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Our 2019 College Football Previews are available from Week 1 right through to the National Championship Game, so be sure to read on below for all the best bets on the week’s top games.
#3 Ohio State
Sunday October 27, 3:00am, Ohio Stadium
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Tiger Stadium
#6 Penn State
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Spartan Stadium
#23 Iowa State
Sunday October 27, 6:30am, Jack Trice Stadium
#8 Notre Dame
Sunday October 27, 10:30am, Michigan Stadium
Sunday October 20, 2:00am, Williams-Brice Stadium
The Gators have opened as five-point favourites this week on the road at Billy Brice.
Florida’s undefeated streak came to an end last week in Baton Rogue as the Gators fell 42-28 to LSU. On paper, this week’s game against the Gamecocks favours Florida, but considering South Carolina just pulled off one of the upsets of the season over Georgia, nothing is going to come easy.
The Gamecocks love to play the role of spoiler with a defence that has allowed only 23.2 points-per-game. These two sides have split their last 10 meetings five wins apiece, so back South Carolina to keep in touch with the Gators.
Tip: Back South Carolina to Cover the Line (+5.0 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 20, 5:30am, Husky Stadium
The Huskies find themselves back inside the Top 25 after earning a big win over Arizona last week.
Washington holds home-field advantage this week, but they’ll meet their match with Justin Herbert and the Ducks coming to town.
Oregon has been outstanding defensively ever since allowing Auburn to score a walk-off touchdown back in Week 1. The Ducks have held their last five opponents to under 10-points each, which obviously makes this weekend’s game a very strong Unders play.
For some added value, it might be worth including the Ducks at the line though. Oregon is 5-1 in its last six games in Washington, so take the double.
Tip: Back Oregon to Cover the Line (-2.5 Points) & Under 48.5 Total Points @ $3.80
#17 Arizona State
Sunday October 20, 8:00am, Rice-Eccles Stadium
These two teams couldn’t be farther apart if they tried.
From a betting perspective, Utah is a measly 1-6 against the spread, while the Sun Devils continue to prove money with a 3-1 record in their last four games.
Much of Arizona State’s success boils down to the defence. The Sun Devils have allowed the 16th fewest points-per-game in the country, not to be outdone by a Utah side that is tied for the eighth-fewest.
Utah has shown a tendency to save their best football for the second half, which could keep this game relatively close. With a generous line set and both sides playing outstanding defence, this is another good doubles bet.
Tip: Back Arizona State to Cover the Line (+13.5 Points) & Under 45.5 Total Points @ $3.50
#7 Penn State
Sunday October 20, 9:30am, Beaver Stadium
This is the marquee game of Week 8 (and possibly the season) as one of College Football’s most famous rivalries gets underway from Beaver Stadium.
The Wolverines will be greeted not only by a whiteout but also a ravenous Penn State defence that created havoc last week in Iowa.
The Nittany Lions look like the only team capable of challenging the Buckeyes for the Big Ten Championship, but to do so, they’ll need to ensure they take care of business this weekend.
Penn State has allowed the second-fewest points in the country behind Wisconsin, which spells bad news for a Wolverines team that still looks a question mark on offence.
Tip: Under 47 Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 2:00am, Cotton Bowl
Bookmakers have wasted no time setting a whopping 76-point Total for this year’s Red River Rivalry.
Texas and Oklahoma are averaging over 40-points per-game this season as both sides will be looking to improve on the way to the Big 12 Championship Game.
The Sooners have opened as heavy 10.5-point favourites in this one largely due to the play of Jalen Hurts. After so much success with Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, Oklahoma has somehow uncovered yet another Heisman Trophy contender that should cause plenty of problems for the Longhorns’ secondary on Sunday.
Texas has allowed an average of 26.6 points-per-game defensively this season, compared to Oklahoma, who has allowed only 19.
The Sooners are as much a threat vertically as they are on the ground, and with Hurts, Trey Sermon and Rhamondrre Stevenson all averaging over seven-yards per-carry, this has the makings of an Oklahoma blowout.
Tip: Back Oklahoma to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.88
#24 Texas A&M
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Kyle Field
This is the smallest spread Alabama has seen all season as they hope to remain unbeaten following Sunday’s game at Kyle Field.
Both sides are coming off a bye, and after a disastrous start to the season, a week’s rest couldn’t have come at a better time for Texas A&M. Losses to Clemson and Auburn were expected, but last fortnight’s narrow 31-27 victory over Arkansas casts plenty of doubt over the Aggies this week.
Alabama also hit the road well-rested after taking care of Ole Miss 59-31 a fortnight ago. Sunday marks the Tide’s second road game of the season, but if their 24-point win over South Carolina back in Week 3 was anything to go by, this should be nothing more than a blowout.
The Tide won comfortably 45-23 over Texas A&M last year and are also 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games played in October.
Currently allowing only 14.8 points-per-game defensively, back the Tide to keep on rollin’.
Tip: Back Alabama to Cover the Line (-16.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Memorial Stadium
Clemson’s cruisy strength of schedule has them penciled in for a spot in the National Championship Game, but this Sunday’s game against the Seminoles looks to be their toughest home game of the entire season.
Florida State returns from a bye riding a two-game winning streak with victories over Louisville and NC State. The Seminoles hit a snag early with a Week 1 loss to Boise State, but don’t sleep on a big offensive performance on the road in Death Valley.
The Seminoles are averaging 33.2 points-per-game, while the Tigers have fared only marginally better at 38.0. Florida State quarterback James Blackman has completed just under 70% of his passes this season, while running back Cam Akers is also deadly around the goal line.
The bookies have set the spread at four touchdowns with Clemson at home, so back the Seminoles to keep this one somewhat interesting.
Tip: Back Florida State to Cover the Line (+27 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 13, 5:30am, Camp Randall Stadium
Last week’s 34-10 loss to the Buckeyes was enough to drop the Spartans out of the Top 25 as they now travel to Madison to face the red-hot Badgers.
Wisconsin remains undefeated on the season, but after two fairly casual weeks against Northwestern and Kent State, this will be the Badgers’ biggest home test since Michigan’s visit back in Week 3.
The Badgers have enjoyed the very best from running back Jonathan Taylor, who currently owns a combined 16 touchdowns on the season. Quarterback Jack Coan has also been a surprise standout with a 74% completion rate and only one interception.
To top things off, Wisconsin has also been the best defensive team in the country allowing only 5.8 points-per-game. With all that in mind, this points to a big Badgers win at home.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-10.5 Points) @ $1.91
#10 Penn State
Sunday October 13, 9:30am, Kinnick Stadium
Iowa hosts undefeated Penn State on Sunday in a game that could go a long way to deciding the Big 10 Championship.
The Hawkeyes will be looking to bounce-back from their loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor last week, while the Nittany Lions hope to earn their sixth-straight win over Iowa.
Penn State’s front seven has been one of the best in the country this season, which should pose plenty of problems for Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley.
Offensively, the Nittany Lions have also performed exceptionally well following their underwhelming 17-10 home win over Pitt. In the last fortnight, Penn State has outscored their last two opponents 94-7.
Tip: Back Penn State to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) & Under 42.5 Total Points @ $3.70
Sunday October 13, 10:00am, Tiger Stadium
LSU has opened as 13-point favourites at home on Sunday in this epic battle between two of the top SEC contenders.
The Tigers remain undefeated on the season as they look to build on last weeks 42-6 win over Utah State. LSU has scored 42-points or more in their last five outings, which explains the whopping 55.5 Total this week.
Florida, on the other hand, hit their stride last week with a very convincing 24-13 win over No. 7 Auburn at home. The Gators held the Tigers to just 269-yards of total offence at The Swamp and also forced four turnovers.
Defensively Florida holds the advantage this week, but the visitors will need to dig deep against Joe Burrows and company. The Heisman candidate threw for 344-yards and five touchdowns last week, while Ed Orgeron’s offence continues to find new ways to get creative.
The line does look a little generous in favour of LSU though, especially against a Florida defence that has allowed the fifth-fewest points-per-game this season (9.5). If the Gators settle in early, they should be up for a big fight.
Tip: Back Florida to Cover the Line (+13 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 2:00am, Michigan Stadium
The undefeated Hawkeyes have opened as minor 3.5-point favourites this week on the road in Ann Arbor as they hope to hand Michigan their second loss on the season.
The Wolverines bounced back from their blowout loss to Wisconsin a fortnight ago to shutout Rutgers 52-0 last week. It was an impressive display defensively from Jim Harbaugh’s side, but despite the scoreline, Shea Patterson’s 276-yard day through the air still left a lot to be desired.
Iowa has been elite defensively this year, which should cause further problems for the Wolverines’ sputtering offence. The Hawkeyes have allowed only 8.5 points-per-game through the first five weeks of the season – the third-lowest total in the country.
With that said, this still the toughest test Iowa has faced so far this season. The Hawkeyes barely survived against Iowa State two weeks ago, and on the road in a hostile environment, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Iowa’s defence become overwhelmed early.
The Total has gone Over in 10 of Iowa’s last 15 games and five of Michigan’s last six. This one should be high-scoring.
Tip: Over 47.5 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 5:30am, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Plenty of Playoff implications on the line between two unbeaten SEC teams on Sunday.
The Gators have enjoyed an easy leadup to this game with back-to-back blowout wins over Tennessee and Towson, while the Tigers survived a late scare against Texas A&M a fortnight ago before handing Mississippi State a 56-23 loss last week.
It’s been eight years in between drinks since these two schools last met in 2011, and although the Gators hold home-field advantage, it’s Auburn who has opened as 2.5-point favourites.
Led by a talented committee of JaTarvious Whitlow, Kam Martin and Shaun Shivers, the running game is the backbone of the Tigers’ offence. Auburn is currently averaging over 5.0 yards per carry on the ground, but they’ll need to find something special against a Florida run defence that has held all five of their opponents to under 100 rushing yards.
Auburn’s defence isn’t quite as solid, although the Tigers have faced much tougher opponents. Wins over Oregon and Texas A&M have set up the foundations for a potential Playoff run, while the Tigers have also allowed only 17.2 points-per-game on average.
The Total has gone Under in five of Florida’s last seven games against Auburn, so this one should be a bit of a low-scoring slugfest.
Tip: Under 48.5 Total Points @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 5:30am, Milan Puskar Stadium
West Virginia pulled off a memorable 42-41 upset over the Longhorns in Austin last year, making this weeks game one to watch.
Texas had their hands full with Oklahoma State a fortnight ago before Roschon Johnson scored the insurance touchdown in the fourth quarter with a successful two-point conversion to follow.
The Longhorns have since enjoyed a bye week to reflect on where their season is heading, and although quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks a serious Heisman contender, the defence is becoming tough to trust.
Texas’ secondary is battered and bruised as they now prepare for a Mountaineers team boasting a 7-1 record in their last eight home games.
West Virginia has strung together two impressive wins over NC State and Kansas prior to their own bye last week, so look for the Mountaineers to keep this close.
Tip: Back West Virginia to Cover the Line (+10.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday October 6, 9:00am, Neyland Stadium
The Bulldogs looked scary good in their win over Notre Dame a fortnight ago and have since opened as whopping three touchdown favourites this week on the road in Tennessee.
The Vols have nothing more to play for than bragging rights following losses to Georgia State and BYU to open the season, and after mustering only three points in their loss to Florida before the bye, it’s difficult to see Tennessee coming close to matching Georgia’s red hot running game.
Tip: Back Georgia to Cover the Line (-24.5 Points) @ $1.91
#4 Ohio State
#25 Michigan State
Sunday October 6, 9:30am, Ohio Stadium
The Buckeyes have opened as 20-point favourites this week at The Shoe as the bookies have clearly factored in just how dominant Ohio State’s defence has been.
Allowing only 8.5 average points-per-game, the Buckeyes are currently one of the top teams to challenge Alabama and Clemson for a spot in the National Championship Game despite their easy strength of schedule.
Ohio State’s toughest opponent to date has been Nebraska, who the Buckeyes made short work of last week winning 48-7.
Michigan State’s season took a turn for the worst as the Spartans lost to Arizona State in Week 3. Mark Dantonio’s team has since responded with back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Indiana, but that all pales in comparison to this weeks game on the road against the Buckeyes.
There’s plenty to dissect in this one, but the only stat really worth paying attention to is Ohio State’s run at home. In 10 of their last 12 home games, the Buckeyes have won by 20 points or more.
Tip: Back Ohio State to Cover the Line (-20 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 29, 2:00am, Memorial Stadium
Jalen Hurts has been unstoppable through four starts with Sooners as this year’s early Heisman favourite.
The senior has already thrown for 880-yards and nine touchdowns, while the most impressive part of the Hurts’ game has been his lack of turnovers and interceptions.
Texas Tech opened the season 2-0 prior to last weeks 28-14 loss to the Sun Devils. With the line just shy of four touchdowns, it’s difficult to see the Red Raiders pulling off an upset.
As if Hurts wasn’t already enough to worry about, the Texas Tech defence also needs to find an answer to Oklahoma’s running game. The Sooners are averaging just over eight yards per-carry, with a 6-1 record against the spread in their last seven home games against Texas Tech to match.
Tip: Back Oklahoma to Cover the Line (-27 Points) @ $1.91
#10 Notre Dame
Sunday September 29, 5:30am, Notre Dame Stadium
The Irish proved no match for the Bulldogs in Athens last week, but there were still plenty of positives to take away from Notre Dame’s performance.
Losing by only six points to one of the National Title favourites on the road is still a big effort, especially with Ian Book and Cole Kmet hooking up for over 108-yards.
Virginia has earned a spot inside the Top 25, but you could still argue the Cavaliers are yet to play anybody of quality. So far Virginia’s toughest opponents have been Pitt and Florida State, and with a tough trip on the road to face the Irish, this looks a little beyond them.
Tip: Back Notre Dame to Cover the Line (-11.5 Points) @ $1.91
Saturday September 21, 11:00am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Three straight blowout wins has the Utes inside the Top 10 as they look to add to USC’s woes this week.
Utah has opened as -4 favourites with the bookies taking into account last year’s 41-28 victory over the Trojans in Week 7.
It’s tough to trust USC quarterback Kedon Slovis right now, especially after last weeks three interception game against BYU. The freshman looked exceptional in the Week 2 win over Stanford, but the Cougars’ pass rush made life extremely difficult last week.
Utah’s defence is one of the best in the country having allowed only 9.7 points-per-game. The Utes also have a stable running game thanks to Zack Moss, which should cause plenty of problems for the Trojans if Utah can establish themselves on the ground.
Utah are 4-1 in their last five games agaisnt USC, so back the Utes to Cover.
Tip: Back Utah to Cover the Line (-3 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 22, 2:00am, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
There’s been no love for the Volunteers following their first win over Chatanooga last week.
Tennessee has opened as two touchdown underdogs against ninth ranked Florida, which looks just about right considering the Gators whomped the Vols 47-21 this time last year.
Florida had a few hiccups last week against Kentucky but still managed to squeak out a 29-21 win. Feleipe Franks had himself a quiet day through the air, but fortunately, Florida’s talented running back committee carried the load with Josh Hammond leading the way.
History is firmly on the Gators’ side this week having now won seven straight home games. The last time Florida lost to Tennessee at the swamp was way back in 2003.
While the line looks tempting, it is worth noting both sides are 1-2 against the spread this year. That makes the Total the safest play, especially with seven of the last 10 meetings between Florida and Tennessee going Overs.
Tip: Over 49 Points @ $1.93
Sunday September 22, 2:00am, Camp Randall Stadium
These two rivals have opened the season a perfect 2-0, but it’s the Badgers who look the more convincing of the pair.
Wisconsin haven’t played anyone of note just yet, but their running game looks extremely dangerous ranking 29th in rushing yards per-game.
The Wolverines, meanwhile, survived a double overtime scare in less than convincing fashion last week against Army. Michigan gave up 200-yards on the ground to the Black Knights and also turned the ball over three times in the process.
The Big Ten looks firmly in Ohio State’s hands, but the Badgers are building a strong case as their top competition. Although their last two opponents have been South Florida and Central Michigan, Wisconsin has still managed to hold both teams scoreless.
Until proven otherwise, the Badgers’ defence deserves the benefit of the doubt. This is a tough stretch of schedule for Michigan, and despite their blowout win over Wisconsin last year, it’s worth backing the Badgers’ 4-1 record against the spread in their last five games.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.93
#17 Texas A&M
Sunday 22, 5:30am, Kyle Field
This should be a good old fashioned SEC battle on Sunday as the Tigers and the Aggies both look to extend their winning streaks.
Texas A&M proved no match for Clemson a fortnight ago losing 24-10 in Death Valley, but their 62-3 win over Lamar last week highlighted just how dangerous the Aggies’ offence is.
Auburn remains a Playoff dark horse following their come from behind win over Oregon in Week 1. Since then the Tigers have enjoyed two fairly easy weeks against Tulane and Kent State, making this week’s game a big test for freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
Surprisingly, the Aggies are -3.5 favourites at home – which makes Auburn tremendous value at the line this week.
Despite what the scoreline suggests, Texas A&M were far from their best last week against Lamar as the Aggies turned the ball over three times and struggled in the red zone.
Auburn will need to find their footing on the ground if they wish to keep this game close, but after struggling in the opening two weeks, we saw some promising signs from JaTarvious Whitlow, Joey Gatwood and Shaun Shivers last week.
All in all, this should be the most fascinating game of the week, and one the Tigers should Cover.
Tip: Back Auburn to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday 22, 5:30am, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Back-to-back wins over Tennessee and USC has BYU poised for a spot back inside the Top 25 if they can pull off a huge upset over the Huskies this week.
The Cougars’ defence is prone to giving up points, but offensively running back Tyson Williams has been great to start the year rushing for 236-yards and three touchdowns.
Washington enjoyed a cruisy start to the season with a big win over Eastern Washington. The Huskies followed that up with a big loss to California the following week, before blowing out Hawaii at home in Week 3.
The Cougars have already been a very profitable play at the line this season covering in two of their three games. The Total has also gone Under in four of BYU’s last seven games against the Huskies, so it’s worth backing the double here.
Tip: Back BYU to Cover the Line (+6.5 Points) & Under 51.5 Total Points @ $3.50
#7 Notre Dame
Sunday 22, 10:00am, Sanford Stadium
Go ahead and throw the Bulldogs into the National Championship conversation if they win this game on Sunday.
Georgia’s opening three games against Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State have hardly been a challenge, but the Bulldogs’ offence has still been extremely convincing as they look to return to the Playoffs.
Quarterback Jake Fromm has completed 75% of his passes so far, while running back D’Andre Swift is only eight yards shy of 300. Perhaps more importantly, the Georgia defence has accounted for 12 sacks through the first three weeks – half of their entire total last year.
Notre Dame are no easy beat, and while many feel the Fighting Irish are overrated, quarterback Ian Book is still capable of making big plays from the pocket.
The senior threw five touchdowns last week against New Mexico State, but with Georgia’s defence firing on all cylinders, it’s tough to back against the Bulldogs.
Tip: Back Georgia to Cover the 1st Half Line (-7.5 Points) @ $1.88
#13 Penn State
Sunday September 15, 2:00am, Beaver Stadium
The Nittany Lions have snuck back inside the Top 25 following their comeback win over Buffalo last week.
Not surprisingly, Penn State are 17.5-point favourites at home, but this has typically been a matchup that has given the Nittany Lions some trouble in recent years.
Last season Penn State demolished the Panthers 51-6 on the road, although their previous two meetings were much closer. Pittsburgh defeated the Nittany Lions 42-39 back in 2016, and after defeating Ohio 20-10 last week, this is the kind of game the Panthers will be up and about for.
Penn State found themselves trailing 10-7 at home last week before piling on 28-points in the third quarter. James Franklin’s side has scored 15 touchdowns already this season, but Pitt can remain competitive in this one with two powerful running backs in A.J. and Vincent Davis.
Tip: Back Pitt to Cover the Line (+17.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 5:30am, Williams-Brice Stadium
The Crimson Tide haven’t missed a beat to start the season pulling apart Duke and New Mexico State by an average of 45-points.
Alabama has opened as 25.5-point favourites this week as they travel to Williams-Brice to face the Gamecocks. South Carolina pulled of a whopping 72-10 win over Charleston Southern last week, but their opening round loss to North Carolina has already put a dampener on the season.
It’s tough to back against the Tide right now considering they are averaging well over 300-yards through the air. Running back Najee Harris has also been huge rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.
Despite their big win last week, the Gamecocks still gave up 72-yards on the ground. Alabama will likely stick to the air in the early goings before running it down South Carolina’s throats. But either way, this should be nothing more than a blowout.
Tip: Back Alabama to Cover the Line (-25.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 5:30am, LaVell Edwards Stadium
Brigham Young bounced back from their disappointing loss in Week 1 to win an overtime thriller against Tennessee last week.
The Cougars have been plenty competitive to start the season, but they might meet their match again on Sunday as they prepare to face the Trojans at home.
USC lost starting quarterback JT Daniels to a season-ending ACL tear in their Week 1 win over Fresno State, but backup Kedon Slovis played exceptionally well last week against Stanford, throwing for 377-yards and three touchdowns in the 45-20 victory.
Everyone wrote USC off following Daniels’ injury, but the Trojans are now ranked just inside the Top 25. That said, USC are 2-5 in their last seven games against an opponent from the Independent Conference, while the Cougars are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games.
Tip: Back BYU to Cover the Line (+4 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 6:00am, Jack Trice Stadium
This classic rivalry game between two state rivals presents tremendous value with almost even money on offer.
The 19th ranked Hawkeyes have opened as the favourites head-to-head but after two fairly easy wins over opponents Miami Ohio and Rutgers over the last fortnight, the Cyclones present an enormous test.
Iowa State has played only one game to this point, earning a 29-26 victory over Northern Iowa two weeks ago. Quarterback Brock Purdy threw for 278-yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he’ll need to dig deep if he wishes to trump Iowa’s stingy defence.
The Hawkeyes have won seven of their last 10 games against Iowa State, but it’s worth noting the last two games between these bitter rivals have been decided by 10-points or less.
Iowa State is 0-6 against the spread dating back to last season, so there’s no real value in backing the underdogs.
Iowa, on the other hand, are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games against the Cyclones, so back the Hawkeyes to Cover.
Tip: Back Iowa to Cover the Line (-1.5 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday September 15, 9:00am, Kroger Field
These two sides are undefeated as they prepare to meet in Lexington, and despite what the odds might suggest, it’s Kentucky who should feel the most confident going into Sunday’s contest.
The Wildcats pulled off a memorable upset over the Gators at The Swamp last year, scoring 14-points in the third quarter to secure a 27-16 victory.
Florida then went on to win games against ranked Mississippi State and LSU, including a massive win in the Peach Bowl over Michigan.
The Gators looked poised for a more meaningful Bowl berth this year after securing wins over Miami and Tennessee-Martin top open the season, but they’ll need to come with an answer to Kentucky’s running game – one that’s averaging just over 207-yards a game.
It’s difficult to back Kentucky pulling off an upset over Florida twice, but there’s still something to be said about the Wildcats at the line.
Kentucky are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, while the Total has also gone Over in all give of the Wildcats’ games during that period.
If running backs Asim Rose and Kavosiey Smoke can team up to provide blocking and also find space with the ball, the Wildcats can easily put a scare into the Gators again.
Tip: Back Kentucky to Cover the Line (+8.5 Points) & Over 48.5 Total Points @ $3.40
Sunday September 7, 2:00am, Michigan Stadium
Michigan has opened as 22.5-point favourites following last week’s big win over Middle Tennessee.
The Wolverines were lethal through the air as quarterback Shea Patterson went 17/29 with 203-yards and a trio of touchdowns. On the ground, Zach Charbonnet also rushed for 90-yards on just eight attempts.
This week’s market suggests Michigan should win comfortably, but the Wolverines might have their work cut out against a very underrated Army side. Last week the Black Knights made short work of Rice on the ground rushing for 231 total yards, adding to their 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.
Army finished last season 7-4-2 against the spread, and with a running game that can match that of Michigan’s there’s every chance they keep this close.
Tip: Back Army to Cover the Line (+22.5 Points) @ $1.88
#12 Texas A&M
Sunday September 7, 5:00am, Memorial Stadium
The Red Raiders head to Death Valley on Sunday as 17-point underdogs following last week’s 41-7 victory over Texas State.
Kellen Mond is quickly becoming one of the nations most coveted quarterbacks, and after torching the Clemson defence for 430-yards and three touchdowns last year, there’s every chance this game turns into a real thriller.
The Tigers looked scary last week during their 52-14 blowout win over Georgia State, but the same can’t be said for Heisman candidate Trevor Lawrence. The sophomore completed just 13 of his 23 pass attempts against the Yellow Jackets for only 168-yards and a lone score.
Winning in Death Valley is never easy, but this current Clemson defence isn’t quite as strong as it was last year. On the flip side, Lawrence also struggled against the Aggies last year throwing for just 93-yards and a touchdown.
With plenty of belief and confidence on their side, back Texas A&M to Cover.
Tip: Back Texas A&M to Cover the Line (+17 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday September 7, 5:00am, Folsom Field
There was nothing impressive about either sides Week 1 victories, making this week’s game a bit of a coin flip from a market perspective.
The Cornhuskers managed a 35-21 victory over the inferior South Alabama Jaguars, but with just 276 total yards of offence to their name, Nebraska still leaves a lot to be desired.
Likewise, Colorado’s victory over Colorado State was also less than impressive. The Buffaloes defence gave up 505 total yards and 27 first downs in their 51-32 win, leaving them as outsiders this week at home.
To their credit, Colorado did force four turnovers against Colorado State, which could cause a few problems for Nebraska’s stagnant offence. The Cornhuskers turned the ball over three times last week, so it’s worth backing the Buffaloes to pull off an upset.
Tip: Back Colorado to Win @ $2.55
Sunday September 7, 9:00am, Neyland Stadium
Week 1’s biggest shocker was far and away Tennessee’s loss to Georgia State.
After surrendering 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Vols now find themselves between a rock and a hard place with a very resilient BYU side coming to town.
Last week’s 30-12 scoreline against Utah doesn’t really do the Cougars any justice. BYU held tight with the Utes in the first half to trail by only three points, and with a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games, it’s certainly worth backing the Cougars to keep this one close.
Tennessee’s schedule doesn’t get any easier following this game with trips to Florida and Alabama on the horizon. This is a must-win game for the Vols, but after turning the ball over three times last week, the Cougars look too good to pass up at this price.
Tip: Back BYU to Win @ $2.45
Sunday September 7, 9:30am, Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Last week we saw the Tigers throw their once bland and boring playbook out the window in favour of a much more fast-tempo, spread offence.
LSU looked scary in their 55-3 win over Georgia Southern, and while the Eagles are a much inferior opponent, there’s every chance we see the Tigers lay a similar beatdown on the Longhorns in Austin.
Texas also recorded a blowout victory of their own over Louisiana Tech to start the season. The Longhorns will be welcomed by their adoring fans, which are sure to create a tough environment for the Tigers.
Defensively, Texas is very young and inexperienced though, which could create some problems against Ed Orgeron’s highly adaptive offence. We saw glimpses of Orgeron’s improved playbook last week, but you can bet there’s plenty we didn’t see as the Tigers coach kept his cards close to his chest.
Tip: Back LSU to Cover the Line (-6.5 Points) & Over 56.5 Total Points @ $3.60
Friday August 30, 10:00am, Memorial Stadium
The defending national champs host Georgia Tech on Friday in a game that should turn out to be extremely one-sided. The Tigers are favoured by just over five touchdowns, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t value to be had.
Georgia Tech opens the season with a fresh new approach on offence as they steer away from the spread in favour of a more pro-style attack. It could be a smart move, but Clemson’s defence should provide a harsh reality check.
The Tigers allowed only 13.1 points-per-game on defence last year, the lowest average in the nation. Clemson’s average winning margin was also +31 points, which should make the line safe. The Total (59.5) does look a little high though when you consider 71% of the Tigers’ home games fell Under last season. With that in mind, don’t be surprised if the Yellow Jackets fail to hit the scoreboard.
Tip: Clemson (-36.5) & Under 59.5 Points @ $3.80
Friday August 30, 12:15pm, LaVell Edwards Stadium
The Utes will be hoping to put last year’s PAC 12 Championship loss to Washington behind them as they travel to LaVell Edwards Stadium to face the Cougars on Friday.
Utah lost twice on the road last season, and while BYU finished the year 3-3 at home, there’s something to be said for the Cougars in this fierce rivalry game.
BYU sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson is returning from shoulder surgery with a point to prove after throwing 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions in nine games last year. The Utes allowed close to 250 average yards on the road last year, which could see the score relatively close at half time.
Utah averaged just over 13 first-half points last season, compared to BYU, who averaged close to 12. Keep in mind, the Cougars beat Wisconsin early on last year, and with a generous line set, it’s worth backing them to keep the pressure on early.
Tip: BYU to Cover the 1st Half Line (+3.0 Points) @ $1.88
Saturday August 31, 9:00am, Raymond James Stadium
Wisconsin’s season took an early nosedive last year with a Week 3 loss to BYU. That was followed by defeats to Northwestern, Penn State and Minnesota, capped off by a promising win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Miami.
The Badgers have put last year’s distractions behind them as they look to return to the Big Ten Championship game and beyond. Running back Jonathan Taylor is a serious Heisman candidate this year, but Wisconsin needs to fill the void left by linebackers TJ Edwards and Ryan Connelly if they are to succeed.
South Florida present as a team that could cause a few upsets this year, especially after starting last season 7-0 before losing their final six games. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see them coming up with an answer to Taylor’s power.
Tip: Back Wisconsin to Cover the Line (-13 Points) @ $1.90
Sunday September 1, 9:30am, AT&T Stadium
Auburn opened the 2018 season on neutral turf with a 21-16 win over Washington, and they’ll be hoping to do the same on Sunday in Texas against the Ducks.
The Tigers were no easy beat last season, but a Week 3 loss to LSU doomed them for a meaningless Bowl game. Oregon, on the other hand, find themselves ranked just outside the Top 10 after wins over Washington and Michigan State, but there’s plenty of question marks remaining on defence.
Oregon opens as the heavy underdogs this week despite holding a distinct advantage on paper. Quarterback Justin Herbert is a proven starter and a potential Heisman winner, while the Tigers are a guessing game with freshman Bo Nix under center.
The Ducks averaged just shy of 35 points-per-game offensively last year, which leaves them looking a little over the odds at this price. Losing this game could be detrimental for either side, but with more experienced heads on the Oregon roster, the Ducks are worth backing to Cover.
Tip: Back Oregon to Cover the Line (+3.5 Points) @ $1.91
Monday September 2, 9:35am, Memorial Stadium
Life resumes on Monday without quarterback Kyler Murray, signalling the start of the Jalen Hurts era at Oklahoma.
Hurts looked every bit a future first-round pick last year at Alabama, particularly during the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Now, the 21-year-old stands a chance at becoming the third straight Heisman winning quarterback in Sooner history.
Oklahoma is one of the favourites to challenge Alabama and Clemson this year, but they’ll still have their work cut out against Houston.
The Cougars started the season 7-1 last year before fading down the stretch. Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is returning from a knee injury, but after completing just over 63% of his passes in games prior, the Cougars are more than capable of keeping this close.
Tip: Back Houston to Cover the Line (+24 Points) @ $1.93