The beginning of the winning college football picks season kicks off with arguably the most intriguing matchup of the entire weekend. Thursday, August 28 the SEC Network debuts with Texas A&M commencing the post-Johnny Manziel era taking on South Carolina. Steve Spurrier’s boys are 11-point favorites.
Despite upgrading to the Big Ten Conference, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are not taking it easy in non-conference play traveling cross-country to Washington State where the Cougars are (-9.5). Predicted by many to be a top dark horse, Ole Miss gets tested early as they are laying (-10) on the road at Boise State.
Friday, the marquee game is on Fox Sports 1 as the first rivalry game takes place with Colorado State at Colorado. The Buffalos are (-3).
Sportsbook action begins very early on Saturday of Labor Day weekend at 8:30 AM from Dublin, Ireland with Penn State (-1) to Central Florida. Surely an intangible that bettors will consider is if Alabama will have a chip on their shoulder after not making the SEC Championship game then falling flat in their bowl game. The Crimson Tide take on West Virginia in Atlanta with Nick Saban’s bunch laying (-27).
Primetime Saturday night action sees the first contest that could have implications in the first ever football playoff participants. Two teams ranked in the Top 15 of OffshoreInsiders.com preseason power rankings, LSU and Wisconsin battle in Houston, Texas. Louisiana State is laying (-5.5).
Sunday’s two games do not offer much to the casual fan, but handicappers will evaluate if rebuilding Tennessee will be in statement mode laying (-6.5) to Utah State.
The week closes out with an intriguing matchup as two former powers try to reestablish themselves with Miami Florida taking on Louisville. Oddsmakers will weigh the impact of lightning rod coach Bobby Petrino’s return to the head helm with the Cardinals.
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