Let us take you through college football's biggest upsets and toughest bad beats from Saturday in this week's State of the Union.
Take a bow Troy Trojans. The Sun Belt representatives shocked LSU 24-21 in Baton Rouge as 20-point underdogs Saturday. It’s the Tigers worst defeat via the betting oddsboard since falling to Tulane 31-28 as 24.5-point chalk in 1982. The upset makes it seven of the last eight years a SEC program has fallen outright at least once as 20-point chalk or greater. The Sun Belt owns three of the victories.
Maryland is the only other team to upset this week catching double digits at books. In fact, there was only seven outright underdog winners overall. The Terps topped Minnesota 31-24 as 13-point underdogs. It’s the second stunning victory for head coach D.J. Durkin this season after beating Texas 51-41 as 17.5-point pups in the opener. Maryland owned the ground game in the Gophers win, collecting 274 rushing yards on 44 carries.
Southern Miss fell 43-28 at home to North Texas as 8-point chalk. The Mean Green outscored the Golden Eagles 26-7 in the second half for the come-from-behind victory. In the last calendar year, Southern Miss is 4-4 SU as favorites, despite kicking off -13 favorites on average. Fading the team on the money line has been a big money maker in this spot.
The bad beats were brutal in Week 5. The shenanigans at the end of Louisiana-Monroe’s 51-43 win over Coastal Carolina was easily the most savage of all. Down 45-43 with 0:07 in regulation time, the Chanticleers, 7.5-point underdogs at kickoff, attempted a last-ditch lateral play from their own 32-yard line. After a 10-yard completion and two awkward pitches, the ball hit the turf. A Louisiana-Monroe defender scooped it up and waltzed in for a walk-off touchdown. The beats don’t come any worse, folks.
We should all have mercy for the degenerates betting on any outcome of UNLV’s 41-13 romp over San Jose State. For one, those betting the ‘over’ 62 must be peeved. The two combined for 48 first-half points, but missed the bet with just 6 overall in the final two-quarters. But that’s part one of the bad beats. In-game bettors were asked to lay 6.5 points on the Rebels for the second half. With a point needed for the cover, UNLV’s Xzaviar Campbell was tackled at the San Jose State 1-yard line after a 24-yard scamper with 0:48 to play. The Rebels kneeled it on the final two snaps to let the clock run out in an act of gamesmanship.
Fresno State’s 41-21 rout over Nevada has some total bettors cursing this morning. After going scoreless the entire second half, the Wolf Pack’s Blake Wright punched in a 2-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs’ second-unit defense was in for the 12-play drive. The score pushed the contest ‘over’ a closing 59.5 total by 2.5 points. Ouch.