NCAA Football Betting: Yet more Picks for Week OnePosted by: Mike Davis
Despite what mothers everywhere might say, we will not stop picking at it; in fact, here are even more NCAA football betting picks for Week 1 of the regular season.
Charlotte +39½ (-110) 61 (-110) +20000 vs. Louisville -39½ (-110) 61 (-110) -60000
The Charlotte 49ers will visit the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 1st. The Cardinals finished the 2015 season 8-5 (5-3 in ACC play), and will enter the 2016 season ranked 19th in the Associated Press College Football Poll. This year, “we’ll be much better on the O-line,” head coach Bobby Petrino has said. The Cards’ offensive line gave up the most sack yardage of any team in the FBS and ranked 119th in average tackles per loss per game, but this year could see more continuity and better blockage. 49ers’ starting QB Kevin Olsen will have a chance to redeem himself on the gridiron following his well-known problems off the field.
Tulane +17 (-110) 43 (-110) +625 vs. Wake Forest -17 (-110) 43 (-110) -950
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are the NCAA football betting favorites to beat the Tulane Green Wave on September 1st, but that doesn’t mean that fans betting on college football are not concerned about the Deacs’ cornerback depth – or lack thereof. As a matter of fact, Jalen Latter, who converted to wide receiver this spring, has had to revert to CB as a result of four other cornerbacks out injured – namely, sophomore Dionte Austin, freshman Amari Henderson, redshirt junior Josh Okonye and junior Thomas Dillon. Tulane, on the other hand, lost its top two receivers from last season.
Appalachian St +20 (-110) 57½ (-110) +850 vs. Tennessee U -20 (-110) 57½ (-110) -1300
According to Frank Frangie of Gridiron Now.com, the Tennessee Volunteers are not only the NCAA football betting favorites to defeat the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sept. 1st, but the Vols are “going to win the SEC championship.” And that is a sentiment that we could fully appreciate, were it not for LSU, and more notably, Alabama. Conversely, Chris Hummer of Tennessee 247 Sports.com writes that “Appalachian State might be an underdog, but it’s no pushover.” Could an upset be in the cards? We’ll have to wait and see.
Indiana -9½ (-110) 61 (-110) -350 vs. Florida Intl +9½ (-110) 61 (-110) +290
The Indiana Hoosiers lost QB Nate Sudfeld, running back Jordan Howard, tight ends Michael Cooper and Anthony Corsaro, offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, outside linebacker Jake Reed, DLs Darius Latham, Adarius Rayner and Nick Mangieri, LB Zach Shaw, and P Eric Toth, but running back Devine Redding, wide receivers Simmie Cobbs, Mitchell Paige and Ricky Jones, OG Dan Feeney, offensive tackle Dimitric Camiel, LBs T.J. Simmons, Marcus Oliver and Tegray Scales, CBs Rashard Fant and Andre Brown, safeties Jonathan Crawford and Chase Dutra, and K Griffin Oakes are all returning. Moreover, head coach Kevin Wilson hired Tom Allen to fix Indiana’s defense. The FIU Panthers also have their share of returning starters nine on offense, six on defense, their kicker, and their punter. According to the Miami Herald, FIU “hopes to make its presence felt in the world of college football this fall,” and their first attempt at doing just that will come when they host the Hoosiers on Sept. 1st.