Let’s take a closer look at three regular-season win totals that offer great sports value heading into the 2013 season.
The calendar has turned to August, and college football handicappers are preparing for action on the gridiron at the end of the month.
Despite losing head coach Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles, the media tabbed the program to walk away with the Pac-12 Conference title, as Mark Helfrich takes over on the sidelines.
It’s important to point out that the group has predicted the conference winner in 11 of the past 13 seasons, but I can definitely see the possibility of two losses on its schedule—with one of them coming on the road against the Stanford Cardinal on Nov. 7.
The Ducks benefited from a plus-21 turnover margin a season ago, which led directly to a 12-1 overall record, but when it comes to placing your college football picks, that number will be hard to reach in 2013.
TCU Horned Frogs (Over 8, -126)
The return of 15 starters—more than every Big 12 Conference team outside of the Texas Longhorns—definitely has people excited in Forth Worth.
All eyes will be on the quarterback position during camp, but TCU is capable of going above this number with either Trevone Boykin or Casey Pachall under center.
Despite producing a losing record in their first go around in this conference, it’s important to point out that the squad out-gained such opponents by 33.1 yards per game.
Expect for the college football odds to climb to 8.5 quickly if Pachall wins the job, as he ranks first nationally among active signal-callers in career passing efficiency with a 163.1 rating.
Washington Huskies (Over 7.5, +103)
The Huskies possess one of the more dynamic offensive duos in the Pac-12, with quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey, as both are found on numerous watch lists for awards this season.
Price enters his final season in Seattle with 5,953 career passing yards, while Sankey gained 1,439 yards on the ground last season.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian needs a big year, and the return to a refurbished Husky Stadium for seven home games after playing at CenturyLink Field last season will provide a major advantage.