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CFB DFS Picks, College Football Bets: Friday, September 12 FREE

Ben Rasa



Let's get to it and give out some CFB DFS Picks as well as some college football bets.

The College season is rolling along and we are onto Week 3. We have a mini slate to deal with on Friday night, with three games to breakdown. The slate also locks at 6 PM EST which is different so make sure to keep an eye on the clock if you are making lineups. This article is going to be a hybrid and will touch upon the games in general, the upcoming Friday night DFS slate, and the betting markets for the teams in action. Each section will highlight a few names, teams, or games to keep an eye on for this four game Friday night slate in CFB. Let’s get to it and give out some CFB DFS Picks as well as some college football bets.

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CFB DFS: Games on the Slate

We have a three game slate to breakdown, but at least unlike last week all six teams are actual FBS schools. The marquee matchup is going to be the late game between Washington St and Houston which we will get to shortly.

North Carolina at Wake Forest -3, O/U 66

Wake Forest still hasn’t played a Saturday game and they once again are on this short slate. In Week 1 Wake Forest was in a wild shootout where they edged Utah St 38-35 behind some big numbers from QB Jamie Newman. Last week against Rice they pulled away late and put up another 41 points on the board. We know that Wake Forest wants to play fast and that they have no problem getting into a shootout. Keep an eye on the status of RB Cade Carney who was a late scratch right before kickoff last week vs Rice.

North Carolina is 2-0 thanks to a few nail biting victories. In Week 1 UNC edged out South Carolina by 4, and then last week got past Miami 28-25. This game should remain competitive and Freshman QB Sam Howell will have opportunities against this Wake Forest defense. With only three games this one will be one to look at closely in the DFS slate and both sides have viable options.

Kansas at Boston College -21, O/U 51

This is the ugliest game on the slate for a lot of reasons. First, Kansas is just awful and is coming off what surely sounds like an instant classic in a 12-7 loss against Coastal Carolina. In Week 1 they squeaked past Indiana St who is an FCS team and that is why this spread is three touchdowns.

Boston College should control this game on both sides of the ball. Running back AJ Dillon is one of the best in the entire country and he will be used early and often until it gets out of hand. Still, its just not the best scoring environment with an O/U of just 51 and the majority of that will be coming from the BC side of things.

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For Kansas I have a hard time finding much to say in terms of potential DFS plays. Running back Pooka Williams is going to be busy as he had 24 touches last week, but against a Boston College defense its going to be tough sledding. With two other games that feature much better scoring environments tread lightly with this one.

Washington St -9.5 at Houston, O/U 73

This is the big game on the slate as 20th ranked Wash St. travels to Houston. This game is being played at NRG Stadium, which is the home of the Texans, but its still a basic home game for UH. The O/U is massive and that’s because both teams have explosive offenses that will put up points. Houston QB D’Eriq King is a dual threat who should put up big numbers all season. He has weapons on the outside, and an offensive minded head coach in Dana Holgorsen who came over from West Virginia.

The Washington State team so far has looked sharp hanging 59 and 58 points in consecutive weeks. Now they played New Mexico St and Northern Colorado which isn’t murderers row, but so far so good for the Mike Leach led squad. Last year Gardner Minshew stepped in at WSU and was a Heisman hopeful when the year was all over, but if you watched Sunday you know now he is on the Jaguars in the NFL.  That leaves Senior QB Anthony Gordon with the keys to the Wazzou offense. Against these two cupcakes Gordon has 9 Tds and just 1 INT, but it remains to be seen how he will fare against stiffer competition.

Overall this is a game with two offensive minded coaches that are going to be airing it out and pushing the tempo whenever possible. I will have a play in this game that we will get to shortly as I think one of these teams has the advantage.


WR Marquez Stevenson, Houston – 5.2k DraftKings

Stevenson is the go to playmaker on the outside for this Houston offense. Against Oklahoma he had 7/80/1 and also got a carry on the ground as they want to get him the ball whenever possible. Last week he was quiet, but considering the opponent was Prairie View A&M its not shocking to see the big weapons not needed. Against Wash St clearly Houston will need all their playmakers and the passing offense should be utilized more. It is true that HC Dana Holgorsen is more of a run oriented guy, but there is still plenty of opportunity for Stevenson and you cannot pick a better spot considering this O/U.

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WR Max Borghi , Washington St – 7.3k DraftKings

Borghi is always one of the safest players on the board because he is a fantastic pass catcher in addition to his work on the ground. That’s a lot rarer in college than in the NFL so take advantage of his dual threat abilities whenever you can.

So far this season he has been finding the endzone and only catching a few balls a game, but this is WSU first real test. Borghi is going to be vital for Gordon and is the safety blanket for the entire offense. He is the second most expensive RB on the entire slate behind Dillon, but he makes sense in all formats and will be a staple of my lineups.

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Games against the Spread

My Pick : Houston +9.5

Sticking with my Houston Cougars who covered in Week 1 against Oklahoma despite a horrible start. They have an explosive dual threat QB in King who is going to cause problems for this Wash St defense. This is a pseudo home game and getting almost double digits is a spot that I’m willing to attack. The O/U shows that both teams are expected to move the ball and it probably comes down to turnovers and a few key stops. I know that Mike Leach’s system allows for QB’s to step in an excel quickly, but I’m still skeptical that there will be no drop off from Minshew to Gordon this season. Going to Norman in Week 1 will pay dividends for Houston in games like this and with this line at +9.5 ill take the points and roll with UH once again.

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Good Luck everyone!

*Ben Rasa (aka Jazzraz)* has been involved with sports and numbers for quite some time dabbling in the poker world , sports wagering and of course finding a home in the DFS world. While he enjoys playing NFL, NCAAF and NBA he has found his best advantage on the links with PGA and the Euro Tour. Jazzraz focuses on GPPs and uses a analytical approach to try and find pricing inefficiencies as well as trying to go against the grain to find those under owned lesser know players that can make the difference in giant field tournaments. You can contact Ben by emailing [email protected].

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