Week 6 College Football Betting Notes & News: Breaking Down Early-Week Odds & Key Injury Updates
Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images. Pictured: Graham Mertz.
College Football Betting News & Notes for Week 6
There’s nothing quite like the grind of a college football season.
For that reason, our college football betting staff has joined together to cut through the noise and bring you the most timely and relevant player news, team notes, and betting market analysis on a day-to-day basis throughout the week.
Every day from Sunday to Friday, Collin Wilson, Stuckey, Brett McMurphy and BJ Cunningham will deliver you “inside access” to the most relevant betting news they’re monitoring that day. That includes betting market movement, strike prices they’re waiting for, players and teams they’re fading based on recent news, statistical research they’ve gleaned, and more.
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Tuesday, Oct. 5 Update
Notable Quarterback Injuries To Monitor For Week 6
This does not include teams on a bye like Indiana (Michael Penix Jr.) and Utah State (Logan Bonner):
Graham Mertz, Wisconsin
The Badgers are officially listing Mertz as questionable in the preliminary status report for the game vs. Illinois.
JT Daniels, Georgia
“Georgia quarterback JT Daniels is not throwing at practice Monday as he recovers from injury at the start of the Auburn week, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said.
Smart said Daniels’ recovery is ‘day to day’ and that he’s hopeful Daniels will be able to throw later in the week.”
Jordan Travis, Florida State
The Seminoles’ official depth chart lists Travis as the team’s starting quarterback ahead of their game vs. North Carolina.
Jordan McCloud, Arizona
The Wildcats’ official depth chart has McCloud as the starting quarterback ahead of their game vs. UCLA.
BYU QB Room: Jaren Hall, Baylor Romney questionable
“Jaren Hall has been considered day-to-day for the last two weeks while Baylor Romney is in concussion protocol with an undetermined date of return. Non-answers are being provided, but this is probably a situation where Sitake wishes he could give a better answer. But, right now at least, things are still really foggy going into No. 10 BYU’s game against Boise State.”
“As of right now, they are all still in contention to play this Saturday,” Sitake said. “Until we practice and get a look at them, nobody has been taken off (the available list). Right now – as of today, everyone is available to play.”
Latest on Cornelious Brown IV
Original starter Brown is now listed as OR with Darren Grainger, who took over as QB1 earlier this season. Both played in Georgia State’s last game.
Jack Coan, Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish’s official depth chart is listing Coan as the team’s starting quarterback for their game vs. Virginia Tech.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
“Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said quarterback Grayson McCall is ready “to rock and roll” when the 15th-ranked Chanticleers head to Arkansas State to play Thursday night.
McCall’s status was in doubt when he came out of halftime with a walking boot on his left foot last week in a 59-6 win over Louisiana Monroe. But Chadwell said the move was just a precaution after McCall suffered a lower leg injury in the game.”
Gavin Hardison, UTEP
Hardison (left arm) should be good to go vs. Southern Miss. He was going through drills in practice this morning.
Ty Keyes, Southern Miss
Keyes is out with an ankle injury and Jake Lange will make his first start Saturday vs. UTEP.
N’Kosi Perry, Florida Atlantic
Perry should be fine after cutting his hand.
Tyler Phommachanh, UConn
“Tyler Phommachanh, UConn’s freshman quarterback, has been ruled out “indefinitely,” coach Lou Spanos said Tuesday.
“We just got our results, he’s out indefinitely,” Spanos said during his weekly virtual news conference. “Right now it’s indefinitely, and we’ll see how [his injury] progresses during the remaining weeks of the season.”
Daniel Richardson, Central Michigan
Richardson started over Jacob Sirmon vs. Miami (OH) but hurt the same shoulder he injured last season.
Brett Gabbert, Miami (OH)
Gabbert was injured in the game vs. Central Michigan.
Notable Wide Receiver Injury Updates
Jadan Blue, Temple
Blue is listed as day-to-day.
Dontay Demus, Maryland
The Big Ten’s leading receiver is out for the season due to a knee injury.
Josh Ali, Kentucky
Ali was injured in the previous game vs. Florida.
Zakhari Franklin, UTSA
UTSA’s leading receiver didn’t play last weekend but should be good to go vs. Western Kentucky.
Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech
The Big 12’s leading receiver surprisingly didn’t play last week vs. West Virginia due to a concussion.
Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
Mingo is in a walking boot and didn’t play vs. Alabama.
Jaylon Robinson, UCF
Robinson didn’t travel with the team last week and is still week-to-week, per Gus Malzahn.
Kyric McGowan, Georgia Tech
The team’s second-leading receiver didn’t play last week, as he was only available on an emergency basis.
Brycen Tremayne, Stanford
Stanford’s second-leading wide receiver broke his ankle vs. Oregon and is out against Arizona State.
Bo Melton, Rutgers
“Earlier today, head coach Greg Schiano offered an update on those two players.
“Well, they are both banged up. Hopefully, they will be able to go Saturday. We are going to have to wait and see. They are getting treatment and hopefully will be good.”
Notable Running Back Injury Updates
Expected To Be Back This Week
Ulysses Bentley, SMU
TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State
Shermari Jones, Coastal Carolina
Didn’t Play Last Week
Isaiah Bowser, UCF
Kareem Walker, South Alabama
Kimani Vidal, Troy
Camerun Peoples, App State
Out For Season
Kay’Ron Adams, UMass
Jase McClellan, Alabama
Status Up In the Air
George Holani, Boise State
Jabari Smart, Tennessee
Notable Tight End Injuries
Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
Monday, Oct. 4 Update
No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State (Thursday, Oct. 7)
There is a strong case to be made that this high total cannot be covered, considering that Coastal will get as many 10+ long drives as needed. The Chants are bottom-20 in pace but hold top-five ranks in Standard and Passing Downs Success Rate — where Arkansas State is bottom-10 on defense.
Buffalo ran wild on the Chants and almost won outright, but the Red Wolves are 129th in Rushing Success Rate and have little chance to replicate Buffalo’s previous performance.
This is also heading into a Coastal Carolina bye week before the Chanticleers’ showdown with Appalachian State in 13 days.
Houston at Tulane (Thursday, Oct. 7)
There is a small chance of rain in the forecast, but the Green Wave rank 10th in tempo against a Houston defense that is top-50 in most categories on paper, albeit versus a weak schedule.
Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati (Friday, Oct. 8)
There are groups with plans to knock this number down to the key of 51, with no expectation of getting the number up to the biggest key in all totals (55).
Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State (Friday, Oct. 8)
I was texted by two different groups that they are lining up to hammer Stanford because of the passing explosiveness exhibited by UCLA against the Arizona State defense. Those groups expect similar results from Tanner McKee and Stanford on Friday.
I have bought out of my initial position and expect there to be a battle at 10 or less for this game.