Best Bet Friday: Army-Duke Rivalry Leads Trio of NCAAF Picks

Syracuse at Western Michigan

Time: 6 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Opening Line: Orange -6

Current Line: Orange -6 (Aug. 26)

Projected Score: Broncos 36-33

Best Bet: OVER 64.5

Quick Hit:

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers runs a modified Art Briles offense most effective spreading out the opposition and playing up-tempo. They want to go fast. Execution has been an issue, however. The UNDER is 17-5-2 during Babers’ leadership. The market has had plenty of time to correct itself. Syracuse returns eight on offense, while the Western Michigan D gets five back. The Orange put up some points, but the Broncos will compete for a win on their home turf. Eleven of the last 17 ACC-MAC matchups with a total north of 50 have hit the OVER; the Power 5 representatives averaging 44.7 points per game.


Utah State at No. 11 Michigan State

Time: 7 p.m. ET (BTN)

Opening Line: Spartans -27

Current Line: Spartans -22.5 (Aug. 25)

Projected Score: 36-13

Best Bet: Michigan State -22.5

Quick Hit:

The Spartans have surrendered an average of 7.4 points per game as double-digit home favorites over the last two seasons. Utah State, meanwhile, is yielding 40.0 per tilt catching 10 points or more on the road in this same stretch. The Aggies likely cover the first half, but Michigan State’s superior size, speed, and strength dominate late in the contest. Utah State totaled just 6.4 yards per passing attempt last season, ranking 102nd in the FBS. Expect forced throws and bad decisions when attempting to play catch-up, leading to easy and extra Michigan State points.


Army at Duke

Time: 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Opening Line: Blue Devils -11

Current Line: Blue Devils -13.5 (Aug. 26)

Projected Score: Blue Devils 27-13

Best Bet: UNDER 46

Quick Hit:

Duke’s head coach David Cutcliffe and Army’s Jeff Monken have clashed three times with their current programs, each contest staying UNDER the total. The average combined score is 34.3 points with only 199.0 passing yards per game. Cutcliffe has no issues matching Army’s triple-option on the ground, attempting 43.7 carries to the Black Knight’s 49.3 per game. The clock will move in a hurry with few points scored.