College Football Betting — Pre-Saturday Action Features Revived Temple, Clemson Squads

Aside from Sunday and Monday, which are, in effect, owned by the NFL, it seems that on any other night of the week we are in for some college football. Of course, what that means is college football betting action for customers of America’s Bookie, and that can’t be a bad thing, can it?

On Thursday night we have just one game, at 7:30 PM ET, which pits the Clemson Tigers against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in ACC play, and Clemson is anxiously awaiting the return of freshman quarterback DeShaun Watson, who was one of the most efficient passers in the country until hurting his hand. He’s been practicing, but isn’t ready to come back just yet. In the meantime, Cole Stoudt, son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, is in his place. Yes, that does downgrade the offense a little, but you have to wonder how much they really need to score to beat Wake Forest, which averages only 14.2 points per game. The Deacons have only one victory over Division I team, that being against Army, although they are coming off a competitive effort against Boston College.

There might be something to be said about Wake’s defense, which has allowed more than 30 points only to Florida State and Utah State. And then we get to the question as to whether Clemson can extend this margin with Stoudt at the controls, inasmuch as he has thrown only two touchdown passes in 182 attempts. The Tigers have covered four out of the last five in the series, but they are laying 21 points in the college football betting lines at America’s Bookie.

In Friday action (7:30 PM ET), the Temple Owls, who are coming off a big victory over nationally -ranked East Carolina in the rain, play host to the Memphis Tigers, who have covered five of their last seven road games. When these teams met last season, Temple emerged with a 41-21 decision, but Memphis is much improved and plays relatively mistake-free football, turning the ball over just 10 times against their Division I opponents. And the traveling Tigers can get bowl-eligible with a win in any of their last four games, with this one looming as the toughest. It should be noted that before Temple defeated East Carolina, which committed five turnovers, they had lost by a combined 41 points to Houston and Central Florida. Memphis is laying 7.5 points in the college football betting lines at America’s Bookie.

In an 8 PM ET Friday night start, the Utah State Aggies visit Laramie to play the Wyoming Cowboys. You need a scorecard to tell who the quarterback is going to be at Utah State these days, as Chuckie Keeton and Darrell Garretson went down with season-ending injuries. They came down to their fourth-string signal-caller, Kent Myers, a freshman who shined brightly on the big Island against Hawaii, completing 14 out of 15 passes with three touchdowns. Meanwhile, in Wyoming’s last game, a 45-17 win as a 14.5-point underdog against Fresno State, they once again turned to freshman running back Brian Hill, who had been pressed into action due to numerous injuries in the backfield, including one to the star, Shaun Wick. He ran for 281 yards, which brings his two-week total to 402. He will have to do some business on Friday, because Utah State will get after quarterback Colby Kirkegaard, as they have 37 sacks on the season. The Aggies are 6.5-point road favorites in the college football betting odds as they are posted by your friends at America’s Bookie.