If you’re ready for some college football betting action and you want to get your 2014 wagering campaign off to a positive start, then getting all the assistance that you can is always a wise idea.
Having said that…you’re about to get a ‘sweet treat’ in the form of a fun-filled, yet, informative NCAA college football free picks on five Week1 matchups that highlight the opening salvo of 2014 games.
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College Football Week 1 Best Betting Odds
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Bet On Texas A&M at South Carolina -10.5
Analysis: No Jadeveon Clowney for South Carolina and no Johnny Manziel for Texas A&M take a little bit of the luster off of this Week 1 matchup, but college football fanatics should still be treated to a thriller.
It’s a shame there’s no Over/Under odds available for this contest, because I believe the scoreboard is going to get lit up in this Week 1 affair.
Texas A&M is absolutely loaded with talent thanks to the success of Johnny Manziel and Mike Sumlin’s spread offense that is. The Aggies will go with five-star freshman Kyle Allen at quarterback (maybe) with sophomore Kenny Hill backing him up. The Aggies have six returning starters on offense and seven on defense, so they could be a bit better than they were defensively a year ago.
Still, the Aggies are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, so things don’t look good as far as the outright win is concerned.
South Carolina will start Dylan Thompson at quarterback in this contest and his prior experience is what I believe will lead the Gamecocks to victory in this one…that and the fact that South Carolina is playing at home against an Aggies team that was more than generous in allowing 32.2 points per game last season.
The Gamecocks also had a top five recruiting class this past year, so all signs are pointing to a solid win. I like Steve Spurrier’s squad to get the job done while narrowly covering the spread.
My Expert Betting Pick is South Carolina -10.5 Points
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Bet On Ohio State -17 at Navy
Analysis: The Ohio State Buckeyes are hoping to get their 2014 season off to a dominant start against a Navy team that really isn’t in the same ballpark as far as talent levels are concerned.
Having said that…I still like Navy to find a way to cover the spread against Ohio State with Ohio State going 0-5 ATS in their last five games and Navy going 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
Navy rushed for an incredible 325 yards per game last season to rank second in the nation. Navy will also have starting quarterback Keenan Reynolds back to lead the Midshipmen to even greater heights this coming season.
Not only that, but the Midshipmen are also 5-1 ATS in their last six non-conference games.
My Expert Betting Pick is Navy +17 Points
Bet On Rice at Notre Dame -22.5
Analysis: This pick is a no-brainer people. While Notre Dame has the ‘big name’ in this Week 1 contest, it is the Rice Owls that had the better season a year ago and I believe they may still be better than their counterparts in this matchup. Both teams allowed an identical 22.9 points per game last season, but Rice averaged 31.4 points per contest to Notre Dame’s 27.1.
I know the Fighting Irish have starting quarterback Everett Golson back on the field this season after he missed all of last year and that’s why one of the reasons I like them to win this contest.
Still, I don’t see Notre Dame routing the Rice Owls to win this contest by the 23 points it would take to cover the spread. Rice is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games, making them the easy pick to cash in here.
My Expert Betting Pick is Rice +22.5 Points
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Bet On Florida State -17.5 at Oklahoma State
Analysis: I’m going to come right out and say it…I don’t like the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles to cover the huge spread in this contest against an Oklahoma State team that won 10 games and is a lot better than the spread in this contest indicates.
— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 19, 2014
While Jameis Winston and company have gone Seminoles are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games, the Seminoles are also just 1-4 ATS in their L/5 games in the month of August while Oklahoma State has compiled an impressive 6-2 ATS mark in their last eight games overall.
I know the Seminoles averaged an insane 53.0 points per game last season while allowing just 10.7 per contest defensively, but Oklahoma State did put up 39.8 points per game themselves and I think the Cowboys are going to have some extra motivation to show their stuff in this one.
My Expert Betting Pick is Oklahoma State +17.5 Points
Bet On Wisconsin at LSU -4.5
Analysis: Oh this Week 1 matchup has the potential to be the best contest on the Week 1 docket, if not the most exciting.
LSU averaged 37.0 points per game last season while Wisconsin put up 35.8 per contest. The Tigers allowed 22.7 per game defensively, so clearly the Badgers were a lot better in limiting their opponents to just 14.8 points per game.
LSU suffered a big loss with starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger leaving for the NFL. The Tigers will pin their hopes on sophomore signal-caller Anthony Jennings, but I’m thinking he can capably fill Mettenberger’s shoes this season as he’s looked good in the past whenever he’s been called upon. LSU also has question marks at tailback and both wide receiver spots.
Wisconsin has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall, but they’ve also got some question marks at quarterback, even though they’ve got a returning starter in Joel Stave.
The junior signal-caller has undergone two shoulder surgeries in the last two seasons, so no one really knows what to expect when he’s playing against live opponents as opposed to scrimmaging.
While LSU counters with a uninspiring 2-5 ATS mark in their last seven non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last half-dozen games overall.
I like Wisconsin to cover the spread in a contest that looks like a classic field goal game to me!