Top College Football Week 4 Betting Picks
A terrific Week 3 of the 2016 college football season is in the books. That means teams in the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 have completed their non-conference schedules for the most part and that their conference schedules get underway in Week 4. Here are two of the top betting options for the week on College Football lines.
Here Are the Top College Football Week 4 Betting Picks
No. 12 Georgia at No. 23 Ole Miss (+7.5)
The Rebels almost surely can’t reach the College Football Playoff now that they are 1-2. Ole Miss led top-ranked Alabama 24-3 on Saturday but lost 48-43. Ole Miss (1-2, 0-1 SEC) looked like it might be on its way to a third straight win over the Tide late in the second quarter. Instead, it was the Rebels’ second collapse in three games. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly threw for a career-high 421 yards and three touchdowns, but it was two costly turnovers in the second half that handed the game to Alabama. Trailing 48-30 with 2:59 left in regulation, Kelly found wideout Damore’ea Stringfellow in the corner of the end zone to pull Ole Miss to within 48-37. Ole Miss then recovered the onside kick and Kelly hooked up with freshman wide receiver A.J. Brown on the next play from 37 yards out for the touchdown strike. The Rebels failed on the two-point conversion, but pulled to within 48-43 with 2:51 to go. Ole Miss kicked deep on the ensuing kickoff, but Alabama converted on a 3rd-and- inches from the Ole Miss 45- yard line to hang on for the win.
Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) won 28-27 at Missouri. Freshman QB Jacob Eason threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on fourth down with 1:31 seconds to play in the SEC opener for both teams. McKenzie caught 10 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score. He was targeted 16 times in the pass game and also carried the ball twice for 19 yards, with a 6-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter. After splitting time with senior Greyson Lambert in the Bulldogs’ first two games, Eason played every snap, completing 29 of 55 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Mizzou had a chance on their final possession with 1:29 left in the game but Juwuan Briscoe stripped Tigers receiver Johnathon Johnson after a 20-yard completion. The Georgia defense caused five turnovers but did not turn those takeaways into points. Sophomore linebacker Natrez Patrick led the Bulldogs with nine total tackles. Take Ole Miss and the points at home.
Penn State at No. 4 Michigan (-16.5)
It’s the Big Ten opener for Penn State and Michigan on Saturday at the Big House. The Wolverines are unbeaten through three games but haven’t played anyone of note yet. We should find out if they are any good against the Nittany Lions. UM is off a 45-28 win over Colorado. Michigan trailed 14-0 and 21-7 in the first quarter but outscored Colorado, 38-7, thereafter. Jabrill Peppers had 204 all-purpose yards — including a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown — and nine tackles. Junior quarterback Wilton Speight overcome some early struggles to finish 16-of- 30 for 229 yards and one touchdown. Senior tight end Jake Butt hauled in seven passes for 87 yards, while three different players (De’Veon Smith, Jehu Chesson, Ty Isaac) had rushing touchdowns. Smith led the team in both carries (11) and rushing yards (87). Michigan has combined for 159 total points over its first three games of the 2016 season — the most over that stretch in program history. The Wolverines have surpassed 100 or more points in the first three games of the season on 12 occasions since 1892.
Penn State (2-1) beat Temple 34-27. Trace McSorley connected on 18-of- 24 passes for 287 yards and a touchdown, including a pair of 52-yard throws and the Penn State defense held Temple to 38 yards rushing. Penn State led Temple by as many as two touchdowns in the first half, as Chris Godwin totaled 111 yards and a touchdown in the first 30 minutes. The Owls capitalized on Nittany Lion miscues in the second half to pull within three, 27-24, midway through the fourth quarter, but running back Saquon Barkley answered for Penn State by breaking off a 55-yard touchdown run with 7:20 remaining. The 106 points scored by Penn State through three games is the most by a Nittany Lion team since the 2008 squad put up 166 points in that span (Coastal Carolina — 66; Oregon State — 45; at Syracuse — 55). For the first time since 2008, the Nittany Lions scored 30 or more points in the first three games of the season. Give the NCAA Football betting points here.