How are we not getting at least a few points of a break on Alabama? Name another team – maybe ever – that loses its two NFL starting running backs for a half, and it’s top-ten overall draft pick of a linebacker for the year, and still not see the line slip. Okay, it went from 34 to 33.5 over the last few weeks … oooooh. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of the fun when the passing game goes off in the first half.
– Alabama vs. Duke Game Preview, Prediction
Oooooooooh, now North Carolina has Mack Brown. He’ll make a difference this year, and the veteran Tar Heels have hope after losing so many close games last season, but grab the Gamecocks at the lowest number you can find. It started at USC -7.5 and is around 11 at most places, but if you can get the extra half a point, go for it. Will Muschamp’s team won’t need it.
– South Carolina vs. North Carolina Game Preview, Prediction
Really? You have a firm handle on the Northwestern – Stanford game? The Wildcats might have had the right formula to get to the Big Ten Championship and beat Utah in the bowl, but on the road, this is Stanford’s game. The Cardinal will be every bit as sound on both sides of the ball, and they’ll be more explosive to pull this off. But stay away from this – the line is right on at six, but see if you can get the Wildcats at 6.5.
– Northwestern at Stanford Game Preview, Prediction
2018 was a blip for Virginia Tech, and the public appears to see it. Boston College has the talent to win at home, and it has the grinding ground game, but the Hokies are good enough to win the ACC Coastal … really. The Hokies would’ve been the play at -2 – where it opened – and even up to 3, but now it’s at 4.5, and even five at some places. Take the home Eagles to cover it in what should be a tight battle.
– Virginia Tech at Boston College Game Preview, Prediction
Don’t get into the fun stats about how great Liberty is as a massive dog. Don’t get into the thought that it’s a road game for a Syracuse team that might be looking ahead to Maryland. The 18 shouldn’t be any sort of a barrier for what’s supposed to be the ACC’s second-best team. At least, this shouldn’t be a problem if Syracuse is the real deal.
– Syracuse at Liberty Game Preview, Prediction
Of course Arkansas State is going to play at an inspired level following the tragic loss of head coach Blake Anderson’s wife to cancer. The Red Wolves would’ve been the favorites at home anyway over SMU in what should be a shootout – love the over on the 56.5. The line going down to ASU -2.5 helps that much more.
– SMU at Arkansas State Game Preview, Prediction
Middle Tennessee isn’t bad enough get blown out, but it’s about to run into a buzzsaw against a Michigan team that’s going to try to beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten title in one Week One performance. The new-look Wolverine offense is about to go off, but the line going up to 35 is a big, big problem. At around 30, okay, but hold your nose and take the Blue Raiders to at least cover the monster number, even if it’ll be a blowout.
– Middle Tennessee at Michigan Game Preview, Prediction
Get ready for the Iowa lines to take over right away against Miami University. The Hawkeyes won’t be able to pull away and win in a walk, but there won’t be a problem winning easily – just not by more than 22.5. The RedHawks will get just enough points to not let this get out of hand.
– Miami University at Iowa Game Preview, Prediction
LSU is awful against the spread when it’s a double-digit favorite under Ed Orgeron, and Georgia Southern has the funky offensive style that gives defenses fits. The Tigers won’t have any problems winning, but this should be just low-scoring enough, and the clock will grind fast enough, to make blowing past the 27.5 a problem.
– Georgia Southern at LSU Game Preview, Prediction
Don’t get caught up in it being a road game, and don’t care about it being an SEC battle. Georgia is every bit the third-best team in college football – if not better – and Vanderbilt isn’t going to be able to hold up. The under on the 57 works – the Bulldog defense will have a big game – and even though it might take a bit, getting past the -22.5 won’t be a concern in the second half.
– Georgia at Vanderbilt Game Preview, Prediction