Late into the college football betting season the injury bug is as prevalent as ever with major injuries popping up all over the place. Other news off the field also affects this Saturday’s betting action. Here’s a look at some key college football injuries and news to take into consideration this week.
Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel suspended
Missouri has suspended head coach Gary Pinkel for their final home game of the season this week against Texas Tech after he was arrested this week for suspicion of drunk driving. The Tigers should still be able to handle Texas Tech (who is 0-3 SU and ATS in their last three) even without Pinkel, but the distraction of not having their coach on the sideline on senior day could affect their performance. Missouri is an 18-point favorite at BetOnline.
Nick Montana making first start
With Washington’s starting quarterback Keith Price resting a knee injury that he suffered last week against USC, redshirt freshman Nick Montana will make his first career start Saturday. Nick is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Montana went 9-for-15 with 73 yards and a touchdown in relief of Price last week. Washington is a 2-point road favorite at Oregon State at TopBet.
Cincinnati and Hawaii lose their quarterbacks
Cincinnati is currently leading the Big East and Hawaii is one win away from bowl eligibility, but both teams will have to finish up their regular seasons without their starting quarterbacks. Cincinnati’s Zach Collaros and Hawaii’s Bryant Moniz both suffered leg injuries last Saturday, had surgery this week, and hope to be back for a bowl game. Cincinnati is a 3-point favorite at Rutgers and Hawaii is a 5-point favorite at home against Fresno State this week at [custom:bodog-link].
Zach Line done for the season
SMU’s chances of an upset over Houston got a lot slimmer this morning with news that running back Zach Line is out for the rest of the season with a toe injury. Line is fifth in the nation in rushing yards and sixth in the nation in rushing touchdowns. SMU is 1-7 SU in their last eight against Houston and 0-2 ATS in their last two. Houston is a 20-point favorite at home at 5Dimes.