2018 College Football Week 1 Expert Picks

2018 College Football Week 1 Expert Picks

Welcome back college football. The 2018 NCAAF season kick-off weekend is upon us. I have waded through all the college football odds, stats, tweets, news clippings to present with you my inaugural 2018 college football week one expert picks list.

2018 College Football Week 1 Expert Picks

#21 UCF at UConn
When: Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT
TV: ESPNU
Odds: UCF -23

Betting Spin: Central Florida went 13-0 SU and 8-4-1 ATS last season. The Knights lost their coach, Scott Frost who took the head coaching job at Nebraska but return starters on both offense and defense. UCF also hired Josh Huepel who shouldn’t change much from what Frost tried to do on offense.

Connecticut is 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 home games. Central Florida is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The spread doesn’t look too difficult for an experienced team like the Central Florida Knights to cover.

College Football Week 1 Expert Pick: UCF

Florida Atlantic at #7 Oklahoma
When: Saturday, Sep. 1 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
TV: FOX
Odds: Oklahoma -20 ½

Betting Spin: Florida Atlantic opened as a +21 dog. The line has moved a half a point down to FAU +20 ½. Lane Kiffin did get the Florida Atlantic Owls to play well towards the end of last season.

Beating teams like Western Kentucky and North Texas doesn’t compare to hanging with Oklahoma in Norman, though. The Sooners lost Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. They’re just as strong on their defense, offensive line, and in their other skill positions as last season, though.

It’s tough to back the dog in this matchup.

College Football Week 1 Expert Pick: Oklahoma

#23 Texas vs Maryland
When: Saturday, Sep. 1 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
TV: FS1
Odds: Texas -13

Betting Spin: Texas should have the best defense in the Big 12 Conference. That alone makes them the team to back in this.
Sure, Maryland beat Texas 51 to 41 last season. That was before the Longhorns’ defense gelled. Not only that, but there are all sorts of issues going on at Maryland right now. Maryland administrators placed DJ Durkin on administrative leave due to a “toxic environment”. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair died after a workout.

That’s too much for the Terps to overcome in their battle against a rising Texas squad.

College Football Week 1 Expert Pick: Texas