College Football Picks: Friday's Savvy ATS Betting Duo

Steven Suarez

Friday, September 18, 2015 6:17 PM UTC

Friday, Sep. 18, 2015 6:17 PM UTC

We've got three games on the schedule tonight, but only one is really expected to be close. Let's examine the NCAA football odds and see what we can come up with.

Boston College Eagles vs. Florida State Seminoles
The Eagles have looked great so far through their first two games of the season, but the competition hasn't exactly been up-to-par. That will change tonight when Boston College plays host to #9-ranked Florida State.

As of now, the Seminoles are favored by either 7.5 or 8 points, depending on which sportsbook you use. The lines opened at a number as high as 10, but the general public has been wagering that down throughout the week, seemingly thinking Florida State was overvalued at first release. As for the game's total, we see a number of 47 on the board right now, suggesting we'll be in for a relatively low-scoring game, all things considered.

Boston College opened the season with a 26-3 win over Maine and then thumped Howard 76-0, with both wins coming at home. Tyler Rouse and Jeff Smith have already combined for eight touchdowns between them, while QB Darius Wade has looked sharp against the inferior competition too.

As for the Seminoles, they've beaten Texas State (59-16) and South Florida (34-14), with each of those victories coming at home as well. Everett Golson has already shown everyone why he was named the starter after transferring from Notre Dame, as he's racked up five touchdown passes (with no interceptions) thus far. Out of the backfield, Dalvin Cook has seen most of the work and has already run for 422 yards and five scores, while Mario Pender has 121 rushing yards and a touchdown himself.

For tonight, despite the fact Boston College will be at home once again, we have a hard time seeing them keep pace with the much more talented Seminoles. Florida State is looking very strong, with Golson leading the offense nicely and the defense making a ton of plays too. We'll take on the chalk and side with the Seminoles to get it done.

NCAA Football Pick: Florida State Seminoles -7.5

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Arizona State Sun Devils vs. New Mexico Lobos
Tonight's game should be a walk in the park for the Sun Devils, even in spite of an underwhelming start to their season.

The College Football Odds would back that prognosis up, considering Arizona State comes into tonight as a huge 27-point favorite. The Sun Devils opened their season with a loss to Texas A&M on a neutral field, but then responded with a 35-21 win over Cal-Poly. For a team that was supposed to be one of the most dominant out there nation-wide this season, it's been a letdown for Arizona State so far.

That shouldn't matter against the Lobos though. New Mexico is also 1-1 on the year, having beaten Miss Valley State 66-0 and lost to Tulsa 40-21. Lamar Jordan has opened the season having completed 15-of-21 passes for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception, with the running game being the focus for the Lobos thus far. They've been getting contributions from numerous different places, combining for 99 carries for 563 yards and a whopping 10 touchdowns. Dameon Gamblin (11 receptions for 176 yards and one score) has been the team's leading receiver through the first two games.

We don't expect New Mexico to find as much success offensively against Arizona State, and the Sun Devils skill players in Mike Bercovici, Demario Richard and D.J. Foster should have a field day this evening. This seems like a great spot for Arizona State to let out their early-season frustrations on a weak opponent at home.

So, with our College Football Picks, we'll back the Sun Devils to win big and cover the huge spread in the process.

NCAA Football Pick: Arizona State Sun Devils -27

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