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Behind the box score: CFB betting lessons from Week 8

By Adam Burke  ( 


This college football season has been one of the strangest in recent memory. Each week there are several teams that simply do not play well after quality showings the week before. We also see a lot of teams that looked really bad one week look extremely good the following week.

No team in college football seems to be very trustworthy this season. Trying to find any angle we can to project a team’s upcoming performance is more important than ever and the box scores can shed some light on how to proceed.

There were definitely some that stood out for Week 8 and hopefully they can be predictive of what will happen in Week 9.

Illinois 20, Penn State 18 (9 OT)

In college football’s first nine-overtime game, the Illinois Fighting Illini came away with a 20-18 victory. The new overtime rules stipulate that teams must go to alternating two-point conversions after the second overtime. Getting three yards proved to be a real challenge for these offenses, as it took 10 tries for points to be scored on the two-point conversion attempts. Both teams scored in the eighth overtime, but Illinois was the only team to score in the ninth.

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