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College Football week 4 betting preview – selections by James Potter
Last week we were spoiled with blockbuster after blockbuster. It has slowed down a little this week but there are still plenty of interesting games college games on the menu. Sometimes from a punting perspective it’s easier when there aren’t two powerhouses padding up against each other. I am jumping on the #3 Louisville bandwagon and their amazing quarterback Lamar Jackson (pictured below). The new favourite for the Heisman trophy (11/8) is an out and out excitement machine. Jackson has already rushed for 464 yards which puts him only behind Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State) on the total rushing yard leader board. And yes he is a quarterback not a running back! No wonder Michael Vick is giving the kid the thumbs up on social media. Add to that Louisville is currently the 13th ranked passing offence in the country which makes for one hell of a potent attacking force. Marshall has their work cut out for themselves this week and I expect Louisville to cover easily.
Arkansas (17) travel to Texas A&M (10) in what promises to be a very important game for both teams. Both sit on 3-0 in the hardest conference in College Football. Both have had ideal early season draws and both face stern opposition in coming weeks when they take on the likes of Alabama, LSU and Mississippi. It wouldn’t matter if these two teams were 0-3 as they just plain don’t like each other. The winner here will move sharply up the table but the loser might find the rest of the season a struggle. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (pictured below) loves his Pigs and hates Texas A&M as much as I do and will most likely be in attendance. QB Brandon Allen has been the shining light for the Razorbacks this year and his performance was the difference between winning and losing in the thriller against TCU.
He threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns that day and he will have to be at his best against the Aggies who possess two of college most feared perimeter pass rushers in Daeshon Hall and Myles Garrett. Should be a cracker and I think Arkansas can cause the upset. For your west coast fix late in the day you can’t go past the Stanford (7) @ UCLA game. The equation is simple for Stanford; they have to keep winning. UCLA were very brave in week 1 going down by only seven points to the Aggies in Texas. The Bruins then held on to beat BYU on the road last week so it’s hard to argue their form line. I am sticking with Stanford as if they are serious about a tilt at a national championship they have to beat teams like UCLA convincingly. The Bruins will be out to destroy the dreams of their fellow Pac-12 brothers and both teams are always fired up for the California showdown.
Confirmed betting (card finalised)
Arkansas +7 @ Texas A&M (two units @ $1.91)
Miami (Ohio) @ Cincinnati -55.5/total (two units @ $1.91)
Nebraska -7.5 @ Northwestern (one unit @ $1.94)
Kent State +42.5/line @ Alabama (one unit @ $1.89)
Louisville -25.5/line @ Marshall (one unit @ $1.91)
Bowling Green @ Memphis +68.5/total (one unit @ (one unit @ $1.91)
Houston -31/line @ Texas State (one unit @ $1.96)
LSU @ Auburn +3.5 (one unit @ $1.94)
Stanford -3 @ UCLA (one unit @ $1.95)
California @ Arizona State +85/total (one unit @ $1.91)
Week 4 results update: 0-0-1, -1.0 units; overall record: 24-2-21, -0.56 units
USC Trojans @ Utah Utes -45/total (one unit @ $1.93) LOSE (27-31)
• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Ladbrokes (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.