Advertisement

College Football Week 4 betting trends: Iowa-Rutgers Punt-A-thon, Oregon State getting love over USC and more

Week 4 of the college football season has given us plenty to get excited about.

Among the primetime games scheduled for Saturday, a number of conference matchups should have the nation’s intrigue. No. 3 Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Kansas State vs. No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 23 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Arkansas may be the highlights, but they aren’t the main attraction.

Not for bettors, at least, and not when Iowa and Rutgers are on FS1 at 7 p.m. ET live from New Jersey.

That’s right, two of the worst offenses in the country has already attracted a ton of action. Of the 6000 (and counting) bets tracked by Action Network on Iowa-Rutgers, 88 percent of bets placed on the point total have Under 34.5 along with 85 percent of the money. Another 68 percent of bets on the spread have Rutgers (+7.5) with 63 percent of the money.

Meanwhile, Iowa is scoring just 13.7 points per game and has a team total points line of 20.5 at Tipico Sportsbook.

This is Puntmageddon on national television and we cannot wait. The Hawkeyes have punted 23 times in three games this season. Rutgers has punted 12 times over the same span.

It’s enough to make you wonder: just how many punts will take place in Piscataway this weekend? We checked with oddsmakers at Tipico to find out where the punt total line would be set. While not an official offering, Tipico told BetFTW the line is set at 9.5 combined punts with the over as a slight favorite at -120.

Big Ten football!

Let’s check out some other trends around the sport as Week 4 kicks off.

Place your bets at BetMGM

Bet on the NFL legally online in AZ, IL, KS, LA, MI, MS, NV, NY, OR, PA, TN, VA, WV, D.C., Ontario and elsewhere at BetMGM Sportsbook. 21+, see BetMGM.com for Terms and conditions apply. Bet now!

Iowa-Rutgers leftovers

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

A few more things to keep in mind before you go running to open your apps and drop a few bets on this masterclass of kicking:

There is no way the NCAA record for punts in a game is in jeopardy. Why do we feel so confident with that declaration? Because the all-time record is 77 (SEVENTY-SEVEN) between Texas Tech and Centenary in 1939. A game that saw zero points scored and 13 records set.

16 CFB teams remain perfect against the spread.....including South Alabama!?

Any team can win a game. Only great teams can cover.

As we enter Week 4, only 16 teams remain great and there are some pretty surprising names on the list.

Southern Alabama? Syracuse? East Carolina? Tulane!? Southern Miss!? Hang on a second now. Those last two teams are playing each other on Saturday. What are bettors to do?

Tulane (-13) gets the homefield advantage after a massive upset at Kansas State last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to abandon the Golden Eagles. Action Network has tracked more than 2,000 bets on this game. Tulane has the public backing on the spread with 59 percent of all bets, but Souther Miss has 71 percent of the money wagered. Pay attention to the late action coming in here.

Of course, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk about Kansas’ miraculous start to the season. Not only did the Jayhawks (-7.5 vs. Duke) just sell out their home stadium for only the second time in more than a decade—this time it’s likely that the majority of ticket-buyers are fans of the home team.

KU is a favorite over a fellow Power 5 team for the first time since November, 2009. At Action Network, 51 percent of all bets against the spread are on Kansas as well as 62 percent of the money wagered.

The pressure is on in Lawrence.

But there’s one team that remains perfect ATS more than deserving of a deeper dive and that is…..

Oregon State!!!!

AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer

The Beavers have covered as two-point favorites against Boise State, one-point underdogs against Fresno State and as 17.5-point favorites against Montana State.

None of those teams carry the pedigree of No. 7 USC and its Heisman candidate QB Caleb Williams. The Trojans are seven-point favorites at Oregon State this weekend, but that doesn’t really seem to be scaring off bettors. At all.

In fact, a Beavers win is already getting heavy backing. While USC (-280 ML) is getting 85 percent of the moneyline bets, Oregon State (+225) is getting 98 percent of the money, per Action Network. The sharps clearly believe they’ve found an edge here.

If the upset does happen—which would mean another OSU cover—that might be it for the Pac-12 in the College Football Playoff race unless Oregon or Utah can convince the committee to overlook some egregious early losses.

Week 4 should be pretty wild. Strap in.

 

Gannett may earn revenue from sports betting operators for audience referrals to betting services. Sports betting operators have no influence over nor are any such revenues in any way dependent on or linked to the newsrooms or news coverage. See applicable operator site for its terms and conditions. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call the National Council on Problem Gambling 24/7 at 1-800-GAMBLER. Must be 21 or older to gamble.

More Stories

Lions being favored with their 2 best playmakers out is proof of how far they’ve come

D'Andre Swift and Amon-Ra St. Brown are both out against Seattle.

Read the full article

From The WebAds by Zergnet

Sportsbooks issue refunds to Tua Tagovailoa bettors after scary injury

Tagovailoa was injured in the second quarter of Thursday's game.

Read the full article

Fantasy football Week 4 streaming options: Finding replacements for Amon-Ra St. Brown and D'Andre Swift

Seattle-Detroit is an important matchup!

Read the full article
More BetFTW