It was a wild week of College Football with a bundle of ranked match-ups and top teams going down. But we care about the team’s results against the spread, here are this week’s Top Ten ATS.
10. Arkansas State 6-2 (Last Week: 1)
The Red Wolves came into this weekend winners of 4 straight, covering in all 4 of those games. The road trip to South Alabama proved problematic as the 8-point favorites fell to the Jaguars 24-19. That’ll drop Arkansas State to the edge of the Top Ten after a single week in the #1 spot. Arkansas State is home against Texas State this weekend.
9. Wake Forest 7-2-1 (Last Week: NR)
Wake had a nice week dropping 64 points on Syracuse on the road, hitting the over on their own, and covering the 2.5 points they were giving the Orange. That’s three straight for the Demon Deacons and they will get a struggling NC State team, at home, who barely squeaked past Boston College.
8. South Carolina 7-2-1 (Last Week: NR)
The Cocks have rattled off 6 covers in a row and were able to escape at home against Florida in one of the least enticing games of the entire weekend. South Carolina will stay home this week and host FCS Wofford who is 9-1 on the year.
7. Fresno State 7-2-1 (Last Week: NR)
The Bulldogs got back to their winning ways this week beating Hawaii (yes, they did win the previous week against BYU) and most importantly, covering the 9.5 points they laid. A tough test ahead this week as the Bulldogs have a trip to Laramie to take on the quietly 7-3 Wyoming Cowboys.
6. Iowa State 8-2 (Last Week: NR)
No team in America is a bigger fraud, in my opinion than Iowa State. The Cyclones lost a shootout to Oklahoma State this weekend in a game that Mike Gundy did his best to try and give away. Despite that, Iowa State found a way to cover the 7.5 point spread, but couldn’t find a way to win late. Matt Campbell’s team will head out to Waco to play 1-9 Baylor who has given most of the conference tough games this season.
5. UAB 8-2 (Last Week: 6)
UAB went on the road against UTSA and won outright as 7-point underdogs. Not a bad weekend if you ask me. The test gets much more difficult this week as they travel again, but this time to Gainesville to play the reeling Florida Gators. While Florida is really struggling, their defense is still forcing turnovers and making plays.
4. Rutgers 8-2 (Last Week: 7)
Rutgers went to Happy Valley knowing they’d get the shit kicked out of them, but the question was, would it be by more than 31? Answer: No. The Scarlet Knights managed 6 points and that was enough to cover as they fell 35-6 to the Nittany Lions. And just like that, Rutgers is a Top 5 teams in something football related. Rutgers hits the road again and will take on Indiana in Bloomington this upcoming weekend, both teams sit at 4-6.
3. Ohio 8-2 (Last Week: 5)
I love MACtion and am so happy that it is back. So are the Ohio Bobcats who took down conference leader Toledo 38-10 last week. Another Tuesday game awaits this week with Ohio heading to Akron to play the 5-5 Zips. Ohio should be a fairly heavy favorite, but be careful with Akron just a win away from bowl eligibility.
2. Buffalo 8-2 (Last Week: 3)
The Bulls hosted Bowling Green — they’re Falcon awesome — and were able to pick up a 10-point win and cover the 7 points they were giving. Their reward is a road trip to Muncie to play the MAC’s worst, Ball State. The Cardinals had 63 dropped on them last week by Northern Illinois and have given up 50+ points in their last 4 games, not only should you be looking at taking Buffalo, but also the over is very much in play.
1. Georgia Tech 7-1-1 (Last Week: 2)
The home dog pulls out the outright win as the Yellow Jackets took down Virginia Tech on Saturday. Paul Johnson’s team is now just a win away from bowl eligibility and head to Duke to play the Blue Devils. Duke is fresh off a loss to Army in West Point that gave the Black Knights their first undefeated home season since 1996. Back to Georgia Tech, expect the Jackets to be favorites here and I don’t see them having any trouble with the Dukies.