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College Football: Week 6: Best Bets With and Against The Spread

  • Another week, another great slate of games in college football
  • Four matchups with both teams in the top 25
  • Ranked games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

It’s not often that we get to see ranked teams play all three days of a college football weekend, but that’s exactly what we have this week. Coastal Carolina kicks off the week on Thursday, and games featuring ranked teams go all the way to Saturday night when San Diego State hosts New Mexico. Lots of great action again this week in college football, so let’s get into my best bets against the spread this week.

Notre Dame (-1) vs Virginia Tech

Notre Dame vs Virginia Tech Betting Lines

Notre Dame, coming off of a tough loss last week at home against Cincinnati looks to straighten things out this week when they travel to take on the 3-1 Hokies. Offensively, the Fighting Irish, at least on paper seems to be doing alright. Averaging 30.8 points per game on 280.4 passing yards and just 82 rushing yards. The Hokies are just being the Fighting Irish, even though they have a more balanced offense. Virginia Tech is averaging 23.5 points per game on 190.8 passing yards and 140.8 rushing yards.

On defense, the Fighting Irish are seemingly playing to the level of their competition, but this has always been saying about the Irish. Notre Dame is giving up 23.4 points per game on 270 passing yards and 122.4 rushing yards. The Hokies on the other hand, have only been giving up 15.3 points per game on 190.3 passing yards and 136.3 rushing yards.

Sep 25, 2021; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Tayvion Robinson (9) and wide receiver Tre Turner (11) celebrate following Turner’s long catch during the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 25, 2021; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Tayvion Robinson (9) and wide receiver Tre Turner (11) celebrate following Turner’s long catch during the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ryan Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

I’m looking for this game to be close, with Notre Dame barely covering the 1 point spread.

Vanderbilt (+38) vs Florida

Vanderbilt vs Florida Betting Lines

The Flordia Gators are good, a lot better than their 3-2 and 20th overall ranking show, but to beat a team by 38 in this day and age is tough. Florida has the clear offensive advantage averaging 31.4 points per game on the juggernaut of 216.8 passing yards per game and 292.4 rushing yards per game. The Commodores are averaging about half the pointer per game as the Gators, at 16 per game. They put up their points on 196.4 passing yards per game and 119 rushing yards per game.

On the defensive side of the ball, it’s more Florida domination. The Gators only give up 19.8 points per game. They have been holding their opponents to 210.2 passing yards per game and 115.4 rushing yards per game. The Commodores have been giving up 35 points per game, on 242.6 passing yards and 204.6 rushing yards.

Oct 2, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kemore Gamble (2) and Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Yusuf Corker (29) fall to the ground during the fourth quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Florida Gators tight end Kemore Gamble (2) and Kentucky Wildcats defensive back Yusuf Corker (29) fall to the ground during the fourth quarter at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

I’m looking for Florida to completely dominate this game in all aspects, but once they go up big, I would look for some underclassmen to get in and get some playing time, keeping the game somewhat “manageable.”

Penn State vs Iowa (-2)

Penn State vs Iowa Betting Lines

A top-five matchup as the Nittany Lions travel to Kinnick Stadium to take on the Hawkeyes. These teams are evenly matched, even though no one saw Iowa being this good preseason. The Hawkeyes are averaging 33.2 points per game on the balanced attack of 194 passing yards per game and 126 rushing yards per game. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, is averaging 30 points per game on 286 passing yards and 132.6 rushing yards per game.

On the defensive side of the ball, both teams are completely dominant. The Hawkeyes are giving up 11.6 points per game on 184.4 passing yards per game and 87 rushing yards per game. The Nittany Lions are giving up only 12 points per game on 202.6 passing yards per game, and 111.6 rushing yards per game.

Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Jordan Stout (98) watches the ball after kicking a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Jordan Stout (98) watches the ball after kicking a field goal during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

As good of a game this is going to be, look for Iowa to win this one on a late field goal, to win by 3.

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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