College football betting handicappers tapped UConn as a co-favorite to win the wide open Big East Conference race after a strong finish to the 2009 college football gambling season.
The Connecticut Huskies will try and get their season back on track with their home opener against Texas Southern. Kickoff is at 12:05 pm Eastern.
UConn finished 8-5 last year and capped off the campaign with 4 consecutive wins that ended with a 20-7 payout over South Carolina in the PapaJohn’s.com Bowl. With 16 starters back the Huskies looked to be fielding the best team in head coach Randy Edsall’s 12 years on the job.
But last week’s poor effort is causing handicappers and gamblers to take a long second look at UConn. The Huskies defense was particularly bad as they were dominated by Michigan and allowed 14-19 on third down conversions.
It was a particularly disappointing result on the national stage and after UConn went 5-0 with the NCAA football betting lines last year in non conference action as well as 5-0 against the spread as a road dog in 2009. Connecticut’s interior front line was dominated on both sides of the line against Michigan.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson ran for197 yards, an all time Michigan best for a QB and had 383 total yards.
While Connecticut looked flat, Edsall thought the effort was acceptable but the result was not. “Effort doesn’t mean anything,” said Edsall. “Our kids gave great effort but it’s all about winning. We came out here to win and we didn’t win.”
On the positive, junior running back Jordan Todman was impressive in the opener with the NCAA football betting odds as he rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries at Michigan. UConn has covered 9 out of their last 11 games against the spread as a favorite of more than 8 points.
Texas Southern los their college football betting opener last week to Prairie View A&M 16-14. Quarterback Arvell Nelson was intercepted 4 times, with one resulting in a 72-yard “pick six” for Prairie View that proved to be the difference in the game. Texas Southern actually outgained Prairie View 373-148 and held a 20-12 first down advantage.