College Football Picks: Saturday's Top Point Spread Predictions

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 6:48 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 1, 2015 6:48 PM GMT

We’ll be discussing our two best college football point spread picks on Saturday’s card. Don’t make a move on either the Bowling Green/Tennessee or Louisville/Auburn games without reading this informative betting preview article.

Saturday 9/5

Bowling Green vs. Tennessee 4:00 PM ET (Nashville, Tennessee)
Tennessee will be without three players due to injury or suspension that were 2015 projected starters, and another who was expected to be their #3 wide receiver. Although this is an opening game, and teams rarely look beyond their season opener, this may be an exception to the rule. Tennessee will have a home date next (9/12) versus 19th ranked Oklahoma.

Bowling Green is a very dangerous offensive team that’s capable of giving Tennessee’s defense fits. Junior Matt Johnson returns after suffering a season ending injury in the Falcons 2014 opener at Western Kentucky. Prior to that injury, Johnson was 25-for-36 passing and threw for 319 yards. Putting Johnson’s presence into perspective, he threw for 3467 yards, tossed 25 touchdown passes against just 7 interceptions, and led Bowling Green to a MAC title in 2013. The Falcons return 10 players on offense, including their four leading receivers, and top two rushers from a season ago. They’ll give up their share of yards and points to Tennessee. However, they have enough offensive firepower to hang with the Volunteers for four quarters.

I’m going to take the underdog in this contest for one of my college football picks on Saturday.

College Football Picks: Play on Bowling Green +20.5 (-105) at BetCris

 

Saturday 9/5

Louisville vs. Auburn 3:30 PM ET
The Cardinals have been a strong football program over the past decade, and have proven they can play with any team in the country. However, this will be an inexperienced club entering 2015 that will get better as the season progresses, and they’ll be walking into a hornet’s nest on Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium. Bobby Petrino is a seasoned and successful head coach, but his team will be overmatched on the road against a very talented SEC opponent.

The Auburn Tigers are ranked #6 nationally in the AP preseason poll. They did lose quarterback Nick Marshall to graduation. However, they’ll be in very capable hands with 6’5 and 240 pound signal caller Jeremy Johnson. He’ll have the luxury of having one of the premier wide receivers in the country at his disposal. Junior 6’2 and 224 pound Duke Williams will be a handful for any secondary in the country to handle this season. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Auburn is in the discussion come December for one of four teams involved in college football’s National Championship Playoffs.

I’m of firm belief that Auburn is a bit undervalued in this spot, and we’ll take advantage of just that when making our college football picks. Bookmaker has the most favorable combination of number and price on this contest.

College Football Picks: Play on Auburn -10.5 (-105)

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