College Football: Weekend Betting Recap

Week 4 on the college football betting board featured some impressive wins and some shocking losses. Here’s a look at what went down, plus a quick rundown of what’s up next for this weekend’s biggest winners and losers.

Alabama 24, Arkansas 20

No. 10 Arkansas gave top-ranked Alabama all it could handle but, in the end, it wasn’t enough (except, of course, for those who bet on Arkansas as a 6.5-point underdog at

). The Razorbacks proved they are good, but not good enough to hang with the nation’s best.

After three quarters of brilliant play, Heisman candidate Ryan Mallet fell apart in the final period, tossing a pair of killer interceptions. Speaking of Heisman candidates, ‘Bama running back Mark Ingram was in midseason form; he rushed for 157 yards and two scores.

Up next for Alabama is crucial battle with the Florida Gators. Arkansas gets a chance to lick its wounds with a week off.

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Boise State 37, Oregon State 24

The Broncos won on Saturday, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Boise State was never able to pull away from Oregon State (failing to cover the 18-point spread at

), and this might have been the Broncos’ last chance to earn some legitimacy in the eyes of voters. Barring some disastrous losses at the top of the rankings, Boise State might once again be on the outside when it is time to choose BCS Championship contenders.

Boise State faces New Mexico next week, but unless it wins by 200 points or so, voters just aren’t going to care.

Oregon 42, Arizona State 31

Oregon, on the other hand, took care of business. The Ducks have been gaining some serious hype over the past few weeks, mostly thanks to their ridiculous offense. It came through against Arizona State, the first real challenge of the season, by racking up 42 points (but not covering the large 12.5-point spread at

). Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Sun Devils turned the ball over seven times.

But consider Arizona State just a warmup. Next week, the Ducks get a primetime battle with Stanford. We’ll finally know once and for all if Oregon belongs near the top of the polls.

UCLA 34, Texas 12

Introducing the most shocking score of the weekend: UCLA 34, Texas 12. The once-proud Longhorns defense was absolutely destroyed on the ground, allowing a whopping 264 rush yards in a game in which they were 15.5-point favorites at

. Perhaps they should take some lessons; Texas has a miserable running attack of its own and, with an inexperienced quarterback under center, that’s a death sentence.

The Longhorns host Oklahoma next week. A loss to the Sooners will pretty much render 2010 as a lost season, if it hasn’t already happened-Texas dropped from No. 7 to No. 21 after the disastrous outing.