NCAAF Week 10 Totals Tout Analysis: Rivalry Games Are Springing Up
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With college football's holiday season featuring the lure of invitations to big bowls -- and big swag for the players -- conferences love to schedule their bigger games in November.
The build-up in September and October thus serves to hone hope, anticipation, and drama.
So, for teams still in the running for New Year's Day and nearby dates, the season starts peaking now.
Our Week 10 totals list features a few rivalries and one surprising game that figures into a conference title chase.
We're going off the early totals line in our list of suggestions. If you seen anything you like, remember to still check where they stand at the time you make your play.
Miami at Florida State 50½
This total is crazy. Miami has one of the best defenses in the ACC. Not only that, but the Hurricanes’ style is to pound the football and eat up the clock.
Miami knows the only way Florida State can win is to speed up the game. That’s why the Canes ensure an under affair with the Seminoles by dawdling for four quarters.
Result: Miami 27 Florida State 10 ... under covers
Kansas State at Kansas 56
Here's another rivaly that, believe it or not, actually sees both teams gazing at attractive bowl bids.
It’s gonna be hard for Les Miles to keep an emboldened Kansas State squad from scoring over 30 against his Jayhawks. That means Kansas must try and score with the rival Wildcats. That could be a tall order. This one's going under.
Result: Kansas State 38 Kansas 10 ... under covers
Colorado at UCLA 63
As incredible as it sounds, the Bruins are the Pac-12 South team that controls its own destiny. Almost as surprising is UCLA can play defense once in a while.
Colorado most definitely won’t. This one could be a track meet on par with the Buffaloes' 35-31 loss to USC in Week 9. Hey, that’s 66 points! I'm hitting the over.
Result: UCLA 31 Colorado 14 ... over covers
TCU at Oklahoma State 61½
Neither team wants to play defense in this matchup.
But, let’s not kid ourselves. They didn’t beat the Longhorns by shutting down Texas. They beat them in a ridiculous 37-27 game. Both of these teams will light up the scoreboard.
Result: Oklahoma State 34 TCU 27 ... under covers
Mississippi State at Arkansas 55
The reason both teams are so bad is neither can stop anybody from scoring over 30 against them. That same logic applies to a head-to-head matchup between these two SEC doormats. Over it is.
Result: Mississippi State 54 Arkansas 24 ... over covers
Northwestern at Indiana 45½
Result: Indiana 34 Northwestern 3 ... under covers
BYU at Utah State 54
This rivalry is more feisty than most observers realize. The Aggies always enter it with a huge chip on their shoulder, feeling dissed by BYU. That's because they are.
Utah State averages 29 points per. BYU averages only 23. The Cougars could get blown out on Saturday by 35 to 40. Unless that happens, though, this is an under game.
Result: BYU 42 Utah State 14 ... over covers
Fresno State at Hawaii 66½
What a better way to end Week 10? Two high-scoring teams that won’t affect conference or playoff play.
So you can just bet the over and enjoy the game.
Result: Fresno State 41 Hawaii 38 ... over covers
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