College Football Picks Against the Spread: Week 1, 2016

Leonard Fourenette LSU

Welcome to the greatest time of year, College Football season. A time packed with tailgates, marching bands, awesome food and of course gambling. There is nothing better than multiple screens of games from sunrise to sunset and often into the wee hours with some #PAC12afterdark. Week 1 offers a jam-packed Saturday slate with a little Sunday Funday and an extra treat on Monday. Let’s look at the games you need to be wagering on this weekend and make some College Football picks!

LSU Tigers -10.5 at Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers “host” the LSU Tigers at historic Lambeau Field, a place unfamiliar to college football. The last time a college football game was played in Lambeau was 1983 between the Fordham University and St. Norbert College. LSU and Leonard Fournette enter this game with a ton of expectations. The Tigers are expected to be in the National Title conversation currently tied with Clemson at 6.5/1 just behind Alabama. Their star running back is the current Heisman Trophy favorite with his odds sitting at 4/1. As for Wisconsin things are not quite as optimistic. Their offense is led by Corey Clement who is a talented running back with NFL potential. Unfortunately for the Badgers their offense beyond Clement is pretty underwhelming. The Tigers should be able to stack the box to take away the Badger defense. Fournette should have an impressive opener and remind everyone how talented he is. LSU should win this game by two or more touchdowns. Take the Lambeau Leap with the Tigers -10.5.

Pick: LSU -10.5

Houston Cougars +11.5 vs Oklahoma Sooners

Another neutral site game in an NFL stadium is taking place between two teams that were among the college football elite a season ago.The Houston Cougars made a huge leap in Tom Herman’s first season with the team. They are led by Greg Ward JR. their do it all quarterback that makes plays with his arms and legs. Many of the same things can be said for the Sooners Baker Mayfield who was a magician on the field a year ago. Teammate Samaje Perine may be on the best running backs that many people don’t talk about. The Sooners did have some key losses with Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker and Zach Sanchez leaving for the NFL. Shepard was massive a season ago for OU especially when they needed a big pay or key third down. This should be one the best games of the weekend with a ton of points being scored. I think Ward and company will do enough to keep this game close.

Pick: Houston +11.5

Georgia Bulldogs -2.5 vs North Carolina Tar Heels

The Kirby Smart era makes its debut on Saturday in Georgia Dome with a ton of unanswered questions. The Bulldogs enter the 2016 season with a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. The quarterback conundrum that plagued the 2015 season is still very much there with Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey. Freshman Jacob Eason is also in play and could be the best option if the Dawgs want to be a serious contender. Being able to hand the ball off to Nick Chubb and potentially Sony Michel should make things much easier for whomever is under center on Saturday. Lambert will start the game.

The Tar Heels enter the season after an impressive 2015 going 11-2 but will be doing so without their starting quarterback Marquise Williams. Junior Mitch Trubisky will take over for Williams and look to keep the offense rolling. The Heels will have to wait until Week 2 before getting on track. Nick Chubb and the Bulldog defense will be too much for North Carolina. Georgia will cover the 2.5 point spread with ease.

Pick: Georgia -2.5

UCLA +3 at Texas A&M

This game has me a bit perplexed especially when it comes to the line movement. The Line opened with the Aggies as a 1 point favorite and has since ballooned to a full field goal. Texas A&M has an impressive defensive led by Myles Garrett who could be the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft come June. John Chavis is in to run this defense which should help that side of the ball even better. Unfortunately their signal caller for 2016 will be Trevor Knight. After a crazy impressive Sugar Bowl two seasons ago it’s been all downhill for Knight. Conversely Josh Rosen will be under center for the Bruins and is a legit Heisman Trophy candidate with NFL potential. Soso Jamabo should be able to take over for Paul Perkins who left for the NFL and add nice balance to the Bruins offense. Their defense took a hit especially with Myles Jack heading to the NFL but Eddie Vanderdoes and company should be really strong again this season. Give me the Bruins to not only cover the 3 point spread but get the outright win.

Pick: UCLA +3

Notre Dame -3.5 at Texas Longhorns

The first week of the season gives us a couple extra treats for the holiday weekend including this game on Sunday. This game will pit two teams that will utilize two quarterbacks but for very different reasons. The Longhorns will likely start freshman Shane Buechele and employ senior Tyrone Swoopes is sub packages. While Buechele has a ton of upside it will likely be a tough opener for the young QB. As for the Fighting Irish, they will employ two very talented players that almost got them into the College Football playoff. Both Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire should play a good amount in this game. They will have to replace C.J. Prosise, Will Fuller and other offensive weapons. Josh Adams should be solid at RB and the WR should be strong. St. Brown, Sanders and Boykin are all talented options that can help out whomever is at quarterback. Even with this game being in Austin I expect the Irish to run away with this game and win by double digits.

Pick: Notre Dame -3.5

Enjoy a fantastic weekend of College Football and go find some winners!

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