Pair Of Saturday Plays With Enticing Numbers That Show Early Betting Value

Virginia Tech Hokies in action

Ross Benjamin

Monday, September 5, 2016 9:15 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 5, 2016 9:15 PM UTC

Our college football betting expert shares a pair of his early odds values on games for week 2. Go inside to read this intriguing article detailing why both contests are worth keeping an eye on.

College Football Week 2 Early Odds
With the exception of tonight’s Ole Miss/Florida State game, an exciting and memorable first full week of college football action is behind us. It’s now time to take an early look at upcoming contests for this coming week. I’ve identified two Saturday (9/10) games with some very enticing numbers attached to them. Keep in mind, I’m not committing to either game at this juncture to be one of my college football picks. Nevertheless, they’ll certainly be on my radar as the week progresses.


Northern Illinois vs. South Florida
Presently, college football betting odds at 5Dimes indicates that South Florida is a 14.0-point favorite. Speaking of 5Dimes, take the time to explore their attractive sign-up bonuses.

Northern Illinois is coming off a 40-34 upset loss in overtime last Saturday at Wyoming. The Huskies closed as a 7.0-point favorite in that contest. However, there were some unexpected miscellaneous factors that arose for Northern Illinois. The game was originally scheduled for a 10:30 PM ET kickoff. Due to inclement weather conditions, the start time was moved to Sunday morning at 12:19 AM ET. The Huskies did start the game very well and even jumped out to an early 13-3 lead. Nevertheless, they seemed to lose energy as the game wore on, until finally falling in three overtimes. Additionally, the marathon affair concluded somewhere 4:00 AM ET, and undoubtedly that’s not something the Huskies coach staff had its team prepared for.

South Florida is one of the favorites in the AAC this year. The Bulls are coming off a workmanlike 56-20 win last Saturday over a FCS opponent in Towson State. The Bulls were beneficiaries of 4 Towson State turnovers. They’ll be facing much better competition this week, and a quality Northern Illinois veteran senior quarterback in Drew Hare.

If this game took place last week, and we were able to omit Northern Illinois’ somewhat surprising defeat, this line would’ve been more like 10.0 or 11.0 at the most. There’s some early value with the two touchdown road underdog Northern Illinois Huskies.

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Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee
At the time of this writing (9/5), BetOnline has Tennessee installed as a 10.5-point favorite. BetOnline is one of the most reputable and highly rated sportsbooks in the world.

It’s definitely worth noting, the game will be played at a NASCAR venue in Bristol, Tennessee, and there will be 150,000 fans attending. Although the Virginia Tech faithful travel very well, Tennessee fans will make up a majority of Saturday night’s crowd.

Tennessee barely escaped with a 20-13 home win in overtime last Thursday against 21.5-point underdog Appalachian State. Quite frankly, they were outplayed and outcoached. Needless to say, many pundits immediately proclaimed them to be an overrated team. I’ve seen this act before and beware of the wounded animal. Tennessee is too talented and experienced to be flat two weeks in a row.

Virginia Tech sleepwalked through three-quarters of action last Saturday before pulling away to beat a FCS team. It will take new head coach Justin Fuentes a couple of years to return the Hokies back into national prominence. They may be in the wrong place at the wrong time on Saturday night.

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