Friday night College Football has seen some interesting games, and results, and this Friday could see two ranked teams be upset. There are three total games on Friday, but the two main games are #20 Virginia (4-1) traveling to Miami to take on the 2-3 Hurricanes and #13 Oregon (4-1) hosting the, very injured, 3-2 Colorado Buffaloes. The third game taking place on Friday is 1-6 Colorado State hitting the road to take on 2-3 New Mexico – I like New Mexico +3.5.
Will we see any ranked teams going down? Below are my best bets for the Friday night College Football action. All lines are from the William Hill Sportsbook.
#20 Virginia at Miami Florida (-2): O/U 43 points scored (-110/-110)
UVA is coming off a bye week, but the week before the Cavaliers saw their undefeated start to 2019 end at the hands of the then #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Virginia was winning 17-14 at the half, but were outscored 21-3 in the second half to fall 35-20. Prior to the Notre Dame game the Cavaliers had wins at Pitt and home against William and Mary, Florida State and Old Dominion. UVA averages 363.6 yards per game and have a winning margin of 10.6 points per game.
The Miami Hurricanes rough start to 2019 continued last week when they dug themselves a 28-0 hole, at home against Virginia Tech, before eventually falling 42-35. It was already the third loss of the season for Miami, who also lost against Florida and UNC, and only have wins over Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan. Miami is 11th in the nation averaging 315 passing yards per game and are outscoring opponents by an average of 10.8 points per game.
Series History: The Miami Hurricanes lead the all-time series 9-7 after coming away with a 16-13 win last season at Virginia.
Game Prediction: Miami is without their starting QB, and are not all that good to being with, so take Virginia at +2.5 in this one.
Colorado at #13 Oregon (-21): O/U 58.5 points scored (-115/-105)
A very injured Colorado Buffalo team put up a valiant effort last week against Arizona, but could not stop Khalil Tate and eventually fell 35-30 at home. The Buffs have had a very up and down season so far as they have upset two Top 25 teams, #25 Nebraska at home and #24 Arizona State on the road, but have lost at home to both Air Force and Arizona. Colorado is averaging 447.0 yards per game and are outscoring opponents by 3.0 points per game this season.
#13 Oregon played one ugly game, but were able to overcome three early turnovers and beat an inept Cal 17-7. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and the Ducks still have an outside chance of getting to the College Football Playoffs. Oregon lost their season opener against then #16 Auburn, but since then have beaten up on Nevada, Montana and Stanford. The Ducks average 447.8 yards per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 24.4 points per game.
Series History: Oregon leads the all-time series 12-9, but it was Colorado who came away with a 41-38 win the last time these two met in 2016.
Game Prediction: If Colorado is without their two top receivers they have no chance in this one and I like the Oregon Ducks -21.
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