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

Jay Pryce

Sunday, September 10, 2017 4:08 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 10, 2017 4:08 PM UTC

Look no further for a recap of college football's biggest upsets and toughest bad beats on Saturday than this week's State of the Union. 

Biggest Stunners

Week 2 witnessed 17 underdogs win outright, none bigger than the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Roadrunners topped Baylor 17-10 as 11.5-point pups in Waco. The shock defeat is the second in a row for the Bears, after falling 48-45 at home to Liberty (+30.5) in the season opener. Baylor, feeling the aftereffects of sanctions imposed by the NCAA after a series of sexual assault scandals, is sinking fast. The defense, allowing 482 yards per game, takes to the road for the first time versus Duke next Saturday.

Middle Tennessee State was the only other underdog to stun an opponent at double-digit odds on Saturday. Catching anywhere from 8 to 10.5 points at kickoff depending on the sportsbook, the Blue Raiders topped Syracuse 30-23 at the Carrier Dome. MTSU’s defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, one-time head coach for the Orange from 2013-15, shut down Dino Barbers’ high-flying offense, forcing a slew of errors and allowing just 308 total yards. The Blue Raiders are now 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS versus ACC teams under head coach Rick Stockstill when an underdog of two touchdowns or less.

The most high-profile upset Saturday easily goes to No. 5 Oklahoma’s 31-16 victory over No. 2 Ohio State. The Sooners cruised to a win despite catching a touchdown on the board. Heisman candidate Baker Mayfield tossed for 386 yards and 3 TDs on 27-of-35 passing. The loss marks the seventh time the Buckeyes have fallen as favorites under head coach Urban Meyer, and just the third at “the Shoe.”


Worst Beats

Bettors backing Oregon -10 over Nebraska are wondering what the heck went on in the Ducks locker room at halftime. Oregon flew out to a 42-14 lead through the first two-quarters with QB Justin Herbert and RB Royce Freeman combining for five touchdowns. The Cornhuskers responded by shutting out the Ducks 21-0 in the second half and covering the spread. Funny game this college football.

Grabage-time touchdowns are poison for sports bettors. Ask Louisville backers who bought in at the wrong time and lay 12.5 points versus UNC. The Cardinals won 47-35 is a game devoid of defense. Louisville’s unit rolled over one last time on the Tar Heel’s final possession, allowing a 1-yard touchdown run to Michael Carter with 0:31 seconds remaining.

The total in the ECU-West Virginia matchup steamed from 61.5 to as high as 69.5 at some books by kickoff. Those buying against the movement at the upper end are licking their wounds this morning. The Mountaineers stormed out to a 56-13 lead before subbing in the second-string to finish off the game. The move allowed the Pirates to score two needless second-half touchdowns, including the last one a 95-yard pitch and catch by Trevon Brown. Not only did the final touchdown cause a bad beat for under bettors, but it was historic as well. It is the longest scoring play in ECU history. 

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