Deep within the depths of the waining days of the summer of 2014, fans will do anything to satisfy their craving for some pigskin. Today that wait ends.
If you’re like to bet on college football then here are my potentially bankroll-boosting college football betting parlay picks for the first Friday of NCAAF action in 2014.
We have waited 233 days for college football to return… Welcome to the 2014-15 season!
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) August 27, 2014
While none of the participants in any of the three contests are nationally-ranked powerhouses, all three matchups are offering you the chance to cash in big, either as single game stand-alone wagers – or – as part of this fun-filled trio.
With that said and kick-off times for all three contests quickly approaching, let’s get the ball rolling.
Friday Night College Football Week 1 Parlay Picks
BYU at Connecticut
When: 7:00 PM ET , Friday, August 29, 2014
Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford , Connecticut
Analysis: I know the BYU Cougars (8-5 SU, 5-7-1 ATS, 4-9 O/U) won eight games a year ago while the Connecticut Huskies (3-9 SU, 5-7 ATS, 705 O/U) won just three games, but I still can’t figure out why the Cougars are such huge favorites in this Week 1 opener.
First and foremost, while BYU returns eight starters on offense and six on defense, the Cougars also have a bunch of important players out for this contest in starters Jamal Williams, Nick Kurtz and Devon Blackmon.
The good news for the Cougars is that they have an athletic quarterback capable of making plays with both, his arm and legs in junior Taysom Hill.
Still, I like UConn to cover the spread here, if not necessarily win outright with the Huskies winning each of their final three games a year ago.
BYU has recorded a dismal 0-5 ATS mark in their last five road games while also going 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games against non-conference opponents. Despite their struggle to win games outright, UConn has an compiled impressive 4-1 ATS mark in their last five home games and a pair of identical 4-1 ATS marks in both, their last five games overall and in their last five games against teams from the Independent Conference.
In addition to playing the Huskies to cover as huge home dogs, I also like the Under to lay out in this one with the Under going 6- 1 in BYU’s last seven road games and 4- 1 in UConn’s L/5 home games.
My Pick: Connecticut +16.5 Points/Under 51 Total Points
Colorado State vs. Colorado
When: 9:00 PM ET , Friday, August 29, 2014
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver , Colorado
Analysis: There’s not a whole lot of sense in beating around the bush with this pick, although this contest has the potential to be one of the best on the entire Week 1 docket.
While the Colorado Buffaloes (4-8 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-4 O/U) have the bigger profile in their regular season opener against in-state rival, Colorado State (8-6, 10-4 ATS SU, 9-3-1 O/U), it is the Rams that have the best quarterback in this contest – and are the better team in my estimation.
Senior signal-caller Garrett Grayson threw for a school-record 3,696 yards last season and could have an even bigger year in 2014 after elite running back Kapri Bibbs declared for the NFL Draft following a sophomore season in which he became just the third running back in NCAA history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns.
Grayson also has a chance to become just the third Coorado State quarterback in its 121-yar history to beat the Buffs twice in his career after leading the Rams to a 22-17 win back in 2012.
The Mike MacIntyre era got off to a solid start a year ago – before things went horribly wrong.Colorado opened last year with two straight wins –– before going on to lose six of its last eight games to finish with a losing record for the eighth consecutive season.
Colorado State averaged 9.9 points per game more than Colorado last season while also allowing 9.7 fewer points per game than their in-state rivals defensively, which is another reasons I find this point spread strange.
Colorado couldalso have a whopping 13 underclassmen starting this season and that lack of experience could show in this contest.
The Rams closed out the 2013 season with a fantastic 4-1 SU and ATS run while Colorado went a polar opposite 1-4 SU and ATS ver its final five games.
Not only do the Rams cover the spread as slight road dogs, but I like them to get the outright win.
My Pick: Colorado State +3 Points
UNLV at Arizona
When: 10:30 PM ET , Friday, August 29, 2014
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson , Arizona
Analysis: The Arizona Wildcats will look to build on their respectable eight-win season they recorded under head coach Rich Rodriguez a year ago while UNLV looks to top the seven wins they posted in 2013while getting some revenge for the huge 58-13 smackdown they took at the hands of the ‘Cats a year ago as a 14-point home dog.
Both teams have question marks – and inexperience – at quarterback with Arizona apparently set to start red-shirt freshman Anu Solomon and UNLV going with transfer Blake Decker.
Decker, an Arizona native, threw for a whopping 4,241 yards and 47 touchdowns a year ago and the Runnin’ Rebels will look to duplicate the first road win they recorded in a stunning 23 contests.
While Arizona racked up a jaw-dropping 397 rushing yards in their win over UNLV last season, I like UNLV to keep the final score much closer than last year’s battle to cover the huge spread.
The Rebels have gone 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall while Arizona has compiled a discouraging 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against teams from the Mountain West Conference.
With the Wildcats having to replace record-setting running back Ka’Deem Carey and having the least amount of experience at quarterback, I think the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels will find a way to narrowly cover.
My Pick: UNLV +23.5 Points.