The 2019 College Football season kicks off in a few days and there are a few juicy upset alerts you can cash in the moneyline odds on.
College Football Week 1 Moneyline Upset Alerts
Wisconsin vs. South Florida +320
The odds on Wisconsin quarterback Jack Coan to start are -150. Coan should get the nod, but he could be in some trouble in Week 1. Charlie Strong is a great coach while the South Florida Bulls get the Badgers at home. Not only that, but Wisconsin has questions along the offensive line.
Pick: South Florida
Massachusetts +465 vs. Rutgers
McLane Carter offers decent +115 odds to start for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. It won’t matter if Carter starts or not because Rutgers will again be a bad football team. So will UMass. However, new head coach Walt Bell was the offensive coordinator at Florida State. Also, the Minuteman have two gigantic and experienced tackles. UMass can pull off the upset.
Florida International +133 vs. Tulane
Florida International returns 9 starters on offense for an attack that averaged 422 yards and 32 points per game. Tulane won’t know what hit them in this matchup.
Pick: Florida International
Utah State +148 vs. Wake Forest
Utah State must replace 4 starters along the offensive line. Usually, that would be a reason not to back an underdog on the moneyline. But, Wake Forest must replace three players along the offensive line. Plus, the Deacons’ defense should be one of the worst in the ACC. That’s saying a lot.
Pick: Utah State
Colorado State +325 vs. Colorado
In a rivalry game with two bad teams, why not take the one offering the better odds? Colorado State should finish near the bottom in the Mountain West. Colorado should finish near the bottom in the Pac 12. Don’t be fooled. The Pac 12 is a Power 5 Conference, but it’s not a good Power 5 Conference.
Pick: Colorado State
Purdue vs. Nevada +280
Some believe Purdue will challenge for the Big Ten West title this season. That’s probably not going to happen even though the university made coach Jeff Brohm the third highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. We’ll know right away because Nevada is a strong team. The Wolf Pack should have enough on offense with RB Toa Taua running behind LT Jake Nelson to pull off the upset.
Akron +600 vs. Illinois
Brandon Peters offers -310 odds to start for the Illinois Illini. It might not matter because Illinois is the Big Ten’s answer to the Pac 12’s Oregon State Beavers. The Illini are the Louisville Cardinals’ almost as ugly midwestern living brother.
Illinois is a bad football team. They’re better than they were two seasons ago. They’re still bad. They’re so bad that they might lose to an Akron Zips squad that returns four offensive linemen with a combined 63 starts. Also, make sure to marvel at how Zips quarterback Kato Nelson makes Illini defenders trip all over themselves.
Mississippi +190 vs. Memphis
Ole Miss has fallen so hard that Memphis, an AAC team, is favored to beat them against the spread. It was only…what? 3, 4 years ago that the Rebels were challenging Georgia, Alabama, and LSU in the SEC? Look at where they are now.
The 2019 Ole Miss Rebels have some talent, though. Not only do they have some talent on both sides of the ball, but head coach Matt Luke brought in Rich Rodriguez to install his run-pass option scheme. Mississippi could surprise in Week 1.
Northwestern +210 vs. Stanford
Both Stanford and Northwestern will play through rebuilds this season. The Wildcats appear to be in a better position than the Cardinal. Northwestern’s starting quarterback will be Hunter Johnson, a transfer from Clemson. Johnson was a Top 5 recruit in 2016. He’ll play behind an experienced offensive line. A case can be made that Northwestern should be favored ATS in this matchup. They’re definitely the team to back on the moneyline.