After watching Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles win the 2013 NCAA college football National Championship in an absolute thriller over No. 2 Auburn, college football fans across the globe are gearing up for what promises to be a season unlike any other.
You see, with the introduction of a brand new four-team playoff system for the upcoming 2014 regular season, college football will have a new look and feel at the Division-I level for the first time in history.
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) April 16, 2014
You can get an early jump on your NCAAF betting action thanks to this expert analysis and betting breakdown on the latest and greatest College Football Week 1 Odds.
College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Thursday, Aug. 28
Wake Forest 7.5 at Louisiana-Monroe
Wake Forest recorded pitiful 4-8 SU and 5-7 ATS records last season, but should be primed to cakewalk all over Louisiana Monroe in their 2014 opener, even though the smaller Sun Belt rival War Hawks went 6-6 SU and 5-7 ATS a year ago. Wake will battle a Louisiana-Monroe team that allowed a whopping 30.2 points per game defensively a year ago, which is why I like the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to win and cover the spread with room to spare in Week 1.
South Carolina 9 over Texas A & M
Texas A&M went 9-4 SU and 5-8 ATS this past season but they’re going to be a different team all together without the electrifying Johnny Manziel at the helm. I’m going on record right now to urge you to back Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks in this regular season opener, mostly because the Gamecocks have been able to consistently put points on the board under Spurrier. South Carolina went 11-2 SU and 7-6 ATS a year ago and I like them to get their 2014 campaign off on the right foot by lighting up the scoreboard and get the convincing road win and accompanying ATS victory over the rebuilding Aggies.
College Football Week 1 Betting Picks for Saturday, Aug. 30
Penn State 3.5 vs. Central Florida in Dublin
The Nittany Lions have a new head coach in widely-respected former Vanderbilt leader James Franklin and they should be able to easily win this contest over a rebuilding Central Florida team that went 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS a year ago but needs to replace starting quarterback Blake Bortles. These two programs are vastly different in size, history – and roster talent and these differences will show in this contest. Penn State went just 7-5 SU and 5-7 ATS, but they also had one the best recruiting classes of any program in the nation and reportedly love Franklin’s approach to the game. Take the Nittany Lions to win and cover the spread with room to spare!
Ohio State 17.5 at Navy
The Ohio State Buckeyes went 12-2 SU and 6-7-1 ATS a year ago while Navy compiled a very respectful 9-4 SU mark last season and an even more impressive 10-3 ATS mark. Still, these teams are miles apart in their respective talents levels, not to mention the fact that Ohio State is looking to contend for a national championship under mostly unlikable head coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes will have starting quarterback Braxton Miller back on the field after the gifted former started missed last season because of academics and they like to run up the score under the often disrespectful Meyer. I can see them doing so in an effort to sway voters’ minds. Take the Buckeyes.