Friday's Top Against the Spread College Football Picks

Steven Suarez

Friday, October 16, 2015 3:15 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 3:15 PM UTC

Join us & find out which two against the spread college football picks are we liking the most from tonight's betting board. Come see inside as we breakdown the odds in search of valuable bets.

Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars
Who's ready for another episode of the Greg Ward show?

Few players have been as dynamic as Ward this season, and he'll be leading out the Cougars as big-time favorites on the College Football Odds board for Friday night. Current lines show Houston favored by either 19.5 or 20 points, depending on which sportsbook you're looking at, with the total at 58 points.

You can see why the odds are so heavily in the Cougars' favor. After all, this is a team that's still yet to lose this season, thus moving up to #24 in the AP poll as a result. Houston checks in at 5-0 on the season and has been one of the nation's most prolific offenses, averaging 46 points per game, the ninth-best mark in college football. That's more than made up for a fairly mediocre defense, as Ward and company have simply been unstoppable when they have the ball. The dual-threat QB has completed 72.5 percent of his passes with a 8:1 TD:INT ratio, but most of his damage has come through his athletic ability; he's also run for a team-best 554 yards and 11 scores. Kenneth Farrow and Demarcus Ayers have also been standouts in the offense for Houston.

On the other side, you've got a Tulane team that's 2-3 on the year, with wins over Maine and UCF and losses to Duke, Georgia Tech and Temple. All three of those defeats were blowouts, too, which doesn't bode well for this matchup with the mighty dangerous Cougars.

Even with the Green Wave being the hosts here, we see little chance of them keeping pace with Houston. It's a lot of points to lay, but Ward should have another field day, leading the Cougars to a big win and ATS cover.

Free ATS College Football Pick: Houston Cougars -19.5 at Bookmaker

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Utah State Aggies vs. Boise State Broncos
The other game we're looking at closely is the one between Utah State and Boise State. The visiting Broncos are favored by 9.5 points despite being on the road, with some sites even having 10 there for the taking. The O/U is at 49 points.

Since losing on the road to BYU, Boise State has been on a crazy good roll, winning four straight games by at least 31 points. The Broncos have been blowing out teams left and right over the last month or so, and they've moved up to #21 in the AP poll and #20 in the Coaches poll as a result. They've shown a great balance throughout 2015, averaging 40 points (28th in the country) per game while surrendering 12 a contest (seventh-best). 

The Broncos have found their quarterback in Brett Rypien, who has thrown seven touchdowns against only one interception since taking over as the starter, and running back Jeremy McNichols and top passing game target Thomas Sperbeck have both been doing big things too. This is a team that's clicking on all cylinders.

That being said, don't expect another blowout on Friday night against the Aggies, are are coming off two dominant wins of their own. They've been battle-tested already this season too, having played Utah and Washington reasonably close in their only two defeats. 

By no means a sexy pick, we do like Utah State's chances of staying close at home in this spot. The Aggies haven't lost on their own field yet this season, and you know the crowd is going to be up for this visit of the ranked Broncos. A straight up win may not be in the cards (although very possible), yet we'll be picking Utah State to cover as home dogs here.

Free ATS College Football Pick: Utah State Aggies +9.5 at 5Dimes

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