Only a few weeks left in the 2022 college football regular season and it’s a two-man race right now for the Heisman Trophy between Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud and Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker. Here are two intriguing matchups this Saturday around the nation. Here everything for your NCAAF betting.
The Best Games Of Week 11 NCAAF
No. 7 LSU at Arkansas (+3)
With LSU upsetting Alabama 32-31 in overtime last week, the Tigers would now play in the SEC Championship Game if they win out. At No. 7, LSU is the highest-ranked two-loss team in the College Football Playoff rankings.
On the comparison between LSU and one-loss Oregon, who is ranked one spot ahead of the Tigers at No 6, CFP Selection Committee Chair Boo Corrigan said, “We talked about everything. We have multiple teams on the board. We’re looking at as much information as we can find on it.
“Obviously, the LSU wins the last couple of weeks with Alabama and Mississippi has played strong in the last couple weeks. If you think back to last week, we had LSU at 10, so there was a lot of respect for LSU going into that room. Again, the Oregon piece of losing that game early and averaging over 40 points in their last eight games, the job that Bo Nix has done both running for touchdowns and throwing for touchdowns, it’s really an impressive team, as well. Again, we’re looking at everything that we can find as well as watching the games and making sure we’re doing a full evaluation.”
LSU’s Jayden Daniels is the only FBS QB to have 600+ rushing yards and 1,700+ passing yards this year. Daniels has also accounted for 14 TDs (7 rush, 7 pass) in LSU’s past 3 games, which ranks No. 3 in school history over that span – trailing only Joe Burrow, who had 18 and 15 on two occasions in 2019.
During its current 3-game winning streak, LSU’s offense has scored on 10 of its 13 second half possessions (8 TDs and 2 FGs). LSU hasn’t punted on consecutive second half possessions since the Tennessee game in week 6.
Arkansas is coming off a 21-19 non-conference setback last week vs. Liberty. LSU is 4-2 all-time against Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Tigers have won three straight over the Razorbacks in Reynolds Stadium, which includes a 27-24 victory in 2020.
The Razorbacks are the owners of the Golden Boot Trophy after defeating the Tigers, 16-13 (OT), in Baton Rouge, La., last season. Arkansas is seeking back-to-back wins in the rivalry game for the first time since 2014 and 2015. With a win against LSU, Sam Pittman would become the fourth Arkansas head coach to earn bowl eligibility in each of their first three seasons, joining Lou Holtz (1977-79), Ken Hatfield (1984-86) and Houston Nutt (1998-00).
No. 22 UCF at No. 17 Tulane (-1.5)
Tulane leads the American Athletic Conference and 5-0 and would all but punch a ticket to the title game with a win, while UCF is second at 4-1.
The Knights come off a 35-28 win at a good Memphis team last Saturday. As the nation’s top red zone defense, UCF came up big again on Saturday forcing a turnover on downs, interception and a missed field goal. In 36 trips to the red zone for opponents this season, the Knights have only allowed 12 touchdowns (33%).
With the score knotted at 21-21 heading to the fourth quarter, UCF capped a nine-play, 61-yard drive to take a 28-21 lead after quarterback Mikey Keene connected with Kobe Hudson for the second time on the day for a 13-yard touchdown. On Memphis’ next drive, Divaad Wilson picked off quarterback Seth Henigan to give the Knights the ball back with their second turnover of the day to have a chance to add to their lead. It was Wilson’s third interception of the season and second interception of the game for UCF.
After the teams traded possessions with both ending in punts, Keene found wide receiver Javon Baker in the back of the endzone for his third touchdown pass of the day, extending the UCF lead to 35-21 following the extra point from Colton Boomer.
Tulane beat Tulsa 27-13 last Saturday. Tyjae Spears led the offensive charge for Tulane in running for 157 yards and a touchdown. Shaadie Clayton-Johnson picked up 106 yards. Iverson Celestine totaled 40 yards. Michael Pratt ran for 36 yards. Pratt had an effective day in going 11-for-19 for 125 yards and two passing touchdowns. Duece Watts recorded two catches for 42 yards. Shae Wyatt had a catch for 20 yards and a touchdown. Tyrick James totaled four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown.Dorian Williams was all over the field with 13 tackles, two sacks and two stops for loss. Nick Anderson also had an outstanding performance in picking up 13 tackles, a sack and a stop for loss. Jarius Monroe totaled nine tackles. Larry Brooks had seven stops. Tulane’s offense gained 482 total yards with 357 coming on the ground. It was the highest rushing total for the program since getting 429 against Southern Miss in 2020. The defense limited Tulsa to 257 total yards, including 146 yards passing. The team had four sacks on the afternoon.
Last year, UCF beat Tulane 14-10 but the Green Wave are way better this season. Keene’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Johnson with 5:55 remaining was the winner. Keene finished 19-for-25 passing (76%) for 229 yards. Spears’ 8-yard scoring run for Tulane with 9:22 left in the third ended a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive that took 5 1/2 minutes and knotted it at 7-all.
- Arkansas and UCF