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Updated 2014 College Football Week 1 Odds & Picks

After watching Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles win the 2013 NCAA college football National Championship in an absolute thriller over No. 2 Auburn, college football fans across the globe are gearing up for what promises to be a season unlike any other.

You see, with the introduction of a brand new four-team playoff system for the upcoming 2014 regular season, college football will have a new look and feel at the Division-I level for the first time in history.

You can get an early jump on your NCAAF betting action thanks to this expert analysis and betting breakdown on the latest and greatest College Football Week 1 Odds.

College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Thursday, Aug. 28

Wake Forest 7.5 at Louisiana-Monroe

Wake Forest recorded pitiful 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS records last season, but should be primed to cakewalk all over Louisiana Monroe in their 2014 opener, even though the smaller Sun Belt rival War Hawks went 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS a year ago. Wake will battle a Louisiana-Monroe team that allowed a whopping 30.2 points per game defensively a year ago, which is why I like the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to win and cover the spread with room to spare in Week 1.

South Carolina 9 over Texas A & M

Texas A&M went 9-4 SU and 5-8 ATS this past season but they’re going to be a different team all together without the electrifying Johnny Manziel at the helm. I’m going on record right now to urge you to back Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks in this regular season opener, mostly because the Gamecocks have been able to consistently put points on the board under Spurrier. South Carolina went 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS a year ago and I like them to get their 2014 campaign off on the right foot by lighting up the scoreboard and get the convincing road win and accompanying ATS victory over the rebuilding Aggies.

College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Saturday, Aug. 30

Penn State 3.5 vs. Central Florida in Dublin

The Nittany Lions have a new head coach in widely-respected former Vanderbilt leader James Franklin and they should be able to easily win this contest over a rebuilding Central Florida team that went 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS a year ago but needs to replace starting quarterback Blake Bortles. These two programs are vastly different in size, history – and roster talent and these differences will show in this contest. Penn State went just 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS, but they also had one the best recruiting classes of any program in the nation and reportedly love Franklin’s approach to the game. Take the Nittany Lions to win and cover the spread with room to spare!

Ohio State 17.5 at Navy

The Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-2 SU and 6-7-1 ATS a year ago while Navy compiled a very respectful 9-4 SU mark last season and an even more impressive 10-3 ATS mark. Still, these teams are miles apart in their respective talents levels, not to mention the fact that Ohio State is looking to contend for a national championship under mostly unlikable head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will have starting quarterback Braxton Miller back on the field after the gifted former started missed last season because of academics and they like to run up the score under the often disrespectful Meyer. I can see them doing so in an effort to sway voters’ minds. Take the Buckeyes.

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Early 2014 College Football Betting Odds

Are you ready for some football? Then take a peek at the early 2014 college football betting odds for week 1. This is a big year for three of the biggest programs in the country. A handful of other college football betting odds are available as well, but none are more important right now than those of the three home teams listed here in Week 1.

Early College Football 2014 Week 1 Spreads

  • Wake Forest (-7.5) at UL Monroe
  • Mississippi (-8.5) vs Boise State (Atlanta)
  • Texas A&M vs South Carolina (-9)
  • Temple at Vanderbilt (-21)
  • BYU (-14) AT Connecticut
  • UTSA at Houston (-9.5)
  • UNLV at Arizona (-25.5)
  • Colorado State (pick ‘em) at Colorado (Denver)
  • Bowling Green (-6.5) vs. Western Kentucky
  • Penn State (-1) vs. Central Florida (Dublin)
  • Ohio State (-15.5) at Navy
  • Rice at Notre Dame (-21)
  • West Virginia at Alabama (-23.5)
  • Washington (-21.5) at Hawaii
  • Oklahoma State at Florida State (-13.5)
  • LSU (-3) vs. Wisconsin (Houston)
  • Utah State vs Tennessee (-6.5)
  • Miami at Louisville (-3.5)

Early 2014 College Football Betting Odds Analysis

Oklahoma State Cowboys at Florida State Seminoles (-13.5)

For a blip in the history of college football betting, Oklahoma State was a bit of a swinger but have since fallen off the map. They’re a two-touchdown underdog against the defending national champion FSU Seminoles and that seems totally fair. Jameis Winston is not only the youngest Heisman Trophy hoister, he’s backed by an immensely talented team. The Seminoles have never lacked on the defensive side of the football and the Cowboys are in a bit of a transition period after losing Clint Chief to graduation.

By the time Week 1 finally rolls around in four months, these early 2014 college football betting odds will either be exactly the same or way larger. The public backing of FSU is going to be enormous this season, and Week 1 might be the only time you get “fair” value on them. Consider yourself warned.

West Virginia Mountaineers at Alabama Crimson Tide (-23.5)

Say hello to the biggest early 2014 college football betting odds on the board! A new year, a new quarterback and with plenty of questions about Alabama’s supposed dynasty, the oddsmakers sure seem content on setting lines like it’s the good ol’ days. The reason is obviously Nick Saban, perhaps the best overall coach in college football today.

The other reason is that Alabama continues to reign in the best running backs in the country. T.J. Yeldon was one of the best outright tailbacks last season, bulldozing the SEC for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’ll be joined in the backfield this year by Derrick Henry, who is already creating tons of noise after showing glimpses of brilliance during his freshman year.

The combination of Yeldon-Henry is why it won’t ultimately matter who the quarterback of Alabama is. You don’t need a game changer like A.J. McCarron when you have a world devouring defense and a running game that can dominate at any given opportunity. If it sounds like I’m on board with the 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide, it’s because I am. And if you aren’t, then I encourage you to look at the early 2014 college football betting odds for Week 1 and remember that they’re more than three-touchdown faves against the Mountaineers.

Rice Owls at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-21.0)

People are expecting a lot out of Notre Dame this coming season, and it’s very hard to sift through the hype sometimes with this team. The thing is that they have a really, REALLY hard schedule this season. Opening against Rice – who shouldn’t be underestimated – is one thing, but they also have dates with Michigan, Syracuse, Stanford, UNC, FSU, Arizona State, Louisville and a finale against USC. Even Touchdown Jesus is shaking his head at that lofty set of opponents. Yikes. I know Notre Dame is Notre Dame, but that’s still an insane gauntlet to run through. I might like the early 2014 college football betting odds for the Irish against Rice but after that the waters get excessively choppy.

 

BCS National Championship Betting Trends – Florida State vs Auburn

BCS National Championship Betting Trends – Florida State vs Auburn

It’s the last year before the highly anticipated College Football Playoff system will replace the much maligned BCS and this maybe the first time in years that the title-game matchup is evoking very little debate

Top-ranked and undefeated Florida State Seminoles will look to defeated No. 2 Auburn Tigers tonight at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Auburn Vs. Florida State
The Florida State Seminoles are 8.5 point favorites over the Auburn Tigers at the BCS Championship game.
Starts: 01/06/2014 8:30PM
Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, California

BCS National Championship Betting Trends – Auburn Vs. Florida State

Top Trends For This Matchup:

  • Auburn this season: 12-1 SU, 11-2 ATS
  • Auburn is 9-0 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Auburn’s last 8 games
  • When playing in January the Tigers are 6-3 SU
  • When playing on grass the Tigers are 9-1 SU
  • When an underdog on the road the Tigers are 2-8 SU
  • Florida State this season: 13-0 SU, 11-2 ATS
  • Florida State is 15-0 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Florida State’s last 13 games
  • When playing in January the Seminoles are 5-5 SU
  • When playing on grass the Seminoles are 10-0 SU
  • When favored at home the Seminoles are 9-1 SU
  • According to ESPN Stats and Info, there have been 3 BCS Championship matchups between an undefeated team and a one-loss team in the last 10 season. All 3 times, the one-loss team won the game, each time by at least 20 points or more.
  • Florida State is the 6th best team in total yards for and Auburn is the 12th best.
  • Florida State scores 53.0 points per game, best in the NCAA and Auburn averages 40.5 PPGs, 10th best.

Last 10 BCS Championship Results:

  • January 4, 2004 | LSU 21-14 Oklahoma
  • January 4, 2005 | USC 55-19 Oklahoma
  • January 4, 2006 | Texas 41-38 USC
  • January 8, 2007 | Florida 41-14 Ohio State
  • January 7, 2008 | LSU 38-24 Ohio State
  • January 8, 2009 | Florida 24-14 Oklahoma
  • January 7, 2010 | Alabama 37-21 Texas
  • January 10, 2011 | Auburn 22-19 Oregon
  • January 9, 2012 | Alabama 21-0 LSU
  • January 7, 2013 | Alabama 42-14 Notre Dame