Top NCAAF Betting Picks & Previews for Week 6

Top NCAAF Betting Picks & Previews for Week 6

Written by on October 2, 2017

The top four teams in the new Associated Press Top 25 remained the same after Week 5: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Penn State. The defending national champion Tigers more than doubled their number of first-place votes after their 31-17 victory over then-No. 12 Virginia Tech. The Tigers jumped from eight to 17 first-place votes Sunday. Some college football odds could change before the games start, so here’s two weekday games worth NCAAF betting picks for Week 6: No. 17 Louisville at No. 24 NC State and Memphis at UConn.

Top NCAAF Betting Picks & Previews for Week 6

How To Bet Louisville at NC State NCAAF Odds & Gamr Info

When: Thursday, 8 PM ET Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh TV: ESPN Stream: WatchESPN Radio: WHAS 840 AM (Louisville) / Wolfpack Sports Network (NC State) Opening NCAAF Betting Lines: Louisville -2.5

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Why Bet On Louisville?

Because the Cardinals have reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. In Saturday’s 55-10 rout of Murray State, Jackson had four first-half TDs and didn’t play after the break except for one play. When the second half began, redshirt freshman backup Jawon Pass took over at quarterback. A moment later, Pass’ helmet came off, so Jackson had to go in for a play. He jogged on, flipped a pass over the middle and jogged off. Jackson threw for 249 yards and three scores. He added 100 yards rushing and a TD on seven carries. He’s now just 13 yards short of becoming the seventh player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to reach 10,000 total career yards. Jackson broke the UofL record for points responsibility, accounting for his 554th to pass the mark previously held by Chris Redman (536, 1996-99). Jackson moved into second on the school’s career rushing yards, with 2,968. He passed Nathan Poole (2,958, 1975-78) for second and only trails Walter Peacock, who registered 3,204 from 1972-75. Jackson set the Louisville record for most 100-yard rushing games, gaining 100 or more yards on the ground for the 16th time. Jackson totaled 349 yards of total offense, tying him with Teddy Bridgewater for third on the school’s career total yards list. Both have 9,987 total yards, putting Jackson 833 yards shy of moving past Brian Brohm (10,819, 2004-07) for second on the school’s list. Jackson now has 7,019 career passing yards, putting him six yards shy of passing Jay Gruden (7,024, 1985-88) for fifth on the school’s list. It is the second time this season the Cardinals’ offense totaled more than 600 yards (676 versus Murray State; 705 versus North Carolina). Louisville went 8 for 8 in the red zone, marking the Cardinals’ best performance since going 8 for 8 against NC State on Oct. 22, 2016. UofL set a school record for margin of total offense, outgaining Murray State by 596 yards. The previous record was 516 yards against Western Kentucky in 1989.

Why Bet On NC State?

The Wolfpack (4-1) are ranked for the first time in six years. They come off a 33-25 win over Syracuse. NC State came out of the gates hot and scored on each of its first five possessions in building a 26-7 halftime lead. For the third straight week, RB Nyheim Hines set a career high in rushing yards. For the first time in his career, and the first time for a Wolfpack player this year, Hines went over the century mark and finished with 115 yards. QB Ryan Finley increased his nation best streak with most attempts without an INT, now reaching 246 dating back to last season. He moved into third place in ACC history, 24 away from second. DE Bradley Chubb finished with 3.5 tackles for loss on the day, which brings his career total to 46 and moves him into second place in the NC State record books only behind Mario Williams (55.5). Chubb has a tackle for loss in every game this season thus far. The Wolfpack were routed at Louisville last year. Jackson scored on a 36-yard run on the third play from scrimmage. Finley threw an interception on the fourth. Jackson threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns and left early in the blowout. NC State benched Finley in the first half.

How To Bet Memphis at UConn NCAAF Odds & Game Info

When: Friday, 7 PM ET Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford TV: ESPN Stream: WatchESPN Radio: 91.7 FM (Memphis) / WTIC 1080 AM (UConn) Opening NCAAF Betting Lines: Memphis -14

Why Bet On Memphis?

The Tigers come off a 40-13 loss at Central Florida, which is a very good team. The Knights scored 34 unanswered points. Memphis, meanwhile, committed five turnovers, including four by quarterback Riley Ferguson, and only made matters worse. The Tigers struggled on both sides of the ball, allowing 603 total yards. Is Memphis a safe betting pick in Week 6? The offensive line has more than held its own in 2017, but it didn’t own the line of scrimmage vs. UCF. The Knights had 223 yards on the ground on 24 carries, including a 96-yard sprint to the end zone by Adrian Killins in the second quarter — the longest play from scrimmage in the history of the American Athletic Conference and the second-longest in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. Memphis, in contrast, had just 54 yards on 14 carries. Without a last-second touchdown pass to Damonte Coxie, the Tigers would’ve finished in single digits for the first time since a 24-3 loss to Ole Miss in 2014. “We’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got to move forward. That starts with me,” Coach Mike Norvell said. “What you saw out there, obviously I didn’t have our team prepared well enough to go out there and perform at the level that I know we’re capable of. We’re 0-1 in conference play. We have a short week coming up, so we’re going to be playing Friday night. We’ve got to bounce back. Our kids, we’ve got to figure out whatever it is in our preparation that didn’t allow us to apply that onto the field tonight. So (that’s) coaches, players — everybody involved.”

Why Bet On UConn?

The Huskies (1-3) lost 49-28 to SMU. UConn trailed 21-10 at halftime but cut the deficit to one with 10-straight third-quarter points and tied it at 28 early in the fourth. Bryant Shirreffs passed for 408 yards and two TDs for the Huskies but was sacked eight times. UConn was 3 of 13 on third-down conversions, and SMU was 9 of 17. The Huskies are allowing opponents to convert 45.16 percent of third downs (28 of 62), which ranks tied for 110th in the nation. UConn is converting 37.25 percent of theirs, tied for 80th (with Memphis). Connecticut has — statistically, at least — one of the top passing attacks in the nation. The Huskies’ average of 329.8 passing yards a game ranks 12th among 130 FBS teams. Shirreffs, the starter for much of three seasons, is fourth in the nation with a passer rating of 182.33, behind only Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Dalton Sturm of Texas-San Antonio and Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. Shirreffs debuted this season late in the third quarter of the opener against Holy Cross, taking over for a struggling David Pindell and leading UConn to three touchdown drives and a comeback victory. In three-plus games, Shirreffs is 73 of 106 for 1,165 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He is averaging 291.3 yards, 16th in the nation. He’s 14th in completion percentage (68.9).

Expert NCAAF Betting Prediction for Week 6

Take the Cardinals at -2.5 as that line could move up to 3 or 3.5. Memphis will beat UConn but take those two touchdowns. These are our NCAAF betting picks for our Week 6.