Saturday College Football Odds & Picks: How We’re Betting BYU vs. Coastal Carolina, Alabama vs. LSU, More Week 14 Evening Games

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Alright, so you woke up early (for a Saturday) and got in your noon and afternoon bets, but you were hoping to do better. Don’t fret quite yet. You’re definitely in the right place for a quick evening turnaround.

Our staff has broken down the odds and highlighted their favorite betting positions for the Week 14 Saturday college football slate. From the noons to the nightcap, we’ve got you covered with our favorite bets across Saturday college football’s biggest kickoff windows:

  • 12:00 p.m. ET | “The Noons”
  • 3:30 p.m. ET | “The Midday Heat Check”

Looking for our Best Bets Recommendations for the Noon kickoffs? Check out the link below:

Noon Best Bets

Saturday College Football Best Bets for Week 14:

Check our top Saturday picks below, each of which comes from one of the following eight games. This column focuses on “The Evening Set” and includes our staff’s five favorite bets for the evening games and beyond, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.

“The Evening Set”

Click any of the evening games below to navigate to a specific matchup. Alternatively, click on any of the other three games among our staff’s best bets this week to navigate to our Noon Best Bets column.

Kickoff Time
Matchup
5:30 p.m. ET
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m. ET
Arizona vs. Colorado
8 p.m. ET
#1 Alabama vs. LSU

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Kickoff Time
Matchup
5:30 p.m. ET
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m. ET
Arizona vs. Colorado
8 p.m. ET
#1 Alabama vs. LSU

#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina

by Ace DeCardano

BYU Odds -10.5 [BET NOW]
Coastal Carolina Odds +10.5 [BET NOW]
Moneyline -385 / +280 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 62 [BET NOW]
Time 5:30 p.m. ET
TV ESPNU
(Photo Credit: Tim Warner/Getty Images)

BYU has full grown men on its offensive line. Pro Football Focus ranks it the No. 11 run-blocking line (89.0 grade) in all of college football. In particular, standout left tackle Brady Christensen has a run-blocking grade of 96.0.

We all love what the Chants have been able to do all season. In fact, their run defense (4.1 yards per rush against) has been one of their many strengths. However, the Sun Belt has yet to see anything like BYU. Wait… nevermind. Troy saw BYU up close and personal this season. The game ended 48-7 in favor of the Cougars.

I’ve already talked about how BYU will move the ball. That point had nothing to do with Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Zach Wilson. This means the Coastal Carolina defense could be in for a long night. Wilson is near the top of almost every passing list: second in yards per attempt (11.5), third in passing touchdowns (26), third in completion percentage (74.3%), and seventh in passing yards (2,724).

Guess who is right behind him in many of these categories? None other than Coastal Carolina freshman quarterback Grayson McCall. Simply put, McCall has been a revelation this season for the 9-0 Chanticleers. However, by no means is McCall making the offense go all by himself. Statistically, Coastal also boasts one of the best rushing attacks in college football (5.1 yards per carry). In fact, running the ball out of its unique, two-back spread offense is what it most prefers to do.

The BYU defense has not had enough time to prepare for what Coastal will show it on Saturday. This is going to lead to big plays.

While I would have preferred the 58.5 world opening total, I like this play so much that 61 is not too bothersome. Take the BYU-Coastal Carolina over 61 (up to 63).

Pick: Over 61 or better

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Kickoff Time
Matchup
5:30 p.m. ET
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m. ET
Arizona vs. Colorado
8 p.m. ET
#1 Alabama vs. LSU

Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern

by BJ Cunningham

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Florida Atlantic Odds +2 [BET NOW]
Georgia Southern Odds -2 [BET NOW]
Moneyline +105 / -127 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 41 [BET NOW]
Time 6 p.m. ET
TV ESPN+
(Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Almost all of Florida Atlantic’s success has come on the ground this year. Entering the season, the Owls returned their top four running backs and have been gaining 4.8 yards per rush attempt. Malcolm Davidson has been their best back, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

The passing attack has struggled, though, as Nick Tronti averages only 5.6 yards per attempt. However, Javion Posey took over at quarterback against UMass and is a legit dual-threat option. Posey is averaging 7.2 yards per carry on the ground but only 6.4 per pass attempt. Georgia Southern’s weakness is in the secondary, so Posey may be forced to throw more than he wants to.

Georgia Southern has been incredible against the run, allowing only 3.1 yards per carry. Additionally, they rank inside the top 40 in the nation in Defensive Line Yards, Stuff Rate, and Power Success Allowed, per College Football Data.

However, Georgia Southern has a ton of injury issues to deal with on the defensive side of the ball. Ten players are either out or questionable to play against Florida Atlantic, so depth is going to be a major concern against the Owls’ dynamic rushing attack.

Senior quarterback Shai Werts has been under center for Georgia Southern for what seems like 10 years, but he runs the triple option effectively. Werts is gaining 5.0 yards per carry but has struggled in the passing game, throwing for only 7.7 yards per attempt. However, Werts is questionable to play on Saturday, and if he can’t go, the Eagles are going to be in big trouble.
Georgia Southern also lost star running back JD King for the rest of the season and has seven other offensive players either out or questionable for Saturday.

Florida Atlantic has been outstanding versus the run and pass, ranking inside the top 25 in both Defensive Rushing Success and Passing Success. Its strength, though, has been against the run, as it’s allowing only 3.3 yards per rush attempt. This will be the first time that the Owls will be seeing the triple option in over two years, so it will be interesting to see how they match up against it.

I have Florida Atlantic projected as -3.49 favorites on the road, so I think there’s plenty of value on the Owls at +2.5.

Pick: Florida Atlantic +2.5 or better

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Kickoff Time
Matchup
5:30 p.m. ET
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m. ET
Arizona vs. Colorado
8 p.m. ET
#1 Alabama vs. LSU

Arizona vs. Colorado

by Darin Gardner

Arizona Odds +7.5 [BET NOW]
Colorado Odds -7.5 [BET NOW]
Moneyline +210 / -275 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 58 [BET NOW]
Time 7 p.m. ET
TV FS1
(Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona has been horrendous on both sides of the ball. The Wildcats are one of only 11 teams in the nation to rank outside the top 100 in Expected Points Added per play on both offense and defense.

One of the biggest reasons why the offense has been so terrible is that it currently has the worst average starting field position in the nation. For an offense that ranks 112th in EPA per play, 121st in Touchdown Rate, and 116th in Sack Rate, giving it long fields every drive only makes it harder.

Quarterback Grant Gunnell is questionable for the game, and if he can’t go, true freshman Will Plummer will see the field. He filled in for Gunnell last game after he got injured and finished with a Pro Football Focus passing grade of 50.5. Gunnell is only grading at 58.0 this season, so Arizona’s quarterback situation looks bleak regardless of who is under center on Saturday.

Colorado’s defense has been one of the biggest turnarounds in the country from 2019 to 2020. After ranking 125th in Success Rate allowed a season ago, the Buffaloes sit at third in the country in that metric. Colorado’s defense also ranks ninth in EPA per play allowed and seventh in First-Down Rate allowed.

The Buffaloes also rank fourth in both Havoc rate and busted drive rate, so they should be able to dominate a terrible Arizona offensive line. Twenty-five isn’t a great number for team totals, so try to look for a 24.5 with lower juice.

Pick: Arizona team total under 25 or better

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Kickoff Time
Matchup
5:30 p.m. ET
#13 BYU vs. #18 Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Florida Atlantic vs. Georgia Southern
7 p.m. ET
Arizona vs. Colorado
8 p.m. ET
#1 Alabama vs. LSU

 


#1 Alabama vs. LSU

by Stuckey

Alabama Odds -29.5 [BET NOW]
LSU Odds +29.5 [BET NOW]
Moneyline -10000 / +1600 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 64.5 [BET NOW]
Time 8 p.m. ET
TV CBS
(Photo Credit: UA Athletics/Collegiate Images/Getty Images.)

You should get an angry Alabama squad on Saturday night, looking to avenge last season’s loss to eventual national champion LSU.

Expect a max effort from start to finish from the Bama defense, which is full of Louisiana kids. And this is a Tide defense that has allowed 16 total points over its past three games against SEC opponents.

I don’t think it’ll have any issues shutting down an LSU offense led by a freshman QB fresh off a 9-of-25, 118-yard performance with two interceptions against Texas A&M. LSU didn’t even score a single point until the final drive in that game.

Oh, and their best offensive player, Terrace Marshall, had 10 catches for 134 yards and LSU’s only touchdown of the game. Well, he opted out this week, leaving this offense in even worse shape.

On the other side of the ball, the LSU defense has looked better of late, which I think helps this under. The Tide will get theirs, but even just forcing a punt or two — or holding Bama to a field goal or two instead of touchdowns — should get the under there.

LSU has simplified things on defense and made some personnel changes at linebacker that have helped. The Tigers do still boast one of the best cornerbacks in all of college football in Derek Stingley, who’s now as healthy as he’s been all year.

I fully expect Bama’s defense to shut down LSU’s offense and not let up for 40 minutes. If the shutout is a possibility late, Saban will want it. I can already picture him getting mad if LSU gets in the end zone.

Pick: Under 67 or better

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#16 Wisconsin vs. #12 Indiana

by Mike Calabrese

Wisconsin Odds -13 [BET NOW]
Indiana Odds +13 [BET NOW]
Moneyline -530 / +380 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 44.5 [BET NOW]
Time 3:30 p.m. ET
TV ABC
(Photo Credit: Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

This number opened at 10.5 and has been on a steady march to two touchdowns. Keep in mind, when you’re dealing with a well-established power program, losing a key offensive starter, even a quarterback, still leaves room for a savvy coaching staff to get creative. In this case, Indiana is far from a program that can confidently play the “next man up” card. Indiana is the definition of new money, and unfortunately for the Hoosiers, losing their star quarterback is more than a setback. It’s the end of their magical season altogether.

Before going down with a season-ending knee injury, Michael Penix Jr. was on an unbelievable heater. The redshirt sophomore had thrown for an average of 348 yards over his last four full starts, including an impressive 13:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He nearly single-handedly won a road game at Ohio State and had saved his best for the fourth quarter all season long.

Before Penix Jr. took over as the full time starter, Indiana had cracked the top 50 in scoring offense just once under Tom Allen. This season, the Hoosiers were a threat to score on every possession until Saturday, and they’re catching a well-rested Badger team that finally has the kind of quarterback play to cover big numbers.

This bet is predicated on my belief that Graham Mertz, the highest-rated quarterback recruit in Wisconsin football history, will light up the Indiana defense. The Hoosiers defense has excelled at exactly two things this season: red-zone defense (first) and takeaways (fifth). Wisconsin, historically, has been a middle-of-the-pack team in the red zone, but its added passing threat this season has translated into a perfect 100% scoring percentage inside the 20.

The Badgers also have the third-highest touchdown percentage in the red zone. On the turnover front, the Badgers gave the game away to Northwestern, turning the ball over five times in their last game. Other than that, Wisconsin has only lost a fumble for the rest of the season. I see the Badgers tightening things up in that department and breaking through the middling Indiana defense.

I would play this all the way up to 17 points and foresee a blowout in favor of Wiscy.

Pick: Wisconsin -14

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