College Football Friday Night Betting
There was a time when Friday night college football was frowned upon as crowding the day of the week normally set aside for high school football. But there is too much TV money offered by sports networks needing perpetual live content. Friday night college football is now provided every week on several network platforms. In like manner to the first Thursday night of the college football season, the opening Friday night of 2021 features top-name programs and excellent storylines. Not to mention a great opportunity for gamblers.
September 3, 2021 – Top Games
North Carolina Tar Heels at Virginia Tech Hokies, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
North Carolina is quickly emerging into a national and College Football Playoff contender after just two seasons under head coach Mack Brown, who is in his second tour of duty at Chapel Hill. Brown is recruiting at a sensational level, and the Carolina offense is multi-dimensional. If there is a realistic alternative to Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it's likely to be Mack Brown's Tar Heels.
For the Virginia Tech Hokies, head coach Justin Fuente arrived with great fanfare in 2016 and led them to their first double-digit win season in five years. But from there, Virginia Tech has slowly eroded. Fuente has two losing seasons in the past three years. Of major concern is that Fuente's recruiting has been bad and nowhere near the level of his predecessor, Frank Beamer. Fuente is fortunate that Virginia Tech is one of the most patient institutions in college football.
Michigan State Spartans at Northwestern Wildcats, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
The Spartans begin their second season under head coach Mel Tucker. He was hired on the fly in February of 2020 when Mark Dantonio abruptly announced his retirement (under fire) on national signing day. Last year Tucker did one thing that earned him considerable goodwill with the Spartan faithful; He beat Jim Harbaugh and the hated Michigan Wolverines at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
Mark Dantonio left as the winningest coach in MSU history. He also left behind a mess for Tucker to clean up. Towards the end of his tenure, Dantonio failed to evolve. He refused to replace stale assistants. And recruiting suffered as a result. Tucker is going to need time to get things straightened out.
Northwestern earned a berth in the 2021 Big Ten Championship Game, where they were outmanned by the Ohio State Buckeyes. Still, it was the second time in three seasons that the Wildcats made the trip to Indianapolis for the title tilt. Wildcat head coach Pat Fitzgerald has proven to be a perfect fit at his alma mater. He was a legendary All-American linebacker for the Wildcats epic 1995 Rose Bowl campaign.
South Dakota Coyotes at Kansas Jayhawks, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN+ and Big 12
What is the big deal about the Kansas Jayhawks hosting South Dakota? Kansas finally has a real bonafide football coach; it's first since Mark Mangino led them to the Orange Bowl in an epic 2007 campaign. Lance Leipold arrives from Buffalo, where he led the Bulls to three consecutive bowl appearances. Further, those three seasons were the best in the history of the Bulls' program. Leipold made his fame at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he won seven Division III national championships. His time at Buffalo proved that he could win at the Division I level. Kansas has spent a lot of money on facility upgrades for football, and Leipold brings a gravitas that his predecessors lacked.
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