• College Football Analyst Pick: Washington State vs CAL

    Written by Rohit Ghosh
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    NCAA Friday - Washington State vs Cal

    Friday night lights feature some Pac-12 action this week as the Cal Golden Bears host No. 8 Washington State at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. Heading into this matchup, WAZZU is 6-0 straight up (SU) and does have a 4-0 against the spread (ATS) record of late. Cal, on the other hand, has dropped the last two ATS and three straight overall.

    Date: Friday, 10/13 at 7:30 PM Pacific

    Vegas Odds

    Spread: Washington State -15
    Total: 54

    Most Thursday night games don't have a lot of movement from the opening lines, and this matchup sticks to that trend. Cal opened as a 14.5-point home 'dog, and they're currently at +15 at the time of publication The total has moved up 1 point from 53 to 54.

    Everything about this game points to a trap for the public. Washington St. has a whole lot of public interest following their recent victory over USC. On the other hand, Cal is coming off some conference losses. The public should be all over WAZZU, considering the lack of offense from this Cal roster.

    Betting on the Total

    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games on the road.

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    What to Watch For

    Through six games this seas, WAZZU's defense has been well above average, holding the opposition to 275 total yards per game. That's just barely 4.5 yards per play.

    More importantly, they're fifth in the nation in forced turnovers with 15 on the season.

    WAZZU is projected to force close to 2 TOs Friday night, with nearly three times the probability of a Cal INT than a fumble.

    Analyst's Pick

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  • College Football Week 3 Recap

    College football is finally starting to heat up and we are here for it. The SEC will finally kick off in week 4 so now is the time to start doing your research and getting ready to find some winners. Remember you can always find winners withBetQL’s college football picks, but before we get started with week 4 we wanted to look back at some of our favorite games from week 3. Take a look at our recaps below and start getting ready for the biggest week of the year. 

    Louisiana 34, Georgia State, 31 Overtime

    It’s safe to say that the Ragin’ Cajuns spent most of the week basking in the glory of last week’s upset win over Iowa State because they came out a little flat. Georgia State took full advantage by taking an early lead, ultimately leading 21-7 midway through the third quarter. However, Louisiana eventually started to hit on some big plays, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 28-21 lead before the Panthers struck back to force overtime. After Georgia State got a field goal, Elijah Mitchell ran in the game-scoring touchdown from 12 yards out. That run was Mitchell’s second of the day and gave him 164 yards on 16 carries. Levi Lewis also threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns, overcoming a couple of interceptions to keep the Ragin’ Cajuns undefeated ahead of next week’s home opener with Georgia Southern while a showdown with Appalachian State lurks in two weeks.

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    Oklahoma State 16, Tulsa 7

    This was not the game the Cowboys envisioned for their season opener given OSU’s high expectations this year. The Oklahoma State offense got nothing going for much of the first half and then saw quarterback Spencer Sanders leave with an injury. When backup Ethan Bullock was ineffective, the Cowboys turned to true freshman Shane Illingworth. He turned out to be just what Oklahoma State needed, leading the Cowboys on a drive that ended with a Chuba Hubbard touchdown. Of course, the Oklahoma State defense was the real hero of the day, shutting down the Tulsa offense for most of the day. With a couple of late field goals, the Cowboys managed to survive an ugly game before next week’s Big 12 opener against West Virginia.

    Notre Dame 52, South Florida 0

    This game more or less went according to plan for Notre Dame. One week after struggling to put away The Citadel, South Florida continued to look like a team that struggled against The Citadel. The Fighting Irish were dominant from the start, quickly taking a 14-0 lead and ultimately leading 35-0 at halftime. Ian Book threw the ball just 19 times but had no passing touchdowns. However, Book found the end zone in three of his four carries. Outside of a blocked punt that Notre Dame turned into a touchdown, all six Fighting Irish touchdowns came on the ground. It was a complete effort for Notre Dame, who hits the road for the first time next week to play Wake Forest.

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  • Ohio State vs Michigan: Analyst Pick

    Written by Rohit Ghosh
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    Ohio State vs Michigan: Analyst Pick & Preview

    As was expected, this Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan matchup got plenty of action this week with the majority of discussion focusing on what chances the Buckeyes have at a playoff berth. The Wolverines, on the other hand, have no shot at the championship, but will relish any opportunity to spoil a rival's season.

    Vegas Odds
    The game actually opened as a pick 'em before the Vikings settled in as 3-point favorites. The total hasn't seen much movement since opening at 45.5.

    Betting Line: Ohio State -12
    Total: 50

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    At the time of publication, about 78 percent of the public were laying the points on the road and taking Ohio State.

    61 percent of the wagers on the total have been on the OVER.

    Betting Trends
    -The total has gone OVER in seven of Ohio State's last eight games.
    -The total has gone OVER in four of Ohio State's last five games on the road.
    -The total has gone OVER in six of Ohio State's last eight games on the road vs Michigan.

    What to Watch For
    Michigan has had QB issues all season. Brandon Peters is projected to be the starter heading into this Saturday's matchup, currently leading the team in completion percentage (57.8). He has 4 TDs to zero INTs on the season, and will more than likely look for the run game to carry much of the load. The Wolverines have averaged about 4.6 yards per carry.

    Peters is projected to finish with 183 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. He averages about the same number of TDs per sim (1.0) as he does INTs (0.9).

    The three main Michigan backs average about 5.03 yards per carry in sims.

    Ohio State is clearly the better team -- averaging 546 total yards and 45 points per game heading into this matchup. JT Barrett led the way last week over Illinois, finishing with 141 passing yards and 2 TDs in the 52-14 win at home. Barrett owns a 32-to-7 TD:INT ratio, completing about 66.9 percent of his passes. He’s also the team’s second-leading rusher with 605 yards on 115 carries.

    Barrett is projected to finish with 183 passing yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. He's projected to also add 48 rushing yards on 10 carries, averaging 0.5 rushing TDs per sim (compared to his 1.7 passing TDs per sim).

    Analyst's Pick

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    Analyst Pick: The OVER.

    The OVER is 6-2 in Michigan's last eight games as an underdog. Also, the OVER is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two sides in Michigan.

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