College Football Week 6 is here and we’ve got three best bets for NCAA football betting handicappers to, hopefully, if you agree with us, jump all over. Our first game is one of those now normal Friday contests that is also an intra-state battle between Utah State and BYU. The looks of the Texas A&M versus Mississippi State game appeals to us and Baylor versus Texas qualifies as one of Week 6’s best bets as well.
Best Bets College Football Week 6
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Utah State Aggies at #18 BYU Cougars
When: Friday, Oct. 3 at 10:15 pm ET
Betting Line: BYU -20.5
Analysis: Utah State was supposed to be competitive this season, but, so far, they haven’t looked all that sharp. The straight up record isn’t terrible, but the 0 and 4 record against the spread is. BYU is only 2 and 2 ATS and they’re 0 and 2 in their last 2 games, but the Aggies coming to town might just be what the Cougars need to get back on the against the spread winning track. Utah State’s offense isn’t very good while the defense allowed Tennessee to score 38 and Wake Forest to score 24. BYU averages 37.5 points and over 450 yards per game.
Pick: BYU -20.5
#6 Texas A&M Aggies at #12 Mississippi State Bulldogs
When: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:00 pm ET
Betting Line: Mississippi State -2
Analysis: Mississippi State is all the rage after their 34 to 29 victory over LSU two weeks ago, but how good, really, is Mississippi State compared to Texas A&M? Granted, Texas A&M needed some magic from quarterback Kenny Hill in order to beat Arkansas, but the Aggies figure to have learned something from that battle.
Hill leads an offense that averages close to 600 yards and over 51 points per game. A&M’s defense only allows 15 points per game while Mississippi State’s defense gives up, on average, over 400 yards and around 17 points per. A&M has the slightly better defense and the overall better offense.
Pick: Texas A&M +2
#7 Baylor Bears at Texas Longhorns
When: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 pm ET
Betting Line: Baylor -16.5
Analysis: Even though Texas appears to have a ton of issues this season, Charlie Strong has fielded a competitive bunch. The Longhorns are at .500 straight up and are 3 and 1 against the spread this season. But trying to beat a spread against Baylor is different than beating a spread against UCLA before the Bruins turned into an offensive juggernaut. Baylor was an offensive juggernaut to begin the season. The Bears average 641 yards and 56.8 points per game. Those are both firsts in college football. Texas’s defense is strong, but Baylor should score way too many points in this one, and handle Texas’s offense, in order for the Longhorns to keep it close.
Pick: Baylor Bears -16.5