Published on Saturday, 10/25/14, at 1:55 p.m. Eastern.
–Boise St. cruised to a 55-30 win over BYU as a 6.5-point home favorite Friday night. Grant Hedrick threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns, while Jay Ajayi rushed for 118 yards and a pair of scores on 26 carries. BYU failed to cover the number for the sixth straight game.
–My ‘under’ (79) pick for Cal-Oregon was a colossal fail, as the Ducks dropped the Bears by a 59-41 count as 17.5-point road favorite. The spread cover for Oregon came down to Cal’s two-point conversion attempt after a TD with 4:21 remaining. The conversion pass failed, allowing Oregon backers to cash tickets. Marcus Mariota had five TD passes but did throw his first interception of the season. We’ll forgive him since it’s late October.
–South Alabama won its fourth straight game and improved to 5-2 for the season with a 27-13 win over Troy in Mobile. However, the Trojans posted the backdoor cover as 16-point underdogs thanks to Dontreal Pruitt’s eight-yard TD pass to B.J. Chitty with 1:00 remaining.
–Cincinnati captured a 34-17 home win over South Fla. as a 10-point home favorite Friday night. Gunner Kiel had a TD pass and a TD run in leading the Bearcats to a 20-3 advantage at halftime. However, he was injured late in the first half and didn’t return. The back injury has him considered ‘questionable’ for next Friday’s game at Tulane. In relief of Kiel, Munchie Legaux connected on 14-of-15 throws for 121 yards and he ran for a fourth-quarter TD.
–Duke Johnson put on a show for Miami in its easy 30-6 win at Va. Tech on Thursday night. Johnson torched the Hokies for 249 rushing yards and one TD. He also had a pair of receptions for 37 yards and another score. Frank Beamer’s team saw its ATS record as a home underdog since 1990 fall to 11-3-1.
–East Carolina didn’t earn any style points and will likely fall in the rankings after needing to outscore UConn 10-0 in the final stanza to collect a 31-21 win. The Pirates never threatened to cover the number as 27.5-point home favorites.
–For the second straight week, UL-Lafayette won a Tuesday night game. This time around, the Ragin’ Cajuns downed Arkansas St. 55-40 as three-point home underdogs. Elijah McGuire exploded for 265 rushing yards and four TDs and needed only 19 carries to produce those numbers. Alonzo Harris rushed 27 times for 107 yards and four scores.