Stuckey & Wilson: 2 College Football Moneyline Underdogs to Bet in Week 8
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As we do each week on The Action Network Colleges Podcast, Collin Wilson and I pick our two favorite moneyline underdogs on Saturday’s college football slate.
Last week, Tennessee came through for me but Arizona fell short for Collin in #Pac12AfterDark.
That kept our streak alive of of hitting one of two in each of the first seven weeks of the season, which has returned a nice profit. But we are both itching to hit both on the same Saturday for the people’s parlay.
For Week 7, Collin will get us started with a noon kick. while I’m going back to the state of Tennessee — this time in primetime. If you’re feeling lucky, a moneyline parlay of both pays 6-1.
- 2018: 16-28 +3.95 units
- 2019: 7-7 +4.6 units
Wilson: South Carolina +180 (vs. Florida)
- Spread: Florida -5
- Over/Under: 46
- Location: Columbia, SC
- Time: Noon ET
- TV: ESPN
The Gamecocks had just an 8% post-game win expectancy after defeating Georgia but still found a way to pull off the upset in Athens.
South Carolina capitalized on quarterback Jake Fromm’s first career pick six and a missed game-tying kick in overtime by sharpshooter Rodrigo Blankenship. South Carolina may not have earned the victory, but it will have full confidence and enthusiasm against Will Muschamp’s ex-team.
Gamecocks quarterback Ryan Hilinski left with a knee injury during the victory, but he’s set to return against a Florida defense that ranks eighth in Defensive Havoc. However, South Carolina has been excellent in Havoc Allowed to this point, ranking 25th overall with just 26 Tackles For Loss allowed.
Plus, Florida may be without its top two pass rushers, Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga, who have both been very limited at practice this week and are key cogs to what the Gators wants to do on defense.
The Gamecocks also boast an explosive rushing attack that ranks in the top 20. South Carolina’s 14 rushes of 20-plus yards is top 15 in the nation. They also feature a solid defensive line on a defense that has been playing much better since some scheme changes since the Missouri loss. Muschamp also getting more involved in the defensive play calling has had a positive effect.
I also wonder how much is left in the tank for Florida? A smash of Auburn two weeks ago gave the Gators plenty of fuel to compete initially with LSU. But Florida ran 84 plays in that game, much higher than their season average of 69.
Fatigue played a factor late in Baton Rouge when the Tigers secured a front door cover and could again this week in the second half.
Stuckey: Tulane +150 (at Memphis)
- Spread: Memphis -4
- Over/Under: 59
- Location: Memphis, TN
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN2
I actually didn’t like too many moneyline underdogs this week. My decision came down to two: Ole Miss and Tulane, and I ultimately decided to ride with the Green Wave, who I’ve been in love with since the summer.
I’ve waxed poetic about this team all year, so I won’t go too much into detail here. Besides, both of these teams are pretty evenly matched statistically no matter where you look.
Tulane does have the benefit of a bye week to prepare for this extremely important conference showdown, while Memphis will return home after two straight road games. A win would give Tulane its first win and first back-to-back bowl eligible seasons this century.
Both teams are very good and this should be a delight. But like every week this season, I’m higher on Tulane than the market — and am once again this week, so I’ll take a shot here. A win here would also go a long way to potentially cashing Tulane 35-1 to win the AAC.