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Thu, Aug 29th - 7:00pm ET:
UCLA @ Cincinnati

UCLA
Cincinnati
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Cincinnati -2.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 58.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Who would have thought a couple of years ago that the UCLA Bruins would be going to Cincinnati in this game and would be underdogs? Last season these two teams played in Los Angeles it was the Bearcats who came out ahead 26-17. The Bruins defense is really weak coming into this game with linebackers Keisean Lucier-South, Tyree Thompson, and Bo Calvert all out for this game. They will have to try to slow down sophomore quarterback Desmond Ridder who was good last year and had an entire offseason to get better. This is a huge game for the Bearcats because if they lose this game, they will probably start 0-2 going against Ohio State in the next game. The Bearcats are at home and I don’t think the Bruins defense is going to have an answer. Back the Bearcats to win the game and cover the spread.

Over Under Pick

The total in this game started at 65 and has already moved down to 60. I wouldn’t be surprised if this number moves down even more. As good as the offense was last year, the biggest strength for the Bearcats was actually with the defense. Last year the Bruins only scored 17 points against the Bearcats, and I don’t see them scoring more than that in this game. This isn’t as strong of play as the Bearcats against the spread, but I still like this pick. Take the Under here folks.

Thu, Aug 29th - 8:00pm ET:
Georgia Tech @ Clemson

Georgia Tech
Clemson
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Clemson -37.0 Point Spread
-111
Over 60.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The Clemson Tigers will open their season against ACC opponent, Georgia Tech. They will begin their title defense and will look to pick up right where they left off. On the other side, Georgia Tech will try to adjust to their new coach’s game-plan. They have been a triple option for so many years now and it may take awhile to get used to not running the ball all game long. I think the change in style will hurt Tech and we will see plenty of mistakes. The spread for this game is 36, and I feel that GT will be too sloppy to even keep this game close. My pick would be Clemson -37.

Over Under Pick

This total is set at around 59.5 or 60, and it will pretty much solely depend on the Clemson Tigers. The over is 7-3-1 in the Yellow Jackets last 11 conference games and I believe they will have no answer for the Tigers. Clemson should easily score about 40 to 45 points, meaning Tech will need about two touchdowns to have a chance to push the total. Again, this is more of a lean, but I will take the over and hope that if or when Clemson benches their starters, they will still be able to score without issue.

Thu, Aug 29th - 8:30pm ET:
Texas State Bobcats @ Texas A&M

Texas State Bobcats
Texas A&M
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Texas A&M -33.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 56.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Texas A&M Aggies face one of the toughest schedules in the nation in year two under head coach Jimbo Fisher. But that difficulty does not begin in their opener against the Texas State Bobcats on Thursday night. Texas State is coming off a 3-9 campaign in 2018. The Bobcats, under new head coach Jake Spavital, have compiled a 33-63 record since joining the FBS in 2011 and they have not made a bowl game in eight seasons. Spavital was Texas A&M’s offensive coordinator from 2013 through 2015 and the Aggies did not live up to expectations during those years. He named sophomore Tyler Vitt his starting quarterback this past Friday, ending that preseason position battle. Vitt played in nine games as a freshman in 2018 (five as a starter), throwing for 1,159 yards, seven touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Texas A&M is coming off a solid 9-4 season under first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher and welcomes one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. The Aggies are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 overall, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 at home, and 8-0 ATS in their last eight non-conference games. Get on TEXAS A&M.

Over Under Pick

To say Vitt is unproven would be a gross understatement and he will likely have an extremely tough time with an SEC defense. On the bright side for the Bobcats, they return 10 defensive starters. The under is 6-1 in the Bobcats’ last seven overall, 10-4 in their last 14 on the road, and 4-0 in their last four on Thursdays. It is also 5-1 in the Aggies’ last six against the Sun Belt Conference. Take the UNDER.

Thu, Aug 29th - 10:00pm ET:
Kent State @ Arizona State

Kent State
Arizona State
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Arizona State -25.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 62.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The game against Kent State is likely to be one of the easier wins on the Sun Devils schedule this season and the spread of 25 reflects that sentiment. Herm Edwards had a decent first season at Arizona State coaching the Sun Devils to a record of 7-6 but ended the season with a bowl game loss against Fresno State. This season their offense will be lethal as they have eight returning starters that should average north of 30 points per game again. Their defense also has experience as they return seven starters and should have one of the better secondaries in the Pac 12 with Chase Lucas and Aashari Croswell. Meanwhile, Kent State will likely be one of the bottom teams in college football but should improve over their disastrous 2-10 season last year. This is the first time these two teams have met but Arizona State has won 19 straight home openers and has won those games by an average of 32 points per game. As a result of the talents being the polar opposite, I look for that trend to remain intact and for the Sun Devils to cover the 25-point spread.

Over Under Pick

Arizona State has a potent offense this season and will average above 30 points per game and against the Golden Flashes, they will have no trouble moving the ball up and down the field and could score upwards of 40 or more points. Kent State lacks a solid offense and will be going against one of the top defenses in the Pac 12 in this game that includes a secondary that will make it hard to move the ball on. Kent State will be forced to throw the ball a lot as they will be behind for the majority of the game. I don’t see how the Golden Flashes will be able to move the ball on this defense which is why I like the under 62.0 total in this game.

Thu, Aug 29th - 10:15pm ET:
Utah @ BYU

Utah -6.0 Point Spread
-111
Over 48.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Holy War as the rivalry between BYU and Utah is referred to is one of the longest-running rivalries in college football dating back to 1896. Both teams were among the first schools to start playing football and have formed one of the better rivalries in college football. Utah leads the overall series 61-34-4 and is currently on a current eight-game winning streak against the Cougars and are the better team in this game as well. The Utes are ranked 14th in the country and are among the favorites to win the Pac 12 this season and will look to get their first win of the season against their rival. I look for Utah to do exactly that and to cover the spread against the Cougars on Thursday.

Over Under Pick

Utah will be one of the best offenses in college football this season with Tyler Huntley leading the way at quarterback and their running game will also be one of the best in football with Zack Moss. The Utes can beat any team in college football anyway they chose whether it’s through the air with Huntley or on the ground with Moss. Their defense though is what will make them contenders in the Pac 12 as they return seven starters and have one of the best defensive lines and secondaries in college football which will give opposing offenses trouble. Meanwhile, BYU should also have an above-average offense and could average close to 30 points per game while their defense much like the Utes has the experience and talent to slow down any offense. Given that both teams feature above-average offenses and defenses this is going to be a tough game to project but I’m leaning towards the over 48 total that Vegas has posted.

Fri, Aug 30th - 7:00pm ET:
Wisconsin @ South Florida

Wisconsin
South Florida
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Wisconsin -12.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 57.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Paul Chryst’s Wisconsin Badgers settled for an 8-5 season in 2018 and will look to kick-off their 2019 campaign by paying a visit to South Beach to face-off with the South Florida Bulls. The Bulls started last season on a hot streak winning their first seven in a row, before dropping their final six games. This could have easily been a top 25 match-up only two season’s ago, and then it would have been a very impactful game. The Bulls might not have much a chance if the Badgers’ Jonathan Taylor gets off to a hot start, much like he has for the last two seasons. Taylor should get a lot of early carries, and he should be the key for the Badgers to not only get the week one win but along with other weapons on offense. The defense is the question for this Wisconsin team, but that shouldn’t be an issue in this one. Taylor and company should be able to not only get a strong road victory but, cover as well.

Over Under Pick

The under was a good play in five of Wisconsin’s last six games, and that includes in each fo their final two games from last season. In three of the Bulls last five games the under prevailed. Given they had multiple games with total’s of 60 or more points, it’s pretty easy to see why there were under totals, as the Bulls averaged around 28 points per game in 2018. The over-under for this match-up is 57.5 which seems reachable if both teams can put up around what they averaged a season ago. I like the over in this one, but it will be a close over at that.

Fri, Aug 30th - 7:00pm ET:
Tulsa @ Michigan State

Tulsa
Michigan State
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Tulsa +23.5 Point Spread
-116
Under 47.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be looking to shock the world as they pay a visit to Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan for a season-opening contest against the Michigan State Spartans. Both teams in this match-up are coming off seasons far below expectation, as Tulsa was only able to win three games last season, while MSU was injury-plagued and finished 7-6 last season. Its a new season and both teams will be looking to get off to good starts. The Golden Hurricane are 2-4 ATS in their last six games, while the Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last five. The Spartans have one of the best defenses in the country, and with a change at offensive coordinator, be looking to show improvement offensively as they finished near the bottom in the FBS in scoring and yards as they scored less than seven points in three of their final four games last season. Tulsa bring s back to capable running backs, but with a question mark at the QB spot, the Spartans defense will be tough to beat, meaning Michigan State should get a double-digit victory, but fail to cover.

Over Under Pick

Under has been a pretty good pick in both Tulsa and Michigan State’s last few games. That includes in each of MSU’s last eight games. In 13 of Tulsa’s last 17 games, the total was under. At a total of 47.5, it seems a bit much, given MSU averaged less than 20 points per game last season. This match-up should come close to 47  if the Spartans and Golden Hurricane show improvement, but the under is a still a good choice.

Fri, Aug 30th - 7:15pm ET:
Massachusetts @ Rutgers

Massachusetts
Rutgers
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Massachusetts +15.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 55.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The UMass Minutemen pay a visit to Piscataway, New Jersey to face-off with Rutgers Scarlet Knights, for a Friday night season opener. The Minutemen are coming off a 4-8 season, while the Scarlet Knights struggled to a 1-11 record last season. Rutgers won their season opener in 2018, and have since lost their last 11 games in a row, they will be looking to have a bounce-back season in 2019. Rutgers is 5-0 ATS in their last five games. UMass is 3-2 ATS in their last five games. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a season in which it struggled to have consistent production on offense. Rutgers coach Chris Ash knows who will be starting at QB, but has yet to announce it. That may have an impact on the team as a whole, but regardless Rutgers should get the win, but I like the Minutemen to cover.

Over Under Pick

In Rutgers last six games against a team from the Independent Conference, the total was under. UMass was top 35 in scoring last season, averaging nearly 33 points per game. Add in that four of the last five-week one games for UMass the final total was over. However, this year’s Minutemen squad seems to have holes across the roster and could be in for a rough season. At 55.5 total for this match-up, roll with the under.

Fri, Aug 30th - 8:00pm ET:
Utah State Aggies @ Wake Forest

Utah State Aggies
Wake Forest
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Utah State Aggies +3.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 63.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

Utah State is coming off an 11-2 season that saw them almost beat Michigan State in the season opener last year. They also almost got the chance to play for a conference championship, but lost to Boise State in their final regular season game. Wake Forest went 7-6 last year, which includes a bowl game win over Memphis. The most impressive win on their resume was upsetting NC State. Utah State returns their starting quarterback, who threw for more than 3,500 yards last season. I do not believe Wake Forest has the defense to stop the pass as they were shredded all last year. This is a lean, but I will take Utah State to cover the small point spread, and I actually believe they can win this game outright.

Over Under Pick

Utah State were 2nd in the country last season, scoring 47.5 points per game. The Demon Deacons offense was not to shabby either as they scored about 32.8 points per game. Wake Forest’s defense however, were 102nd in the country an allowed 33.3 points per game. Because Utah State returns their quarterback, I have to lean over in this game. I think he could have a huge passing day and take down a Wake defense that allowed 274 passing yards per game last season. Give me the over, but this is a play I would bet pretty small.

Fri, Aug 30th - 9:30pm ET:
Purdue @ Nevada Wolfpack

Purdue
Nevada Wolfpack
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Nevada Wolfpack +11.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 58.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The Purdue Boilermakers pay a visit to the Nevada Wolf Pack in week one of the season, as both teams will be looking to equal or even surpass what they accomplished in 2018. The Boilermakers finished last season 6-7 dropping three of their last four games. The Wolfpack were able to win 8 games last season including a bowl victory over Arkansas State. The Wolfpack enter this season having won five of their last six games. Purdue is 2-4 ATS in their last six games, while Nevada is 5-2 ATS in their last seven. Purdue was able to beat the Wolfpack the last time these teams met back in the 2016 season in West Lafayette. Nevada is 8-2 in their last 10 at home. Rondale Moore should have a strong start to the 2019 season for Purdue, but the Wolfpack at home is going to be a tough task to overcome. I like Purdue to sneak out a win, but Nevada should cover.

Over Under Pick

The under has been a strong play when Purdue has played on the road in their last 11 away from West Lafayette, as 10 of those 11 games, under was the play. The total has gone under in seven of Nevada’s last nine games. These teams combined for 38 total points in their last head-to-head meeting back in 2016. With an over-under of 58.5 in this match-up, it just doesn’t seem reachable even both teams were able to put up over 30 points per game last season. Take the under in this match-up.

Fri, Aug 30th - 10:00pm ET:
Colorado State @ Colorado

Colorado State
Colorado
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Colorado -13.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 55.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Battle for the Centennial Cup in the Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado and Colorado State is a rivalry that dates back to 1893 in which the Buffalo beat the Rams by a score of 70-6. Colorado has dominated this series with a record of 66-22-2 including the last four. Colorado is a heavy favorite to win their 67th game of the series as Vegas has them listed as 13-point favorites over Colorado State. Colorado is the more talented team this season and should have a similar showing to last year’s team that won 45-13. I look for more of the same with a Colorado cover over Colorado State.

Over Under Pick

With Steven Montez and Laviska Senvault back this season Colorado should have no problem improving upon their 27.1 points per game average from last season. The offensive line is one of the best in the conference and should be able to replace their top rusher from last season. The defense for the Buffalo in 2018 gave up 27.2 points per game but should be improved this season and could be their best defense since 2016. Colorado State lacks the experience on offense this season as only five starters are back from last season. However, I still think they will improve on the points per game average from last season and could finish with around 26-28 points per game. Opposing offenses should have no problem scoring on a defense that was bad last season and only returns six starters this year. Since Colorado looks good offensively on paper while the Colorado State defensively looks awful, I look for the over 55.5 to be the play here.

Fri, Aug 30th - 10:30pm ET:
Oklahoma State @ Oregon State

Oklahoma State
Oregon State
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Oregon State +13.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 73.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Last season Oklahoma State had an inexperienced team after losing Mason Rudolph and James Washington to the NFL and ended the streak of three straight seasons with 10 or more wins. This season they are more experienced and will improve upon their seven victories from last year. Oregon State is not a talented team and will likely finish the season with one of the worst records in the Pac-12. Oklahoma State has won ten straight non-conference games. However, the last time they took on a Pac-12 team on the road, they lost the game even though they were double-digit favorites. Oregon State is 9-12 all-time against the Big 12 but is 19-3 in their last twenty-two home openers. I look for Oklahoma State to get the win, but I can’t pass up 14 points at home with Oregon State.

Over Under Pick

Over the past nine seasons, there hasn’t been a lot of teams that have averaged more points per game than the Cowboys of Oklahoma State at 40.8. Oklahoma State dropped below that average last season at 38.4, but this season they return seven starters on offense but for the second season in a row will have to replace their quarterback. Defensively the Cowboys allowed 32.5 points per game last season this season they return five starters. Oregon State is projected to be one of the most improved offenses this season after averaging just 26.1 points per game last season. They have a deep stable of running backs and two solid quarterbacks to lead their team and could quickly improve their scoring by 3-4 points this year. Even though the Beavers return nine starters defensively the unit has allowed over 40 points per game the previous two seasons. Neither defense will be able to slow down the opposing offense which makes the over 74.5 total an easy call.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
Toledo @ Kentucky

Toledo
Kentucky
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Toledo +11.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 61.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Kentucky Wildcats surprisingly contended in the SEC East last season, but they faded down the stretch and now begin life without former running back Benny Snell Jr. With Snell on board, Kentucky ran the ball more than 64 percent of the time during the 2018 campaign. The Wildcats figure to feature a more balanced attack this time around, led in part by quarterback Terry Wilson and his favorite target in receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. Toledo, meanwhile, returns two quarterbacks with starting experience and its top two running backs. As such, a return to their 2017 form (11 wins, Mid-American Conference title) could be in store for the Rockets, who have compiled nine consecutive winning seasons. Despite missing seven games in 2018, QB Mitchell Guadagni still threw for 13 touchdowns and ran for 428 yards and three additional scores. The Rockets are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games. Kentucky is 8-23 in its last 31 at home and 4-12 in its last 16 non-conference contests. Go with TOLEDO.

Over Under Pick

Bowden Jr. racked up 67 receptions for 745 yards and five touchdowns last year, including 13 catches for 166 yards against Missouri. Guadagni looks like a MAC Offensive Player of the Year candidate if he can stay healthy the whole way.  The over is 9-4 in the Rockets’ last 13 overall and 5-0 in their last five non-conference contests. It is also 4-1 in the Wildcats’ last five overall, 5-0 in their last five non-conference contests, and 4-1 in their last five in August. Take the OVER.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
Ole Miss @ Memphis

Ole Miss
Memphis
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Memphis -4.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 65.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Memphis Tigers are coming off an appearance in the American Athletic Conference championship game and they may have a nice opportunity to begin this season with an SEC win at the expense of the Ole Miss Rebels. They often begin seasons well, having won five straight openers. Memphis features an experienced quarterback in Brady White, who threw for 3,296 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2018. He and Damonte Coxie (72 catches, 1,174 yards, seven TDs last season) will once again make for a dangerous offensive combination. Ole Miss went 5-7 last year and has overhauled its staff under third-year head coach Matt Luke with a new offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. The Rebels are 8-22-1 ATS in their last 31 overall, 0-4 ATS in their last four on the road, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine on fieldturf. Memphis is 4-0 ATS in its last four at home. It is also worth noting that the home team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six head-to-head matchups. The smart money is on the TIGERS.

Over Under Pick

Memphis allowed a ridiculous 31.9 points per game in 2018, including a total of 93 in its losses in the AAC Championship (to UCF) and the Birmingham Bowl (to Wake Forest). Ole Miss generally piles up points against non-conference foes, but the defense is switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and may endure some growing pains. The over is 8-2 in the Rebels’ last 10 non-conference contests. It is also 5-2 in the Tigers’ last seven overall, 16-5 in their last 21 at home, 10-2 in their last 12 non-conference contests, and 8-3 in their last 11 against the SEC. Look for this one to go OVER the total.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
UL Lafayette @ Mississippi State

UL Lafayette
Mississippi State
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Mississippi State -19.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 60.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Mississippi State Bulldogs struggled against SEC competition in head coach Joe Moorhead’s first year at the helm, but that won’t be a factor as they prepare to visit the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns for their 2019 opener. Mississippi State had no trouble against lesser opponents last season, including against none other than Louisiana–via a 56-10 beatdown. Moorhead announced last week that graduate transfer Tommy Stevens won the quarterback starting job over Keytaon Thompson and will replace Nick Fitzgerald under center. In all likelihood, though, the Bulldogs will likely be led once again by a stout defense. Louisiana is also playing with a new quarterback following the graduation of Andre Nunez, who paced his offense to an average of 31.9 points per game last season. It would not be a huge shock if newness on both teams results in something similar to what transpired last fall. Mississippi State is 5-1 ATS in its last six non-conference contests. The Ragin’ Cajuns are 3-7 in their last 10 against non-conference competition. The BULLDOGS should be the play here.

Over Under Pick

Louisiana junior Levi Lewis is expected to be under center for this opener. Lewis has limited experience, attempting a total of 113 passes through his first two college seasons. He will not have it easy against the Bulldogs. They were second in FBS in scoring defense last season, limiting opponents to an average of 13.2 points per game. The under is 19-7 in the Bulldogs’ last 26 overall. It is also 16-7-1 in the Ragin’ Cajuns’ last 24 on fieldturf. Take the UNDER.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
Indiana @ Ball State

Indiana
Ball State
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Indiana Hoosiers -17.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 60.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Indiana Hoosiers make the trip to Ball State to take on the Cardinals on Saturday and even though they are on the road, they are still big favorites. The Hoosiers finished with a 5-7 record last year, but the expectation is the offense will be better this year. Who is going to start for the Hoosiers still is up in the air, but whoever it is will have plenty of weapons to use. For the Cardinals, their defense was bad last year and gave up 38 points last year to Indiana. This is a game where Indiana should have no issue winning this game with ease, and cover the spread.

Over Under Pick

The total in this game has moved up to 60, and I am not quite sure why. Last season the Hoosiers won 38-10 and although I don’t expect the Hoosiers to score as many points as last year because they are on the road but I also don’t see the Cardinals scoring many more than ten points. This feels like a 31-10 game, which would keep it well under the total of 60. Back the under to get the job done.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
East Carolina @ NC State

East Carolina
NC State
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NC State -16.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 54.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

East Carolina had another poor season last year, posting a record of 3-9. The Wolfpack went 9-4, but is was a disappointing season for the most part and really fell apart after they were blown out by Clemson. Losses to Wake Forest and Louisville made their season a bust and then they went and got demolished by Texas A&M in their bowl game. The Wolfpack’s starting quarterback from last season, Ryan Finley, was drafted to the NFL, so they will likely turn to Matthew McKay. McKay threw just 8 passes last season, so it may take some time for him to adjust. Even then, the Wolfpack have enough play-makers and a better defense, so my lean is on the Wolfpack laying the points.

Over Under Pick

NC State scored an average of 33.8 points per game last season and while I do believe this number could drop in the long run, I think they will be scoring plenty of points in this opening game. Note that East Carolina allowed 37.3 points per game last season. This was ranked 121st out of 130th, so basically they were one of the worst in the entire country. With a total set at around 54, I have to lean to the over. NC State will obviously be doing most of the scoring and I would project them to put up at least 40 points. I see the Pirates scoring at least twice too, which would put us right around the total. This should be a small bet, but I will take the over.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
Florida Atlantic @ Ohio State

Florida Atlantic
Ohio State
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Ohio State -27.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 64.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The Florida Atlantic Owls will be traveling to Ohio this Saturday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Owls have been looking pretty good in recent years. Lane Kiffin has clearly done his job well, as the team has won more games in the last two years than they did in the prior four combined. Chris Robison is a solid quarterback, if a bit lacking in the decision-making department, and Harrison Bryant is one of the better tight ends despite flying under the radar publicity-wise. Unfortunately for the Owls, they’re going up against a powerhouse of a team. The Buckeyes have won double-digit games in each of the past seven seasons. On top of this, the unstoppable squad seems to have added a new secret weapon in the form of Justin Fields. The five-star recruit who transferred from Georgia will start as quarterback. Fields is fresh off a 1000-yard season with 10 touchdowns at running back, and will likely work marvelously with K.J. Hill. The fact of the matter is, Ohio State is on a higher level talent-wise, and the team should have no problem scoring all four touchdowns they need to cover the spread.  

Over Under Pick

Ohio State will have no problem scoring on Saturday. They’ll have their foot on the gas until the very end. However, the recently improved Owls should not be underestimated, especially considering Ohio State’s defense was 68th in total yards allowed last year. I think it’s safe to say that this one is going over.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
South Alabama @ Nebraska

South Alabama
Nebraska
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Nebraska -35.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 66.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The South Alabama Jaguars will head to Lincoln Nebraska this Saturday to take on the Cornhuskers at their home, Memorial Stadium. The Jaguars are coming off the 2018 season with a 3-9 record. Nebraska is returning from its 2018 season with a similar record of 4-8. The Jaguars had to replace both their starting and backup quarterbacks from last season. Sophomore Cephus Johnson will start on Saturday, and Desmond Trotter may see some time. Nebraska’s return to the field appears to be a lot more promising. Adrian Martinez will start again as the quarterback, and transfer Kanawai Noa will be joining the Cornhuskers this season. Noa will likely be a top receiving target for Martinez, whose passing is equally as dangerous as his running on the ball. Nebraska has also bolstered their defensive line by adding transfer Darrion Daniels. The Jaguars’ defense, which was remarkably weak last season, doesn’t seem to have changed much. With all this in mind, it is clear that Nebraska will take down South Alabama on Saturday and should have no problem covering the spread.

Over Under Pick

The over is rather high for this game, and understandably so. Both teams have rather weak defenses. Though it’s definitely going to be close, I would take the under on this one. Both teams will be getting used to new players on Saturday, especially South Alabama, so scoring may not be as high as one might expect.

Sat, Aug 31st - 12:00pm ET:
Akron @ Illinois

Akron
Illinois
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Akron +18.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 61.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Both Akron and Illinois will be looking for improvement in the 2019 season. The Zips are coming off a 4-8 record in 2018 while the Illini also went 4-8. Akron was able to beat a Big Ten opponent last season as they upset the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field in Evanston. The Zips will be looking to pull a similar feat in their visit to Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Illinois is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, while Akron is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games. Akron lost their final five games in a row, with both teams looking to start the season strong. These teams haven’t faced-off since September 1996 in a 38-7 victory for Illinois. The Illini are an 18 point favorite for this match-up, and with a new coach for the Zips in 2019, Illinois should be able to get the win, but it should be a lot closer than predicted. I like the Zips to cover.

Over Under Pick

The total has gone under in six of Akron’s last eight games. Opposite of that the Illini have had an over total in five of their last six games. The under has also been a strong play in five of Akron’s last six games on the road. With an over-under of 61 for this match-up, that just doesn’t seem reachable as neither of these teams was very flashy in scoring last season as both teams averaged less than 30 points per game. In three of Akron’s final four games from last season the Zips only managed seven points or less. That included two games where they failed to find the endzone. The under is a good call.

Sat, Aug 31st - 3:30pm ET:
Eastern Michigan @ Coastal Carolina

Eastern Michigan
Coastal Carolina
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Eastern Michigan -6.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 53.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

These are both teams who have a lot of question marks heading into the season, but there is one place that the Eastern Michigan Eagles have a huge advantage, at quarterback. Mike Glass III has a lot of experience, and there is a good chance he is one of the best quarterbacks in the MAC this year. He only played part-time last season but when he was on the field, he was strong. The Chanticleers defense was terrible last year, and that means a big game for Glass should be in store. The home field advantage shouldn’t matter much, and I don’t see anyway Coastal Carolina keeps it close. Back the Eagles to cover the small spread.

Over Under pick

This total comes down to what way you think the way is going. If the Eagles are having success it’s probably a lower scoring game, because Coastal Carolina isn’t scoring much. If the Chanticleers are having success or keeping it close, it will be both teams who are scoring a ton of points. I do think the Eagles defense is going to step up, and that will lead to this game going under. This is only a lean and I would bet it very lightly.

Sat, Aug 31st - 3:30pm ET:
Tar Heels @ South Carolina

Tar Heels
South Carolina
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South Carolina -11.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 63.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Things are looking good for the South Carolina Gamecocks going into Saturday’s date with the North Carolina Tar Heels. South Carolina has won 18 of its last 19 season openers–including 14 straight against non-conference opponents–and it has won 10 consecutive games against teams from the state of North Carolina. As for the Tar Heels, they have not won a season opener since 2014 and have not begun a season with a win over a Power Five opponent since 1997. UNC went 2-9 in 2o18 and now has a new–well, also an old–head coach in Mack Brown. The ‘Cocks return seven starters on each side of the ball, including senior quarterback Jake Bentley and three of their top four receivers. North Carolina is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in its last six at neutral sites. The Gamecocks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven at neutral sites and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 against the ACC. SOUTH CAROLINA is the pick.

Over Under Pick

Bentley and receiver Bryan Edwards (846 yards in 2018) should once again comprise a formidable combination for South Carolina in 2019. North Carolina’s defense stunk last season and the loss of its three leading tacklers will only hurt. Don’t be surprised if the Gamecocks jump on the Tar Heels from an offensive standpoint right out of the gate. The over is 4-1-1 in the Tar Heels’ last six overall and 6-2-1 in their last nine on grass. Roll with the OVER.

Sat, Aug 31st - 3:30pm ET:
Georgia State @ Tennessee

Georgia State
Tennessee
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Tennessee -26.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 58.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Tennessee Volunteers–and specifically quarterback Jarrett Guarantano–hope to take the next step under second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee struggled down the stretch last season, but for the most part Pruitt’s debut was an encouraging one. Guarantano’s touchdown-to-interception ratio was especially impressive last season and he figures to improve behind a better offensive line that welcomes heralded freshmen Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris. The Volunteers also got word late on Tuesday that defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon is eligible to play immediately after his transfer from Michigan. As for the Panthers, they are coming off a 10-loss season. Georgia State is 0-10 against Power Five teams, including a 51-13 loss at Tennessee in 2012. The Panthers are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 overall and 0-7-1 ATS in their last eight on the road. Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last seven August games. This should be a beatdown for the VOLUNTEERS.

Over Under Pick

Tennessee may be slightly depleted on defense going into 2019, but don’t forget this important fact: this is still an SEC defense going up against a Sun Belt Conference offense. To say that advantage goes to the SEC would be a gross understatement. The Volunteers will simply be too big and too fast–especially for Georgia State’s offensive line. Georgia State returns nine starters on defense. The under is 10-4 in the Panthers’ last 14 against non-conference opponents. It is also 4-1 in the Volunteers’ last five overall and 6-1 in their last seven non-conference contests. Look for this one to stay under the total.

Sat, Aug 31st - 3:30pm ET:
Alabama @ Duke

Alabama
Duke
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Alabama -32.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 56.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Alabama Crimson Tide will be playing in their home away from home when they kick off their 2019 campaign against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. Alabama has been reeling off SEC Championships in Atlanta like clockwork over the past decade and it even captured the National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium two seasons ago. Expect the Crimson Tide to be eager for early statement-making this year after getting blown out by Clemson in the final game of last season. They can do it, too, as head coach Nick Saban’s squad is once again loaded with talent. Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and Jerry Jeudy is one of the nation’s top wideouts, perhaps even a top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Duke, of course, is without quarterback Daniel Jones after he was surprisingly picked sixth overall by the Giants in the draft. Quentin Harris is the new man under center, obviously with little experience under his belt despite being a senior. Alabama has won three of the previous four meetings with, the most recent being a 62-13 rout in 2010. Five touchdowns probably isn’t even enough for Duke, so roll with the CRIMSON TIDE.

Over Under Pick

Duke junior cornerback Mark Gilbert (dislocated hip) underwent a second surgery and remains sidelined indefinitely. Even if Gilbert was playing, Alabama would likely run circles around Duke. Tagovailoa passed for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns in 2018 (68 of those for 1,315 yards and 14 scores to Jeudy). The over is 4-1 in the Blue Devils’ last five against the SEC, 5-1 in their last six non-conference contests, and 5-0 in their last five at neutral sites. It is also 3-1-1 in the Crimson Tide’s last five overall, 6-2-1 in their last nine against the ACC, and 21-6-2 in their last 29 at neutral sites. Take the OVER.

Sat, Aug 31st - 4:00pm ET:
Virginia Tech @ Boston College

Virginia Tech
Boston College
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Virginia Tech -4.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 58.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Two teams that were once considered up and coming teams, Boston College and Virginia Tech, have had widely inconsistent seasons in recent years. Virginia Tech may be the favorite in the Coast division after Miami’s performance on Saturday. Meanwhile, Boston College isn’t going to challenge Clemson for the Atlantic division and may have trouble reaching six wins this season. Virginia Tech is 18-9 against Boston College in this series, and Boston College has lost its last three season openers when playing a Power-5 team. I look for those trends to continue with a Virginia Tech cover of -4.5 against Boston College and they should be able to do so with ease.

Over Under Pick

Both offenses should be able to average over 30 points per game this season. Boston College only returns six starters this season including a healthy AJ Dillon. Defensively Boston College lacks experience with only two returning starters from last season. The Hokies return six starters on offense including Ryan Willis and Deshawn McClease who will likely lead one of the best offenses in the ACC this season. Virginia Tech has one of the most experienced defenses in the country as they return ten starters and will be a tough defense this season. Both offenses projected to be above average this season. However, the total of 58.5 is more of a toss-up, but with Virginia Tech having one of the top defenses, I look for the under 58.5 to be the right call here.

Sat, Aug 31st - 4:00pm ET:
Northwestern @ Stanford

Northwestern
Stanford
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Stanford -6.0 Point Spread
-111
Over 47.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The Northwestern Wildcats will travel to the Bay Area this Saturday to face off against the Stanford Cardinal. Both teams are coming off solid seasons. The Wildcats had an overall record of 9-5 including an 8-1 record in the Big Ten conference play. The Cardinal’s 2018 season was also impressive, boasting a 9-4 overall record, including 6-3 in the Pac-12 South division, finishing in 3rd in the division. Stanford will be starting KJ Costello, who threw for 3,540 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 picks on 65.1% passing last season. Northwestern is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five non-conference games, while Stanford is infringing 4-1 ATS in its last five games played in the month of August. There is no doubt that Hunter Johnson and the rest of the wildcats will put up a solid fight, but Costello at home will be the determining factor in this game. Stanford needs as many wins as it can get, especially considering the grizzly run of opponents they’ll be playing at home in the coming weeks. I would lay the points. 

Over Under Pick

This should be a pretty even matchup, and both teams have strong defenses. Having said that, the over is 7-3 in Cardinal last 10 games overall, and the over is 8-3-1 in Wildcats last 12 road games. It’s going to be close, but take the over on this one.

Sat, Aug 31st - 5:00pm ET:
Boise State @ Florida State

Boise State
Florida State
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Florida State -6.5 Point Spread
-116
Over 53.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The first two games of the season will define Florida State’s season. If they start 0-2, it’ll be hard for them to get to six wins this season which will put the pressure on Taggert. Florida State is a talented team this season at least on paper as they should have a lot of depth both offensively and defensively. The Broncos of Boise State are still a non-Power-5 team that is talented and can compete with just about any team in college football. They will once again be one of the favorites to win the Mountain West, and I look for them to get to the conference title game. This game could go either way, but this is basically a home game for the Seminoles, and as a result, I look for Florida State to get the win and cover the 6.5-point spread.

Over Under Pick

Florida State’s new offensive coordinator, Kendall Briles, will help improve an offense that averaged only 21.9 points per game last season. The Seminoles return eight starters on offense which will also help with the improvement. Defensively the Seminoles should be one of the most improved defenses in the country. They return eight starters from last season and have depth at key positions which will keep them fresh throughout the games this season. Boise State will have a new quarterback and a new running back this season. They do have one of the top offensive lines in the conference which should help negate the losses. Meanwhile, the defense of the Broncos returns eight starters which will give them one of the most experienced units in the Mountain West. I look for the quick tempo offense of the Seminoles and the offense of the Broncos to surpass the 53.5 total in this game.

Sat, Aug 31st - 6:00pm ET:
Syracuse @ Liberty

Syracuse
Liberty
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Syracuse -18.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 68.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Many are pegging Syracuse as the 2nd best team in the ACC behind Clemson this season, but they lost their top offensive playmaker from last season in Eric Dungey. Dungey led the team in both passing and rushing. They also lose three of their offensive line starters from last season which is never a good thing for a new starter at quarterback. This season is only Liberty’s second season in FBS play, but they have a coach in Hugh Freeze that knows how to build teams. Liberty is 0-6 against ACC teams and has lost those games by an average of 19 points per game. With Syracuse favored by 18.5 points in this game, it might be closer than many predict, but I still like the Orange to cover in their opener.

Over Under Pick

Syracuse lost a lot of their offensive weapons from last season including their dual-threat quarterback, Eric Dungey. As a result, it’s hard to imagine them putting up huge numbers in the early onset of the season. Their defense should be good this season, which will help them stay in games while the offense gains experience. Meanwhile, Liberty averaged over 33 points per game, and with Hugh Freeze running an up-tempo offense they could average more points this season. Defensively the Flames allowed over 36 points per game last season. Although they should show improvement this season, it’s hard to imagine them not allowing a lot of points on a per-game average once again. The total for this game is 68, and with an inexperienced offense in Syracuse, it’s hard to imagine the two teams getting close to that number making the under 68.5 the right play here.

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Virginia @ Pittsburgh Panthers

Virginia
Pittsburgh Panthers
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Virginia -2.5 Point Spread
-116
Under 46.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

In an ACC season-opening series the Pittsburgh Panthers will take on the Virginia Cavaliers. Virginia ended last season with a blowout 28-0 win over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl which gave them a record of 8-5 on the season. Virginia was projected to finish in last place in the Coastal Division last season but finished with an 8-5 record. The Panthers of Pittsburgh ended the 2018 season with a record of 7-7 after losing their last three games of the season including a loss in the ACC Championship game against Clemson by a score of 10-42. This season they only return one starter on the offensive line which will make it difficult to repeat as division champions. With the better defense and going against an inexperienced offensive line, I look for Virginia to come away with the win and cover the 2.5-point spread in the opener.

Over Under Pick

Defensively these two teams will be near the top of the conference in fewest points allowed this season. Virginia returns eight starters on a team that allowed 20.1 points per game this season and with the experience should allow fewer than that this season. Meanwhile, the Panthers return six starters but did lose three of their top five tacklers from last season. Bryce Perkins is one of the most electric offensive players in the conference and is one of the six starters the Cavaliers bring back this season. With Perkins leading the way offensively this team should average over 30 points per game this season. The Panthers only bring back five players offensively and only one on the offensive line. Both defenses are talented, and the Cavaliers get the opportunity to play against an inexperienced offensive line. I look for Virginia to slow down Pittsburgh and the defense of the Panthers to cause some problems for the Cavaliers as well. I like the under 45.5 total here.

 

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Oregon @ Auburn

Oregon
Auburn
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Auburn -4.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 56.0 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

This Saturday night match will see the Oregon Ducks out of the PAC-12 take on the Auburn Tigers out of the SEC. This is a huge game because the loser could basically be eliminated from the college football playoff in week one. The Ducks will return Justin Herbert, who is already looking like NFL talent. However, he will be up against one of the fastest defenses in the country. Auburn will start freshman, Bo Nix, who we have not seen play a college game yet and he is sure to have some nerves. I think this game could come down to the defenses, an Auburn clearly is better on the defensive side of the ball. Auburn allowed 19.6 points per game last season, while Oregon allowed 27 points per game. I believe the Tigers defense will be too strong and they will win and cover.

Over Under pick

Oregon’s defense may not be as good as Auburn’s, but they both tend to play to the under. The under is 5-2-1 in Oregon’s last 8 games overall. The under is also 7-3 in Oregon’s last 10 games as an underdog. For Auburn, the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games and 6-1-2 in their last 9 games played on a neutral site. I expect Auburn to shut down the Oregon quarterback and for this game to stay under the tot. This is a game I would bet light.

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Miami OH @ Iowa

Miami OH
Iowa
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Miami OH +22.0 Point Spread
-111
Over 47.0 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

The Miami (OH) RedHawks and Iowa Hawkeyes will meet this Saturday to duke it out at Kinnick Stadium. Miami (OH) has five returning offensive starters that averaged 28.1 points and 372 yards per game. Their wide receiver duo, Jack Sorenson and Luke Mayock that combined for more than 1,000 yards and five touchdowns will also be returning. However, the RedHawks need to find a quarterback after a number of players left. Iowa will see six returning offensive starters that are responsible for an average of 31.2 points and 375 yards per game. Nate Stanley, who boasts over 5,000 passing yards and 52 passing touchdowns over the course of his career, will lead the offensive once again. The Redhawks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. MAC. As impressive as Iowa looks offensively, they are not a team known for blowouts. The Hawkeyes are definitely a more talented team, but not enough or such a steep spread. The Redhawks are going to cover. 

Over Under Pick

The over is 4-1 in Redhawks last 5 road games, and the over is 5-1 in Hawkeyes last 6 games overall. Both of these teams have strong offenses and will undoubtedly be scoring high. Take the over on this one.

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders @ Michigan

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Michigan
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders +34.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 54.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Michigan Wolverines and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will meet this Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium. Both teams are coming off solid 2018 seasons. The Blue Raiders will be debuting Asher O’Hara as their starting quarterback after throwing 20 passes last season in a backup role. Chaton Mobley and Terelle West will return as an effective 1-2 punch at running back. Blue Raiders leading receiver Ty Lee is also back. Michigan has won double-digit games for the past three years, a trend they will likely continue. The Wolverines will have eight starters return this season from an offense that averaged 35.2 points and 419.5 yards per game. Shea Patterson, one of the country’s best returning quarterbacks will also be back this season, and will surely play an integral role in his team’s success. Michigan has won 11 of their last 13 home games, and will likely take the W on Saturday. However, the Blue Raiders are tough adversaries. Middle Tennessee should cover. 

Over Under Pick

The over is 4-1 in Blue Raiders last 5 games overall, and the over is 4-1 in Wolverines last 5 games overall. Both the Blue Raiders and the Wolverines have very capable offenses. I’d expect a high scoring game. Go with the Over.

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Georgia Southern @ LSU

Georgia Southern
LSU
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Georgia Southern +27.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 52.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

This is a game where LSU should dominate on paper. However, I have seen LSU lose to Troy before, so I am not automatically jumping on the Tigers. Keep in mind that Troy and Georgia Southern both play in the Sun Belt, so there is obviously some talent there. Also, there is the fact that LSU might take their foot off the gas in the second half, which could allow the Eagles to cover. Georgia Southern are 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 games. Also, keep in mind that the Eagles were the 7th best rushing team in the country. They averaged 266.2 yards per game on the ground, so there is a small chance that they will be able to move the ball. I will ever so slightly lean to the Eagles plus the points herein this game. Georgia Southern are getting 27.5 on the spread, so they are my pick as a very small bet.

Over Under Pick

The over is the way I look in this game. Georgia Southern are not going to be able to match up well with the Tigers in the trenches and I think that will lead to a bunch of points for LSU. The Tigers have a solid run defense, but I still like the Eagles to be able to move the ball. The over is 9-4 in the Eagles last 13 games as an underdog. I will take the over 52.5, but this should be a very small play.

Sat, Aug 31st - 7:30pm ET:
Georgia @ Vanderbilt

Georgia
Vanderbilt
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Georgia -22.5 Point Spread
-111
Under 57.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

Georgia is coming off a disappointing season is some sense as they failed to beat Alabama in the SEC Championship and then did not even show up at the Sugar Bowl. They return a ton of talent and will be led by Jake Fromm once again. For Vanderbilt, they are having to adjust to not having Kyle Shurmur under center. I think this will cause some major issues for the Vanderbilt offense and Georgia will be able to shut them down. I expect Georgia to dominate from start to finish and Vandy may only score once the backups for the Bulldogs enter the game. Georgia is clearly the better team and they are out to prove they should be a National Championship contender. Georgia are 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 games and I am confident they win this game by at least 21 points.

Over Under Pick

This is a game I would lean to the under. The Georgia offense is going to have a field day, but they are not the type of team that will run up the score. On the other side, their defense is likely going to hold Vandy to a low score game. I am predicting a score like 45-10 where Vandy get on the board, but do not do enough to push the total over. This is a very small lean to the under because Georgia has been known to give up big plays sometimes and Vandy could potentially score more like 17 or 20.

Sat, Aug 31st - 8:00pm ET:
Louisiana Tech @ Texas

Louisiana Tech
Texas
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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs +20.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 55.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Are the Texas Longhorns finally back? Last year people thought the Longhorns were back but they had some struggles so their fans have shifted their focus to this year for when the team is going to take that next step forward and compete for a National Championship. The Longhorns are led by Sam Ehlinger and although he was good last year, they need him to be even better this year. The Bulldogs aren’t any slouches and finished last year with an 8-5 record. They are led by senior quarterback k J’Mar Smith who passed for 3,160 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Smith can do enough in this game to keep the Bulldogs in it and cover this week one game against the Longhorns.

Over Under Pick

The Bulldogs defense isn’t great and to keep this game close it’s going to be because of what their offense does. They have TCU transfer Isaiah Graham who has been impressive during training camp, and I think he can have a big game in this one. If you like lots of offenses, make sure you tune into this game, because there is going to be a lot of scoring.

Sat, Aug 31st - 10:00pm ET:
New Mexico State @ Washington State

New Mexico State
Washington State
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New Mexico State +32.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 64.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Washington State Cougars opened up as 34.5 point favorites but money has rolled in on the Aggies and the number is down 31.5. The Cougars are going to try to build off a great season last year, but will have to do so with new quarterback Anthony Gordon who has been around the program forever, but this is his first chance to run the team. They also turn to a new running back in Max Borghi and there is going to be a lot of pressure on his shoulders. I really don’t love this pick, but I think there are too many questions with the Cougars. Back the Aggies getting a ton of points.

Over Under Pick

For the over to be covered in this game, the Cougars are going to have to score a ton of points, and like stated above, I don’t think the offense is going to have a ton of success in this game. They are going to do enough to win but I don’t think this is going to be a shootout like the Cougars have grown used to the last couple of years. Back the under in this game to get the job done.

Sat, Aug 31st - 10:30pm ET:
Fresno State @ USC

Fresno State
USC
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Fresno State +13.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 52.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Fresno State Bulldogs won the Mountain West title last year and they are going to try and pull a big upset in week one against the USC Trojans. The USC offense is going to look a lot different this year, but the one place they didn’t improve is on the offensive line. The Bulldogs are a great defensive team, especially with the defensive line and I think they can wreak some havoc in this game. I actually think the Bulldogs can win this game, but take the points to be safe.

Over Under Pick

With Graham Harrell as the offensive coordinator, the Trojans are going to be playing a faster-paced offense, which means more possessions for each team. Of course, both teams are going to need to put it into the end zone, but just based on the pace, the place has to be with the over. It’s a lean but the over should be able to cash in this one.

Sat, Aug 31st - 10:30pm ET:
Missouri @ Wyoming

Missouri
Wyoming
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Missouri -17.0 Point Spread
-111
Under 54.5 Game Totals
-111

Against the Spread Pick

Missouri finished last year 8-5 after losing in their bowl game. They have a talented team, but playing in the SEC makes it that much harder for them to navigate this schedule. Luckily, they get Wyoming in their opener. Even though it will be on the road, their is no way that Missouri should lose this game. Wyoming was 6-6 last year an ended the season on a four-game winning streak to reach this mark. Last year Missouri beat them 40-13 and I can see a similar scoreline this year. Mizzou are 8-1 in their last 9 games against the spread and I like them to cover in this game. In the end, I think the SEC talent will show their dominance and be too much to handle for the Cowboys.

Over Under Pick

The total is set at about 55.5 depending on your sportsbook. Wyoming scored just 20.6 points per game, while Missouri scored 36.6 points per game. Wyoming however, allowed just 22 points per game and Missouri allowed 24.4 points per game. The under is 6-2 in Wyoming’s last 8 games as a home underdog. The under is also 19-7-1 in Wyoming’s last 27 games overall. I would lean to the under because both defenses have been good enough.

Sun, Sep 1st - 7:30pm ET:
Houston @ Oklahoma

Houston
Oklahoma
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Houston +23.0 Point Spread
-111
Over 80.0 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

The Oklahoma Sooners and the Houston Cougars face off on Sunday, and there are a lot of storylines heading into this game. For the Sooners it’s all about quarterback Jalen Hurts who  transferred from Alabama, and for the Cougars it’s all about the coach Dana Holgorsen who will be coaching his first game in charge of a new group. For the Sooners they believe they can win the title this year with Hurts at quarterback, but Holgorsen has a lot of experience coaching against the Sooners. The Cougars also have quarterback  D’Eriq King back and I think he can do enough to help the Cougars in this game. The Sooners are going to win, but the Cougars can do enough to cover the large spread.

Over Under Pick

The Big 12 is known for good old fashion shootouts, and just because this is an out of conference game, it will still have that same feel. It’s going to be a lot of Hurts and King trying to throw their best punches with neither defense having much answer. Over is 5-1 in Sooners last 6 home games. Over is 12-3 in Sooners last 15 games overall. Over is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 road games. Over is 6-1 in Cougars last 7 games overall. Back the over to cash in this game, and I will be parlaying these two together for extra value.

Mon, Sep 2nd - 8:00pm ET:
Notre Dame @ Louisville

Notre Dame
Louisville
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Louisville +17.5 Point Spread
-111
Over 54.5 Game Totals
-111

Against The Spread Pick

Notre Dame, one of college football’s surprise teams from last season, will look to build upon their playoff appearance from last season with another good season this year. Notre Dame returns 13 starters from a team that went 12-0 in the regular season before losing to Clemson 3-30 in the 1st round of the college football playoffs. Meanwhile, Louisville went 2-10 last season in the post-Lamar Jackson era which caused the firing of Bobby Petrino. This season Scott Satterfield takes over as head coach and has the chance to improve significantly on their win total this season. With 16 returning starters Louisville has one of the more experienced teams in college football. This game will only be the second time these two teams have squared off with Louisville winning the previous meeting 31-28 in 2014. I look for the Cardinals to improve this season and that will start on Monday as I think they will easily cover with the 17.5 points.

Over Under Pick

Even though Notre Dame loses their top RB, WR, and TE from last season, they still bring back seven starters from a team that averaged 31.3 points per game. This season with the experience on offense, they should improve upon that number.  The defense of the Irish lost three of their top five tacklers, and three NFL draft picks and will likely not be as good this season. Louisville’s potent offense from 2017 took a significant dip last season with the loss of Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals went from averaging 38.1 points per game with Jackson to 19.8 last season. The returns six starters and should see an improvement on offense this season. The defense of the Cardinals was one of the worst in college football last season allowing an average of over 50 points in their final seven games. I look for the over 54.5 to be the right call here.

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