College Football Final Thoughts, Predictions, Investment Advice: Week 1 Thursday Games

College Football Final Thoughts, Predictions, Investment Advice: Week 1 Thursday Games

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College Football Final Thoughts, Predictions, Investment Advice: Week 1 Thursday Games


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The final thoughts, a few predictions, and some investment advice to make your life a heck of a lot better than it currently is. 

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It’s easy to dog Week 1 of the college football season because of all of the bad matchups, but Week 0 was fun, and all things considered …

The Thursday games are very, very intriguing, especially for the Pac-12. After Arizona’s loss to Hawaii, UCLA, Utah, and Arizona State need to show up.


This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only, however, just in case you dabble …

Here’s the hard part about Week 1, and it was the same issue for Week 0. You can be right, and you can have the basics of this pegged, and then Arizona still loses despite taking the ball away six times, and Feleipe Franks throws an indescribable pick when it looked like the Gators were going to put it away and cover the seven.

I know, boo hoo … that’s the fun of all of this. It would be boring if everything went according to the script.

It seems to be totally lost in the fog of last season, but UCLA was young when it opened up against Cincinnati, was awful, and was still deep in that game until late in the loss. This time around, watch for the Bruins to be far sharper than they were last year. The line went from UC -4.5 to -2.5 for a reason. Hopefully you got in on the Bruins at the 4.5.

That 58 point total is a tad high. These two defenses are likely going to keep this in the 20s. Expect more of a 27-24 final than a 34-31.
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Love, love, love, love, LOVE Georgia Tech getting 37 points against Clemson, and love, love, love, love, LOVE that the world is hammering the defending national champs. The line started out at -33.5 and quickly shot up.

America doesn’t know what Georgia Tech is going to be. Georgia Tech doesn’t know what Georgia Tech is going to be. It’s not going to beat Clemson or even come close, but can it put up 13 points? Yeah, absolutely. Is Clemson going to worry about Texas A&M next week and the trip to Syracuse the week after? Yeah, absolutely. This can be a total and complete blowout, and the Tigers still might not cover that 37.

48-13 wins if you have Georgia Tech. If this is ugly, this just feels like a 31-3 Clemson halftime lead, most of the starters get yanked, and the Yellow Jackets play it even in the second half.

If Clemson rips it up and wins 58-0, fine – consider it the cost of doing business. It’s Clemson, and it’s that good, and it means Georgia Tech is trying to figure it all out.

Take Georgia Tech and the points anyway – the defense is going to be okay – and think about going under on the 60. You should be able to search around for 61 if you’re going low.
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson Game Preview, Prediction

I feel like I’m giving FIU way too much credit on the road against Tulane. I also feel like after this is over, we’ll all be kicking ourselves saying how obvious this pick was. Tulane is the stronger team with more talent from the better conference at home. You can get the Green Wave -2.5 on the playMGM line – it’s 3 everywhere else – and you should jump all over the under on the 58.5. This should be in the 40s.

No, Tulane won’t rip apart the Golden Panthers, but it should be able to hold on just enough to win by a touchdown. You’ll sweat it out, but again, if the world is offering you the better team from the better conference at home at only a -3, you go with it.
Tulane vs. FIU Game Preview, Prediction

The sincerity and depth of my eight month offseason love affair with this Texas A&M team now gets put to the test. Actually, that happens next week at Clemson, but for now, don’t think, just throw.

Texas A&M, -33. Texas State might not score, and if it does, it’s not going to hang up a big number. Texas A&M might just cover the 33 in the first half. Consider this an attitude moment for Jimbo Fisher’s team to jack up the confidence before next. week. You might be seeing a 50 hung up on the board.

And don’t be afraid of the over on the 57. Yeah, your worry is whether or not TXST does anything – this might just be 52-0 on the Aggie side. A&M will carry most of the weight of the number on its own.
Texas A&M vs. Texas State Game Preview, Prediction

Shhhhhhhhh, Minnesota might just win the Big Ten West, and shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Minnesota might just lose to South Dakota State.
Minnesota vs. South Dakota State Game Preview, Prediction

Kent State at Arizona State might just be the easiest game of Week 1 – and that’s why it’s so scary. It’s like the gods are taunting you with the line going from ASU -26 down to 24.5, and that’s the problem.

Golden Flash head coach Sean Lewis is a big-time young offensive mind whose offense was a big-time dud last year. In Season Two, there’s a chance this FlashFast thing starts to work, but …

Don’t overthink it in Week 1. Arizona State’s defense should shut down this Kent State offense cold, and the ground attack should punish its way to a big number. ASU might win this thing by 34, and the world is giving you 24.5.

Stay away from the 60.5 total. That’s a bit too high, but if Kent State gets anything out of the O, you’re in trouble. On the flip side, there’s a shot the ASU D rises up and pitches a gem. If you have to, go under … but don’t like it that much.
Kent State vs. Arizona State Game Preview, Prediction

Utah -6.5 at BYU has stayed firm after kicking around at -5 early on, but it can be had for 6. I’m supposed to be the guy who has rock-solid, definitive opinions on big games like this, and sometimes, that means telling you …

Don’t touch this.

I hate being that person who says/writes stupid stuff like, “throw out the record book when it comes to a rivalry,” but in this case, yeah.

BYU has a sensational defense, a potential superstar QB in Zach Wilson, it’s a rivalry game, and it’s at home. Utah has handled the Cougars lately – with a few soul-crushing wins in the series – and it’s the better team.

Technically, considering I did the write-up and preview when the number was at five, the call is to take BYU and the points now that it’s up to 6.5, but … UGH.

If you HAVE to play this, take Utah, because all the parts in the backfield healthy – unlike last year’s win – and find the number somewhere at six.

Now, to make it up to you for going all wishy-washy namby-pamby on the ATS pick, I’ll steer right into the skid on this one – UNDER on the 48.5. You’ll have to sweat it out hard, and you’ll have to stay up until 2 am if you’re on the right side of the country, but the defenses are more likely to own this game than the offenses.
Utah vs. BYU Game Preview, Prediction

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