It's hard to believe that we're entering the fourth week of college football season already. It's nearly time for true conference football action, but we still have two more weeks of non-conference football.
Over the course of the season Covers Expert Zack Cimini will evaluate programs outside of the Power 5 conferences with potential value from a point spread perspective. Here are under the radar matchups to keep your eyes on.
Team to Watch - Temple Owls
This week: -14.5 vs. UMass Minutemen
Last week's team to beware profiled team was Temple. After a blowout loss to Notre Dame it was expected to visualize a rusty performance against FCS school Villanova.
A slim three-point victory over the Wildcats wasn't the result the Owls were looking for but is a win nonetheless. Moving forward they can build off the victory, which isn't a scenario for 0-3 UMass.
Last week, UMass followed up their week one and two clunker performances with a 17-7 home loss to Old Dominion. It's starting to shape up to a similar season a year ago for the Minute Men when they finished 2-10.
Is this a case of oddsmakers stretching out the point spread for an anticipated 0-4 start from UMass? Or can the Minute Men play tough against the number as they did last year.
Team to Beware - UT San Antonio Roadrunners
This week: Off the board vs. Southern Jaguars
UT San Antonio has been a team that has pushed top programs to the brink in prior seasons. Last week their old familiarity with former Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon paid off.
The current Baylor quarterback struggled for the second consecutive week allowing UT San Antonio to take full advantage. The Roadrunners 17-10 win over Baylor bulldozed the oddsmakers underdog point spread of 17.5.
Going forward though the Roadrunners will be known as the team that upset Baylor. That makes them a high target to face their opponent's best shot. Expect a better effort from Southern after a 45-0 loss to Southern Miss last week.
Total team - Kent State Golden Flashes
This week: O/U 51 @ Marshall Thundering Herd
Any time you get a MAC school and a Conference USA school together you would expect points galore.
Both teams have familiar quarterbacks sure to draw attention to the betting market. Marshall's junior quarterback Chase Litton has been the starter since his freshman year. For Kent State senior Nick Holley has dual threat capability. In fact, last year Holley ran for 862 yards.
Yet, with a small total here it appears oddsmakers are unsure of the Golden Flashes ability to convert touchdowns. Time of possession for the home Herd or away Golden Flashes will be vital for the outcome on the total.