State of the Union: A Recap Of Saturday’s Bad Beats & Biggest Stunners

Jay Pryce

Sunday, September 3, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017 3:51 PM UTC

Need a recap of the biggest upsets and toughest bad beats in a wild Week 1 of the 2017 college football season. Look no further.

Biggest Stunners

Rub the sleep out of your eyes and look. That is not a misprint. While you were in dreamland, Howard pulled off the greatest upset in college football history last night with a 43-40 win over UNLV. The Bison, FCS representatives from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, won as 45-point road underdogs in of all places Las Vegas. It was former UVA coach Mike London’s first game in charge of a program that owns two winning seasons in the last 13 years. 5Dimes offered Howard +6000 on the money line, adjusting to +5500 before kickoff. Someone got rich.

The Howard upset was one of a handful bettors see weekly in the unpredictable world of college football. Liberty pulled off another shocker in a 48-45 win as 30-point pups in Waco over a reeling Baylor program. It was the lowest Bears defeat since a 23-17 loss to Texas in 2015 when favored by three touchdowns.

Speaking of the Longhorns, they were one of three other teams losing outright as double-digit chalk this weekend. Maryland spoiled new coach Tom Herman’s Texas debut, winning 51-41 in Austin as 18-point pups. The defeat dropped the Longhorns to 1-7 ATS versus Big Ten opponents since 1984. Another FCS-over-FBS stunner took place in Atlanta on Thursday as Tennessee State topped Georgia State 17-10 as 15-point underdogs. North Carolina, meanwhile, allowed Cal to slip out of Chapel Hill with a 35-30 win. The Tar Heels kicked off favored by 12 points. The defeat marks head coach Larry Fedora’s sixth as home chalk in five years; the second when laying more than 10 points (East Carolina, 2013).

Worst Beats

The most high-profile bad beat of Week 1 occurred in No. 11 Michigan’s 33-17 romp over No. 17 Florida. ‘Under’ bettors are stewing. The game featured an unprecedented three defensive touchdowns, including a sack-fumble-TD recovery by the Wolverines with 0:45 remaining in the fourth quarter. The total closed anywhere from 45-47 depending on the sportsbook.

Bettors laying the 9.5 points in Kentucky’s 24-17 win over Southern Miss. are also feeling like they missed a winning ticket. The Wildcats assumed a first-and-goal at the Golden Eagles’ 1-yard line with 0:40 seconds remaining in the game, but chose the class route to kneel it out rather than punching it in for an easy score. The coach may have taken a different route if rivals Louisville were the opponent.

The most stunning beat took place in the second half of Vanderbilt’s 28-6 win over Middle Tennessee St. There was probably little action in second half wagering, but the few that took the half point backing the Blue Raiders are wondering what they did to tick off the gambling gods. MTSU matched the Commodores’ lone second half score with a touchdown of their own in the fourth quarter—a 22-yard pass from Brent Stockstill to Richie James. Vanderbilt’s Nifea Lealou blocked the extra point, typically a gimme ... Bad beat.

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