College Football Stats for the Week
By Tom Barton
Tulsa vs. Temple - 7 - Temple had 451 yards of offense in a 43-22 win as a 4.5-point road favorite in this matchup last season. Temple beat Maryland and the D looked really good. The Golden Hurricane though are an impressive 12-3 ATS when playing as a road underdog since 2015 but they have been gashed defensively. Temple has allowed almost 120 yards on the ground and against weak teams as well and Tulsa RBs Shamari Brooks and Corey Taylor II have combined to rush for 473 yards with five touchdowns this season, and QB Luke Skipper has rushed for 109 yards and a score himself.
UCF - 13 1/2 vs. FAU - It’s amazing that a 38-point, 566-yard performance is considered “struggling” for this offense but the last time we saw them that's what it was. McKenzie Milton threw 3 picks and although UCF comes into this game 2nd in the nation in yards per game (609) behind Texas Tech, it was a bad performance against a weak team.
FAU Defense will be key -- Aside from giving up 63 points and 650 yards to Oklahoma, the Owls have struggled to keep opponents off the board. FAU has given up 55 total points over their last two games to Air Force and Bethune-Cookman (FCS). They’ve given up 10.3 yards per attempt through the air which is 5th worst in the country while allowing opposing QB’s to complete 68.1% of their passes, which is 7th-worst.
FAU Offense -- RB Devin Singletary, rushed for almost 2,000 yards with 32 touchdowns last season and will have to carry the load here.
Penn St - 28 vs. Illinois - For Penn State this is about avoiding the look ahead. They have a huge matchup with Ohio State on deck next week. McSorley is only at 57% on the year but the running game has been huge. Expect a big crowd for Illinois who have covered 6 of the past 9 games where they have been 20+ underdogs
Wash St vs. USC - 4 - Southern Cal beat Washington State eight times in a row from 2003 through 2010, most in blowout fashion. But the Cougars have taken two of the last three meetings outright. USC off a loss and expect a bounce back but maybe they are just bad ? ... USC is 0-6 ATS in its last six games.
Ohio State - Urban Meyer's should provide a jolt for the Buckeyes at home but covering 38 is still a rough thing to do
Notre Dame - 7 1/2 vs. Wake Forest - Wake allowed over 300 yards per game passing.
Michigan - 18 vs. Nebraska - Both teams might be missing playmakers. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (knee) is questionable while Michigan running backs Karan Higdon and Chris Evans are “day-to-day.”
Alabama - 27 vs. Texas A&M - Tua for Heisman is real and they have been crushing teams. Alabama has covered the spread by almost 20 points this year, the most by any team but Jimbo has this A&M team playing much better
Clemson - 16 1/2 vs. G-Tech - The Tigers should be prepared for the option attack - they've played Furman and Georgia Southern already this season.
TCU - 3 vs. Texas - TCU won last season but what effect of them losing last week close to Ohio State and Texas is in an emotional game as well off of a big win last week
Wisconsin - 3 vs. Iowa - The defense has allowed just 8.0 points per game. It's always tough to play in Iowa or is it? Wisconsin has won the last four in Iowa City.
Michigan St. - 4 vs. Indiana - Indiana won the last meeting in Bloomington and hung around in East Lansing last year. Michigan State is off of a bye week to fix their problems
Georgia - 14 1/2 vs. Missouri - Maybe Drew Lock is the Giants next QB? Herbert from Oregon will go #1 but Lock is right there talent wise. Drew Lock ranks second among Power 5 quarterbacks with 11 passing touchdowns, and the high-powered offense can put up points but the Bulldogs are 5-1 in this series since Mizzou joined the SEC, and they rolled up 696 yards of offense in this game last season.