With the season coming up this weekend, it’s time to start previewing some college football games. Read below for odds and previews.
Oregon State vs. Ohio State (-37)
Yikes. This could possibly be a long game for Oregon State. It will be fun to see Jake Luton make his return as a starting QB after suffering a spine fracture early last season. The senior definitely earned his opportunity. Their matchup with Ohio State has a lot more expectations on it than the one with Southern Utah NEXT week.
Ohio State on the other hand, this is their first game without Urban Meyer. After a tumultuous offseason, it’s time for them to actually get to work. The important thing will be just playing well in his absence and getting on track. This will be a blowout.
Louisville vs. Alabama (-25)
A new chapter begins with Lamar Jackson moving on to the NFL and Baltimore. He led the team by a wide margin in rushing yards last year, and as far as throwing the ball goes, he did that well too. A new chapter begins against the best team in college football. Let’s see if they are up for the challenge, or if they will fade back into irrelevance.
Alabama, we know, will have a great defense as always. The question lies in the QB battle. Tua, or Jalen Hurts? If not for Tua, they would have not won the title last year, but he was still the backup. Coach Saban was asked about his quarterback this week and he had this to say.
“Nothing has been decided on it. I have nothing else to say about it.”
Anything can happen. It will be fun to watch. But, expect the Crimson Tide to win this game.
Virginia Tech vs. Florida State (-7.5)
Both of these teams are very close in the national rankings, just one spot apart. It’ll be interesting to see for FSU how James Blackman performs in his second year. He was decent during his freshman year, but there is pressure to be better. Star running back Cam Akers is also only a sophomore, and so this duo has a lot of time together.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are very deep at running back, and that will help them this year. So will having Josh Jackson for another year. Top receiver Cam Phillips took his talents to the NFL after four years so they will need to find a replacement for him fast, but they are in good hands. This will be a close game. Taking the points is probably the best option.
Miami (-3) vs. LSU
Malik Rosier, who was a touchdown machine last year, will be looking to replicate his success for the Hurricanes. Running back Travis Homer also had a major year and will be looking to top the 1000-yard mark, starting with week one. Their former top WR Braxton Berrios made his way to the Pats.
LSU, on the other hand, will have a new QB, in Myles Brennan beginning in week one after Danny Etling moved on to the Pats as well. Darrel Williams will be the top RB after they lost Derrius Guice. They lost DJ Chark to the NFL, so there are a lot of moving pieces. They will have their hands full in week one, but a decent year is ahead. Look for the Hurricanes to get by the Tigers.
NCAA Football Week 1 Full Betting Odds
The NCAA Football Week 1 Betting Odds come from MyBookie from August 28, 2018.
- Oregon State at Ohio State (-37)
- Western Kentucky at Wisconsin (-34.5)
- Louisville vs. Alabama (-25)
- Virginia Tech at Florida State (-7.5)
- Miami (-3) vs. LSU
- Washington vs. Auburn (-2.5)
- Michigan at Notre Dame (-1)