Bowl season is starting to wind down. The two College Football Semifinal games are in the books and there are only three days of football left before the season comes to an end. Monday was one of those days, and it was action-packed with six games kicking off.
The sharps in Vegas were more than eager to bet on Monday, placing a wager on each game. How did things play out? Let’s examine:
Virginia Tech (+2.5 in 2H)
It felt like all the scoring in this game came in the second half, as the two teams combined to score 38 points in the third and fourth quarters after scoring one touchdown each per quarter in the first half. Virginia Tech had things in control with 10:32 remaining in the game with a 31-28 lead and a 17-14 lead in second-half scoring. However, everything came crashing down when Cincinnati’s Michael Warren II galloped into the end zone from eight yards out with 1:29 remaining to win the game and the second-half scoring for the Bearcats. A tough beat for the Hokies and bettors.
Stanford vs. Pittsburgh (OVER 51.5)
It took a long time for these offenses to show life. A scoreless first quarter gave way to a much better second quarter for bettors. After a 15 minute an 46 second scoring drought to begin the game, the two teams combined for 17 points in the second. Bettors needed five TDs in the second half for the victory. Unfortunately, we got one and 10 total points. At 13-7 after three, the sharps and bettors were just chalking this one up. there was no betting drama in the fourth quarter.
Michigan State (+1.5)
While having so little offense killed us in the previous matchup, it proved to be a winner here. With only one touchdown scored in the game, Michigan State was able to keep it close throughout. The Spartans nabbed a pair of field goals in the third quarter after a scoreless first half by both teams. Oregon finally found the end zone with 11:19 remaining in the game to take the 7-6 lead, but the score somehow held allowing both the Ducks team and Spartans bettors to win simultaneously.
The Tigers just weren’t as dominant as the sharps in Vegas projected. Missouri held leads of 10-7 and 16-14 in the first half, but once Tylan Wallace scored from nine yards out on a pass from Taylor Cornelius 3:11 into the second half Oklahoma State never looked back. Back-to-back early fourth quarter touchdowns brought the game to within two, but finding a way to cover seemed unlikely. The Tigers didn’t even get the win, allowing a Cowboys field goal to wind up losing 38-33.
Things looked really good early on when the Utes jumped out to a 14-0 lead. They extended that lead to 20-3 by halftime but then Northwestern stormed back. The Wildcats scored a whopping 28 points in the third quarter and never looked back. Northwestern kept Utah off the board in the second half. Turnovers led to victory for the Wildcats and a loss for bettors.
Texas A&M (-6.5)
It was nice of the Aggies to let NC State hang around for a whole half. It’s almost hard to believe that the Wolfpack were up 13-7 at one point. A&M made sure bettors ended the night with a victory by scoring 45 unanswered points, including a 31-point second half to win 52-13. It was a nice way to end the night!