the grand prize.
In the opening week of the season, it was no contest as picus57 ran away from the pack by hitting better than 67 percent of his plays (51-25-4).
Not far off the pace were cdsinca, patsbull, and billd2626, all of whom hit around 63 percent of their picks.
I haven’t personally got into college football fantasy – at least not yet – but some of the kids had themselves huge days to get the season going even though their teams didn’t live up to expectations.
-USC’s 19-17 win over Minnesota left a lot to be desired considering he Trojans were 24-point favorites, but on the bright side, quarterback Matt Barkley completed 34 passes while Robert Woods had 17 catches – both school records.
-Oregon State true freshman Malcom Agnew leads the nation with 223 yards following last weekend’s upset loss in overtime to Sacramento State. Agnew reached paydirt three times, but the Beavers dropped a 29-28 decision as a 27.5-point favorite.