What five games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Friday of Week 1? Here you go. Enjoy.
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The season is starting to get off the ground.
The Week 0 games were an appetizer, the Thursday games featured a few okay matchups, and now it really starts to get going.
There are just six FBS vs. FBS matchups, but they all feature Power Five programs. Where’s the value?
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Starting with two that didn’t quite make the cut, but are still spicy …
LINE: Wisconsin -35.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS PICK: WKU
If you can get a line on the WKU rushing yards, go under. Big.
The Hilltoppers aren’t going to be able to run at all on the Badger D, but they will bomb away on a revamped secondary with three new starters. That doesn’t mean they’ll make this much of a game, but getting within 35 points might not be asking for the world.
The Badger offense should be even better this season, but outside of the 59-10 win over Utah State to start 2017 – it was close early and got away late – it only put up more than 40 points once. Even then, Bucky beat Indiana by 28 in a 45-17 victory.
WKU didn’t play anyone of 2018’s caliber last season, but it it only allowed more than 38 points twice, and never game up more than 42. It’s not a given against this Badger D, but if the Hilltoppers can get to 14 points, they should cover.