College football Week 1 picks against the spread – College Football HQ

    College Football Week 1 Picks, Anti-Spread Predictions

    odds via caesars sportsbook, all eastern times

    Thursday, Sept. 1

    west virginia at pittsburgh (-17), 7 p.m. on ESPN. Don’t discount the Mountaineers’ ability to push the ball downfield early with JT Daniels at quarterback, but Pitt has the overall talent advantage at skill positions and on both lines of scrimmage. in the election: pittsburgh for 6, does not cover

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    Fri, Sept. 2

    western michigan. in the state of michigan (-22), 7 p.m. In Spanish. no more kenneth walker for sparty but payton thorne returns to qb and will have jayden reed while msu’s horrible secondary should settle against a broncos qb who has virtually no experience. choice: state of michigan at 18, does not cover

    Saturday, Sept. 3

    colored street. at michigan (-27.5), noon at abc. The Wolverines missed much of what got them into the college football playoff, but they still need to play a dynamic brand of offense with Cade McNamara facing some solid targets and Blake Corum back to lead the running game. ats pick:michigan by 31, covers

    nc state (-11) in east carolina, noon on espn. ecu has a habit of beating power 5 teams, including the wolf pack, in recent memory, but the visitors return 80% of their production from a year ago, a group that beat clemson, including quarterback devin leary star ats pick:nc state by 14, covers

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    utep in oklahoma (-31.5), 3:30 p.m. in fox. There are a lot of questions around you as the brent venables era begins, but the combination of jeff lebby calling plays and dillon gabriel at qb is a very potent force. The two orchestrated a top 10 offense at UCF a few years ago. ats pick:oklahoma by 34, covers

    georgia (-17) vs. Oregon, 3:30 p.m. in ABC. Georgia lost a record 15 players to the NFL but still has plenty of defense, a unit that eluded coach Dan Lanning last fall. Oregon can also play a little d up front, but dawg skill threats are on another level. choice: georgia for 13, does not cover

    cincinnati at arkansas (-6), 3:30 p.m. m. In Spanish. hogs double threat kj jefferson returns at quarterback, the difference maker in a matchup against what was a storied college football playoff team last season, but lost nine of its biggest pieces. ats pick: arkansas for 13, covers

    houston (-4) at utsa, 3:30 p.m. on cbssn. All pundits have pinpointed Houston as the next Group 5 team to make some noise, but they have a sneaky challenger in the opener against reigning champions c-usa returning quarterback frank harris , also on the way. But Clayton Tune is fueling Houston’s offense again. ats pick:houston by 6, covers

    troy at ole miss (-21.5), 4 p.m. in sec Rebounding isn’t always great as the kiffin favorite under the lane, but they do bring some dynamite transfers at quarterback and running back as this defense hopes to cement their gains from last season. ats pick:ole miss by 24, covers

    rice at usc (-33.5), 6 p.m. on the pac-12 network. Get ready for overreactions as Lincoln Riley reveals what should be an explosive offense featuring Caleb Williams, Jordan Addison, Travis Dye & co. finally let go. but the d of Trojans is still a very little tested product. to choose: usc for 20, does not cover

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    utah (-3) in florida, 7 p.m. In Spanish. pac-12 champions have the most advantage in both lanes and a great 1-2 attack with rising cam and tavion thomas on attack. But don’t overlook the Caymans, who arguably have the athleticism/speed advantage and a potential star at QB in Anthony Richardson working in tandem with a deep backfield. in the election: florida for 2, surprise

    notre dame in the state of ohio (-17.5), 7:30 p.m. m. in ABC. This line has moved in Osu’s favor since the jump, as oddsmakers lead the Buckeyes’ primary ability as quarterback, receiver and running back. But don’t forget that this defense is in the midst of a big transition, and Ohio State has lost at home to 5 good power teams in the last few years. choice: state of ohio at 11, does not cover

    Sun, Sept 4

    state of florida v. lsu (-3), 7:30 p.m. m. in ABC. The Seminoles are coming off a Week 0 loss to Duquesne behind an excellent rushing effort, a good test for LSU’s inside front seven early on in Brian Kelly’s first start. Not to mention all the other positions Kelly had to replenish, most notably offensive line and quarterback. to choose: lsu for 10, covers

    Monday, Sept. 5

    clemson (-21.5) vs. georgia tech, 8 p.m. m. in ABC. clemson missed out on a big playing opportunity when dj uiagalei struggled last fall, and this elite defensive unit battled injuries. This was a very close 14-8 game for the Tigers in 2021, but considering the return of starters and the improvement in QB, it should look more like the Clemson we know. choice: clemson for 26, covers

    College Football Rankings

    according to a survey of the top 25

    1. alabama
    2. state of ohio
    3. georgia
    4. clemson
    5. notre dame
    6. texas a&m
    7. utah
    8. michigan
    9. oklahoma
    10. baylor
    11. oregon
    12. oklahoma state
    13. nc state
    14. usc
    15. michigan state
    16. miami
    17. pittsburgh
    18. wisconsin
    19. arkansas
    20. kentucky
    21. ole miss
    22. wake forest
    23. cincinnati
    24. houston
    25. byu

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