3 College Football Betting Underdogs to Consider Saturday
College Football season has been full of upsets already, and it has only been a couple of weeks. With elite teams like Ohio State and USC already falling to inferior competition, there is no telling just how many upsets will come this Saturday. But there are a few prime candidates to pull of a surprising victory coming into this weekend that bettors should keep an eye out for when making their college football picks ahead of a loaded Saturday slate of games.
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Buffalo +14 vs. Coastal Carolina
In sports betting, bettors have to be wary of the public darling, a team that is perceived to have very few weaknesses despite them having just as many flaws as everyone else. Coastal Carolina fits that billing, as the Chanticleers could very well be on upset alert against the Buffalo Bulls heading into this week of action. According to BetUS, the Chanticleers are just 14-point favorites against a Buffalo team that didn’t look good last week against Nebraska.
For Buffalo, Nebraska was a bad matchup despite the Bulls only being two-touchdown underdogs. Their philosophy is centered around running the football, with quarterback Kyle Vantrease being asked to make plays primarily when the run isn’t working. Unfortunately for Buffalo, the run didn’t work, forcing Vantrease into several third and long situations where the Nebraska defense was able to tee off on him.
At home against Coastal Carolina, Vantrease shouldn’t face nearly as much pressure this week. And with the line of 14 points looking too easy for the Chanticleers despite the way Buffalo looked this week, it is certainly a game where Buffalo is expected to bounce back with a better performance.
Purdue +7 at Notre Dame
Purdue is not the same team as it was in recent years when quarterbacks like David Blough were helping them move up and down the field at will with their passing game. But they are still expected to be competitive with Notre Dame this week, as the current NCAAF odds have the point spread at around a touchdown. Given the way Notre Dame played last week, it is hard to envision them blowing anyone out right now.
Notre Dame’s season as a whole has been disappointing when you contextualize the two games they have played so far. They needed overtime to squeak past a Florida State team that lost to Jacksonville State the week after. And they needed some poor clock management from Toledo just to be a school from the MAC, which leaves them vulnerable against Power 5 competition this weekend.
Florida State +4.5 at Wake Forest
In College Football betting, it is important not to be a prisoner of the moment, even when it is tempting to be a prisoner of the moment. And it is certainly tempting to be a prisoner of the moment when dealing with the Florida State Seminoles, who lost to FCS opponent Jacksonville State last week. But after a performance like that against lesser competition, the Seminoles are a decent candidate to pick themselves up off the canvas and get a win this weekend.
Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has spoken this week about how the loss to Jacksonville State would serve as a wake-up call. And with players proposing on the field after the loss to Jacksonville State, the consensus opinion on the Seminoles is that a wake-up call is sorely needed. Against a Wake Forest team that hasn’t been that impressive on the season, Florida State should come out fired up and ready to prove that they still have plenty to play for this year.