State of the Union: Bad Beats & Biggest Stunners in Week 4

Jay Pryce

Sunday, September 24, 2017 1:25 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017 1:25 PM UTC

Let us take you through college football's biggest upsets and toughest bad beats from Saturday in this week's State of the Union.

Biggest Stunners

While you slept, No. 24 Oregon fans wept. Arizona State upended the Ducks 37-35 as 14.5-point underdogs late last night. Freshman kicker Brandon Ruiz split the uprights with a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 to play to give the Sun Devils the victory. It was Arizona State’s first win over Oregon since 2004 and its biggest upset in the matchup since a 35-24 victory as 13-point pups in 1995.

The Oregon-Arizona State contest was one of five that witnessed double-digit underdogs win outright in Week 4. Virginia shocked Boise State 42-23 while catching 13 points on Friday night. The Broncos have lost five of their last six straight up as chalk of less than two touchdowns. New Mexico, meanwhile, slowed down Tulsa’s high-powered offense for a 16-13 win as 10-point dogs. The Hurricane entered averaging 47.0 points and 549 yards per game. The Lobos surrendered just 286 total yards in the win.

The two highest-profile upsets occurred in the ACC and Big 12. N.C. State took an early 10-0 lead at No. 12 Florida State and never looked back, winning 27-21 as 11.5-point pups. The stunning victory was the fifth outright for the Wolfpack when catching double-digit points versus the Seminoles in the last 20 years. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher has lost only six games straight up when laying 10 points or more, but two have occurred in the last five attempts. The Seminoles lost to North Carolina 37-35 in Week 5 last season as 10.5-point chalk.

Long-time Horned Frogs head coach Gary Patterson masterminded his biggest upset win in years, as No. 16 TCU toppled No. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 in Stillwater as 10.5-point underdogs. Since 2000, Patterson has five outright wins when spotted double-digit points on the odds board. This was his first since a 36-35 stunner over Boise State (-15.5) in 2011. The Cowboys, meanwhile, were 22-1 SU in their last 23 as favorites entering the ranked matchup.

 Bad Beats

The dreaded pick-6 strikes again. Ball State quarterback Jack Milas gifted Western Kentucky defender Joe Brown a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:13 to play in regulation. The score made it 33-21 in favor of the Hilltoppers, burning Cardinals backers not lucky enough to get 12.5 points prior to kickoff. The line opened at -7 for Western Kentucky, so the overwhelming majority of Ball State bettors ended up on the wrong side of this bad beat.

Ever catch yourself rooting for the opposite team to win a bet? Sure you have. Hawaii bettors were secretly trying to steer in Wyoming kicker Cooper Rothe’s 47-yard field goal attempt with 3:46 to play in the fourth quarter to break a 21-all tie. The kick missed. Two punts later, the game entered overtime, where the Cowboys scored a touchdown and won (28-21). The final score gave Wyoming the cover. The line closed between -4.5 and -6 depending on the book. The Rainbow Warriors dominated much of the game, holding the Cowboys to just 269 yards and 11 first downs, but were doomed by two turnovers and a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Wyoming’s Tyler Hall.

Bettors holding an ‘under’ ticket in the San Diego State-Air Force tilt are scratching their heads after the two erupted for a 29-point fourth quarter. The 28-24 Aztecs win eclipsed the total, which closed as high as 50.5 at Bookmaker. Torrential rain delayed the contest, which saw just 23 points scored on awful field conditions through the first three periods. Air Force’s 15 points in the final frame were the second most scored on the tough-nosed Sand Diego State defense in its last 35 games. Not a bad beat per say, but a humble one for sure. 

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