While betting on college football, most bettors pick a winner against the spread. Don’t overlook betting the over or under on college football week one game point totals.
For the uninitiated, 5Dimes college football odds include a spread, money line, and a game total. When betting on a college football game total, you can bet on the if the total points scored in the game will go OVER or UNDER the total points set by the oddsmaker.
Now, let’s take a closer look at 2018 week 1’s college football totals you should bet on.
College Football Week 1 Over/Under Picks
Oregon State at #5 Ohio State
When: Saturday, Sep. 1 at 12:00 pm ET
Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
Total Points: 64
Analysis: Oregon State was one of the worst football teams ever assembled last season. The Beavers won only a single game, 35-32 over Division II Portland State. Because Oregon State is a +37 ½ point dog, it makes more sense to look at the total.
The Beavers only averaged 20.7 points per. They allowed 43 points per. Ohio State’s defense should dominate Oregon State. Ohio State might have to score all 64 points for this go over, though.
Even though Urban Meyer misses the game, Ohio State will score. They just won’t score over 56 points. There’s no situation where Oregon State should score more than 7 points. 56-7, which is the way this game could end, is only 63 points.
I’m going under.
Pick: Under 64
North Carolina at California
When: Saturday, Sep. 1 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
Total Points: 61
Analysis: California scored close to 28 points per game on average last season. North Carolina averaged 26 points per game last season.
When the Golden Bears and Tar Heels met in Week 1 in 2017, California beat North Carolina 35 to 30. Unless both teams somehow found a defense, the over is in jeopardy. The over is 6-2 in the Tar Heels last 8 games in September. It’s 34-16-1 in California’s last 51 non-conference games.
Over’s a good bet in this matchup.
Pick: Over 61
Akron at Nebraska
When: Saturday, Sep. 1 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE
Total Points: 53
Analysis: If Nebraska’s offense just learns half of the new head coach Scott Frost’s offensive system, they’ll score over 30 points per game. Nebraska’s defense should also take a big leap forward because Frost brought over his defensive coordinator from Central Florida, Erik Chinander.
Akron’s not a bad team but they didn’t score a lot of points per game last season. The Zips only averaged 22 points per. This sure looks like an under game to me.
Pick: Under 53