Top Value Games For College Football Picks Week 1

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Sunday, July 10, 2016 5:06 PM GMT

College football returns with an opening weekend slate loaded with huge showdowns. Here are my early college football picks for the top value games from Week 1.

With several marquee games, this is possibly one of the greatest opening weekends in the history of college football. That being said, take time and place college football picks that make sense. Here are my recommendations.


California vs. Hawaii, Friday, August 26, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia
California and Hawaii will open the season playing in Sydney. This will be the first college football game played there.

These two teams have split their four previous meetings. Hawaii won 21-7 the last time they met in 1994 in California. The Golden Bears won in 1968 and 1993, while Hawaii prevailed in 1934.

Nick Rolovich takes over as Hawaii coach and their offense could struggle at the start of the game. California will miss Jared Goff (who was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams) but they return enough talent to get the job done. Look for a ton of offense as Hawaii finds some rhythm in the end to make things interesting.

College Football Pick: Hawaii +22.5 
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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Clemson vs. Auburn, Saturday, September 3
Clemson is the No. 1 team ahead of the new season, but they will run into a tough Auburn defense in one of the best atmospheres on opening weekend. Look for the Auburn offense to click at home while their defense finds a way to stop Deshaun Watson just enough to cover ATS or even win straight up in front of a packed Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

College Football Pick: Auburn +7.5 
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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LSU vs. Wisconsin, Saturday September 3, at Lambeau Field
This will be the first time a major college football game will be played at Lambeau Field.

This promises to be the top game of the week, not just because a national title contender from the SEC will be playing a Big Ten power program at an iconic stadium. What makes this game so intriguing is the fact that Wisconsin will be desperate to win and prove that they can come up big against an opponent like LSU. Wisconsin will hang in there but Brandon Harris will lead the LSU offense and give his team a hard-fought win (not an ATS cover).

College Football Pick: Wisconsin +10 
Best Line Offered: at The Greek

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USC vs. Alabama, September 3, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
The college football odds for this game favor Alabama by 10 points but this line is tricky. Alabama plays well on season openers, but so does USC. The Alabama defense has what it takes to stuff the USC ground game, but the Trojans have enough talent to keep the score low and make this close game until late. Look for the USC secondary to get it done against the Alabama wide receivers. The Crimson Tide will win a close one but the Trojans will cover.

College Football Pick: USC +10 
Best Line Offered: at WagerWeb

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Notre Dame vs. Texas, Sunday September 4
Notre Dame visits Texas in a game that will be seen on National TV. There's no bigger spotlight than that and Texas really needs to prove that they're ready to be a competitive team again. Hosting Notre Dame is tough but this is also a revenge spot for Texas as the Fighting Irish embarrassed them 38-3 in last year's opener. Texas will be ready this time. There's plenty of value on the Longhorns on the moneyline at home.

College Football Pick: Texas +165
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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