Are you ready for some football? Then take a peek at the early 2014 college football betting odds for week 1. This is a big year for three of the biggest programs in the country. A handful of other college football betting odds are available as well, but none are more important right now than those of the three home teams listed here in Week 1.
Early College Football 2014 Week 1 Spreads
- Wake Forest (-7.5) at UL Monroe
- Mississippi (-8.5) vs Boise State (Atlanta)
- Texas A&M vs South Carolina (-9)
- Temple at Vanderbilt (-21)
- BYU (-14) AT Connecticut
- UTSA at Houston (-9.5)
- UNLV at Arizona (-25.5)
- Colorado State (pick ‘em) at Colorado (Denver)
- Bowling Green (-6.5) vs. Western Kentucky
- Penn State (-1) vs. Central Florida (Dublin)
- Ohio State (-15.5) at Navy
- Rice at Notre Dame (-21)
- West Virginia at Alabama (-23.5)
- Washington (-21.5) at Hawaii
- Oklahoma State at Florida State (-13.5)
- LSU (-3) vs. Wisconsin (Houston)
- Utah State vs Tennessee (-6.5)
- Miami at Louisville (-3.5)
Early 2014 College Football Betting Odds Analysis
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Florida State Seminoles (-13.5)
For a blip in the history of college football betting, Oklahoma State was a bit of a swinger but have since fallen off the map. They’re a two-touchdown underdog against the defending national champion FSU Seminoles and that seems totally fair. Jameis Winston is not only the youngest Heisman Trophy hoister, he’s backed by an immensely talented team. The Seminoles have never lacked on the defensive side of the football and the Cowboys are in a bit of a transition period after losing Clint Chief to graduation.
By the time Week 1 finally rolls around in four months, these early 2014 college football betting odds will either be exactly the same or way larger. The public backing of FSU is going to be enormous this season, and Week 1 might be the only time you get “fair” value on them. Consider yourself warned.
West Virginia Mountaineers at Alabama Crimson Tide (-23.5)
Say hello to the biggest early 2014 college football betting odds on the board! A new year, a new quarterback and with plenty of questions about Alabama’s supposed dynasty, the oddsmakers sure seem content on setting lines like it’s the good ol’ days. The reason is obviously Nick Saban, perhaps the best overall coach in college football today.
The other reason is that Alabama continues to reign in the best running backs in the country. T.J. Yeldon was one of the best outright tailbacks last season, bulldozing the SEC for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’ll be joined in the backfield this year by Derrick Henry, who is already creating tons of noise after showing glimpses of brilliance during his freshman year.
The combination of Yeldon-Henry is why it won’t ultimately matter who the quarterback of Alabama is. You don’t need a game changer like A.J. McCarron when you have a world devouring defense and a running game that can dominate at any given opportunity. If it sounds like I’m on board with the 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide, it’s because I am. And if you aren’t, then I encourage you to look at the early 2014 college football betting odds for Week 1 and remember that they’re more than three-touchdown faves against the Mountaineers.
Rice Owls at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-21.0)
People are expecting a lot out of Notre Dame this coming season, and it’s very hard to sift through the hype sometimes with this team. The thing is that they have a really, REALLY hard schedule this season. Opening against Rice – who shouldn’t be underestimated – is one thing, but they also have dates with Michigan, Syracuse, Stanford, UNC, FSU, Arizona State, Louisville and a finale against USC. Even Touchdown Jesus is shaking his head at that lofty set of opponents. Yikes. I know Notre Dame is Notre Dame, but that’s still an insane gauntlet to run through. I might like the early 2014 college football betting odds for the Irish against Rice but after that the waters get excessively choppy.