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Week 4 college football best bets and picks

We’ve got quite the slate of games heading our way on college football’s fourth week of the season. Here are some of the best bets to place your action on.

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Week 4 of the college football season is here, and a happy SEC Day to those who celebrate. The conference is back, and with the SEC returning on Saturday, the college football season is getting as close to normal as normal can get in 2020.

With the return of the most popular conference, sportsbooks are likely to see quite a bit of action over the weekend as people return to bet the pigskin. Here are three of our best bets to help you finish off your Saturday with more money than you had before.

All odds come via DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Picks

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders OVER 70.5

Texas Tech is coming into this game two weeks removed from a 35-33 scare against Houston Baptist. The Red Raiders were able to move the ball with ease, racking up 624 yards of offense. Impressive numbers, but it’s still Houston Baptist, an FCS team. The more interesting stat to take away from that game was Texas Tech allowed 600 yards of offense to Houston Baptist. That is not a very good sign for a team going up against a quarterback with Heisman aspirations and a team looking to prove the public wrong.

Sam Ehlinger threw for over 400 yards with five touchdown passes in the season opener against UTEP, and it wouldn’t be stunning to see him do the same. The 18-point spread is a little high, but let’s bet on the points and cheer for scoring.

Tennessee Volunteers -3.5 vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

This is a classic case of a pair of teams heading in the opposite directions. As a program, the Volunteers are on the rise heading into Jeremy Pruitt’s third season, winning six in a row to finish last year, followed by an impressive offseason of recruiting. For South Carolina, it’s coming off its second worst record at 4-8 since 2000. The naysayers will mention the fact the Volunteers beat up on bad teams toward the end of the last season, but one of those bad teams was South Carolina, which the Volunteers beat 41-21 in 2019. Let’s go with the road favorites.

Army Black Knights +12.5 vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

Just how hard is it to stop Army’s triple option with limited practice time? Ask Middle Tennessee, which allowed a touchdown on every Army possession except for the last series of the game in a 42-0 loss. Or you could ask Louisiana-Monroe, which allowed 468 rushing yards in a 37-7 loss. Okay, you don’t literally need to ask them, but the numbers are clear Army is rolling so far to start 2020. Yes, Cincinnati is a far better team than either of them, but we’ve seen Michigan and Oklahoma struggle with Army very recently, and expect the Golden Knights to give the Bearcats that same treatment.

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