Best Early Games of the College Football Betting SeasonPosted by: Charlie Smith
The college football betting season is almost here. Before you know it, your Saturday’s will be filled to the brim with the latest sportsbook lines and predictions for the day’s matchups.
But since there’s still a wee bit of time left before the season commences, let’s take this tenure that we’ve been afforded to scope out the best online football betting contests of the 2017 season.
Sept. 2nd – Florida State vs. Alabama
To kick off the college football betting season, fans will be treated to an FBS matchup between what is ubiquitously considered the No. 1 team in the nation against a team that many consider to be the No. 2 in the nation. Those titles will likely dip once the dust has settled on this contest however. Alabama is coming into that game as the obvious sportsbook favorite and it will be interesting to see if the Crimson Tide can live up to its hype once more.
Sept. 9th – Oklahoma at Ohio State
With Bob Stoops retirement still lingering over the heads of college football betting fans, sportsbook players are dying to know how this game will turn out. Lincoln Riley, the Sooners former offensive coordinator, has taken over the reins for Oklahoma and will have to ride into Ohio State in hopes of overcoming one of the toughest competitors in the nation. Both programs wield a quarterback with a plethora of big-game experience and this pairing has all the makings of a shootout.
Sept. 9th – Stanford at USC
USC delivered a surprising finish to last year’s season and it has led many sportsbooks to expect success from the program in 2017. First year head coach Clay Helton was able to lead the program to a 10-3 finish that ranked them 2nd in the Pac-12 South. Add on a spectacular win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, and USC is feeling pretty good about this upcoming season. Especially since freshman quarterback Sam Darnold will be making his return, with much more experience to go with it.
On the flip side, Stanford will have to find a way to remain competitive after being gutted with both McCaffrey and Solomon Thomas’ departure.
Sept. 16th – Texas at USC
It’s been a long time coming since Texas and USC have faced off. In fact, the last time they went toe-to-toe was at the Rose Bowl match back in 2006, when Vince Young was under center. That matchup ended up being one of the best in college football betting history, so it’s safe to say this September matchup won’t be quite as exhilarating.
However, the storylines surrounding this matchup register this contest as a must-watch. This will be the Longhorns first real test with Tom Herman calling the shots. The national spotlight will also put pressure on both sides. Texas has to watch their back in this contest, since USC will not miss the opportunity to knock down a titan that will likely be ranked going into this game.