Week 0 Recap
Florida vs. Miami was exciting, but there was some bad football during it. Miami clearly does not have a competent offensive line. They do have playmakers on both side of the ball and I believe QB Jarren Williams will be just fine. Even with the bad offensive line they still are probably the second best team in the ACC.
Florida on the other hand is not ready to take over the SEC East. QB Feleipe Franks has not made the needed improvements and his weaknesses put a ceiling on this team.
Week 1 Game of the Week
Auburn (-3.5) vs. Oregon – 6:30pm Arlington, TX
Game Preview: It’s strength vs. strength and weakness vs. weakness. Oregon has one of the best offensive line in the country and they’re facing one of the top five defensive lines in the country. However, Auburn is starting QB Bo Nix, a pocket passing true freshman. This is going to be a back and forth, lower scoring game.
Pick: Oregon 24-17
Top Picks of the Week (All Times CST)
Texas State at Texas A&M (-33.5) – Thursday 7:30pm
Texas State is bad and Texas A&M is loaded on offense. As long as A&M defense hold up I think this game ends up being something like 45-10. Not one of my favorite bets, but A&M should cover.
Utah (-6) at BYU – Thursday 9:15pm
Utah is a top ten team this year. I don’t care it is a rivalry game, if you’re giving me less than a touchdown spread against a team ranked outside of the top 25, I’m taking them.
Tulsa (+24) at Michigan State – Friday 6:00pm
Tulsa will be much improved with Zach Smith at QB. This also has to do with how bad Michigan State’s offense was last year. They didn’t cover by more than 24 points all last year and their offense struggled mightily at the end of the year. I like it a lot.
Wisconsin at South Florida Under 57.5 – Friday 6:00pm
Wisconsin runs the ball and plays good defense. South Florida will struggle to score and the game play won’t be overly fast. Under, under, under in Tampa in August.
Colorado State at Colorado (-13.5) – Friday 9:00pm
Colorado has legitimate playmakers and Colorado State is still bad. 14 point cover should be easy.
Oklahoma State (-14.5) at Oregon State – Friday 9:30
Oklahoma State can put up points and Oregon State is not a good team. Cowboys by 20 plus.
South Alabama (+36) at Nebraska – Saturday 11:00am
Nebraska will have a good offense, but this team was 4-8 last year. They didn’t even cover 36 points against Bethune Cookman. Too many points for a team I think finishes 8-4.
North Carolina vs. South Carolina (-9) – Saturday 2:30pm
I like betting against true freshman QBs in their first game. South Carolina is much more experienced than North Carolina and a much better football team.
Duke vs. Alabama (-33.5) Over 57 – Saturday 2:30pm
Always bet Alabama on opening games no matter what. This offense will also average close to 50 points per game too. Just need to give up a touchdown to Duke for the over.
Houston at Oklahoma Under 83 – Sunday 6:30pm
Don’t get me wrong, there will be a lot of points. But Oklahoma’s defense will be better this year and Jalen Hurts running style will lead to less points. Expect a 45-24 type of score.