Bad beats: Texas A&M covers late, Redskins' TD sinks Eagles bettors
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Week 1 of the college football season set a pretty high bar for bad beats.

Though there wasn't anything that topped Oregon +3.5 or Northwestern +6.5 - will there ever be? - there were still some gut-wrenching losses in Week 2 of college football and the opening week of the NFL season. Here's what made the cut.

If you were on any of these, our sincerest condolences.

Texas A&M 10, Clemson 24

Bad beat: Clemson -16.5

Imagine holding Texas A&M's offense to 10 points ... and not covering the spread. Clemson was stout for 59 minutes and 50 seconds, but the other 10 seconds were what mattered.

Up 24-3 in the closing minutes as the Aggies started with the ball on their own 10, Tigers backers just needed one more stop on defense.

Sixteen plays, 91 yards, and three successful third- or fourth-down conversions later, this happened.

Take a lap.

Nebraska 31, Colorado 34

Bad beats: Nebraska -4, under 64.5

Having a bad day? It could be worse. For instance, you could have had both Nebraska minus the points and the under 64.5 points against Colorado this past weekend.

Up 17-0 at the half and holding a 10-point edge going into the fourth, Nebraska collapsed. After allowing 31 second-half points to tie the score at 31, the Cornhuskers gave bettors an anticlimactic finish: a field goal by Colorado in the first overtime period, then a missed attempt to tie the game.

Gross, in numerous ways.

BYU 29, Tennessee 26

Bad beats: Tennessee -3, under 51.5

Everything is fine, right?


Ah yes, just your typical 64-yard pass into Tennessee territory with 31 seconds left, a made field goal to tie it 16-16, trading touchdowns in the first overtime, then a walk-off touchdown for BYU to win and cover and the game to go over.

Tennessee/under backers might want to take the next week year off.

Buffalo 13, Penn State 45

Bad beat: Buffalo +31.5

If you're catching 31.5 points in a college football game, you do not watch any of said game. For Buffalo bettors who were checking the game sporadically, this update was the best-case scenario.

Up 25 points in the waning minutes, Penn State did not need to throw the ball. But the Nittany Lions did throw the ball because head coach James Franklin does not want his opponent to cover the spread, ever.

That's just flat-out mean.

Redskins 27, Eagles 32

Bad beat: Eagles -10

What a roller coaster Redskins bettors rode Sunday. Washington stormed out to a commanding 17-0 lead, watched that lead turn into a 32-20 deficit, and then had a shot at the backdoor cover.

If this picture doesn't give you sympathy for Eagles backers, we're not sure what will. Look at the time!

Alex Kolodziej is a betting writer for theScore. He's a graduate of Eastern Illinois who has been involved in the sports betting industry for 12 years. He can quote every line from "Rounders" and appreciates franchises that regularly wear alternate jerseys. Find him on Twitter @AlexKoIodziej.

Bad beats: Texas A&M covers late, Redskins' TD sinks Eagles bettors
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