12/18/2021 NCAAF College Football Picks & Predictions

College football continues this week and we have a betting preview for three of the biggest games on Saturday.

Bowl season is in full swing and we have our best bets for UTEP vs Fresno State, UAB vs BYU and Utah State vs Oregon State.


Saturday College Football Picks

UTEP Miners vs Fresno State Bulldogs @ University Stadium

The Fresno State Bulldogs are a high-scoring team and that’s reflected in betting markets.

The Bulldogs are –11.5 favourites after beating San Jose State 40-9. They have bounced back nicely after losing to Boise State 40-14, which was a disappointing effort.

With 33.6 points per game on offence and only 20.3 points on defence, there isn’t much going against the Bulldogs.

UTEP has lost four of its last five games, including a 42-25 loss to UAB last time out. It’s not exceptional form coming into the PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl, so backing them with the points isn’t easy.

We think the Bulldogs will put up a big number on the Miners. It could be a 40-20 game, so the –11.5 is well worth taking.

Bet: Fresno State –11.5 @ $1.90

UAB Blazers vs BYU Cougars @ Independence Stadium

Bookmakers have the line at only –7 in favour of the BYU Cougars. We thought the line would be at double digits, but they’re respecting UAB’s most recent win.

The Blazers defeated UTEP 42-25 in a dominant display, which followed a three-point loss to the ranked UTSA. That was a nice effort, but we haven’t seen much consistency from the Blazers over the year.

They are 8-4 and could struggle to beat the Cougars, who are 10-2 and ranked 13th in the country. They are riding a lengthy winning streak and we rate their offence much better than the Blazers.

Punters get a value line at BYU –7 and we think they can win by at least 10 points. They have the significant class edge in this matchup and they will want to end their year on a high.

Look for quarterback Jaren Hall to link up with Puka Nacau for some big plays, which could blow the UAB defence to shreads.

Bet: BYU Cougars -7 @ $1.90

Utah State Aggies vs Oregon State Beavers @ SoFi Stadium

We think bookmakers have the odds around the wrong way. Utah State is listed as a +7 underdog, but we priced them as favourites.

The Aggies are 10-3 after beating San Diego State 46-13. San Diego State was ranked 19th at the time of the loss, so the Aggies produced the goods.

The momentum from that game should be enough to handle Oregon State, who lost to Oregon 38-29 in a tight game. However, they also lost to Colorado and California in the last five games, so that form doesn’t bode well.

Utah State does most of its damage through the air with 305.8 yards passing per game. That’s almost 100 yards more than Oregon State averages, and conditions at SoFi Stadium are perfect for throwing the ball.

Punters should take Utah State to win straight-up and with the points start.

Bet: Utah State Aggies +7 @ $1.90

Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.

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