38 College Football Betting Lines & 38 Expert PicksNoah Williams
Too early to pick college football games? I don’t think so! Spring football has ended. College football kicks off on August 26. This is the perfect time to think about 38 games that make sense for me to bet!
A Closer Look At 38 College Football Betting Lines & My 38 Expert Picks
BYU at Utah (-7.5) – I don’t think that BYU has much of a shot against the spread versus the Utes on the road early on in the season. I just don’t see BYU doing enough to stick with one of the better programs in the Pac 12.
Arkansas at TCU (-6.5) – The Horned Frogs have to fill some holes on offense. But the defense should be excellent. I think they end up covering the spread.
Penn State at Pittsburgh (-9) – I’m not sure if Pitt should be favored by 9 points over Penn State. This line seems off to me. Yes, the Nittany Lions lost a lot on both sides of the ball, but they play defense well. I’m taking the points.
Alabama (-3) at Ole Miss – Alabama’s lone loss in 2015 was to Ole Miss. Ole Miss will be without WR Laquon Treadwell, OT Laremy Tunsil and DE Robert Nkemdiche. I think that Bama rolls.
Oregon at Nebraska (-2) – Nebraska should be better. But the Blackshirts are going to have all sorts of issues containing Oregon and the Ducks’ Heisman Trophy candidate RB Royce Freeman. I expect Oregon to upset Nebraska straight up in this game.
Ohio State at Oklahoma (-9) – Oklahoma a 9 point favorite over Ohio State? Really? Oklahoma? I don’t see it. I’m all over Urban Meyer and the Ohio State University at +9.
Michigan State at Notre Dame (-6) – I love Notre Dame this season. I also think that Michigan State may not be as good as they were last season. But Sparty Coach Mike Dantonio finds a way. His guys will keep this game close. I’m taking MSU and the points.
Arkansas (-1.5) vs. Texas A&M (in Arlington, TX) – A&M doesn’t have a quarterback while Brett Bielema could be ready for the Hogs to win the SEC West. It’s hard for me to even consider Arkansas not covering such a low spread. So, I’ll back the Razorbacks with confidence.
Tennessee at Georgia (PK) – This shouldn’t be much of a PK. Georgia got a great coach in Kirby Smart. But Smart lost LB Leonad Floyd to the NFL. He’s going to have trouble stopping a Tennessee offense that should be much improved in 2016.
Ohio State (-3) at Wisconsin – Man, everybody is off the Urban Meyer Train at Ohio State, aren’t they? Just so everybody understands, the Buckeyes still have a QB named J.T. Barrett and Meyer always coaches his defense to play above and beyond. They’ll have no trouble covering the 3 versus Wisconsin on Oct. 15.
Stanford (-1) at Notre Dame – Stanford won’t be any better this season than they were last season while Notre Dame should be tougher. True, the Irish defense is going to look different without LB Jaylon Smith. But Notre Dame gets the Cardinal in South Bend in 2016. I’m with the Irish.
BYU at Boise State (-11.5) – BYU is a decent program but Boise State returns too many starters. The Broncos had sort of a down year in 2015 when losing 4 games. The Broncos won’t lose 4 games this season. They should easily handle the Cougars in late October.
Clemson (-1) at Florida State – It’s tough for me to see Clemson beating Florida State in Tallahassee. RB Dalvin Cook is back for the Seminoles. Plus, the offense might be better with QB Sean Maguire than it was with Everett Golson. I like FSU.
Michigan (-2) at Michigan State – Michigan had Sparty in the coffin and was ready to put in the nail until the punt mishap led to an MSU win. I think Harbaugh’s team, the Wolverines, will be ready to rumble on Oct. 29. I’m going with Michigan.
Florida vs. Georgia (-1) (in Jacksonville, FL) – Jim McElwain is an excellent football coach. Sure, he’ll have to find a way to score points against what should be an improved Georgia defense. But I think McElwain will. I’m backing the Gators.
Nebraska at Wisconsin (-4) – I think Wisconsin has a problem dealing with this year’s Nebraska Cornhuskers. To me, Nebraska is one of the teams to beat in the Big Ten West. I know that’s not saying much. I’ll still go with the Huskers and the points in this game.
Washington at Oregon (-4.5) – Washington’s defense and offense might be good enough to put a scare into Oregon in this game. The Ducks will score but their defense, especially without DeForest Buckner at DE, is going to have a hard time controlling the Huskies. I think the Huskies could pull off the moneyline upset.
Oklahoma (-14) vs. Texas (in Arlington, TX) – The Red River Rivalry is always a great matchup. Even last season when Texas was truly bad and Oklahoma was truly good, it was a great matchup. Texas upset Oklahoma 24 to 17 as a +16 point underdog. Oklahoma may win the battle this year, but I don’t see them winning it by 2 touchdowns. I think Texas wins ATS.
Alabama (-3.5) at Tennessee – Alabama beat Tennessee 19 to 14 in Tuscaloosa last season. It was desperately closer than the 14.5 point spread. Alabama is only favored by 3.5. To me, that .5 of a point makes all the difference. I think Alabama squeaks by with a 3 point win in this game, meaning that Tennessee is the play against the spread.
Baylor (-4.5) at Texas – The Baylor offense is going to be lights out if QB Seth Russell returns at 100%. He’s a terrific QB who is a great rusher as well. Texas upset Baylor 23 to 17 in last year’s game. This time around, Baylor should beat Texas by at least a TD.
Auburn at Ole Miss (-12) – I just don’t believe that Auburn can be as bad this season as they were last season. I have to go with the Tigers and the points over Ole Miss.
LSU (-5.5) at Arkansas – Arkansas will be good enough to make this game against LSU close. I’m taking the Hogs and the points.
Stanford at Oregon (-1.5) – Oregon should have no trouble taking it to Stanford in Autzen this season. The Ducks are simply better than Stanford, who lost a lot, this year.
Stanford (-13.5) at Cal – Wow. Stanford is 13.5 points better than Cal? Maybe. Cal will be without number one NFL Draft Pick Jared Goff. Still, giving up that many points in a rivalry game is tough. I’m siding with the Bears.
USC at UCLA (-3) – USC versus UCLA was the toughest game out of the 38 for me to handicap. Both of these teams will be talented enough to win the Pac 12. The difference might be Bruins’ QB Josh Rosen. If he comes to play this season, UCLA should win the game. I’ll take the Bruins giving up only 3.
Florida at Florida State (-11) – I don’t see Florida State thumping Jim McElwain’s team by more than 7 points. Florida’s defense is going to be great, like it is every season, while the offense will be better now that Treon Harris isn’t the starter at QB.
Utah State at BYU (-1) – I don’t have a strong opinion either way. To me, this could go to the BYU Cougars or the Utah State Aggies. I’ll side with the Cougars since they’re the home team.
Nevada (-1.5) at UNLV – Here’s another game that’s difficult to figure out. UNLV hasn’t had many great football teams in the past few years while Nevada has been competitive. I’m going with Nevada.
Auburn at Alabama (-18) – Alabama’s defense should be the best in the country. The Crimson Tide won’t let Auburn score more than probably 2 touchdowns in this game. But Auburn’s defense is going to be tough on an Alabama offense that will be without RB Derrick Henry. Plus, this is the Iron Bowl. It’s always close. Siding with Auburn.
Mississippi State at Ole Miss (-12) – There’s Ole Miss again giving up 12 points to a fellow SEC team that should be good enough to keep it close. I think that the Mississippi State Bulldogs make this a tough game for the Rebels to win, much less cover 12 points.
TCU (-1) at Texas – How good will Texas be compared to TCU? The Longhorns have to turn it around this season. TCU lost some major contributors on offense. I like Texas to win this battle straight up.
Notre Dame at USC (-6.5) – This is one of the tougher games that I had to look at. Both of these teams could surprise and be in the hunt for the College Football Playoff by the time they meet up on Nov. 25. Although I believe that USC Coach Clay Helton is going to end up having a lot of success, Notre Dame is the better team this year. I like the Irish to win this battle straight up.
Arizona State at Arizona (-7) – Arizona State lost a lot of players on both sides of the ball. Rich Rod’s offense down in Tucson should be one of the best in the nation. Arizona wins this year.
Washington at Washington State (PK) – I like Washington. I think that Coach Chris Petersen has the Huskies knocking on the door for a Pac 12 title this season.
Michigan at Ohio State (-6.5) – Ohio State absolutely blitzed Michigan in their yearly battle. The Wolverines lost 13 to 42. Michigan should be tougher, but Ohio State should win the game by at least 7 points.
Georgia Tech at Georgia (-11) – Georgia Tech lost to Florida State in the ACC Championship 2 years ago. Last season, the Yellow Jackets were supposed to challenge the Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers for the top spot in the ACC. Not only did Georgia Tech not challenge those two teams, they finished in last place in the ACC Coastal Division behind North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech and Virginia. Georgia should blow out Georgia Tech in this game.
Kentucky at Louisville (-16.5) – I’m not a believer in the Kentucky Wildcats. I am a believer in the Louisville Cardinals who have talent on both sides of the ball. Giving up 16.5 points is a lot but I’m doing it. Go Louisville!
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-12.5) – Oklahoma will have a great rushing attack this season. When they’re not rushing it, QB Baker Mayfield should be able to sling it all over the field. The Sooners cover the spread.