Week 6 of the college football season has a lot to live up to following an epic Week 5 that was punctuated by Tennessee’s Hail Mary victory over Georgia to take control of the SEC East Division. Here are three picks I like this week in online college football betting.
Top College Football Week 6 ATS Betting Picks
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Georgia Southern at Arkansas State (+7)
This is a Wednesday ESPN2 game this week, from the Sun Belt Conference. It’s the first time these schools have met since the 1986 national championship game in Division I-AA. With the win, Georgia Southern became the first school to ever win back-to- back national championships in Division I-AA. Georgia Southern (3-1) comes off a 49c-31 loss at Western Michigan on Sept. 24. Favian Upshaw threw for 103 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles, while Kevin Ellison ran for 46 yards and threw for 65 and a touchdown. The Eagles have now lost six straight non-conference road games dating back to the Florida win in 2013. GS has played 18 Sun Belt games as it plays its third season in the conference. The Eagles are 16-2 in conference games, although the 2014 win over ULM was vacated due to NCAA violations. ASU (0-4) comes off a 28-23 loss to Central Arkansas on Sept. 24, UCA’s first-ever win over an FBS program. Justice Hansen threw for 424 yards and three scores in the loss. Blake Mack had 142 yards receiving for Arkansas State. The Red Wolves finished with a 469-382 edge in total offense, but Central Arkansas limited A-State to 45 yards rushing on 34 attempts. UCA also scored 15 points off A-State turnovers. Take Georgia Southern here.
Temple at Memphis (-10)
This American Athletic Conference matchup is the Thursday night ESPN game of the week. Temple (3-2, 1-0) comes off a 45-20 win over SMU. Sophomore Ryquell Armstead broke up the left sideline 37 yards to score the game’s final TD and gained 159 of the Owls’ 244 yards rushing. Armstead had gained 154 yards in all of September. The critical victory marks the first in the Owls’ defense of last season’s Eastern Division title. Temple scored 21 points in the first quarter and 35 points in the first half. It was the first time that Temple scored 30-or- more point points in a half in consecutive weeks since 2009 when they did so against Akron and Kent State. Temple has scored 40+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since the first two games of 2011 (Villanova and Akron). It marks the first time they have done that against FBS opponents since 2009 (Kent State and Akron). Memphis (3-1, 0-0) comes off a 48-28 loss to Ole Miss. Quarterback Riley Ferguson was 30-of- 46 passing for 343 yards and three interceptions. His completions (30; T11th), attempts (46; T13th) and yards (343; T20th) all are in the top-20 for a game in program history. Ferguson also ran for two scores, the first multiple-rushing touchdown game of his career. Anthony Miller was Ferguson’s favorite target. Miller hauled in 10 passes for 132 yards. Take Memphis here.
Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma (-10.5)
The annual Red River Rivalry game is in Dallas as usual and it could be the final game as Texas coach Charlie Strong if the Horns are crushed. Following Saturday’s blowout loss to Oklahoma State, Strong demoted defensive coordinator Vance Bedford from defensive coordinator, with Strong taking over that role. Texas ranks last in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 38.3 points per game after giving up more than 47 points in three of its first four games. Texas (2-2) installed four new starters against the Cowboys but gave up 555 total yards, including 392 passing yards in the 49-31 loss. Oklahoma (2-2) won at TCU 52-45 on Saturday. OU junior quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 23 of 30 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns. However, he also lost two more fumbles, which gives him three already this season. On the plus side, Mayfield ran for two touchdowns. A loss to the Horned Frogs would have had saddled the Sooners with their worst season start since going 0-4 under coach John Blake in 1996. Texas did upset OU last year but hasn’t won back-to- back games in the series since 2008- 09 and won’t win here, either. Give the points in online college football betting.