3 College Football Betting Underdogs to Consider Saturday
In Week 2 of the College Football season, bettors have the opportunity to wager on some live dogs, as there are several enticing underdogs worth betting on in Saturday’s slate. While many of these college football picks aren’t coming from power conferences, they have a chance to cash all the same. These three underdogs, in particular, look like they could not just cover the spread but potentially win outright as well.
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Western Kentucky +6.5 at Army
Going into the season’s opening week, college football odds had a tight spread for Army’s first game against Georgia State. But the Black Knights vastly outperformed expectations, running up a 43-10 score to move to 1-0 on the year. Against Western Kentucky, the Army should revert back to playing closer games and struggle to cover a number close to a touchdown.
Western Kentucky is going to have an edge in the passing game in this matchup, as all teams do that face Army. Bailey Zappe is in his first year with the Hilltoppers after transferring from Houston Baptist. And while his debut with the team came against FCS Tennessee-Martin, Zappe did throw seven touchdown passes to build some momentum for Saturday at West Point.
According to BetUS, the total for this game is set at 52, which implies that neither team should score much higher than 30 points. While Army’s defense only gave up 10 points last week, they benefited from two Georgia State turnovers, including an interception inside the Georgia State 10 yard line that turned into immediate points. This week, Army will not get the same kind of help, and this game will be tight throughout.
Navy +6 vs. Air Force
One of the best rivalries in all of college football is the annual game between Navy and Air Force. This year, Navy is hosting one of the contests that will help decide who gets the Commander in Chief’s Trophy. And from an NCAAF betting, one would think that Navy will play much better than they did in the opening week of the season, getting up for this game as an underdog who could very well come away with a win.
This feels like a classic case of the market overreacting to the performances of both teams the week prior. Last week, Air Force beat up on Lafayette of the FCS, while Conference USA powerhouse Marshall demolished navy. Air Force will not look as good as they did against their most recent overmatched opponent, while Navy will not look as bad as they did against a superior squad a week ago.
Akron +7 vs. Temple
Over the last few years, it is safe to say that NCAAF odds have not always made Akron an appealing beat, even when they were catching a lot of points. But this week in college football betting, Akron might just be a good bet as a touchdown underdog at home against Temple. With both teams coming off of losses where they gave up 60+ points, the Zips might be able to pick up a rare non-conference victory against an FBS opponent.
Last week, Akron gave up 60 points and lost by 50 to Auburn, while Temple got beat 61-14 by Rutgers. Neither result is good, of course, but a 50-point loss to an Auburn team trying to prove itself under a new coach is much less embarrassing than getting beat by 47 to a Rutgers program that has struggled since its move to the Big Ten. Akron has plenty of blemishes of its own, but it could very well beat Temple here.