NCAAF Week 9 Best Bets For Saturday: Major Wagers on Mid-Majors

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It’s easy to forget about conferences like the MAC and Mountain West this time of year, but the mid-majors deserve the attention of bettors looking for winning college football picks.

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Toledo Rockets vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

Saturday, October 29, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Rynearson Stadium

After falling apart late in last week’s game to suffer their first loss on the MAC schedule, the Toledo Rockets are looking for quick redemption with a trip to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles who are coming off their 3rd win in 4 games.

First place in the MAC West NCAAF standings is on the line. Toledo is clinging to a 1-game lead over a trio of teams that includes Eastern Michigan, and the Rockets still have games left against the other 2, Ball State and Western Michigan.

Eastern Michigan Soar Into Game Off-Road Win

It was all there for the taking last week when Toledo traveled to take on Buffalo. Leading 27-10 going into the final quarter in a showdown MAC unbeaten, the Rockets were stunned when the Bulls scored 3 touchdowns in the span of about 8 minutes for the 34-27 victory.

Meanwhile, BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) closed Eastern Michigan as a 2.5-point underdog at Ball State and the Eagles got the last laugh (along with their backers) by scoring 10 in the final quarter to eke out a 20-16 mild upset.

Visitors Have Won Last 2 Meetings

Toledo has dominated the rivalry since it was first played 99 years ago. The Rockets have won 36 of the 49 matchups and come out on top in 13 of the last 15 against the Eagles, a span that includes 11 in a row (2007-17).

Eastern Michigan is trying to turn that around by splitting the last 4 with Toledo and holding current bragging rights after winning a wild 52-49 affair that saw the 2 sides combine for more than 1,160 yards as the Total went past the mark for a 3rd consecutive season.

Toledo Rockets Favored for 15th-Straight Time

Those watching from the comforts of home or a barstool in their favorite pub can catch this one on ESPNU and Toledo is favored by 7 (after the line opened 2 points higher) with the scoreboard target dropping a couple of points to 56.

The Eagle Flies on Saturday

It’s going to be a mild afternoon for this time of year in the far-western suburbs of Detroit, where the weatherman is calling for the low-60s during a contest under a few clouds and just a hint of an easterly breeze blowing across the Eastern Michigan campus.

With Toledo coming off such a demoralizing loss, the Rockets are being asked to lay too many points in what should be a final-possession game. Take the points in a 30-27 final.

NCAAF Pick: Eastern Michigan +7 (-108) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Colorado State Rams vs. Boise State Broncos

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 7:00 PM EDT at Albertsons Stadium

Looking to maintain a perfect record in conference play as well as host rights to the Mountain West Championship, the Boise State Broncos are home this week to take on a Colorado State Rams team that has suddenly won twice in the last 3 weeks.

Heavily Favored Smurf Turf

All of the action on the blue plastic grass in Boise can be seen on FS1, and it’s expected to be a mismatch with the Broncos carrying a 27-point load of chalk and the best sportsbooks listing 42.5-43 for bettors playing the scoreboard.

Visitors Looking For 1st Win in Rivalry

It might be a stretch to call this a rivalry since Boise State has won all 11 meetings. Colorado State managed to stay inside the number in only 2 of those contests, and the average score for the games played at Albertsons Stadium is 43-22.

Boise State Back Home After Mild Upset

Colorado State lost its first 4 games by an average of 30+ points. Jay Norvell’s Rams have since won 2 of 3, which might not sound like much until factoring in they held 3 conference opponents to just 44 points combined.

Boise State is coming off a fine defensive effort of its own on the road against Air Force, building a 16-zip lead as a small underdog on the college football odds and then holding off the Falcons in a 19-14 final.

Colorado State Cover in Twilight Tilt

The thermometer will already be dropping from an afternoon high in the upper-50s when this contest begins about an hour before the sun officially sets, with the skies partly cloudy and a very light wind from the southeast.

Boise State is clearly the better team and there’s no danger in losing to Colorado State. But nearly 4-TDs better? Nope, take the Rams plus the points in a 30-13 Broncos win.

NCAAF Pick: Colorado State +27 (-108) at Heritage Sports

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