College Football Friday Night Betting
“Good things happen to those who wait.” That is an old adage that will certainly pertain to Friday night when the highly anticipated Big Ten season will kickoff as the Wisconsin Badgers host the Fighting Illini of Illinois. For a season that was once declared lost kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium will be seen as a godsend by college football fans and gamblers. But the Big Ten season opener is only one of four games for a loaded Friday night card. The Florida International Panthers will host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. While the improving and dangerous Tulsa Golden Hurricane will visit the South Florida Bulls, and the UAB Blazers will host the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns in matchup of top tier Sun Belt Conference teams. The football betting community couldn’t ask for a better way to get the weekend kicked off in proper fashion!
College Football Friday Night Schedule
College Football Friday, October 23, 2020
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On Friday, October 23, 2020 the Florida International Panthers will host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida. Kickoff time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN3.
Florida International has been off since October 10 after a 31-28 home loss to Middle Tennessee as 6.5-pont favorites with the game going over the total of 57.5. FIU is now 0-2 straight up, 1-1 against the spread, and is 2-0 over the total. Jacksonville State is a FCS program that is 2-1 straight up and 1-0 on the board with one over.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane -8
South Florida Bulls +8
On Friday, October 23, 2020 the USF Bulls will host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Kickoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
Tulsa is 1-1 straight up, 2-0 against the spread with both of their games going under the total. The Golden Hurricane is coming off a stunning 34-26 upset win at Central Florida as 20.5-point dogs on October 3. Tulsa’s defense ranks 19th nationally for points allowed.
South Florida is 1-4 straight up, 3-2 against the spread, and 3-2 over the total. Last week the Bulls lost at Temple 39-27 as 14-point dogs with over the total of 52.5 paying as well.
Louisiana Ragin Cajuns +2
UAB Blazers -2
On Friday, October 22, 2020 the UAB Blazers will host the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on CBSSN.
The UAB Blazers are 4-1 straight up, 2-3 against the spread with 3-2 over the total. The Blazers are coming off a 37-14 home payout over Western Kentucky. Louisiana is 3-1 straight up, 1-3 against the spread and 1-3 under the total. Louisiana is coming off a 30-27 home loss to Coastal Carolina. The Ragin Cajuns are best known for their epic opening day upset at the Iowa State Cyclones on opening day.
Illinois Fighting Illini +18.5
Wisconsin Badgers -18.5
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On Friday, October 23, 2020 the Wisconsin Badgers will host the Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. Kickoff time is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET with television coverage on BTN.
As always, the Badgers will bring one of the top offensive lines to the gridiron but the big story is that redshirt freshman Graham Mertz, a five-star recruit, will be under center due to last year’s starter Jack Coan being out with injury. Mertz was a highly coveted prospect that had many Wisconsin fans demanding that he be put in last season. But Coan led the Badgers to the Big Ten West Division title as a solid game manager. UW fans believe that Mertz brings an added element to the QB position not seen since Russell Wilson’s one season as a Badger.
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is best known for taking the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl. Since taking over at Illinois in 2016 Smith has encountered the same problems as his predecessors. Illinois has not invested in football the way that other top Big Ten programs have. Last year's bowl season was likely an aberration.
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