Boise State Broncos remain extremely well balanced

Oct 22, 2013 3:00 AM

It was another tough week for Doc’s Sports in our top three college football selections published in GamingToday.

We started out with a bang by cashing-in on Oklahoma State, but things went downhill from there in our next two games.

While the Cowboys easily covered the seven-point spread as home favorites in their 24-10 victory over TCU, Wyoming lost to Colorado State, 52-22, as a 6½-point home favorite, and in the featured matchup of the week Clemson was crushed by Florida State, 51-14, as a 3-point underdog at home

Here are this week’s selections:

Take Boise State +7½ (over BYU): The Broncos improved to 5-2 straight-up with this past Saturday’s 34-17 victory over Nevada, but they could not cover as 23½-point favorites at home. They are now 4-3 against the spread on the year, but they have covered in their last two road games. Boise State remains extremely well balanced on offense and more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard with an average of 39.9 points a game.

BYU escaped with a 47-46 victory over Houston as a 10-point road favorite last Saturday to raise its SU record to 5-2 as well. The Cougars are also 4-3 ATS this season, including a 3-1 ATS record at home. Houston was able to expose some serious holes in their defense, which could come back to haunt them against Boise State. The Broncos may not win this one SU this Friday, but they will keep things closer than 7½ points. BOISE ST.

Take Ball State -11 (over Akron): Ball State is off to a 7-1 SU start and a very profitable 6-2 ATS. The Cardinals are a perfect 4-0 SU in conference play and holding down the top spot in the MAC West standings. Their passing game, led by Keith Wenning, is ranked 13th in the nation with an average of 331.8 yards a game.

Akron snapped a five-game losing streak with last Saturday’s 24-17 victory over Miami (Ohio) as a 6-point road favorite. The Zips are now 2-6 SU and 4-4 ATS. They have really struggled on the offensive side of the ball this season with an average of just 19.6 points a game. Akron just does not have the firepower it needs to keep this game closer than 11 points against a very potent Cardinals’ offense. BALL ST.

Take Texas +1½ (over TCU): It has been a bumpy roller-coaster ride for Texas this season at 4-2 SU, but the Longhorns are starting to hit their stride after last Saturday’s 36-20 pounding of then-No. 12 Oklahoma as 13½-point home underdogs, extending the team’s current winning streak to three games. The Horns have scored 30 points or more in all three games after being held to a combined 44 points in previous losses to BYU and Ole Miss.

TCU started the season as a legitimate contender for this season’s Big 12 crown but last Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State dropped it to just 1-3 in conference play. The Horned Frogs are 3-4 SU overall and a costly 2-5 ATS. While their defense has kept them in every game they have played, it will not be enough to squeeze-out a SU win at home as a slight favorite against a Texas team riding a pretty high wave of momentum. TEXAS.

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