What five games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Thursday of Week 1? Here you go. Enjoy.
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We’re easing our way into this.
Week 0 wasn’t without its charm, but there were only two games with real Vegas lines. Week 1’s Thursday games are stronger, but out of the 12 games, just four are FBS vs. FBS.
This piece is normally the 10 Best Picks, but for just the Thursday games, this is going down to five, and throwing in an against the spread (ATS) pick as well.
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Starting with two that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still spicy …
5. UCF at UConn
LINE: UCF -23.5, o/u: 72.5
ATS PICK: UConn
This is the epitome of a Week 1 game you’d like to steer clear of, only because we don’t know.
We don’t know just how strong the UCF offense will be right out of the gate with new head coach Josh Heupel, and we don’t quite know how good the UConn attack will be at home on a national stage.
The Knights will win this with ease, but it might not take all that much for the Huskies to score late and cover the 23.5.
The concern is that UCF’s O really is just fine and it hangs 55 on the board, but with everything humming last year at home, the Knights won 49-24 – a 25-point win.