Late Night College Football Picks to Finish on Top

Willie Bee

Saturday, September 6, 2014 2:58 PM GMT

Saturday's college football betting card extends deep into the night, and SBR has you covered with some late picks to help ease the pain of a rough afternoon playing the odds.

So, it's Saturday night and you're down in the dumps after a tough afternoon on the college football betting front.  Not only that, your girlfriend just dumped you with the old "it's not you, it's me" routine.

Trust me, it's you.  But the good news is you're probably not alone when it comes to picking losers both on the gridiron and in the girlfriend department.  With that in mind, SBR is coming to your rescue with a few late-night winners on the Week 2 schedule.  Just remember to never bet more than you can afford to lose, and think twice before dating a stripper again.

 

Bruins Back Home After Scare In Virginia
This was supposed to be a big season for Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins.  Ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll and a 15/1 choice in the college football futures odds to win it all, some of that optimism has been tempered after last week's close call at Virginia.

The Bruins will back home this week to take on the Memphis Tigers, the Pac-12 Network having the kickoff a little past 10 PM (ET).  UCLA backers are being asked to give up 23 on the scoreboard after their team was 10 points shy of covering -18 in the 28-20 win over the Cavaliers.  Saturday's spread is down two from the -25 starter, while the total has surged up to 56½ from the three 53 point opener.

The finger pointing in UCLA's opener was straight at Brett Hundley and the offense for only putting seven of the team's 28 points on the board.  Mora was obviously pleased as punch with his defense, but knows he can't count on 21 points a game on that side of the ball.

Memphis tuned up for this match with a real mismatch against Austin Peay, one of the weaker teams on the FCS level.  The Tigers faced almost no resistance from the Governors' defense, but they'll get plenty this Saturday at the Rose Bowl from the Bruins.

I do like the Bruins to have a relatively easy evening, but my interest is piqued more on the total which I do not think will be breached.

My pick: Tigers-Bruins Under 56½

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Rams, Bronco Collide In Mountain West Opener
Boise State made my list of programs on the decline this past offseason, so I have to give new head coach Bryan Harsin and the Broncos credit for at least hanging with a tough Ole Miss squad for three quarters last week. Granted, BSU completely fell apart in the fourth quarter at the Georgia Dome, sending the Broncs home with a bit of a demoralizing 35-13 defeat.

Harsin & Co. look to atone for that Saturday night on the familiar blue turf at Bronco Stadium where they host the Colorado State Rams for both schools' Mountain West Conference opener (10:15 PM ET, ESPN2).  The spread opened Boise -10 and has dipped to -9 after a little movement upward, the total sitting on 55.5 as of Saturday morning.

The Broncos have won three straight from the Rams since the two started matching up in the MWC, averaging nearly 50 points per game in the victories.  Many of the key members of the squad that put 42 on Colorado State last year are back -- including QB Grant Hedrick, RB Jay Ajayi and WR Matt Miller -- but Boise State still looked out of synch much of time last week, and an outright upset by the Rams isn't entirely out of the question for this one.

My pick: Colorado State +9

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Kingsbury Takes Tortilla Tech To El Paso
You can't get any later on Saturday's schedule than the 11 PM (ET) boot between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and UTEP Miners.  FOX Sports 1 will carry the nightcap, and SBR's live NCAA football odds say the Red Raiders will carry an easy win back to Lubbock.  Texas Tech is giving up three touchdowns to UTEP after that line opened -19, the total holding pretty steady in the 65-66 point range throughout the week.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury knows Texas Tech was lucky last week in Lubbock, barely surviving a huge scare from Arkansas State in a 42-35 triumph.  The Bears were getting 34 from the sports books, and hung with the Red Raiders every step of the way.

I'm expecting a very similar outcome Saturday night in El Paso, neither team mounting much defensive pressure and the scoreboard lighting up to cash a free pick on the high side of the total.

My pick: Texas Tech-UTEP Over 65

Season: 0-0

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