The college football season enters Week 4 and conference play is in full swing. We look at three upset possibilities in three of the country’s top conferences.
Arkansas +175 over Texas A&M
One of the games that stands out when looking at this week’s college football odds is in the Southeastern Conference, where Arkansas is playing host to Texas A&M. The Aggies are the better team, but they are relying on their backup quarterback for this game. With Haynes King out, it will be Zach Calzada taking the first-team snaps as the Aggies look to continue their mission to get to the top of the SEC.
Before the season started, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher had to make a decision between King and Calzada and opted to go with the former. But Fisher expressed confidence in both quarterbacks at the time.
“King and Calzada have been in our system,” Fisher said of his quarterback duo. “They understand all of the offense. We don’t have to start the season off necessarily thinking we’ve got to taper way back.”
Arkansas has won three straight games at home, including a rout of the Texas Longhorns. Its defense has yet to allow more than 21 points. And against a Texas A&M team that has struggled offensively at times, with its backup quarterback, the Razorbacks are a live underdog in a contest where a tight game is expected.
Kansas State +190 over Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State enters this weekend as a favorite against the Kansas State Wildcats in its first game against a Power Five opponent At home, the Cowboys will be popular among those making college football picks. But there are multiple reasons why Oklahoma State might fall for the first time this season.
Oklahoma State hasn’t scored more than 28 points in a game. And with upcoming games against Missouri State, Tulsa and Boise State, the Cowboys’ offensive issues have come against a level of talent beneath what they will see in the Big 12. Kansas State, meanwhile, has already proven that it can defeat Power Five competition.
Kansas State opening the season by beating Stanford, holding a team that later beat USC to just seven points. This week, the Wildcats should be able to suppress an offense that hasn’t performed well against lesser opponents over the last three weeks. In what should be a low-scoring affair, Kansas State carries some solid value at nearly two-to-one odds.
Georgia Tech +400 over North Carolina
Last week, Georgia Tech almost pulled a monumental upset, with sportsbook bettors nearly earning a massive payout when the Yellow Jackets narrowly lost to Clemson. Those who bet online may want to back the Yellow Jackets again as they take on Sam Howell and the North Carolina Tar Heels in ACC action.
The Tar Heels have been disappointing out of the gate, losing their opener to Virginia Tech on the road. And while Georgia Tech doesn’t have an elite offense, it has shown that it can play defense against some of the best competition in the country. If the Yellow Jackets can defend the pass effectively again this week, they could walk out of Week 4 with one of the top upsets in a busy weekend of college football.