What three games appear to be the best bets and the best picks against the spread going into Friday of Week 1? Here you go. Enjoy.
For Saturday and throughout the season, this will be the Ten Best Picks Against The Spread article, but for the Friday night FBS vs. FBS games – eight in all – it’s being whittled down to the top three.
Best ATS Picks So Far: 1-2
Click on each game for the game preview and fearless prediction.
playMGM LINE: Wisconsin -10.5, o/u: 59
ATS PICK: Wisconsin
I totally and completely hated this pick when it was Wisconsin -13.5 for a long while – and even went on Gill Alexander’s show on VSIN saying this might be an overall upset alert, with the caveat that it was only for games with -7 spread or higher – but at 10.5 …
FIIIIIIINE. I’m in on the Badgers.
It seems like Wisconsin has fixed the glitch after last year’s general malaise. The defense appears to be ready for a big season, Jack Coan stepped it up and grabbed the starting quarterback job, and the receiving corps should be among the program’s best it’s been in several years.
But the real reason for the pivot to liking the Badgers -10.5? The weather.
Assuming this game goes on – and Dorian doesn’t force a cancellation or date change – the expectations are for rain, storms, and high heat and humidity. That’s where Wisconsin’s offensive line kicks in.
The Badgers should be able to blast away on the Bulls if it gets sloppy, and the Bulls might not be able to do much of anything on the Bucky D.
Considering the potential weather issues, like the 10.5, love the under on the 58.5.