College Football Bad Beats, Week 5: What Are You Doing, Louisville?

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  • We're rounding up all the bad beats from college football's Week 5.
  • Louisville, Kansas State and Texas Tech have all let their backers down during the early slate of games.

Between the 60-plus game slates, all the different wager types available and the mental faux pas of college athletes at times, bad beats in college football happen to everyone.

We’re compiling some of the worst beats from college football’s Week 5 right here.

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Arizona +3.5 vs. USC

  • The Line: +3.5
  • The Score: 24-14 USC
  • Time Left: 1 minute, 40 seconds

Arizona staged an impressive second half-comeback from a 17-0 halftime deficit, and finally punched in a touchdown after SIX failed attempts from the 1-yard line with less than two minutes to play.

That should have made it 24-21 and allowed Wildcats backers to sneak in the back door at the very least. But Arizona missed the extra point and didn’t recover the onside kick, allowing USC to run out the clock and win 24-20.

It’s not exactly a bad beat if the team in question was never covering, but for all intents and purposes, Arizona bettors felt like the Wildcats were covering after that touchdown.

Texas-Kansas State 1H Over

  • The Line: 24
  • The Score: 19-0 Texas
  • Time Left: 3 seconds

If you bet on the Texas-Kansas State first-half over, you probably thought the Longhorns would need to do it themselves. But the Wildcats were trying to do their part late.

Until Alex Delton sailed a throw on fourth-and-goal from the Texas 2-yard line to end the half.


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Texas Tech-West Virginia Under

  • The Line: 75
  • The Score: 35-27 West Virginia
  • Time Left: 2:58

This game looked like it was sailing over in the first quarter, but the scoring just stopped in the second half. With about three minutes left, Texas Tech was close to midfield and hoping to tie the game — then threw a pick six.

Still, the under was winnable … until the Red Raiders marched down the field and did get their touchdown, a scoring run with 38 seconds remaining.

Louisville Moneyline, Under

  • The Line: Moneyline +180, Under 49
  • The Score: Louisville 24, Florida State 21
  • Time Left: 1 minute, 56 seconds

In the ACC’s ineptitude bowl, Louisville was the ineptitude-iest.

The Cardinals had just converted another third down and were at the Florida State 21-yard line with inside two minutes to play and holding a three-point lead (and the under still good). The ‘Noles had two timeouts, so at the very least, Louisville could have run the ball and drained the clock to inside a minute.

Instead, coach Bobby Petrino elected to pass on first down, and Jawon Pass threw an interception.

Five plays later, Nyqwan Murray caught a 58-yard touchdown pass to put FSU up 28-24. That pushed the game over the total and zapped Cardinals moneyline bets. Louisville still covered +5.5.

Eastern Michigan-Norther Illinois Under, 2H Under

  • The Line: 48.5, Second Half 24.5
  • The Score: NIU 13, EMU 13
  • Time: Overtime

This total closed at 50.5, but late money about 45 minutes before the game pushed it up from 48.5. So if you bet the under even an hour prior to kick, you got hosed.

Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois entered overtime tied at 13-13. There were just three points scored in the second half.

In the second overtime, Eastern Michigan missed a 38-yard field goal that would have ended the game with a 23-20 Eagles win. Instead, it went to a third overtime, where EMU kicked a field goal on the first possession, then NIU scored a touchdown to win it 26-23 and push both the final score and second half over their totals.

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