College Football Thursday Night Betting
College football is the second most popular sport in the United States, behind the NFL. A big reason for that is the massive increase in live TV content. Once upon a time, Thursday night football would feature one game per week. These days, Thursday night football serves as a celebration to kick off a long weekend of action.
The first week of Thursday night college football was a blast with a trio of exciting games. The favored team won and covered each one, two being on the road. After opening the season with two close losses, one in overtime, West Virginia leveled its record at 2-2 with a 33-10 pasting of Virginia Tech. The Mountaineers outscored opponents 98-17 in the last two weeks and improved to 3-1 ATS.
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Playing as a slight 2.5-point road favorite, Coastal Carolina stayed unbeaten with a 41-24 victory over winless Georgia State. The Chanticleers scored two touchdowns in the first three minutes and cruised to their seventh straight victory dating back to last season by racking up 540 total yards against one of the worst defenses in the country. We are scheduled to see Coastal again this week when they host Appalachian State.
While there may have been some intrigue with the matchups above, they turned into blowouts. And that’s what we expected when Illinois hosted FCS Chattanooga. The Fighting Illini didn’t disappoint with a workmanlike 31-0 victory covering the 25.5-point closing line. In the final tuneup before getting into the meat of their Big Ten schedule, the Illini didn’t let down, getting 329 passing yards, three TDs from Tommy DeVito, and 108 rushing yards from Chase Brown as they outgained the Mocs 502-142. In their three victories, the Illini have surrendered just nine points covering the spread as a favorite in each outing.
In week five, the Utah State Aggies could not keep pace in a 38-26 loss at the BYU Cougars as 25.5-point dogs. The game went over the total of 53.5. Utah State has been struggling most of the year and is in grave danger of missing a bowl game.
We didn’t have a Thursday night game in Week 6.
Week 7 saw a high scoring shootout between West Virginia and Baylor that the Mountaineers pulled out 43-40, while UFC demolished Temple 70-13.
Week 8 had an ACC matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and a Sun Belt Conference game with the South Alabama Jaguars hosting the Troy Trojans. These two games were nothing like the previous week, as Virginia won 16-9 over Georgia Tech, while Troy beat South Alabama 10-6.
Week 9 had two close games and one blowout. It was Southern Miss routing Lafayette 39-24, while the close games had NC State just getting past Virginia Tech 22-21, while Utah held off Washington State 21-17.
Week 10 had a couple of high scoring games that turned out to be close, as Rice defeated UTEP 37-30, while Coastal Carolina just got past Appalachian State, winning 35-28. Rice is actually in contention to make a bowl game, as they have won five games this season for the first time since 2015 and Coastal Carolina took over first place in the Sun Belt with the win over Appalachian State.
Week 11 had Memphis routing Tulsa, winning 26-10 and it was a rout in Louisiana, as Louisiana took care of Georgia Southern, winning by a score of 36-17.
Week 12 was a Tulane rout, as they rolled over SMU, winning 59-24. Michael Pratt threw three TDs and Tyjae Spears had 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Week 13 was the finale of Thursday night football for 2022 and it was Mississippi State upsetting Mississippi in the Egg Bowl. Will Rogers threw two touchdown passes and the Mississippi State defense held firm and the Bulldogs pulled out a 24-22 win as a 2.5-point college football betting underdog. Ole Miss led the game 16-14 at the half and neither team scored in the third quarter. The Bulldogs got a field goal to take a 17-16 lead and then Rogers threw a TD to Rara Thomas to extend the lead to 24-16 with 7:58 left. The Bulldogs had a chance to score again but Rogers fumbled at the Ole Miss 1-yard line and the Rebels had life. The Rebels drove 99 yards and Jaxson Dart threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dayton Wade with 1:25 left, but the two-point conversion pass failed.
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