College Football Results Against The Spread Week 3 2018
Week 2 had its share of upsets. Hell, even Kansas won ANOTHER game, their first winning streak against FBS opponents in nine years. Florence canceled and moved games, and the rest of the country tried to get a break from the Florence news with some good football.
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Everyone had a bad week in the Fantasy CPR readers pick em group on ESPN. Even though we only had a maximum of 45 points this week, no one topped 40. Stay tuned to see just how bad it was.
Here we will recap my picks against the spread. The winner against the spread will be in BOLD. My result will follow. Let’s get to it!
Let’s kick this off with the games moved back to Thursday!
Boston College(-4.5) at Wake Forest: MISS! Boston College did whatever they wanted on offense. While Wake’s offense was solid, the defense gave them no chance.
Old Dominion(-1.5) at Charlotte: MISS! That was a pretty bad showing by the Monarchs.
Georgia State at Memphis(-27.5): MISS! Well, we’re off to a good start. On top of that, Memphis covered the over/under by themselves…..
Oklahoma(-17.5) at Iowa State: HIT! The Iowa State defense was as advertised. They are one of the better units in the Big 12(10), for whatever that’s worth.
Georgia Southern at Clemson(-33.5): MISS! The Tigers allowed a fourth quarter touchdown to spoil the shutout and to make sure the offense didn’t cover.
Middle Tennessee State at Georgia(-34.5) HIT! Want to know the most interesting stat of this game? MTSU quarterback Brent Stockstill was the leading passer in this game with just 138 yards. It’s not often that a team covers this line just by running the ball.
Kent State at Penn State(-34.5): MISS! I failed to take into account that Kent just isn’t very good.
Miami(FL)(-10.5) at Toledo: HIT! I thought I put more on this! Oh well, I’ll take the win. So will the Hurricanes.
Hawaii at Army(-6.5): MISS! Look out, Army has a passing game! Well, as much of a passing game as an option offense can have. The defense did a great job against that powerful Hawaii offense.
Troy at Nebraska(-10.5): HIT! It was easy money with Martinez out. The line didn’t really drop from where I picked it either. I don’t think many really expected for Nebraska to lose outright at home, but that is exactly what happened when another defensive penalty kept the opponents’ game winning drive alive.
Florida State(-2.5) at Syracuse: HIT! If you would have told me that Eric Dungey would leave the game and not return in the second quarter and the Orange would still win running away, I would have thought you were crazy. Is Francois’ job in jeopardy? If not, it should be. However, the disaster that is the 2018 Florida State Seminoles is not all his fault.
Rutgers at Kansas(-2.5): HIT! Glad I didn’t pick the over/under because I would have missed that thing. Kansas has now won back to back games vs. FBS opponents for the first time in nine years. Kansas has 13 takeaways in three games this year. They have nine all last season. This was the first time that Kansas has scored 55 in a game since the 2016 opener against Rhode Island. There is a lot of good to take away from this if you’re a Kansas fan.
Ball State at Indiana(-14.5): MISS! I really hope Indiana plays Notre Dame in a bowl so we can settle who is the best team in Indiana. Judging by points alone, it’s Indiana. They handled Ball State with ease. The Irish did not.
Temple at Maryland(-16.5): MISS! This was a thrashing by Temple. Wow! Temple beat the line by 37.5 points. That usually means a hell of a lot of people lost money on this one. I wasn’t sure that Maryland could cover, but I definitely didn’t see Temple winning outright…..by three touchdowns.
UTEP at Tennessee(-30.5): MISS! I know better than to bet on a bad offense to cover a spread like this. The Vol defense pitched a shoutout and still didn’t get this covered.
Georgia Tech(-3.5) at Pittsburgh: HIT! Pitt looked like they were going to run off with this, but another poor second half almost had them snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Tulane(-3.5) at UAB: MISS! This was a good game like I expected, but I still missed this one.
Vanderbilt at Notre Dame(-13.5): HIT! TI am not at all impressed by the Notre Dame offense, particularly Brandon Wimbush. If they don’t curb the turnovers, the Irish are going to find the going tough in the ACC.
BYU at Wisconsin(-21.5): MISS! How did BYU lose to Cal? Or is the Big Ten(14) just this weak outside of Ohio?
Georgia(-9.5) at South Carolina: HIT! Georgia just reloaded. That backfield is jam packed again!
LSU at Auburn(-10.5) HIT! I’m not shocked that LSU won. They have Auburn’s number lately. I am surprised that Stidham can’t carry this offense though.
Boise State at Oklahoma State(-2.5): HIT! Boise’s audition to join the Big 12(10) went decent. I am surprised that Oklahoma State was able to run off with this. Mike Gundy brings in yet another QB that can throw it around. His name is Taylor Cornelius, and he could have some huge games in conference play.
SMU at Michigan(-35.5): MISS! I knew better.
South Florida(-10.5) at Illinois: MISS! Forget covering, the Bulls were lucky to win this one. They needed 18 fourth quarter points just to win by six.
Duke at Baylor(-6.5): HIT! This Baylor offense doesn’t appear to be much better than last year. They were shut out in the first half! Not that the Duke defense is bad. It’s just that this Baylor offense used to be so explosive.
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois(-14.5): MISS! So, what I learned by association is that Kansas is better than NIU.
Miami(OH) at MInnesota(-13.5): HIT! I like Gus Ragland, but something has to give. The Redhawks have just three points in the last eight quarters. Meanwhile, Minnesota might have the most balanced offense they have had since the turn of the century, and they are only getting better.
UTSA at Kansas State(-21.5): MISS! Out is the two QB system for the Wildcats and the offensive ineptitude that went with it. However, it’s hard to get too excited against a team like UTSA.
Colorado State at Florida(-20.5): MISS! Florida has looked really good against really bad teams. Unfortunately for the Gators, not many of those reside in the SEC. Not even in the East.
North Texas at Arkansas(-6.5): HIT! I expected a North Texas win, but I didn’t expect them to wipe the field with the Piggies at home. There was also one of the most ingenious plays you have seen so far this year.
Houston(-1.5) at Texas Tech: HIT! First the UNT-Arkansas craziness, then this one! What an afternoon! This was one of the most entertaining games of the year so far so long as you like offense.
Ohio at Virginia(-3.5): HIT! I don’t know what I’m more shocked about: Virginia scoring 45 or allowing 31 to Ohio. A win is a win. It looks like I’ll need it.
San Jose State at Oregon(-41.5): MISS! The high flying Ducks fell seven points short of hitting this total, let alone trying to cover it with that defense. This is not exactly the kind of showing the fans wanted in the week before Stanford.
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo(-3.5): MISS! Well, I guess this is good. I needed a reminder of how good Tyree Jackson is.
Alabama(-21.5) at Mississippi: MISS! Ole Miss took a 7-0 lead. If you are an Ole Miss fan, just top here. Revel in that glory, and I’ll never tell you that Bama scored the next, and last, 62 points of the game.
Texas State at South Alabama(-10.5) MISS! I hate losing games by a half. It somehow feels worse. However, given the fact that the Jags had to score 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win this, I guess I don’t feel so bad.
Arkansas State(-1.5) at Tulsa: HIT! Tulsa played a solid game, but made too many costly mistakes when it counted.
Oregon State at Nevada(-3.5): MISS! Nevada won, but it was the Oregon State offense that had all the stats. Nevada never came out of the locker room after piling up a 30-21 lead at the half. The Wolfpack were really, really lucky to win this.
Louisiana at Mississippi State(-33.5): HIT! I can’t believe I talked myself out of a higher bet. I’m going to need it.
Western Kentucky at Louisville(-22.5): HIT! Louisville was very fortunate to win this game, and quite honestly, probably shouldn’t have.
Missouri(-6.5) at Purdue: MISS! So much for easy money. This really was the perfect storm for Purdue. Blough finally took hold of the QB job that should have been his outright a year ago because of an injury to Sindelar. Since I was going to lose anyway, I was actually cheering for Purdue. They outplayed Missouri. Missouri’s D is in some serious trouble come SEC time. This was a very entertaining game.
Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M(-26.5): HIT! The Aggies were good sports and let the Warhawks hang around for a half before blowing them off the field. Go ahead and underestimate Jimbo. He doesn’t mind.
Massachusetts at Florida International(-3.5): HIT! This should have been my lock. I knew this line was bogus.
Akron at Northwestern(-21.5): HIT! Northwestern scored more than 22, but they allowed 36 second half points to the Zips. I really would like to see Nebraska play that game against Akron. I think it would be just as entertaining as this was.
Ohio State(-12.5) at TCU: MISS! Stupid half! In all fairness, I still would have taken the Buckeyes at 14.5, so it doesn’t really matter. This was a fun one too. TCU looks like those Chip Kelly Oregon teams with track stars at every offensive position. They are likely the fastest team in the country.
USCat Texas(-3.5): MISS! I underestimated just how pathetic the USC offense is. Texas actually looked good in this one. I’m withholding judgment on whether they actually are.
New Mexico(-3.5) at New Mexico State: HIT! This is going to be a long season for the Aggies. They lost way too much from last year’s magical season.
Washington(-5.5) at Utah: HIT! This was a solid performance by the Utah defense, but Washington’s was still better. I don’t view this as bad for Utah. They played a solid game.
Arizona State(-5.5) at San Diego State: MISS! This was a trap. Arizona State didn’t get a first down in the second half until four minutes left in the game. This was just a dominant performance on both sides of the ball for the Aztecs in the second half.
Fresno State(-2.5) at UCLA: HIT! I expected Fresno to win, but they blew them out! It was a rough day for L.A.
A strong week 2 is saving me right now. I was disappointed with my 24-25 week, but I am still right at .500 on the season at 72-72. I was under .500 going into conference season last year, so I guess that’s progress. However, it’s still a little bit off of where I want to be. Now let’s get to the important part: the point bets. I missed my lock for the first time this year to go to 2-1 in lock picks.
This week’s totals follow the number. The season totals are in parentheses.
1. 7-3 (15-14) = 1
2. 8-10 (28-31) = -6
3. 7-8 (19-16) = 9
4. 2-2 (8-7) = 4
5. 0-2 (2-4) = -10
I was at 11 points on the season coming into week 3, but missing both of my five pointers resulted in me losing 13 points this week. I dominated those one pointers though. That puts me two points down on the season, but I still have 22 points to the good after 3+ years. Almost everything I wont last week on Mississippi State I lost on Missouri. Most of what’s left is riding on Wazzu tonight!
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