Brian Sullivan (@MadManScouting)
It’s that time of year. Time for me to throw out some bets and see if they stick. These first few weeks will be interesting since we haven’t seen any of these teams play. But here we go, here are some of my favorite bets for Week 1.
Spreads From TheScore
*Home Teams In All Caps – If Neutral Field, “Home Team” refers to team with geographical advantage.
MARYLAND (+13.5) Over #23 Texas
Getting nearly two touchdowns at home feel pretty safe, especially since Texas always seems to be overrated to start the season. Maryland returns a ton of experience on offense, including the entire offensive line. I can see them covering here.
Ole Miss (+2.5) Over TEXAS TECH
Even though Texas Tech should have an improved defense this season, I still like Ole Miss here. You get a few points for a team that is loaded on offense, especially on the offensive line. A.J. Brown is a top prospect this year, don’t be surprised if he makes a splash early.
#6 Washington (+2.0) Over #9 AUBURN
Washington returns Jake Browner and an offensive line that has plenty of returning talent aside from losing Coleman Shelton. This one could go either way, but I’ll take the points.
CALIFORNIA (-7.5) Over North Carolina
I don’t like big spreads, but with UNC suffering 13 suspensions to start the year, perhaps California will have a chance to make a big statement. Worth a shot here.
#14 Michigan (+1.5) Over #12 NOTRE DAME
In the end, I like Shea Patterson. He’s the most talented quarterback Jim Harbaugh has ever had to work with. Plus you get a point? Feels like a winner to me.
#8 Miami Fl (-3.5) Over #25 LSU
This is solely based on the fact that everybody seems very high on Miami, and everybody seems fairly low on LSU. I know that Miami has recruited very well the past few seasons since Mark Richt took over. They can win this one by a touchdown.
As the season goes on, I’ll usually pick more games and I’ll try to be more analytical. Thanks for reading!
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