Another week of football sports betting is in the books. Well, let’s hope it’s actually in your pockets, not the sportsbooks. With that being said, we all know that it’s not always easy to find the right pick to help you cash in on all the action over the long weekend. Of course, I am going to take a second to give a shout out to my fellow Betsology writer, Colton, who went 3-for-3 in his NFL betting rundown with the Steelers and Ravens covering, as well as the Cowboys and Dolphins staying under. This week, the Texas Longhorns were a part of one of the bad beats that captured our attention.
On the other hand, there were plenty of bets that were pain-stakingly close to hitting. While there are winning bettors enjoying the thrill of a last-minute cover, there were just as many that had their hearts ripped out on a garbage touchdown. Without further ado, here are the worst beats of the week across the NFL and college football.
Tulane Touchdown Ruins Houston Bettors’ Night
The bad beats didn’t wait until the weekend to get started. While we were all watching the Thursday Night Football game at the office, the weekly edition of non-power college teams was taking place in Louisiana. This time, there were actually two pretty good teams playing. The Houston Cougars had lost two out of three, but they came against Oklahoma and Washington State, so don’t let that fool you.
With that being said, they did suffer a heart-breaking loss on Thursday against Tulane. What started as an incredible comeback turned into a difficult defeat in the span of 20 seconds. In fact, the Cougars had a really rough night. They started hot, pulling away 28-7 in the first half before the Green Wave stormed back. Tulane took a 31-28 lead in the fourth quarter, and Houston marched down the field to nail a game-tying field goal with 21 seconds left.
Next came one of the craziest finishes you’ll see in college football all season. Tulane executed a perfect fake kneel and ran for 18 yards to set up a possible game-winning drive. Then, Justin McMillan dropped back and launched a bomb to Jalen McCleskey that went for a 53-yard touchdown with just three seconds left on the clock. Of course, anyone who had Houston at +5.5 was not enjoying the late-game drama.