Stuckey, Locky, Wilson: College Football Moneyline Underdogs to Bet in Week 4
Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bowling Green Falcons head coach Mike Jinks
- Don't forget about the underdogs when finalizing your Week 4 bets. Remember that we saw four double-digit underdogs win outright last week.
- Three of our college football experts give their best moneyline underdog bets for Week 4, starting with a matchup of schools almost 5,000 miles apart.
Each week, we will each give out our favorite moneyline underdog on the college football Saturday slate. You can play them straight, throw them in a longshot parlay or just read the commentary for additional insight.
All three of our underdogs covered last week, but only one could pull out the victory. Let’s take a look at our three Week 4 moneylines, starting with Louisiana-Monroe. If you feel like really rolling the dice, a moneyline parlay of all three pays better than 22-1.
YTD: 4-5 +1.45 units
>> Check out Sports Insights’ Bet Signals to track sharp action for college football’s entire Week 4 slate.
Stuckey: Louisiana-Monroe +170
- Spread: Troy -4.5
- Over/Under: 62
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN+
Troy might look tempting at such a short number in its conference opener after the Trojans beat Nebraska last week, but I think that was more of an indictment of the Cornhuskers.
If you recall, Troy pulled off an even bigger upset win last year at LSU. Well, it followed that up by laying an egg at home against South Alabama, which won 19-8 as an 18-point underdog.
ULM will present a much stiffer test for Troy in the Trojans’ second consecutive road game. Troy not only didn’t deal with success last year, the Trojans also got blown out by Arkansas State 35-3 in 2016 the week after receiving their first top-25 ranking since joining the FBS ranks in 2001. Speaking of 2001, that’s the last time Troy won at Louisiana-Monroe.
The Warhawks have an explosive offense, led by junior quarterback Caleb Evans and senior wideout Marcus Green. Make sure you also keep an eye out for Green on special teams.
The dynamic returner may just break one against a vulnerable Troy special teams unit, which finished 122nd in the nation last year in Kickoff Efficiency; meanwhile, ULM finished in the top five in Kickoff Return efficiency.
Ultimately, it will be the defense that lets Troy down in my opinion. The Trojans lost a ton of production from last year’s elite defensive unit, and that will show in its second matchup of the year against an explosive offense (it lost the first to Boise 56-20.)