What three games appear to be the best bets and the best over/under point total predictions going into Friday of Week 1? Here you go. Enjoy.
It’s Week 1 … the point totals are generally more getable and predictable than the spread.
At least in theory.
Out of the eight FBS vs. FBS games on Friday night, there are plenty to choose from – look at the under on Wisconsin-USF 58.5, too. Here are the three that appear to be the tastiest.
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playMGM LINE: Purdue -11, o/u: 58
OVER/UNDER PICK: Over
The one main concern is the Nevada defense.
For years, the Wolf Pack D was merely a polite suggestion, but last year it was fantastic. It allowed just 142 yards per game and closed the season on a tear, giving up 13 points or fewer in three of the last four games.
Even though the Wolf Pack defense was able to do its job, two of the last four games and six games on the season went over 58. And …
That’s last year.
Four of the top five Nevada tacklers and six starters are gone. On the other side, the Purdue secondary has some retooling to do from a defense that was the second-worst in the Big Ten and the third-worst in all of college football against the pass.
The Boilermaker offense might have been inconsistent and struggled throughout last year, but it should be a whole lot sharper and explosive.
Expect Purdue to handle most of the work and get to at least 30 points, Nevada will also get to at least 30 points, and between the two, this should be closer to 68 than 58.