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Just when we thought the UCLA Bruins were turning a corner under Chip Kelly with their thrilling come from behind win over Washington State last month, they reverted to their old form losing the next two. The week off may have helped, but it doesn’t help that the Bruins get Stanford in Week 8 in the only Pac-12 game scheduled for Thursday night this season. That’s because the Bruins have lost 11 straight to their NorCal rival covering the closing line just once in that span. The Cardinal hit the board as a 10-point home favorite, the largest spread in the series since Stanford was favored by 23 points in the 2011 game. We also have a matchup of 1-1 teams in the Sun Belt West between Louisiana and Arkansas State. Both teams are coming off losses and don’t want to fall further behind in the division standings.
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College Football Thursday, October 17, 2019
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns at Arkansas State Red Wolves | 7:30pm | ESPNU
The high-powered run game was silenced last week by App State, but there’s a good chance Louisiana gets it moving on Thursday. The Ragin Cajuns have the sixth-best ground game in the country with three players compiling over 330 yards this season. They had a season-low 123 rush yards last week when their four-game winning streak ended in a 17-7 loss. The Cajuns failed to cover the 1.5-point closing line losing ATS for the first time ( 5-1 ).
Arkansas State allowed 340 yards on the ground and saw its two-game win streak end in a 52-38 loss to Georgia State. Defense has been just a suggestion for the Red Wolves who yield 537.3 yards and 38.7 points per game. An efficient offense coupled with a porous defense has allowed the over to cash in three straight games while going 4-2 on the year. The series has been close with the teams splitting the last eight games and the Cajuns owning a 5-3 ATS record in that time frame.
UCLA Bruins at Stanford Cardinal | 9:00pm | ESPN
On top of the two straight losses and 1-5 record hanging over the Bruins’ head, there is that little losing skid to Stanford they have to worry about. UCLA hasn’t beaten the Cardinal since 2008 dropping 11 straight in the series and they are just 1-9-1 ATS over that stretch. When the Bruins overcame a large second-half deficit and beat Washington State 67-63 on September 21, it looked as though the Kelly plan was finally starting to take shape. However, they couldn’t build off the momentum from that win and lost the next time out to Arizona, also losing Dorian Thompson-Robinson to a leg injury.
Thompson-Robinson didn’t play against Oregon State two weeks ago, another UCLA loss that dropped them to 4-14 SU and 6-10-2 ATS under Kelly. The hope is that the off week was enough to get DTR ready to run the offense on Thursday. Kelly has yet to name a starter but DTR returned to practice. “We’re excited to see him getting better. He’s looking more comfortable every day,” Kelly said. Austin Burton made his first collegiate start in the loss to the Beavers going 27 of 41 for 236 yards and a touchdown. He’d get the nod if Thompson-Robinson can’t go.
After enduring the first three-game losing streak of the David Shaw era, the Cardinal have bounced back to win two straight to level their record at 3-3. They were impressive last time out with an outright 23-13 win over Washington as a 13.5-point home dog. We saw the Cardinal get back to doing what they do best in that game. They owned the trenches on both sides of the football and got a career day from Cameron Scarlett, who ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries.
And like UCLA, Stanford has yet to commit to a starting quarterback for Thursday’s matchup. Davis Mills had another nice game in place of injured K.J. Costello, throwing for 293 yards and a touchdown to beat the Huskies before he got hurt late in that game. Jack West finished it off without throwing a pass and has just five attempts and one completion in his career. How much offense we see in this game depends on who’s playing quarterback. Thompson-Robinson has flashed brilliance at times and makes the Bruins a dangerous team with dual-threat ability.
College Football Thursday, October 24, 2019
SMU Mustangs at Houston Cougars | 7:30pm | ESPN
College Football Thursday, October 31, 2019
West Virginia Mountaineers at Baylor Bears | 8pm | ESPN
Georgia Southern Eagles at Appalachian State Mountaineers | 8pm | ESPNU
Game of the Night: West Virginia vs. Baylor
The Big 12 gets the ESPN Thursday Night Football treatment in Week 10 when the Mountaineers hit the road for Waco to run with the much improved Bears. Much is gone from last year’s squad from Morgantown with Will Grier now a member of the Carolina Panthers and Dana Holgorsen moving onto Houston. However, new head coach Neal Brown is an offensive minded coach as well, and will be looking to make the most of his first nationally televised matchup of the season. Baylor will also be breaking in a new coach in Matt Rhule who brought the Owls back from obscurity throughout his four-year stay at Temple. WVU has taken each of the last three meetings but only covered one of those matchups. It occurred last season when the Mountaineers thumped the Bears 58-14 as 14.5-point home chalk just over a year ago to the day of this rematch.
College Football Thursday, November 7, 2019
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers | 7:30pm | ESPNU
Temple Owls at USF Bulls | 8pm | ESPN
Game of the Night: Temple vs. USF
Both the Owls and Bulls finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively within the AAC East last season and went onto partake in bowl games. If it feels like these programs are routinely playing one another during the week, it’s because they have with this being the third midweek matchup over the last four seasons. The last time Temple and South Florida locked horns in Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls went on to cruise to the 43-7 win and cover at online sportsbooks as lofty 17.5-point favorites. Temple went on to win the rematch last season by a 27-17 final count but failed to topple the closing 14-point spread. In doing so, they fell to 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS in the four overall AAC clashes against the Bulls. Since playing to three straight overs from 2012-16, the under has cashed in each of the last two meetings.
College Football Thursday, November 14, 2019
Buffalo Bulls at Kent State Golden Flashes | 7pm | CBSSN
North Carolina Tar Heels at Pittsburgh Panthers | 8pm | ESPN
Game of the Night: North Carolina vs. PITT
The Panthers took some baby steps in the right direction under head coach Pat Narduzzi in going 7-7 overall and 6-3 in ACC play. Most importantly, they went on to cover eight of their 14 lined games which included the closely contested 14-13 loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Oddly enough, the Tar Heels last bowl appearance saw them drop a 25-23 decision to the same Cardinal squad back in 2016. Since then, UNC has failed to lace up its bowling shoes the last two seasons and that’s one of the main reasons why Larry Fedora was shown the door in the offseason to make way for Mack Brown’s return to Chapel Hill. The Panthers will no doubt be a tough out in this one as they look to snap a six-game losing streak to the Tar Heels that saw them manage a single cover for college football bettors at top rated sportsbooks.
College Football Thursday, November 21, 2019
NC State Wolfpack at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | 8pm | ESPN
College Football Thursday, November 28, 2019
Ole Miss Rebels at Mississippi State Bulldogs | 7:30pm | ESPN
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