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Betting on College Football: More Picks for Week One

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor

When it comes to betting on college football, there are sometimes too many alternatives to choose from. That is why people betting on NCAA football need a little help every now and then. For example, the following week 1 picks.

Ball State +3 (-115) 54 (-110) +135 vs. Georgia State -3 (-105) 54 (-110) -155

Ball State University’s defensive coordinator Tim Dauost – in his first year – may not be looking back on the Cardinals’ 2015 season (which at 3–9 (2–6 MAC) wasn’t much to write home about) but that does not necessarily bode well for BSU’s chances against Georgia State in the regular season opener. Say what you will, but statements such as “I have no idea who the starters were last year;” or “I know that I have a lot of guys that are ready to get this thing going in the right direction. Who started, who played… I have no idea,” just do not inspire a ton of confidence. Head coach Mike Neu is also in his first year with the BSU football program, as opposed to the Georgia State Panthers, whose head coach Trent Miles and defensive coordinator Jesse Minter are both in their 4th year with the team.

Army +16½ (-110) 47½ (-110) +600 vs. Temple -16½ (-110) 47½ (-110) -900

The Temple Owls football team is coming off a breakout season for the program under head coach Matt Rhule. The Owls finished 10–4 (7–1 The American) and won the East Division championship, thus earning the chance to play Houston in the American Athletic Championship Game. Though they lost that game, they had their first ever 7–0 start, as well as their first AP Poll and Coaches Poll ranking since 1979. The Army Black Knights, on the other hand, finished the 2015 season 2-10, so it’s not too difficult to do the math on that one, as far as betting on college football is concerned.

Colorado State +8½ (-110) 54 (-110) +265 vs. Colorado -8½ (-110) 54 (-110) -325

The Colorado State Rams versus the Colorado Buffaloes – otherwise known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown – will take place on September 2nd (as will the above-mentioned games) at the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. Colorado leads the all-time series 63–22–2 and won the last meeting 27-24 on September 19th, 2015. The CSU Rams finished the 2015 season 7-6, (5-3 in Mountain West play) and tied for second place in the Mountain Division with three other teams. They were invited to the inaugural Arizona Bowl, which they lost 23-28 to fellow Mountain West member the Nevada Wolf Pack (the first time teams from the same conference have met in a non-championship bowl game since the 1979 Orange Bowl). Meanwhile, the Buffaloes finished the season 4-9 (18 in Pac-12 play) and were last place in the South Division. Basically, one should not put one’s money on the Buffaloes when betting on college football, except when they play the Rams, if history is any indication.

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