NCAA Football Betting - What We Learned in Week 8 - West Of The Mississippi

SMU Mustangs

Sunday, October 23, 2016 6:10 PM GMT

Let’s look at some things that happened west of the Mississippi In College Football betting including Houston getting humiliated by SMU in Dallas with the Mustangs wearing the coolest-looking uniforms, mind you.

NCAAF PICKS RECORD: 17-6-0

Oregon Backers Eating Curds

If you have bet on wretched Oregon (2-5 SU, 0-6-1 ATS) this year, the only way you would have returned to the betting windows would have been with an Oregon +3 ticket against Nebraska (35-32) in Week 3...and you would have only Pushed. And Thursday's OT loss at California as 3-point favorites at BetDSI—an Offshore sportsbook with an A+ grade and which offers a 50% Free Play Bonus)—in NCAAF Week 8 really hurt Oregon and Head Coach Mark Richter (24-20-1 ATS) and overall, the Ducks have now gone winless in their L9 games ATS (0-8-1).

And we also learned that Pac-12 conference-mate Colorado (6-2 SU, 8-0 ATS) stayed the only unbeaten FBS team ATS after the Buffaloes edged Stanford, 10-5 at Palo Alto on Saturday (STAN -1, Heritage) in a series in which Colorado had gone 0-6 ATS the L6 ATS the L3 at Stanford, being outscored 138-17 in the process. Colorado (4-9 SU in 2015) and 4th-year Head Coach Mark MacIntyre (20-16-2 ATS) have now covered 9 straight games dating back to their 2016 Regular Season finale and we will no doubt be seeing Colorado's entrance into the AP Top 25 poll next week.

Houston, We Have a Problem & A Free Pick For NCAA Players: Toss the Silly Gloves

Hope of a CFP appearance for #11 Houston (6-2 SU, 4-3-1 ATS) were destroyed Saturday night when 23½-point underdog SMU (at 5Dimes) upset the Cougars 38-16. Houston's second loss in three weeks (#24 Navy). The Cougars (90/1 to win NCAA Championship, BetDSI) loss to SMU also takes the luster off the big Home game against #7 Louisville (LOU -8½, SuperBook Games of the Year) in Houston Nov. 17. So, we re-learned what we already knew—even with #2 Ohio State (+360 to win NCAA Championship, Heritage) losing to Penn State Saturday, the Power Five conferences will still probably end up having all four participants in the Fiesta and Peach Bowls. And until we have eight teams...

And North Texas (5-1-1 ATS) has the second-best ATS record west of the Mississippi River after the Mean Green won outright as massive 17-point Road underdogs at Army, 35-18 (NO-TEX +675 Moneyline, BetOnline). So we also learned that big +675 (North Texas), +700 (Penn State) and +1150 (SMU) underdogs can all win outright on the same Saturday and that some popular favorites' Point Spreads get inflated in the sugary month of October. Remember this for future use.

NCAAF Week 9 Free Early Pick: Baylor -4½ over TCU