If you’re a fan of the 1970s hit song ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ by Meat Loaf then you’d suck playing college football parlays. As you know winning two bets on a three-team parlay is still a loser, and that’s what happened on my card last week. And there wasn’t even any suspense since the loss was a whopper. Following their upset of Oklahoma I mentioned there could be a letdown by Oklahoma State. And the Cowboys let a lot of people down, including me, in their 45-3 loss to UCF getting drubbed as a 1.5-point favorite at bitcoin sportsbook. Other than that the weekend was a success.
I’m being facetious about the weekend even though the other two legs of my parlay hit. With Jim Harbaugh suspended the Michigan Wolverines kept rolling beating Penn State 24-15. I backed the maize and blue in what was their toughest game of the season. Dealing with a scandal and having your coach suspended was enough, but the Wolverines were on the road in a hostile environment against a 1-loss club. Playing with a chip on their collective shoulders UM covered the 4.5-point line.
I guess Alex Grinch feels vindicated. A week after getting fired as USC’s defensive coordinator the Trojans gave up 552 yards in a 36-27 loss to Oregon. They have a hard time defending but USC has playmakers on offense and that was enough for them to stay within the 15.5-point line. This is the Pac-12 with good teams at the top of the standings and giving one of them more than two touchdowns looked like a good pick. Turned out I was right in backing SC, though the Trojans needed the game’s final two TDs for the payout. With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season I’ll do my best to hit a college football parlay winner in Week 12.
College Football Betting Lines
Week 12 College Football Parlay Card Wagers
North Carolina +6.5
Washington / Oregon State OVER 64
San Jose State -14.5
$100 bet to win $631
If there’s ever a time for North Carolina to end a five-game losing streak to Clemson now is it. The Tigers have fallen hard from just a few years ago when they were playing for national championships. And it’s safe to say they’ve been inconsistent this season. It all started with a season-opening loss to Duke when Clemson was laying 12-points. They also lost to Miami and NC State while squeaking past a bad Wake Forest team, 17-12. They’re still a threat but one the Tar Heels see as beatable and getting 6.5-points makes backing UNC easier.
With Drake Maye leading the way the Heels boast the country’s third-best offense averaging more than 520 yards. They also average 40 points and should score enough to offset a defense that’s struggled. The good news for UNC is that Clemson has staggered on offense and Cade Klubnik hasn’t quite filled the void at QB.
The last time I backed the OVER in a Washington Huskies game they beat Arizona State 15-7. In every other game they’ve scored at least 31 points going over the 40-point threshold six times. In their last three games, which they cashed the OVER every time, the U-Dub averaged 43 points while conceding more than 34 points a contest. He isn’t as flashy as some of the other QBs in the Pac-12, but DJ Uiagalelei has helped the Beavers average 38 points and 7.0 yards per play. This one has the makings of a shootout.
San Jose State is one of the hottest teams in the country beating their last four opponents by an average of 27 points with a ground game that’s churned out chunks of yards. And that 1-5 start was misleading since their first four setbacks were to teams that have combined to go 33-9. Last week the Spartans spanked a good Fresno State team 42-18 and they are one of the most profitable teams with five straight payouts and an 8-2 ATS record. The two-touchdown spread is steep, but the Aztecs have struggled under lame duck coach Brady Hoke averaging just 20 points to rank 116th in the country.
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