Every week we will unlock a few college football games to let you learn the ins and outs of BetQL and see all the data we have on that game. Here you will find our free college football picks against the spread, but if you are more of a moneyline bettor or if you are looking for over under picks we still have you covered. Check out our college football picks below and come back each week to see our free picks against the spread.
Clemson vs NC State
The Clemson Tigers weren’t exactly convincing in last week’s 14-8 win over rival Georgia Tech. In fact, it bumped them all of the way down to no. 9 in the polls. Things aren’t going to get any easier this week when Dabo Swinney’s team faces a tricky road game against the NC State Wolfpack. The Tigers are only 10-point favorites on the road with the over/under set at 47 points.
If one thing has become clear during the first three weeks of the season it’s that this is not the same Clemson offense from past seasons. If you take away their blowout of an FCS team, the Tigers have managed just 17 points in two games. The blame shouldn’t fall completely on the shoulders of new quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. The Clemson offensive line has taken a huge step back this year, making him a little uncomfortable in the pocket despite having top-flight receivers like Justyn Ross and Joseph Ngata on the outside. The silver lining is that Clemson’s defense is for real. Remember the only touchdown the Tigers gave up against Georgia came on a pick-six. Officially, the Clemson defense has allowed just four field goals over three games. The defensive line looks like the best in the country and should be capable of overpowering just about any opponent Clemson will face this year.
Whether NC State will be ready for that much talent remains to be seen. The Wolfpack has posted big numbers against South Florida and Furman, only to be held to just 10 points in a loss against Mississippi State. NC State’s rushing attack couldn’t generate anything in that game, which could be the case again this week. That should put a lot of pressure on Devin Leary, who was sacked four times in that game but has quality receivers around him if he gets time in the pocket. Fortunately, even in the loss to Mississippi State, the Wolfpack has looked good defensively. Losing two starters to season-ending injuries will hurt NC State. But the Wolfpack might have a chance to force Clemson into another low-scoring, defensive slugfest.
West Virginia vs Oklahoma
The no. 4 Oklahoma Sooners have proven that they can win close games early in the season. However, wins over Tulane and Nebraska have perhaps been too close for comfort if you ask Lincoln Riley. If the Sooners hope to win and cover against the West Virginia Mountaineers this week, they’ll have to do a little better. The Mountaineers are coming off a win over a ranked team, although they are still 16.5-point underdogs in Norman with the over/under for the game set at 59 points.
For one reason or another, the Oklahoma offense hasn’t found its rhythm just yet. They were hot and cold during the season opener against Tulane and scored just 21 of the team’s 23 points in last week’s close win against Nebraska. The running game has been better after a sluggish start in the season opener. But quarterback Spencer Rattler hasn’t created a lot of big plays in the passing game thus far. His completion percentage is nearly 75%, although the Sooners have been a little more conservative offensively rather than the big-play offense we’re accustomed to seeing. That will probably need to change for the Sooners to cover the spread against West Virginia, especially since the OU defense gave up a few big plays against Nebraska last week despite coming up with the game-sealing interception.
As for the Mountaineers, they walked a thin line between being 2-1 and being 1-2 last week, holding off a late rally from Virginia Tech. The running game saved West Virginia against the Hokies, especially an 80-yard touchdown run from Leddie Brown to help them build a lead early. But the passing game just isn’t there with Jarret Doege, who threw a bone-headed interception last week when the Mountaineers should have been trying to run down the clock. If this game turns into a classic Big 12 shootout, Doege and the WVU offense could have a problem. It’ll be interesting to see if West Virginia has the defensive chops to keep the Sooners under wraps. We didn’t see much in their loss to Maryland to open the season, although the Mountaineers were better at home last week. If the defense shows up and the Mountaineers continue to run the ball behind Brown, they might be able to make this game a little closer than the spread suggests.
Notre Dame vs Wisconsin
The crown jewel of the college football schedule this week is the showdown between the no. 12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the no. 18 Wisconsin Badgers. The game is being played at Soldier Field in Chicago, which is supposedly a neutral venue. The undefeated Irish are listed as 5.5-point underdogs against the 1-1 Badgers, who know they need to win this game to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive. Oddsmakers are expecting points to be at a premium in this matchup with the over/under set at 46.5 points.
Notre Dame has surely been a little underwhelming through three games. They barely beat a Florida State team that’s now 0-3 and needed a late comeback to beat a team from the MAC. Even a two-touchdown win over Purdue last week left something to be desired. The Irish are finding out that replacing a few studs on the offensive line isn’t so easy, which has held back their offense. Of course, all eyes will be on quarterback Jack Coan, who was the starter at Wisconsin a couple of years ago and is now the starter for the Irish. He looked sharp against Florida State but has failed to maintain that same level of play over the last two weeks. He’s also been sacked 14 times in three games, which isn’t making life any easier. The Notre Dame running game hasn’t been functioning at a high level either, so this game could come down to Notre Dame’s defense keeping the Irish in it.
Speaking of defense, that’s where Wisconsin has excelled early in the season. Even in a 16-10 loss to Penn State, it’s hard not to be impressed with what the Badgers did defensively in that game. Keep in mind they also allowed 92 total yards against Eastern Michigan in their last game. On the other side of the ball, questions linger about the Wisconsin offense. The Badgers were able to push around Eastern Michigan enough to run for 352 yards and four touchdowns. But Wisconsin is yet to see the best of quarterback Graham Mertz, who averaged just five yards per pass attempt and threw two picks in the loss to Penn State. If Mertz doesn’t produce and the Badgers become one-dimensional on offense, this could become an ugly, low-scoring game.
Despite a disappointing non-conference loss last week, the UCLA Bruins are ranked no. 24 in the polls this week and have a clean slate with the start of Pac-12 play. Of course, Chip Kelly’s team is facing a tricky opener against the Stanford Cardinal, who have already knocked off one Los Angeles team this season. Of course, the Bruins are still six-point favorites on the road with the over/under for the game set at 58.5 points.
Frankly, we should have seen a let-down from the Bruins coming, as they followed up a massive win over LSU with a loss to Fresno State. Nevertheless, there is still renewed optimism surrounding UCLA, particularly on offense. Outside of losing a fumble, Dorian Thompson-Robinson had a fine game against Fresno State, making some big-time throws to help the Bruins forge a late comeback and take the lead. However, there are massive concerns with the UCLA defense, who were handed a four-point lead with 54 seconds left but couldn’t hold it. The Bruins have been able to force a few turnovers early in the season, but they are giving up far too many big plays.
Oddly enough, the Stanford offense is getting the job done with methodical drives rather than explosive plays. Regardless of the methods, the Cardinal has been a different team since Tanner McKee took over as the starter against USC two weeks ago. McKee has been efficient and does a good job taking what the defense gives him while getting plenty of run support from a Stanford rushing attack that looks like the running game the school had a few years ago behind Bryce Love. However, the Stanford defense lucked out a little bit by having to play Vanderbilt last week. Despite winning back-to-back games, the Cardinal looks a little vulnerable defensively, which is why UCLA is favored on the road.
Texas A&M vs Arkansas
Who would have predicted when the season began that this week’s Texas A&M-Arkansas game would bring together a pair of top-20 teams. But that’s where we are with the no. 16 Razorbacks getting ready to host their second ranked opponent from the Lone Star State in the last three weeks. The Hogs worked Steve Sarkisian’s Longhorns two weeks ago but now have to face Jimbo Fisher and the no. 7 Aggies. Texas A&M is favored on the road in this matchup, but only with a modest 5.5-point spread and the over/under set at 48 points.
There were surely some folks scratching their heads after the Aggies were lucky to escape with a 10-7 win against Colorado two weeks ago. But Texas A&M was able to get things back on track against an overmatched New Mexico team last week. Running back Isaiah Spiller has provided a backbone for the A&M offense and quarterback Zach Calzada, who was pressed into action after the injury to Haynes King early in the Colorado game. Naturally, there were plenty of growing pains from Calzada during the win over New Mexico, so the Aggies will need to lean heavily on Spiller and their defense for the foreseeable future. While it’s fair to question the quality of opponents they’ve played this season, the Texas A&M defense has allowed just 17 points in three games, looking as good as they have under Fisher.
Alas, the Razorbacks will be a great test for the Aggies. KJ Jefferson has been a revelation early in the season for the Arkansas offense. Texas learned firsthand just how dangerous he can be as a runner in addition to being a suitable passer. Trelon Smith has also been a productive runner while Arkansas has a nice set of receivers led by Treylon Burks. We should find out if Jefferson and company are for real when they face the A&M defense. But the Arkansas defense also deserves some of the credit for the team’s 3-0 start. The Razorbacks may not be at the same level as some of the other defenses in the SEC, but they are far from a liability, which should allow them to challenge Texas A&M for 60 minutes and potentially pull off another upset.
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If you are a die-hard sports bettor, you probably know that a majority of the action in college football is on the spread. Much like the NFL, this is the most common way that sports bettors bet on football games. Unlike money line bets where you simply pick the outright winner of each game, the spread allows you to bet on the final score of each game. Will the favorite win by x many points, or will the underdog stay within that many points when the final score is decided? What this does is allow people to bet without having to pay a large amount on favorites, or allow them to pick the underdog without having them win the game outright. Usually, lines for spread betting are fairly even and most start out at -110 both ways. This line increases or decreases depending on how much money is going to a certain side of the spread. If everyone is betting on the favorite at -110 to win the game by at least x number of points, the line will move up, costing bettors more to bet that side. The same will happen if all the money comes in on the underdog. Eventually, the actual number of points the team has to cover will increase or decrease depending on where the money goes. BetQL will have you covered all college football season picking games against the spread, but you should always be informed as to what each bet means. Below you will find an example of betting against the spread.
College Football Picks Against the Spread Example: Example: Notre Dame (+7, -110) vs. Clemson (-7, -110)
In this example from one of last year’s best college football games, Clemson is favored by 7 points over Notre Dame. That means that if you bet on Clemson, they would have to beat Notre Dame by at least 7 points for you to win this bet. A win of exactly 7 would be a push, and you would simply get your money back. A bet on Notre Dame here does not mean that they have to beat Clemson, rather, they just have to keep the game within 7 points when the final score is announced. Unlike betting this number with Clemson, if the game is decided by exactly 7 points, you will still win this bet and collect your winnings. Notre Dame can also win outright for you to win this bet, all that matters is that they do not lose by more than 7 points and you will win.
Now for the second part, the actual odds you have to pay to make the bet. This is fairly simple to understand once you know what the numbers mean. In this instance, both spreads are listed as -110. What this simply means is that in order to win $100, you must bet $110 dollars. The amounts do not have to be this small or large either, as it would mean the same thing with any amount. An $11 wager would win you $10, while an $1100 dollar wager would win you $1000, and so on. This extra price you have to pay is called “vigor” or “juice” on a line. Think of it like a tax you are having to pay the books to place your bet.
There are times when you will occasionally see a “plus-money” line with a spread bet, however, that is very rare. If you do see one, it will simply have a “+” instead of a “-“ in front of the number. Let’s say the number is +160. What this means is that if you bet $100 on this line, you would win $160. So you are not having to pay a tax at all, and instead, you are getting a much higher payout. Lines like these are always on a bet that is more unlikely to win, so you will have to be okay with the risk that involves being in the unfavorable situation.
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