Game 1: Tennessee Volunteers @ Mississippi State Bulldogs – Saturday, October 13
No college football betting expert would tell you that the Tennessee Volunteers have met their goals or fulfilled their promise this season. Coach Derek Dooley has suffered through a miserable campaign in which his team has flinched and cracked in pressure-packed moments. The Vols reeled and shrank after Florida uncorked an 80-yard touchdown run against them in week three of the season. Then, on Sept. 29, they scored 44 points on the road against the Georgia Bulldogs… and lost. The Volunteers’ defense has been miserable this year, and that’s the biggest reason why they’re at the bottom of the SEC East Division, looking up at everyone else.
With all of this having been said, however, Mississippi State does not have one of the more formidable offenses in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs have slogged along the past few seasons under head coach Dan Mullen. It’s true that this game will be played on MSU’s home field in Starkville, Miss., but Tennessee is the team with more bona fide offensive weapons. Quarterback Tyler Bray and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson should be able to connect for a few home-run pass plays and put Mississippi State’s defense on its heels. Lightning bolts in the passing game should give Tennessee both momentum and scoreboard-based leverage, forcing Mississippi State into predictable passing situations. The Vols will create the kind of game they want, and that will enable them to win on the road.
College Football Betting Pick: Tennessee
Game 2: Utah Utes @ UCLA Bruins – Saturday, October 13
When people make arrangements with a sportsbook, they might find certain games fascinating that the casual football fan might ignore. This upcoming tilt between two Pac-12 South Division teams not named the USC Trojans might fit the bill. Online football betting gurus know that Utah and UCLA have not been able to gain much of any traction in the Pac-12, and that these programs desperately need to win this contest in order to move up in the standings. Utah already got whacked by Pac-12 South contender Arizona State, but the Utes – who were not very good last season – still managed to obliterate UCLA in Salt Lake City. This game, however, is on UCLA’s home turf in Pasadena. Can the visiting Utes manage to win on the road, even though UCLA does not offer a particularly daunting environment for opposing teams? It’s not very likely. Utah has been brutal away from home, and the Utes do not have a steady quarterback who can make their offense sing. UCLA’s Brett Hundley is the superior quarterback in this contest, and he’ll lead the Bruins to a comfortable triumph.
College Football Betting Pick: UCLA
Game 3: Texas A&M Aggies @ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Saturday, October 13
When you go over your next review, give this game a good look. It was originally scheduled for the first night of the season on Aug. 30, but it was postponed because of a hurricane that swept through the United States Gulf Coast region. Now, Louisiana Tech gets its shot at Texas A&M; the Bulldogs are trying to become a BCS darkhorse and make a bowl with a huge payout. This game should be filled with offense, but one has to wonder if Tech will have enough strength on its defensive line to contain A&M’s offense. The answer is probably going to be “no.” Take A&M on the road.
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College Football Betting Pick: Texas A&M