Here it is, the first official weekend of college football. I know there were games last week, but that was just a taste of what is to come and this weekend we get the full course.
I’ve got 10 picks this weekend that I’m looking at and I think they could all be winners. Here’s to hoping that week one is exciting and profitable!
Overall Result: 6-3-1
Week 1 Predictions
Tulsa at Oklahoma State (-17), O/U 73.5
Pick: Oklahoma State -17, Over 73.5
This game is made for high scoring, and Oklahoma State should be doing most of it. Don’t be surprised if Oklahoma State runs the score up in the 50’s or 60’s, but Tulsa will be able to score some as well before garbage time. Either of the above picks are safe bets.
Result: Win/Win! Oklahoma State won 59-24 (83 points) to hit both bets.
Boston College (-3) at Northern Illinois, O/U 47.5
Pick: Boston College -3
Boston College is a great defensive team, but can they score enough to win by more than a field goal? Even though Northern Illinois is a MAC team, they are a good one. BC could kick a field goal to win and still not cover, that’s how close this game could be. Still, the line is favorable in my opinion to pick Boston College.
Result: Push, Boston College won 23-20 to hit the line on the head.
Wyoming at Iowa (-11.5), O/U 52.5
Pick: Wyoming +11.5
A lot of people are on the Wyoming bandwagon, and so am I. Josh Allen looks good, and they could keep this close against an Iowa team that shouldn’t score a ton of points.
Result: Loss, Wyoming couldn’t score and lost 24-3.
Maryland at Texas (-18), O/U 56.5
Pick: Maryland +18
This game is primed for an upset. Former Clay-Chalkville quarterback Ty Pigrome at Maryland has shown flashes of being really good, but we’ll see what he can do as the full time starter. Texas should be improved over last year under Tom Herman, but Maryland should still be able to take advantage of this fresh Texas team to at least keep it close.
Result: Win! Maryland not only covered, they outright won 51-41.
Michigan (-4.5) vs. Florida, O/U 44.5
Pick: Michigan -4.5
Florida has 10 players suspended including their returning leading rusher and receiver, plus they don’t have a sure thing at quarterback with freshman Feleipe Franks starting. I liked Michigan in this spot from the beginning. Even though the line has risen a bit, it’s still easily manageable by the Wolverines.
Result: Win! Florida got a couple of defensive touchdowns but in the end, didn’t look great. Michigan won 33-17.
Alabama (-7) vs. Florida State, O/U 49.5
Pick: Alabama -7
This is a huge match-up between #1 and #3 to start the season and both teams could wind up back in Atlanta at the end of the season barring anything crazy. With that, Alabama has been dominant in Atlanta, and I see this being a 14-17 point game, so take Alabama -7.
Result: Win! Alabama looked like the #1 team and won 24-7. However Florida State’s starting QB, Deondre Francois, suffered a season ending injury.
South Carolina vs. NC State, O/U 51.5
Pick: South Carolina ML
I am high on both of these teams, but I am really high on South Carolina this season. NC State should fare well this season – but Jake Bentley, Deebo Samuel and others on that offense will be great and a Will Muschamp defense is always good. I’m definitely leaning SEC here over ACC straight up. With NC State favored, a South Carolina win should net a good return.
Result: Win! South Carolina defeated NC State 35-28 to win straight up!
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (-5), O/U 53.5
Pick: West Virginia +5
Will Grier is at quarterback for West Virginia and although he’s been away for a year, I think he could help lead them to a decent first game against Virginia Tech. The Hokies are starting a freshman in Josh Jackson, and this game could be decided by a field goal, which is why we are leaning in favor of West Virginia here.
Result: Loss. This game was back and forth, but Will Grier couldn’t lead West Virginia on a last minute touchdown drive and Virginia Tech won 31-24 to miss the line by 2 points.
Texas A&M at UCLA (-5.5), O/U
Pick: UCLA -5.5
Kevin Sumlin is on the hottest seat in the SEC and a lot is expected of him this year. If he wins big here, he will buy a lot of time, but if he loses, he might not make it to the end of the season. I have more faith in Josh Rosen than I do in whoever is Texas A&M’s starter. With this game being at the Rose Bowl, I’ll take UCLA by a touchdown or two.
Result: Loss. Texas A&M got up 44-10 in the second half. Yes…UCLA was down 34 points with 4:08 left in the third quarter after I had picked them at -5.5. However, the most miraculous comeback happened, and it just so happened to work out where they got up by 1 and didn’t need to score again. 1 point difference and we’re talking about a line that could have still been hit, even though they were losing so bad. Tough break, but an incredible comeback by UCLA and a great overall game.