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College Football: Best NCAAF Bets Week Four

  • Week 4 of the NCAAF Football season is upon us already
  • We’ve seen a mixed start to the season for many of the expected Heisman contenders
  • This could be the week to bounce back and put up points….or not

Betting College Football games against the spread is fun, especially if you’re confident about your team and their ability to keep the game close or blow their opponent away, obviously depending on the spread. But another way to bet is to look at the over/under of total points in a game. I want to focus on three games for week four of the College Football season that will be good bets.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Wisconsin Badgers (Under 46.5 points)

Nore Dame vs Wisconsin Odds

ESPN’s College Gameday travels to Madison for the matchup between number 12 Notre Dame and number 18 Wisconsin. Not only will this be a great top 20 matchups, but this is the first time that these two teams have faced each other since the Fighting Irish victory in the fall of 1964, by a score of 31-7. Notre Dame comes into this matchup with a 3-0 record, while Wisconsin has a 2-1 record.

The Fighting Irish have been playing close games all season, with their three victories coming by a total of 20 points. The Irish offense is averaging 33.3 points per game and a total of 407.7 total yards per game. The Badgers offense is averaging 22 points per game and 441.5 total yards per game. The defenses on the other hand are allowing 26.7 points per game for the Irish and 11.5 points per game for the Badgers.

I don’t think this is going to be a blowout by either team but looks like it will be a defensive battle at the noontime slot to start an amazing week of College Football. Look for the score to stay close, and under 46.5 points for this top 20 matchup.

Clemson Tigers vs North Carolina State Wolfpack (Over 47 points)

Clemson vs North Carolina Odds

Clemson comes into their matchup against North Carolina State winning their last 8 matchups, where the Wolfpack hasn’t defeated the Tigers at home since the fall of 2011. The last time these two teams haven’t scored more than 47 points was 2016 when the Tigers defeated the Wolfpack 24-17.

The Tigers come into this matchup averaging 22 points per game while the Wolfpack is averaging 33.3 points per game. The team’s defense has been good this season with the Tigers giving up only 7 points per game while the Wolfpack has been giving up 10.7 points per game. Even though those point totals on defense are much lower than the over/under number, I am looking for this to end up being a shootout.

Clemson’s offense is only putting up 322.7 points per game, which I see as very low for this talented team. North Carolina State is averaging 455 yards per game. Look for Clemson’s offense under DJ Uiagalelei to not only put up some big numbers against the North Carolina State defense, but potentially put himself back into the Heisman Trophy race.

Liberty Flames vs Syracuse Orange (Under 56 points)

Liberty vs Syracuse Odds

Each week the College Football slate starts on Thursday, and most games occur on Saturday. This is a rare Friday night matchup at the Carrier Dome and the Liberty Flame travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange. Liberty comes into the game with a 3-0 record whereas the Orange are 2-1 on this young season.

It’s going to initially look strange to take the under on 56 points for this game. If you look at the averages, Liberty is averaging 38 points per game where Syracuse is averaging 32.7 points per game. Then you look at each defense, the Flames are giving up 12.3 points per game and the Orange are giving up 16.7 points per game.

It’s going to be a hard-fought game on both sides of the ball, with both teams giving up less than 100 rushing yards per game, but averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game. Look for this matchup to be tight, with the score staying under 56 total points.

I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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