Best College Football Bets for October 24, 2020
The Big Ten and Mountain West Conference join the fray this weekend, and the Pac-12 isn’t far behind. Clemson opens the afternoon as a colossal favorite, while UNC hopes to rebound against their in-state rival.
Both of those games are intriguing from a betting standpoint, but neither made the cut in my “college football best bets” of the week column.
Find out which ones did below.
Alabama Crimson Tide (-21) -116
Alabama just put on a clinic against a top-3 team in the country. The Vols just got blasted at home by Kentucky. Trying to sort through ways Jeremy Pruitt and company can hang around with the Crimson Tide – I keep coming up empty-handed.
This doesn’t include a 26 point loss to West Virginia and two losses to BYU and Georgia State. Pruitt 4-3 in non-conference games.— Braden Gall (@BradenGall) October 17, 2020
Pruitt fired his D-Line coach but appears intent on sticking with Jarrett Guarantano under center – moves that the fanbase in Knoxville has no choice but to question. Perhaps a shellacking at Neyland Stadium on Saturday versus his former employer will put things in a better perspective for those singing Rocky Top.
Keep in mind – Terry Wilson threw for 101 yards last weekend and Tennessee still surrendered 34 points. Mac Jones arrives having thrown for 400+ yards in each of his last three games (Alabama averaging 52.0 ppg during that stretch).
This one could get out of hand quickly for the Volunteers.
Memphis Tigers (-13) -125
After being involved in a couple of nail biters in their last two games, this weekend’s home game against the Owls should give the Tigers a little room to breathe.
Temple lost to a Navy team that is getting trucked by anyone decent. The Owls barely slid past South Florida – a 1-4 program that got spanked by Notre Dame (52-0) and whose only victory came against The Citadel Bulldogs.
Memphis is coming off a dramatic victory over UCF and will be carrying all sorts of positive vibes into Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Brady White is putting up video-game-like numbers and yet Ryan Silverfield’s crew is averaging over 214 rushing yards per contest.
With the odds for this game already up to Tigers -14 in some spots, latching onto Memphis laying 13 points is one of the best college football bets of the weekend.
Miami Hurricanes (-11) -110
I planned on highlighting my Nebraska vs. Ohio State prediction, but unfortunately, that line has ballooned from 22.5 up to 27.5 since the time I locked the Buckeyes in. One line that hasn’t jumped nearly as much as I would have expected is the Hurricanes -11 at home versus the Cavaliers.
Miami is likely to get Brevin Jordan back in the lineup after the star tight end sat out against Pittsburgh with a shoulder injury. Look for D’Eriq King to look Jordan’s way early and often against a struggling Virginia defense.
The Cavs D has yielded 38 or more points in all three games they have played this season. This includes giving up 40 to Wake Forest last weekend in the midst of a beatdown applied by the Demon Deacons.
Being that Virginia is yet to score more than 23 points in a game, it’s a bit naïve to think they’ll be able to keep pace with the Canes. Especially not at Hard Rock Stadium.
Go ahead and lock Miami in as one of college football’s best bets this week.