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2015 NCAA Football Week 1 Must Bet Games

It’s hard to like favorites when betting on any sports, but in College Football week 1, favorites seems to have the edge for the first weekend of football.

Don’t get me wrong, Michigan will have something to say when visiting Utah early in the week, and Washington and Texas won’t go away easily against Boise State and Notre Dame, but in the end the favorites should come on top. Of course, I had to include the game of the week Alabama against Wisconsin in Texas, and USC’s star Cody Kessler taking the field for the first time during this season.

Bottom line is here are the College Football Week 1 Must Bet On Games:

A Closer Look At My Picks For College Football Week 1 Must Bet On Games

Michigan Wolverines at Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium
Spread: Utah -6
Over/Under: N/A
TV Info: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go

Jim Harbaugh’s debut as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines is by far one of the most interesting stories in the College Football Week 1. His team opened as a six-point underdogs visiting the Utah Utes, a Pac-12 team that Harbaugh knew well when he was coaching at Stanford.

The Wolverines are yet to name a starting quarterback for this season, but it looks Junior Shane Morris is number one on the list. Michigan scored just 20.9 points per game last season (112th) under coach Brady Hoke, and Harbaugh number one goal in his first year is to have a team that can find the end zone over and over on Saturdays.

Utah will go with Senior QB Travis Wilson (2012 yards, 17 TDs & 5 INTs) under center, and despite Wilson’s TD/INT ration is more than good, he’s not a dominant player when opponents apply pressure. The Utes have covered the spread in all three games they have met the Wolverines, but all those games were in Ann Arbor and had Michigan as favorite. This time Utah will have to win by a touchdown or more to win and cover, but something tells me Jim Harbaugh’s team will be ready to go in week 1.

My Winning Pick: Michigan +6.

Washington Huskies at Boise State Broncos
Date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Start Time: 10:15 PM ET
Location: Boise, ID
Stadium: Bronco Stadium
Spread: Boise State -10.5
Over/Under: N/A
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN

The Boise State Broncos is one of our Top-25 teams entering College Football week 1, with nine starters returning on offense from 2014, but with the job to fill the quarterback and running back position. The team is projecting to have a running game by committee, led by sophomore Jeremy McNichols, and he could take advantage of the fact the Washington Huskies front seven needs a complete makeover from last season.

Boise State is 0-3 against Washington since 2007, but this is only the second time they will play in Idaho. The return of head coach Chris Petersen to Boise State, now as the leader of the Huskies, might not be as good as expected for him; Petersen has a rebuilding task this season, which could start with a sounding loss over the blue turf he knew so well.

My Winning Pick: Boise State -10.

Texas Longhorns at Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Notre Dame, IN
Stadium: Notre Dame Stadium
Spread: Notre Dame -10
Over/Under: N/A
TV Info: N/A
Stream: College Sports Live

Head coach Charlie Strong is not particularly on the hot seat, but his job is not entirely secure either. The Longhorns need to show a better image after a 6-7 record last season on Strong’s first year as a Texas coach.

The good news for Texas is their front seven should be one of the most dominant in the Big 12, and that should help the team stay in games. They clearly need to improve from a poor 21.4 points per game average in 2014, if they want to get at least to a bowl game.

Against Notre Dame, the Texas’ front seven will have difficulties dominating the line of scrimmage because the Irish are just as good and experience on their offensive line. There are no records of these two programs meeting each other, but I’m going with the home team, mostly because I don’t see how Texas scoring problems can be fixed in week 1.

My Winning Pick: Notre Dame -10.

Wisconsin Badgers at Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Arlington, TX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Spread: Alabama -10.5
Over/Under: N/A
TV Info: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN

Alabama’s offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will have to put in place a new offense after senior QB Blake Sims moved to the NFL to try to become a running back. The team also lost wideouts Amari Cooper, DeAndrew White and Christion Jones, plus RB T.J. Yeldon; however, is there’s a team that can handle departures is the Crimson Tide. Kiffin, ordered by head coach Nick Saban will give the ball to RB Derrick Henry (159 att, 895 yards, 10 TDs) on offense and then let their front seven to the work on defense.

Wisconsin is a based running unit that averaged 320.1 rushing yards per game in 2014 but needs to find a way to replace RB Melvin Gordon (309 att, 2336 yards, 26 TDs), who is now with the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. The Badgers will have a tough time running over Alabama, a team load with new talent and whose trademark is their hard hitting D.

This game will be play at Arlington, Texas, and I see the Crimson Tide covering the spread. It’s too early in the year for the Badgers to stay in a game against a top team.

College Football Free Picks: Alabama -10.

Arkansas State Red Wolves at USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 PM ET
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Spread: Alabama -10.5
Over/Under: N/A
TV Info: Pac-12 Network
Stream: College Sports Live

USC Senior QB Cody Kessler (3826 yards, 39 TDs & 5 INTs) should be the best player in the Pac-12 and perhaps one of the best in College Football this season. Kessler tossed up 39 touchdown passes last season, and he’s expected to improve that number, in particular against a team like Arkansas State, who enters this meeting as a 28-point underdog.

The Red Wolves proved last season they can score points, averaging 36.7 points per game, but they also showed their up-tempo offense ends up backfiring them as their defense permitted 30.5 PPG.

Southern Cal won’t any problems scoring a touchdown after touchdown; the question is whether Arkansas State can keep up.

College Football Free Picks: USC -28.

That’s it for my NCAA Football must bet on games for week 1. If you are looking to make any parlays in week 1, click here.