A look back at the week that was with three college football teams that impressed and three whose weekends did not go as planned.
Texas A&M Aggies
2016 Record: Straight-Up 4-0, Against-the-Spread 4-0
Two plays after Arkansas was stopped three times from the one yard line, A&M quarterback Trevor Knight hooked up with Josh Reynolds for a 92-yard touchdown. The big play propelled the Aggies to a 45-24 victory.
Knight threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding 157 yards on the ground and two more scores. A&M has won five straight against Arkansas.
Can the Aggies challenge Alabama for the SEC West crown?
Next Up: South Carolina
A&M is 4-6 against-the-spread in their last ten conference road games as favorites.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-0, Against-the-Spread 3-0
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 25, 2016
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Burns with 24 seconds to play. Stanford had to rally for its ninth straight victory over UCLA.
The loss was painful for UCLA but bettors that had the Bruins suffered a worse fate. After Stanford took the lead with less than 30 seconds to play, the Cardinal were winning 16-13, a push for most UCLA bettors at +3. Then this happened:
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) September 25, 2016
Josh Rosen fumbled and Solomon Thomas returned it 42 yards for a touchdown with no time remaining. Stanford won 22-13 and got one of the most improbable backdoor covers I’ve ever seen.
Next Up: Washington
Stanford is 12-6 against-the-spread as a road team against a ranked opponent.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 4-0, Against-the-Spread 3-1
No. 11 Wisconsin left No. 8 Michigan St. in the spin cycle, win 30-6 pic.twitter.com/lwn9ZrIgCa
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2016
Leo Musso returned an LJ Scott fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. The game-changing play led Wisconsin to a 30-6 rout of No. 8 Michigan State. The Badgers now have two wins against top 10 teams, that is as many has the program had in the previous ten seasons combined.
Is it time to start taking Wisconsin seriously as a national title contender? The Badgers were 66/1 to win the College Football Playoff before Saturday’s game. We will know more about Paul Chryst’s team after back-to-back games against Michigan and Ohio State.
Next Up: Michigan
The Badgers are 10-7 against-the-spread as an underdog against ranked opponents.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 2-2, Against-the-Spread 0-4
The play that wasn’t. LSU quarterback Danny Etling appeared to throw a game-winning touchdown with no time remaining but after review it was determined that LSU did not snap the ball before time expired.
LSU, which began the season ranked No. 5, will likely fall out of the Top 25. Les Miles is in serious danger of losing his job for the second year in a row. The Tigers are being written off with two losses in September. However, LSU still has five games remaining against ranked opponents including a home game against No. 1 Alabama.
Next Up: Missouri
Since 2005, LSU is 17-29 ATS at home in conference games.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 1-3, Against-the-Spread 1-3
— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) September 23, 2016
Square bettors got lucky Friday night. Pour one out if you had USC plus the points. The Trojans were covering for the majority of the game and were in control of the contest leading 27-17 in the fourth quarter.
However, the Utes never gave up and manufactured a 15-play, 93-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown catch with 16 seconds remaining.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 24, 2016
The loss drops USC to 1-3 for the first time since 2001 and lessens the pockets of Trojan backers.
Next Up: Arizona State
After a loss, when USC is at home in a conference game the Trojans are 11-5 against-the-spread.
2016 Record: Straight-Up 3-1, Against-the-Spread 1-3
66% of moneyline tickets took the Bulldogs at +250. They're down 45-7 at Ole Miss at the start of the 4th quarter. https://t.co/qBN78muAhZ
— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) September 24, 2016
That bet didn’t go well.
It was all Ole Miss as the Rebels rolled 45-14 over No. 12 Georgia. Mississippi enjoyed a 31-0 advantage at halftime and a 45-0 lead late in the fourth. Georgia had no answer for quarterback Chad Kelly who threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns.
Georgia’s 31 point loss was its largest ever to the Rebels and it broke a ten game winning streak over Ole Miss that dated back to 1996.
After narrow victories over Nicholls State and Mizzou, the Bulldogs will plummet in the rankings after being dominated by Mississippi. Luckily for the Dawgs, they play in the SEC East so the team’s title hopes are still alive.
Next Up: Tennessee
Since 2008, Georgia is 4-8-2 against-the-spread at home against ranked opponents.