College Football Picks
Alabama the consensus No. 1 team will look to make it 2-0 with what sets up as a soft game against New Mexico on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The big question is will they come up flat against the weak competition? Jay weighs out that and a few other factors to determine his spread pick.
This game could see 100 total points scored by both teams combined. It will be interesting to see whether new Sooner QB Jalen Hurts airs it out as Oklahoma typically does, or if he runs the ball a fair amount of times as he did when he was a member of the Crimson Tide. The Houston Cougars return eight starters on offense and should be one of the top scoring teams in the nation.
There’s not a lot of betting value in this game as both teams have much to prove, but have question marks on both sides of the ball. Both are vulnerable away from their home fields as well. As expected, Auburn is getting most of the action, however, the line has shrunk as sharp bettors are backing the Ducks. Get Ted’s full take on this game here.
The Bulldogs thrashed Vandy by 31 points on the road in 2017 and by 28 at home last season which included a garbage TD by the Commodores with two seconds left to lower the margin. What has changed this year to bring the spread down to Georgia -21? Get our capper’s insight plus free bet vs. the betting line.
Ohio State finished 105th in the nation for passing yards allowed in 2018 and while we think that the arrow is pointing up this season, they still must prove it on the field. FAU returns seven starters to their offense that averaged a good 7.8 yards per attempt through the air last season. Are the Buckeyes laying too much here? Get Keith’s opinion on where the value lies.
There’s been a lot of line movement on the spread with Bama being as low as -32.5 before hitting a high of -35. The total has also fluctuated a lot opening at most sportsbooks at 61 before dropping to 58. Jay Horne breaks it all down and gives his projected point spread winner.
Wisconsin Badgers (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) vs. South Florida Bulls (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS) College Football Week 1 Date and Time:Friday, August 30 at 7pm ET Where:Raymond James Stadium TV:ESPN Point Spread:UW -13/USF +13 (5Dimes) Over/Under Total:57.5 Week zero gave us a little...
Washington State has a bad habit of playing down to their competition. Furthermore, point spreads of +32 or more hit at a very high rate, so it’s either NMSU or pass here. Let’s see what CFB handicapper Wilson feels is the play.
An old adage in football betting is good teams win but bad teams cover. That may come into play in Week one when Notre Dame visits Louisville as a huge 20-point favorite. The Cardinals were dreadful on defense last season but return 10 starters so an improvement based on experience should be expected. Mann digs into all the numbers to come up with his prediction on which squad will cover the spread.
The Utes has taken the last eight in this series, but the Cougars backers have been on the right side of the point spread line in two of the last three. This year’s game the line is set at Utah -5.5 with a total line of 47.5 points. Get Dan’s against the spread prediction.
The Boise State Broncos of the Mountain West Conference continue their “We’ll take on anybody, anywhere” mission as they travel south to play the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference. FSU opened as -4 home favorites (De facto; Game is being played in Jacksonville). As of Monday, the line had risen to -5.5 due to 66% of the public backing the Noles.
Bug meets windshield Thursday night as the top ranked Clemson Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The public seems to be a bit nervous of the hug early season spread, as they’re actually backing G.T. to the tune of 66%. We’re not a big fan of laying more than 32 points in college football games due to it being around a 33% proposition, but we’re talking about a completely different animal here. We make this point spread at -42!
Oklahoma State’s revamped defense may need a game or two to reach its potential and Oregon State doesn’t have a problem putting up points. The over two touchdown spread leaves a lot of room for a backdoor cover too. Read Loot’s take and get his free pick.
In Thursday night Week 1 college football we have UCLA visiting Cincinnati. An 11-win team facing a 3-win team that they beat on the road last season laying only -3 would seem like money in the bank, but Loot says not so fast. Read why he’s looking to back the road dog.
In the first official weekend of the college football season, ACC rivals meet in Chestnut Hill when Boston College welcomes Virginia Tech to Alumni Stadium. The Hokies hold an 18-9 in all-time advantage versus the Eagles including a 9-4 record when playing in Boston.
These two squads met back in 2016 with Arizona winning 47-28 but failing to cover the spread as a 23.5 home favorite. This time around they’ll be playing in Hawaii a tough place to win and as an 11-point favorite the dog may offer some value. Dan Jamison digs into the match-ups and gives out his betting prediction.
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