Another Saturday of betting college football is at hand. Like week one, we have a number matchups that are really interesting and will no doubt attract heavy interest at sportsbooks in Vegas and offshore.
Among the millions of wagers placed will be parlays. Sportsbooks like A+ rated 5Dimes will be taking 2-teamers and possibly crazy stuff like a 20-teamer, with those betting football looking for a bigger score (ie: payout) than just your regular against the spread wager.
Everyone by know knows the longer odds, that is how Las Vegas casinos keep getting built bigger; blah, blah, blah; who gives a damn, it's fun and if done with fun money set aside for this purpose, who cares right?
Here are three parlay possibilities to consider for college football picks on the third big football Saturday.
2-Team Parlay - Oklahoma and USC
Bet your initial reaction is REALLY? Hear me out. For Oklahoma, they are under intense pressure the rest of the season to have any chance to return to Final 4. A loss to Ohio State means they have no shot even if they run the table after this week, unless all other Top 10 teams also lose twice and it is a given that will not occur.
Ohio State has roared out of the gate with young, but still very talented group, but this is first road test against a desperate opponent. Trust me when I acknowledge not every team that needs to win does, but the Sooners as home underdog is too good to pass on.
The college football odds on USC at Stanford have shot up from +6 to +9, taking us over a pair of very important numbers. While many have questions about the Trojans after Alabama annihilation, what about Stanford? The Cardinal only had 272 total yards of offense against a Kansas State club that is not a contender in the Big 12. K-State does not have much of a passing game, yet threw for 243 yards on Stanford, which leads one to believe USC should do at least as well.
Unless turnovers are part of the equation, cannot see the Cardinal winning by more than a touchdown.
3-Team Parlay - Auburn, Oklahoma State and BYU
Auburn might only be a 3.5-point favorite over Texas A&M, but the Aggies have been notable road failures for years. Texas A&M is only 14-34 ATS as a visitor catching points and underdog coach Kevin Sumlin is 11-20-1 ATS in SEC action and 3-6 ATS as a road pooch. Auburn might be better than first thought and is 9-1 ATS off two or more spread covers.
Oklahoma State got jobbed by MAC referees, yet that fact remains it should not have come down to one play as -17 point home favorites. Pittsburgh is off highly emotional victory over Penn State and are expected to a little flat. The Cowboys have something to prove in Stillwater and with spread down to -4.5, Okie State wins by double digits.
BYU was one play away from defeating two Pac-12 teams and neither was at home. Though UCLA might have better overall speed and athleticism, the Cougars are up to speed playing two teams from that conference. Now back home, the Cougars will have an extra little juice and know they should have defeated the Bruins last year in Pasadena, losing 24-23.
4-Team Money Line Parlay
With this wager, you want to find reasonable money lines on teams that could be a little iffy to cover the spread, but are in positive situations to win their games. Here are my four selections.
Virginia Tech - Penn State -Alabama - Miami-Fl.
The Hokies have more offense than Boston College and are at home. Penn State lost to Temple last year for first time since 1941; this is payback. Do you really think Alabama will lose three straight to Ole Miss? Appalachian State is good club but Hurricanes have excellent defense and more playmakers on offense.
If correct, a $100 bet currently should pay $254 and change. None too shabby. So go on and open up a 5Dimes account (if you haven't already) and get cracking!