2019 Early Big Game Predictions, Lines, Value Picks

2019 Early Big Game Predictions, Lines, Value Picks

College Football Predictions

2019 Early Big Game Predictions, Lines, Value Picks


The lines are out for some of the biggest games of the 2019 college football season – several months early. Where are the value picks?

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The college basketball tournament thing is fun, The Masters are terrific, and baseball is … baseball, but let’s do this already.

Let’s start dreaming of college football Saturdays.

It’s ridiculously early, but it’s already possible to place an investment on the biggest games of the 2019 college football season. That means there’s good potential value to be had if you get in now.

Of course there are 153,000 things that can and will happen by the time these games kickoff, and of course trying to figure out late November games now might seem insane, but again, it’s all about the value.

You might be kicking yourself six months from now for not diving in early.

2019 Big Game Predictions 
October | November

Florida vs. Miami (in Orlando)

Saturday, August 24
Florida should be the better team, but 7.5 is a whole lot to give away to a Miami team that should have more of an offense now to go along with all of that D. The Canes will be much, much stronger this season, but the Gators will be great out of the gate.

Spring Line: Florida -7.5
Spring Prediction: Florida 26, Miami 20

Florida State vs. Boise State (in Jacksonville)

Saturday, August 31
Florida State really, really, really needs a strong showing in the opener close to home, but Boise State is good enough to run the table after this and be the Group of Five’s New Year’s Six bowl team. It’s only 4.5, and again, FSU really, really needs this. It’ll get it, even if it’s not as smooth as some might like.

Spring Line: Florida State -4.5
Spring Prediction: Florida State 23, Boise State 17

Auburn vs. Oregon (in Arlington)

Saturday, August 31
Auburn needs to retool a bit, while Oregon will be in just about everyone’s preseason top ten, if not top five. Last year, this was when the SEC flexed its muscle with LSU exposing Miami. Go with the underdog Pac-12 team with the NFL quarterback – Justin Herbert – and a loaded supporting cast.

Spring Line: Auburn -3
Spring Prediction: Oregon 27, Auburn 23

South Carolina vs. North Carolina (in Charlotte)

Saturday, August 31
Hey, Mack Brown. Welcome back to the college coaching world … uh oh. South Carolina will have sat and grooved on horrible end to last season for eight months, and the Tar Heels are still rebuilding.

Spring Line: South Carolina -7.5
Spring Prediction: South Carolina 34, North Carolina 20

2019 Schedules, Early Predictions
American Athletic | Big Ten | Big 12
C-USA | Independents | MAC | M-West
Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

LSU at Texas

Saturday, September 7
Love, love, love LSU, and not all that hot on Texas being the IT team many will predict it’ll be. The Tigers are better, they have the stronger defense, and … Tom Herman’s squad will pull this off at home in a thriller.

Spring Line: LSU -3
Spring Prediction: Texas 23, LSU 20

Texas A&M at Clemson

Saturday, September 7
Clemson is going to be absolutely amazing, even with all of the replacements on the defensive front. Texas A&M has some work to do, but giving this Aggie club 15 points in Year Two of the Jimbo Fisher era is extremely kind.

Spring Line: Clemson -15
Spring Prediction: Clemson 30, Texas A&M 17

Stanford at USC

Saturday, September 7
Yeeeeeeesh. Just how much do you believe that experience will count for something at USC? There might be veterans, but there’s hot mess potential here early on if the offense isn’t night-and-day better. Stanford is going to be stronger, but coin flip … Trojans at home.

Spring Line: USC -3
Spring Prediction: USC 21, Stanford 17

Oklahoma at UCLA

Saturday, September 14
Just assume that Chip Kelly will have something figured out to make the Bruins a whole lot stronger and more competitive in Year Two. They’ll lose to a nasty Oklahoma team, but they won’t get annihilated. Enjoy getting 11.5 in Pasadena in a wild shootout.

Spring Line: Oklahoma -11.5
Spring Prediction: Oklahoma 40, UCLA 31

Arizona State at Michigan State

Saturday, September 14
Are you buying into the idea that the Spartan offense is going to figure out how to finally score a point or seven? It’s Michigan State. Even when it’s amazing, it still finds ways to keep both teams in the game.

Spring Line: Michigan State -6
Spring Prediction: Michigan State 20, Arizona State 17

Stanford at UCF

Saturday, September 14
Stanford is the better team, but … you know how this is going to go. UCF gets a real team in its own house, and – absolutely no snarky joke about this – as long as there isn’t a hurricane issue like there’s been over the last two Septembers against Power Five teams, the Knights are going to make a statement, because that’s what they do.

Spring Line: Stanford -2.5
Spring Prediction: UCF 27, Stanford 23

Tennessee at Florida

Saturday, September 21
Florida is going to be the far better team, and the big rivalry game is at home, but – unlike last year in an ugly 47-21 loss – Tennessee will be improved enough to keep this closer than two touchdowns.

Spring Line: Florida -14.5
Spring Prediction: Florida 27, Tennessee 17

Notre Dame at Georgia

Saturday, September 21
Georgia is going to be fantastic enough to be deep in the mix for the College Football Playoff, and Notre Dame will be rebuilding a bit too much to go on a run like it did last season. The world is giving you 11.5, though. Take it, just because the Irish will be just strong enough to make this a game.

Spring Line: Georgia -11.5
Spring Prediction: Georgia 31, Notre Dame 20

Auburn at Texas A&M

Saturday, September 21
Auburn won by four at home last year over the Aggies in the one time it started throwing the ball. As a believer in A&M, especially at home, returning the favor with a win by four or more shouldn’t be an issue.

Spring Line: Texas A&M -3.5
Spring Prediction: Texas A&M 27, Auburn 20

Michigan at Wisconsin

Saturday, September 21
Wisconsin is the toughest several-month-in-advance prediction problem. Who’s the quarterback? Will the line come together after losing four starters? The Badgers can be okay by late September and still lose this by a touchdown.

Spring Line: Michigan -6
Spring Prediction: Michigan 24, Wisconsin 16

Ohio State at Nebraska

Saturday, September 28
When September comes rolling around, yeah, Nebraska is probably going to be the sexy, easy pick at home against the spread. Double that considering the Huskers lost 36-31 in Columbus last year, but these Buckeyes are going to be undersold over the next several months.

Spring Line: Ohio State -7.5
Spring Prediction: Ohio State 37, Nebraska 24

USC at Washington

Saturday, September 28
Like the earlier pick in the Stanford-USC game, do you have a real handle on what the Trojans are going to be this year? Washington has some retooling to do, but it’s still going to be fantastic. For now, at home, the Dawgs will win, but 7.5 is too high – again, for now. Take the chance that USC will be back to USC enough to cover.

Spring Line: Washington -7.5
Spring Prediction: Washington 23, USC 20

2019 Big Game Predictions 
October | November

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