Week 6 College Football Betting Notes & News: Breaking Down Early-Week Odds & Key Injury Updates

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College Football Betting News & Notes for Week 6

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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

By Stuckey

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

According to Kirby Smart, as reported by Opelika-Auburn News,

“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 

According to Kalani Sitake, as reported by 247sports,

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

According to Jamey Chadwell, as reported by Quad-City Times

“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

As reported by Don Amore of the Hartford Courant,

“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

According to 247sports,

“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

By Collin Wilson

No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State (Thursday, Oct. 7)

7:30 ET · ESPNU
Strong sharp money on Thursday’s Arkansas State opener has moved the number to 16.5. Every respectable projection in the betting landscape makes the game Coastal -20, so there are early-week shapers of the number below 17.

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)

7:30 p.m. ET · ESPN
Houston has played a much softer schedule than Tulane, which has already faced Ole Miss, Oklahoma, UAB and East Carolina.

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)

7 p.m. ET · ESPN
The Cincinnati weather forecast calls for heavy rain throughout the week, leading through the Thursday Night game against Temple.

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)

10:30 p.m. ET · ESPN
I bought the Arizona State opener at -8.5, since I project the number at 13 against Stanford. Considering that both teams are on a hangover from big Week 5 wins, a determination on buyback was going to come later this week.

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.

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