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NCAA Football Betting Recap

Rude awakenings were the theme for Week 9, as two undefeated NCAA betting juggernauts took serious beatings. Oddsmakers deserve credit for correctly forecasting Missouri and Michigan State’s falls from grace.

In the Missouri/Nebraska game, most books closed with Nebraska favored at home by as many as eight points. The Cornhuskers covered with a 31-17 victory; they led 24-0 after the first quarter. The Tigers shaved the deficit down to 10 points but never got closer than that.

Two weeks ago, quarterback Taylor Martinez had the game of his life to lead Nebraska to victory. This week, it was running back Roy Helu’s turn. He ran for an amazing 307 yards and three scores. The 48 total points in this matchup kept the total UNDER the projected 55 points.

Even though Iowa had two losses entering its home battle with Michigan State over the weekend, oddsmakers favored the Hawkeyes by 6.5 points over the undefeated Spartans at most books. Iowa delivered, embarrassing Michigan State 37-6 and opening the game with 37 unanswered points.

Iowa’s defense was phenomenal. It picked off Kirk Cousins three times and held Michigan State to just 31 rushing yards on 20 attempts, good for 1.6 yards per carry. Iowa didn’t absolutely dazzle offensively but it didn’t have to. Ricky Stanzi was his usual efficient self, only attempting 15 passes and throwing for 190 yards but completing three touchdown throws.

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Because the Spartans didn’t score much at all, this game never had much of a chance to cover the sports betting total of 50. Iowa and Michigan State only came up with 43 points.

At least No. 1 Oregon finally broke the streak of top-ranked teams losing this week. The Ducks outgunned USC 53-32 on the road. Amazingly, Oregon’s 53 points brought its per-game scoring average down. The 85 total points soared OVER the projected 72-point total and Oregon covered the six-point spread. LaMichael James was his usual Heisman Trophy-contending self, running for 239 yards and three scores.

Several of the country’s elite teams go head to head in Week 10. Mountain West Conference supremacy will be up for grabs when 9-0 TCU visits 8-0 Utah. Most lines favor the visiting Horned Frogs by 5.5 points.

Arizona hasn’t gotten a ton of press this year but the Wildcats are 7-1 on the season and visit another 7-1 team: Stanford, led by quarterback Andrew Luck. Stanford has opened as an eight-point favorite across most books.

Alabama and LSU are also both 7-1 and will clash in Louisiana this Saturday. Alabama won the last two meetings and is favored by 6.5 points on the road in virtually every opening line.