— Cincinnati grinded out a low-scoring win against visiting Temple, 15-13. It wasn’t pretty, but the Bearcats were able to pick up the win and keep their hopes alive for a New Year’s Day bowl game. While the Bearcats have won nine in a row straight-up, they’re just 1-4 ATS across the past five. The ‘under’ has connected in three in a row for Cincinnati, and four of the past five. Next up is a date with Memphis. … As far as the Tigers are concerned, they belted South Florida around by a 49-10 score at the RayJay, winning for the fifth straight weekend while going 4-1 ATS during the span. Perhaps the only surprise in this one is that the ‘under’ connected, snapping a 7-0 ‘over’ run for Memphis. … Navy outlasted SMU, 35-28. The Mustangs have dropped two of the past three, while going 0-4 ATS across the past four. The ‘under’ connected in this one for SMU, too, their first under result after a 9-0-1 ‘over’ run to open the season.
— It wasn’t a banner day for the ACC. Miami-Florida suffered an embarrassing loss against Florida International at Marlins Park in Miami, the site of the old Orange Bowl. It was Miami’s first win in four meetings with FIU, who actually was the last winner in the old Orange Bowl against North Texas back in 2007. … Georgia Tech picked up a 28-26 win against North Carolina State on Thursday, 28-26. The line fluctuated tremendously, but if you were holding a Wolfpack ticket +2.5, consider yourself very fortunate. The loss means Dave Doeren’s bunch will be watching television during bowl season, as they suffered their seventh loss. … Wake Forest finished off their sweep of the Tar Heel State, topping Duke, 39-27. The Demon Deacons topped UNC, Elon, N.C. State and Duke, going 4-0 SU/ATS. Overall they’re 8-3 SU, but just 3-4 ATS across the past seven. This ‘over’ result slapped the brakes on a 4-0 ‘under’ streak. The under is 7-2 across the past nine for Wake.
— Penn State hung with Ohio State in the ‘Shoe before the Buckeyes pulled away for the win, keeping them on track for the Big Ten Championship Game, a potential playoff berth, and what they hope is a national title. After an 8-0 ATS run from Sept. 7 to Nov. 9, the Buckeyes have failed to cover in back-to-back games. … Michigan had the offense rolling, posting a 39-14 victory at Indiana. Under bettors were pleased by how this one finished up (see below). The Wolverines have won four straight, and covered five in a row, heading into their season-ending showdown against the rival Buckeyes at The Big House next Saturday. … Minnesota snapped back on track with a 38-22 win at Northwestern. The Golden Gophers moved to 10-1 SU, and they’re 7-1 ATS across the past eight after an 0-2-1 ATS start. They’ll battle Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, and a ticket to the Big Ten title game. … Illinois suffered a 19-10 loss at Iowa, but they picked up their fifth straight cover as a double-digit underdog. They won’t be double-digit ‘dogs next week at home against the Wildcats. In fact, the Illini is likely to be favored. They’re 3-1 1 SU/2-2 ATS as a favorite this season.
— Oklahoma hung on for a 28-24 win over TCU, but they failed to cover for the fourth consecutive game, and sixth time in the past seven outings. Next up is the Bedlam rivalry game against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys posted a 20-13 win at West Virginia, winning for the fourth straight game, going 3-0-1 ATS during the span. The ‘under’ is 3-1 in the past four for OSU, too. … Baylor posted the 24-10 victory over rival Texas, hanging the Longhorns their fifth loss of the season. The Bears have covered three in a row, and the ‘under’ has cashed in three of the past four. For the ‘Horns, they’re 1-3 SU across the past four outings, while going 1-4 ATS across the past five. The ‘under’ has hit in three in a row for Texas, as they limp into the finale against Texas Tech.
— Marshall was tripped up by Charlotte, suffering a costly loss in their pursuit of the East Division title in Conference USA. The 24-13 loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Thundering Herd. It was the third straight ‘under’ for the Herd, too. … For the 49ers, they clinched bowl eligibility for the first time since bumping up to the FBS level. The 49ers have won four straight, recovering from a 2-5 SU/ATS start to go 4-0 SU/3-1 ATS across the past four. The ‘under’ has cashed in three in a row for Charlotte, too. … Western Kentucky went down to Southern Miss and surprised the Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg, and it’s now a three-way tie atop the West. USM will have to travel to Boca Raton to battle Florida Atlantic next week. The Owls were the beneficiaries of Marshall’s loss, and they have to top USM next week to host the Conference USA title game in Boca Raton on Dec. 7. They went to Texas-San Antonio and won 40-26. The Owls have scored 28 or more points in nine straight outings. The non-cover snapped a 3-0 ATS run, but they’re still 5-2 ATS across the past seven. … How about Rice? They earned their first win last week after an 0-9 start, and they won a second straight against North Texas. The ‘under’ is 3-1 in the past four for the Owls.