Are you looking for great opportunities to post some College Football picks in week one? Here are four matches bursting with betting value, all focused on point spread odds.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
This game stands out as a chance to snag a win with Week 1 College Football Picks just because you very rarely see this happen: A school from a power conference (such as the Big 12) goes on the road to a school outside the power conferences (the Mid-American Conference). Usually, the power conference team either demands that the smaller conference team travel to its own stadium, or that power conference team plays a lower-division team. Oklahoma State, with Mason Rudolph being one of the more heralded quarterbacks in the Big 12, should be able to throw the ball a lot better than it did last year, when an early season injury to then-starter J.W. Walsh led to a decline in production. Rudolph didn’t crack the starting lineup until he was ready to do so in November, but when he did, Oklahoma State’s offense improved. If OSU’s offense is anywhere near where people expect it to be, the Cowboys should score at least 40 points and drill Central Michigan, which should not be able to keep pace.
While there are already some 23’s on the College Football Odds betting board, 5Dimes still has it at 22, so hop on it before it moves.
College Football Pick: Cowboys -22 at 5Dimes
Michigan Wolverines vs. Utah Utes
The fact of life here is that as great a coach as Jim Harbaugh might be for Michigan, he is still inheriting a mess. The Wolverines were thrown off course by the wayward tenure of Brady Hoke, and are now facing a rebuilding year. Michigan has some talent, but not to suggest that the program should win nine games, maybe even eight. Utah is a team that competed well in the Pac-12 South last year, and even though the offense (especially quarterback) was frustratingly inconsistent, the defense – with a great pass rush that earned the nickname “Sack Lake City” – helped Utah to hold its own. The Utes, playing at home at night, should be able to contain Michigan’s offense. As long as Utah does not commit a bunch of turnovers or special teams mistakes, it should be able to handle whatever Michigan has to offer. The lines opened at -5 and have moved up to 5.5. I like this up to a touchdown.
College Football Pick: Utes -5.5
Texas Longhorns vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The reality with Texas is that the Longhorns lost a running back and a linebacker to departures in the offseason – two recruits just left the team. The Longhorns have had disciplinary issues with other recruits, so they’ve not restocked the roster as quickly as second-year head coach Charlie Strong had hoped. The Longhorns will play several freshmen – maybe as many as 12 according to people in and around the program – in this game at Notre Dame. It’s going to be hard for the Longhorns to stay close to the Fighting Irish with that much inexperience. Notre Dame doesn’t have run-stuffing defensive tackle Jarron Jones (out for the season with an injury), but the Irish should still have more than enough to turn back Texas by double digits.
College Football Pick: Irish -9.5
Stanford Cardinal vs. Northwestern Wildcats
There should be no comparison between these academic powerhouses. One is an established power – coming off a bad season, but in position to do well this year. That’s Stanford, with a lot of muscular linemen who should be able to overpower Northwestern, which was miserable last season and has much more of a rebuilding job than Stanford does. The Cardinal also bring back veteran quarterback Kevin Hogan, who is poised to have a huge season. Northwestern is just not in Stanford’s league. As long as the Cardinal handle the time-zone change for a game which starts at 9 a.m. Pacific, they should be fine.
This line is different depending where you bet it, so make sure you shop around. BetOnline has -11.5, so bet it there.
College Football Pick: Stanford -11.5