College Football Predictions – Week 1

College Predictions

Finally, it’s here! College football season is here at last and it’s time for some more predictions. Last season I went 70% against the spread, so if for some crazy reason you were to actually bet on my picks, you would have made money! I’m looking to top these numbers this year, but it will be hard.

I picked six games last season, including what I thought were the five of the top games of the week. Then I added an upset special which was a game in which I picked an underdog to win (something that was not in the top games, typically a smaller game). This season I will change it up a bit. I’m picking every game that involves an SEC team. So that might be 14 games, or it might be 7. Then I will add the top three games to that from around the country, along with an upset special. That’s either more games to win money on, or more games to go broke on.

So here it is: my week one predictions. For my point spreads, I will be using the spread as of the Wednesday before the game from the MGM Mirage lines. If there is no line, then I will just pick it straight up. If I use another line from another casino, I will note it.

Week One

Straight up inners in bold, points winners in italics

SEC Games

South Carolina (-10.5) Texas A&M

Ole Miss (-10) Boise State

Vanderbilt (-13.5) Temple

Alabama (-27) West Virginia

Auburn (-20) Arkansas

Florida (-36) Idaho

Georgia (-7.5) Clemson

Tennessee (-6) Utah State

Kentucky (N/A) UT Martin

Missouri (N/A) South Dakota State

Mississippi State (-30) Southern Miss

LSU (-4) Wisconsin

Top 3 Non-SEC Games

Northwestern (-10.5) California

Central Florida (-1) Penn State

UCLA (-21) Virginia

Upset Special

Colorado State (2.5) Colorado

This is a game in which Colorado will almost always be favored, but I’m looking for Jim McElwain to win a big game for his team here.

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.