State of the Union: Bad Beats & Biggest Stunners in Week 5

Sunday, October 1, 2017 12:51 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 12:51 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.

<h3><strong>Biggest Stunners</strong></h3><p>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 <a href="" title="Betting Odds">betting </a><a href="" title="Betting Odds">oddsboard</a> 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><h3><strong>Bad Beats</strong></h3><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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. </p>
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