BEHIND BACKDOOR COVERS

By Joe Nelson for Playbook: Glancing at the scoreboard won’t tell you the whole story in most games. Each week there are several teams that cover despite not necessarily deserving it, as well as other teams that played much better than the final score shows. For instance, on last week’s college football card everything went right for Michigan State in the second quarter with three turnovers, a safety, and a defensive touchdown to take a 25-0 lead, However, a scoreless fourth quarter preserved the underdog cover … Purdue appeared to be in complete control with a 31-14 edge over Nevada late in the third quarter. The Wolf Pack would win on a 56-yard field goal from walk-on kicker Brandon Talton, while getting a 5-0 turnover edge in the game for the upset … Oregon led 21-6 before Auburn scored two touchdowns, to close to within one point down 21-20. Oregon wound up just across midfield with over five minutes remaining before getting a big scare with Justin Herbert injured. He had to sit out on a critical 4th-and-short play that was stuffed by Auburn. The Tigers scored on a 27-yard TD pass with :09 seconds remaining for their first and only lead of the game, resulting in a stunning collapse for the Ducks …

College Football Fast Fact

From the well-oiled machine: MAC teams coming off a win are 3-28 SU and 9-21 ATS against ACC foes since 2000, including 0-7 SUATS the last seven. Yeah, we’re calling you out, Ohio U, on tomorrow’s early college football card.

Grinding Out The Profits

Wake Forest is 1-10 $ as a favorite of 14 or more points. Rice enters this game off a touchdown loss as 23-point dogs against Army. The Owls are 8-1 ATS in their second-game of the season, including 3-0 SUATS at home when coming off a loss. Rice is also ranked No. 5 overall in Returning Production Rankings this season. We’re looking at the Hooters.
 
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