Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM
Folks, last week at this very time - and very space - we brought you the dozen College Football teams that had yet to cash a bet this year through the first three weeks of play and we can now inform you that we want to take a more positive spin here ...So, let's examine the FBS teams that right here and right now are unbeaten ATS (against the spread) and they include the following:
Arkansas State - Hey, the Red Wolves are a blistering 4-and-oh spreadwise following last weekend's 53-24 triumph over 19 ½-point underdog Central Arkansas and note that A-State's already cranked out spread wins against big boys Illinois and Virginia Tech.
Up Next: At Western Kentucky this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET and note Arkansas State's a 13-point road favorite at press time.
Baylor - True, the Bears are technically only 2-0 ATS as the 48-0 win against Stephen F. Austin (see Sept. 18th) was halted by foul weather late in the third quarter but still this Big 12 bunch has copped meaningful covers against rivals TCU and Rice.
Up Next: Baylor's at Kansas State this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff) and the Bears currently are listed as a 4-point road favorite.
Florida - Chomp, chomp! The mighty Gators have rock-n-rolled their way out of the 2011 starting gate with four consecutive season-opening pointspread "W's" including covers versus SEC rivals Tennessee and Kentucky these past two weekends. Maybe rookie head coach Will Muschamp was the right choice for the high-profile job after Urban Meyer "retired".
Up Next: Florida's a very rare home dog this Saturday night against Alabama as the Gators are grabbing 4 points.
Georgia Tech - Roll on Ramblin' Wreck as the ACC gang is 4-0 vig-wise so far this season while averaging a haughty 53.2 points a game. The Techsters barely slipped by the 6 ½-point price in that 35-28 win against North Carolina last week and note GT's covered all four games as a betting favorite.
Up Next: Georgia Tech's a double-digit betting favorite (see minus 11 points) at N.C. State this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff)
Navy - From Paul Johnson's new team to his old one here as the Midshipmen are 3-0 spreadwise this season though by far the guttiest showing was that 24-21 loss-but-cover at 16-point fav South Carolina.
Up Next: It's a service academy showdown as Navy hosts Air Force this Saturday at high noon ET and the Middies are currently a 3-point betting favorite.
Rutgers - All hail the Scarlet Knights who've rampaged out of the starting blocks to collect three consecutive pointspread wins including a neat cover at 10-point favorite North Carolina back on Sept. 10th when the Tar Heels squeaked by with a 24-22 non-cover win.
Up Next: Rutgers plays at Syracuse this Saturday (12 noon ET kickoff) and be aware that the Orange has won/covered games against Wake Forest and Toledo and both occurred in overtime (and both were on the controversial side too). The 'Cuse is a 3-point fav against Rutgers at present time.
Stanford - All this talk about Cardinal QB Andrew Luck and yet doesn't anyone notice this Pac-12 team is 3-0 spreadwise with covers against San Jose State, Duke and Arizona (the latter two happening on the road)?
Up Next: Stanford's listed as a 3-TD betting favorite at this moment against visiting UCLA this Saturday night (10:30 p.m. ET start).
Temple - Now that the Owls have proven to be the gridiron's best story in the city of Philadelphia this month (just kidding, Eagles fans!) you might want to know that Temple is 4-0 ATS including last week's stunning 38-7 win at 9-point fav Maryland. Now that was a no-sweat deal right from the proverbial get-go!
Up Next: Here's another high noon ET tilt as the Owls this Saturday host TD-dog Toledo. Hey, keep your eye on those PATs!
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW - #16 SOUTH FLORIDA LOOKS TO STAY UNBEATEN
#16 SOUTH FLORIDA (4-0) at PITTSBURGH (2-2) - 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Quick question: Which of these teams has the longer bowl streak and which team has won 8-or-more games for the past five years in a row?
If you answered South Florida to both of the above questions, you win the door prize!
Now, the USF Bulls find themselves in the slightly tricky role of road favorite for this football-on-a-school-night tilt and note Pittsburgh's the team coming off a loss (see 15-12 loss-but-cover against Notre Dame last weekend) and so there is a sense of urgency here for first-year head coach Todd Graham's gang not to lose back-to-back home games within a six-day time span.
If Pittsburgh's gonna snag this mild upset win than QB Tino Sunseri must steer clear of making the wrong choices as he's been picked off four times this year (to go along with 4 touchdown passes) although he didn't get intercepted by the ND Fighting Irish last weekend.
The Panthers - winners of the past three head-to-head showdowns in this series - have their hands full with the 10th-best scoring team in FBS play this year as South Florida is averaging a tasty 45.5 points a game and veteran quarterback P.J. Daniels (1,071 yards passing with 8 TDs and 1 INTs) is really maturing into a top-flight player at this position. P.S., keep a close eye here on Bulls' sophomore WR Sterling Griffin who's nabbed a team-best 22 receptions including eight-catch games this season at Notre Dame and home to Florida A&M.
Spread Notes - The USF Bulls have covered three of their first four games this year including that season-opening 23-20 win at 11-point favorite Notre Dame. Note that South Florida is 11-5 vig-wise away while dating back to late in the 2008 campaign. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's failed to cover three of its first four games this year yet the Panthers - like South Florida - own a spread "W" versus Notre Dame (see last Saturday's 15-12 loss-but-cover as 7-point home dogs). Overall, Pittsburgh is 13-7 ATS in its last 20 Big East board games.
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