College Football Week 1 Picks And Predictions
I have to be honest. I don’t remember a College Football week 1 as loaded with great matchups like the one coming up this weekend. I can’t picture anybody doing anything else on Saturday. Just sit on the couch and enjoy watching football while placing all kind of winning bets at Sportsbetting.ag It all starts when Ohio State (minus head coach Urban Meyer) hosts Oregon State looking to cover a 38-point spread, early on Saturday. It will be an emotional game at Columbus after all the mess Meyer went through over the last month. I can’t see the Buckeyes having any problems during his suspension, but you know the press will be all over the story.
Texas and Maryland will display another intriguing early matchup. The Longhorns are now 13-point favorites on the road after the betting line opened at -9. I’m curious to witness if coach Tom Herman finally takes this team to the next level. It’s been a while since we have talked about the Texas football program as a pretender, let alone a contender. Louisville against Alabama and West Virginia and Tennessee are also solid games to watch. But we are here for the top guns. We are here for the must-watch, don’t bother-I’m busy, call-me-later type of games.
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Washington Huskies Vs. Auburn Tigers Prediction
Among the slate of games listed for Saturday, none is bigger than the showdown in Atlanta. Washington and Auburn are two top-10 teams trying to shape the start of the season by sending a loud message to the rest of the country. The Oddsmakers opened the Tigers as 3-point favorites versus the Huskies, while the total started at 54 points. Some strong action grabbing the points by the wise guys dropped the line a whole point. I can see it moving once again at least half a point and settling at a 2.5-point spread at Sportsbetting.ag, before the start of the game.
Washington couldn’t keep the poise that took them to the College Football playoffs in 2016 and finished last year with a 10-3 record. A Fiesta Bowl showing is a cute resume ribbon, but head coach Chris Pedersen is aiming for something bigger. I’m eager to watch how QB Jake Browning responds after a massive decline in 2017. He saw his numbers drop from 3430 passing yards and 43 scores in 2016 to just 2719 yards and 19 TDs in 2017. Browning is entering the stage where he’s auditioning for the NFL draft. His first audition in 2018 will be an intriguing one. The Tigers have one of the SEC’s top cornerbacks in Jamel Dean. If Washington can give Browning time, he should wreck the rest of Auburn’s secondary defense.
Teams from the SEC are not flashy about their attacking game. Their formula always stays the game. They usually have an outstanding defense with a better rushing attack to control the tempo of the game. That’s the case for Auburn this season. Last year, the Tigers averaged 218.3 rushing yards per game. They will have new names out of the backfield, but Auburn usually finds enough men to pound the rock effectively. If they control the tempo as I’m suspecting, it won’t be a high scoring game. Washington’s defense was the fourth best in the nation against the run in 2017. It should be a chess match as both coaches try to win the battle of the trenches.
If the betting line stays below 3-points at Sportsbetting.ag, the Tigers are the play. Auburn is 4-0 against the spread in their last four neutral site games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0 points. But the winning pattern is not only when playing on a neutral field. The Tigers are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of 0.5-3.0 points. Washington, on the other side, is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog. The Huskies are also 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The College Football Betting line won’t move over 3-points when game time arrives. It’s an excellent chance to collect betting on the favorite.
Michigan Wolverines Vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Prediction
Since his time at Stanford, I have been a fan of Jim Harbaugh. He was also a tremendous coach in the NFL despite ending a few yards away from a Super Bowl win. But that looks like ages ago. Harbaugh enters his fourth year at Ann Arbor looking to make the jump from pretender to contender. A good start would be to beat Notre Dame during Prime Time. Listed as a road underdog by 1.5-point at Sportsbetting.ag, Michigan saw the betting line moved half a point towards the Irish. It had opened at ND -1. I don’t anticipate any sudden changes in the odds before kickoff. But I would expect to see a battle for the ages like the ones these two programs used to give us a few years ago.
Home-field advantage has a 3-point value, but Notre Dame is only 1.5-point favorites for this game. It means the oddsmakers know Michigan is a better team. Michigan’s defense is where the Wolverines win this game. Their defensive line held opponents to 3.5 yards per game last season and recorded 42 sacks. Most of last season’s starters will be back. The Wolverine’s offense will have a new dynamic look in 2018. The addition of Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson at quarterback should be the difference between winning and losing the big games. Like the one this Saturday.
Notre Dame’s defense is a big unit that will keep its team in the game. But coach Brian Kelly will have a headache trying to score on Saturday. First, he needs to figure out how to penetrate Michigan’s outstanding defense. And second, his quarterback Brandon Wimbush needs to show a significant improvement on his precision passing. He was awful completing only 49.5% of his passes in 2018. I know oddsmakers have Notre Dame as favorites during a huge Saturday Night stage, but this is a steal in my book. The Fighting Irish are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite.