The college football season is still months away, but it’s never too early to predict how things will go. With summer workouts starting and former recruits stepping onto campus, teams are preparing for a daunting 2021 season that will bring back non-conference opponents, full stadiums, sports bettings odds and a typical year of college football.
Some teams have question marks at key positions, and others have new coaches. For the first time since the beginning of the College Football Playoff, all playoff teams are bringing in new quarterbacks for the upcoming season. This means that there is room for the traditional standings to shift in the upcoming season.
There are always surprises in college football. From the disappointment from Penn State in 2020 to the surge of LSU the year before, teams always surprise us in some way.
That brings value in win total college football bets. Only one team will win a national title, but there are plenty of bets to be made revolving around how many wins each team will earn in the regular season. These three bets provide great value right now. All odds are from BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).
Clemson: Under 11.5 Wins (-125)
Clemson has only lost one game in the past three regular seasons, but that was mostly because they had the most talented quarterback in football. Trevor Lawrence covers up a lot of errors, and he helps win a lot of games.
While D.J. Uiagalelei is a Heisman hopeful, there will certainly be a drop in quarterback play this season. He will make more mistakes and fail to make the big plays in close games. Clemson also has a new running back, a new left tackle and question marks at receiver. They retain most of their defense, but they still have to grow as an overall unit. He could hit the under after the first game if they lose to Georgia. The Bulldogs retain more of last year’s team, and they have an experienced quarterback.
Even if the Tigers win that game, they almost always find one game where they struggle. Without Lawrence, they might not be able to pull off a victory. Clemson is talented. They are genuine title contenders, and they should win the ACC. However, they likely won’t go undefeated in the regular season according to the best sportsbooks.
Tennessee: Under 6 Wins (-140)
There isn’t as much value here, but the Volunteers feel like locks to miss a bowl game in 2021. This is partly because of their schedule, but it mostly boils down to the loss of talent. Almost every key contributor from last year either transferred or declared for the NFL Draft, and they have a new coach to boot.
Tennessee hasn’t had a truly solid team in over a decade, but this will be as dark as it gets for the Volunteers. They made a solid hire at head coach, but the Vols are far from back.
Even if the Vols go undefeated outside of the conference (which is far from a lock), Tennessee would have to find two wins in conference play. Every single game will be a question mark, so gone are the days that they are expected to beat teams like South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Their schedule isn’t as daunting as it could be, but Tennessee fans and sportsbooks should brace for a tough upcoming year. If they lose to Pitt, there seems to be no path for them to make it to a bowl game.
USC: Over 8.5 Wins (+100)
This isn’t because the Trojans are a lock to reach 9 wins. In fact, the odds predict that they will fail to do so. The reason you should bet this is because of the value. You can get even odds on the Trojans to reach nine wins when they don’t have to play teams like Oregon or Washington in the regular season.
The Trojans hope to make the CFP this year, and they are a frontrunner to win the Pac-12. To do so, they’ll have to hit the over. With Kedon Slovis and talented recruits across the board, they have a great chance of pulling this off. There are four games that the Trojans have a genuine chance of losing. In the other eight, they should be considerable favorites. If USC can avoid an upset and win one game against Stanford, Arizona State, Utah and Notre Dame, the over will hit.