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NCAA Football Friday Night Betting
It can be argued that Friday night college football has become must-see TV with the schedule littered with excellent matchups as opposed to the weaker Thursday night slate due to running up against the NFL. It only makes perfect sense with kids across the land already used to suiting up under the Friday night lights from their High School days. With that, more and more conferences have been willing and able to give their programs the national spotlight with more nationally televised channels available to give themselves the showcase treatment. CFB Saturday still might be king, but offshore sportsbooks have had no issues starting the pigskin week early. Here’s a look at every nationally televised matchup set to play out on Friday night over the course of the 2019-20 regular season.
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College Football Friday, August 30, 2019
Rice Owls at Army Black Knights | 6pm | CBSSN
Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Michigan State Spartans | 7pm | FS1
Wisconsin Badgers at South Florida Bulls | 7pm | ESPN
UMass at Rutgers | 7:15pm | Big Ten Network
Utah State Aggies at Wake Forest Demon Deacons | 8pm | ACC Network
Purdue Boilermakers at Nevada Wolf Pack | 9:30pm | CBSSN
Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes (Denver, CO) | 10pm | ESPN
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Oregon State Beavers | 10:30pm | FS1
Game of the Night: Wisconsin vs. USF
It was a down year for the Big Ten West a season ago with Northwestern and its 8-2 record being good enough to punch its ticket to the conference title game. After representing the division in the B1G Championship Game the previous two seasons, you can bet your bottom dollar Paul Chryst’s kids will be looking to punch its ticket once again in 2019. The season kicks off for the Badgers in Tampa Bay where they’ll take on the USF Bulls as decided double-digit road favorites at offshore sportsbooks. It will mark the program’s first meeting since colliding back in 2014 when Wisconsin went on to win by a 27-10 final count but come up dreadfully short of covering the closing 33-point spread. Dating back to 2013, the Badgers have gone 10-0 SU and 8-2 ATS when laying 10 or more points away from Madison.
College Football Friday, September 6, 2019
Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Rice Owls | 8pm | CBSSN
William & Mary at Virginia Cavaliers | 8pm | ACC Network
Marshall Thundering Herd at Boise State Broncos | 9pm | ESPN2
Sacramento State at Arizona State Sun Devils | 10pm | Pac-12 Network
Game of the Night: Marshall vs. Boise State
After going 9-4 overall and 6-2 in CUSA play, the Thundering Herd are once again expected to make some noise in the conference once again in 2019. This Week 2 tilt with the Broncos on the “Smurf Turf” will serve as an excellent litmus test to see just how for real Doc Holliday’s kids are. Boise State has lost a total of five times the last 30 times it took to the Broncos Stadium turf, and they’ll likely be a tough out for all that invade their stadium this season. Entering his sixth year at the helm of the Broncos, Bryan Harsin certainly knows what it takes to field a competitive squad in a conference on the rise. While a number of role players need to step up and fill some departed shoes, you can always count on the Broncos being competitive. This one will no doubt have night owls tuning in till the clock reads double zeroes!
College Football Friday, September 13, 2019
North Carolina Tar Heels at Wake Forest Demon Deacons | 6pm | ESPN
Kansas Jayhawks at Boston College Eagles | 7:30pm | ACCN
Washington State Cougars vs. Houston Cougars (in Houston, TX) | 9:15pm | ESPN
Game of the Night: Wazzou vs. Houston
Two of the greatest offensive minds in the game are set to collide against one another in the night cap of ESPN’s Friday night doubleheader in a battle of Cougars when Mike Leach squares off against Dana Holgorsen at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. The Cougars out of Pullman just got done capping off a dream season from out of nowhere that saw them go 11-2 overall and cap it all off with a dramatic 28-26 win and cover over Iowa State in the Valero Alamo Bowl. The same can’t be said for the Cougars from Houston that saw injuries derail what could have been a memorable campaign before it all came to a crashing thud in a 70-14 whitewashing at the hands of Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. This early season matchup will no doubt grab the attention of CFB bettors looking to get the weekend started off on the right foot!
College Football Friday, September 20, 2019
FIU Golden Panthers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | 8pm | CBSSN
Utah Utes at USC Trojans | 9pm | FS1
Air Force Falcons at Boise State Broncos | 9pm | ESPN2
Game of the Night: Utah vs. USC
The Trojans have failed to cover each of their last three matchups against the Utes at offshore sportsbooks. On top of that, it dropped two of those games outright. Clay Helton took over the program back in 2016. So, USC is yet to cash a ticket when playing the Utes under his watch. This is a pivotal season for the fourth-year head coach with the Trojans falling out of the National Championship picture and finishing third in the South while Utah went on to represent the division in the Pac-12 title game a year ago. The Coliseum will no doubt be rocking for this one in hopes of the Trojans remaining unblemished at home when taking the Utes on as conference rivals. USC escaped with a 28-27 triumph as 13-point favorites the last time the Utes paid SoCal a visit back in 2017. Each of the last four matchups in this rivalry combined for high scorers per the closing college football odds.
College Football Friday, September 27, 2019
Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies | 7pm | ESPN
Penn State Nittany Lions at Maryland Terrapins| 8pm | FS1
San Jose State Spartans at Air Force Falcons | 8pm | CBSSN
Arizona State Sun Devils at California Golden Bears | 10:30pm | ESPN
Game of the Night: Duke vs. Virginia Tech
It’s weird to see a matchup between the Blue Devils and Hokies check in as the game spotlighted with it not taking place on the hardwood. But that’s the reality of the ACC in this day and age with the Dookies fielding a highly credible program under David Cutcliffe whose gone on to spring a number of upsets throughout his stay in Durham. That said, VTECH has dominated this rivalry with it coming out on top in three straight as well as eight of the last 10 while logging a 5-5 record against the closing pointspread in those matchups. With a new quarterback in tow with Daniel Jones now making his home in the Big Apple, the Blue Devils will likely be an attractive underdog in this spot considering its covered six straight and seven of the last eight times they were installed underdogs on the road.
College Football Friday, October 4 2019
UCF Knights at Cincinnati Bearcats | 8pm | ESPN
New Mexico Lobos at San Jose State Spartans | 10pm | CBSSN
Game of the Night: UCF vs. Cincinnati
Rewind to November 17 of last season. The ‘Natti invaded Spectrum Stadium in Orlando looking to halt UCF’s bazillion game win streak and overtake them in the AAC East standings. Unfortunately Luke Fickell’s kids didn’t play up to snuff and ultimately found itself on the short end of a debilitating 38-13 defeat as 16.5-point underdogs. Though they still went on to trounce East Carolina the following week and outlast Virginia Tech 35-31 in the Military Bowl, the memory of that loss will still be fresh on the minds of the Bearcats when they host the rivalry to kick off the month of October. Since pasting the Knights 52-7 in their inaugural matchup as AAC rivals back in 2015, UCF has gone on to win and cover the last three skirmishes by an average of 24.6 points per game. Nippert Stadium deserves a good showing in this one!
College Football Friday, October 11, 2019
Colorado State Rams at New Mexico Lobos | 8pm | CBSSN
Virginia Cavaliers at Miami Hurricanes | 8pm | ESPN
Colorado Buffaloes at Oregon Beavers | 10pm | FS1
Game of the Night: Virginia vs. Miami
The Wahoos have taken steps in the right direction in each of Bronco Mendenhall’s first three seasons in Charlottesville. Back in 2016, the team managed to log a 2-10 record and go 2-7-1 ATS. In 2017, the Cavs went 6-7 both straight up and against the spread at online sportsbooks. Then last season, UVA went on to win eight games while going a lucrative 9-4 against the closing college football betting lines. With Bryce Perkins back under center, the Cavaliers truly believe they have it in them to make a run at the Coastal Division title. The Hurricanes will no doubt have something to say about that under first-year head coach Manny Diaz who was a part of the previous regime’s coaching staff the last few seasons. It’ll be interesting to see how Miami adapts after seeing its three-game win streak over the Cavs get snapped last season after incurring a 16-13 defeat in a closely contested battle that saw both offenses struggle mightily to move the ball and put points on the board.
College Football Friday, October 18, 2019
Marshall Thundering Herd at Florida Atlantic Owls |6:30pm | CBSSN
Pitt Panthers at Syracuse Orange | 7pm | ESPN
Ohio State Buckeyes at Northwestern Wildcats 8:30pm | FS1
UNLV Runnin' Rebels at Fresno State Bulldogs | 10:00pm | CBSSN
Game of the Night: Ohio State vs. Northwestern
Where were you back in 2013 when the Buckeyes logged one of the nastiest front door covers against the Wildcats in the history of betting on college football? I was at a Twin Peaks in Phoenix, AZ and I’ll never forget watching Joey Bosa pick up a botched lateral and saunter into the end zone from seven yards out at the gun. Let’s just say I lost a pretty penny on that play as did many others that bought the Wildcats early in the week before the line got steamed. Fast forward to 2019 and we find the Buckeyes taking on the Wildcats at Ryan Field for the first time since that endgame I won’t soon forget. You have to go all the way back to 2004 to find the last time the Wildcats defeated the Buckeyes on the gridiron. Since then they’re 0-7 straight up with a lone pointspread cover to show for their forgettable work.
College Football Friday, October 25, 2019
USC Trojans at Colorado Buffaloes | 9pm | ESPN2
College Football Friday, November 1, 2019
Navy Midshipmen at UConn Huskies | 8pm | ESPN2
College Football Friday, November 8, 2019
UCF Knights at Tulsa Golden Hurricane | 7pm | ESPN2
Washington Huskies at Oregon State Beavers | 10:30pm | FS1
Game of the Night: Washington vs. Oregon State
Remember when going into Corvalis was something nobody in the Pac-12 wanted to deal with? Not even a disciple of Chris Petersen was able to change the fortunes of the program a year ago after the Beavers went on to log just a pair of wins with one coming in Pac-12 play. To add insult to injury, Jonathan Smith got worked by his master when the Huskies defeated Oregon State 42-23 as decided favorites. ORST got the last laugh by preventing U-Dub from covering the closing 32.5-point spread, but still went on to drop a seventh straight game to the Huskies. Though Washington lost a number of instrumental pieces to last year’s puzzle, it will still likely be heavily favored by linemakers to come out on top of this one at top rated sportsbooks.
College Football Friday, November 15, 2019
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Marshall Thundering Herd | 7pm | CBSSN
Fresno State Bulldogs at San Diego State Aztecs| 9:30pm | ESPN2
Game of the Night: Fresno State at San Diego State
Though the LA Tech/Marshall game could end up being a huge one in Conference USA, we’ll instead give some love to the Mountain West with the Bulldogs squaring off against the Aztecs in what could also be a crucial matchup in the West Division. The Bulldogs were by far the cream of the conference crop a year ago with Jeff Tedford’s kids going on to win 12 of 14 games while logging an 8-1 record in conference play. On top of all that, they went a bankroll boosting 10-4 ATS with one of those defeats coming against the Aztecs who played them tough in a 23-14 defeat as 10-point underdogs per the closing college football betting odds. SDST was taken to task the last time it hosted this rivalry in falling by 27-3 as near touchdown underdogs, so it’s safe to assume they’ll be way up for this one in their second to last home game of the season.
College Football Friday, November 22, 2019
Colorado State Rams at Wyoming Cowboys | 9:30pm | ESPN2
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