Beat the College Odds: Week One
Welcome back to “Beat the College Odds”, where I will be giving out a handful of quick plays for the College Football Season every week, starting….. NOW!
Stanford -24 over San Jose St
Everyone will look at Stanford and considering they lost Andrew Luck, will assume a huge. Not so fast, that shouldn’t happen here. The O-line and D-line should dominate for Stanford, opening up big holes for the run game and giving their new QB tons of time to throw the ball. San Jose St will have their moments, but they are a little too undersized to give Stanford any trouble here.
Western Michigan +10 over Illinois
I don’t like Illinois being 10 point favs over too many teams in football. Their offense is going to have problems scoring all year. Western Michigan had a dynamite offense last year and return QB Carder, but lose All-American WR White. Western Michigan does return 4 starters on the O-line and should give Carder time in the game to put up some points. Can Illinois put up enough points to cover 10? I’m not so sure.
Colorado -6.5 over Colorado St
Rivalry game here and these ones are usually played closely. I like the direction that Coach Embree has Colorado going. They should win the battle of the lines here and I like for them to beat Colorado St.
NC State +3 over Tennessee
The Wolfpack are coming into the season a little under the radar. They return a very good defense lead by All-American CB Amerson and this is probably the best offense NC State has returned in a while. The problem is finding a RB. NC State has lacked a good RB the past 2 years and if they get a run game, they could be dangerous. Tennessee is also an up and coming team as well, but with WR Rogers being booted off the team, it leaves a hole to fill for the Vols early. Their pass game was going to be big but now with CB Amerson allowed to focus on WR Hunter, who is coming back from injury, The Vols may have trouble moving the ball here.
Upset Special SMU over Baylor
Baylor had been a bottom feeder until RGIII showed up and even then, they had to fight and scrap their way to respectability. SMU has a big time offense led by RB Line and WR Johnson. They added five-star transfer from Texas, Garrett Gilbert, to run the offense. SMU looks like a live dog here paying +300.
Best of luck, everyone. See you next week…
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