Week one of college football is here, and that means it’s time for the return of my gambling picks.
Last year, we just got above .500 on the picks. We had our highs and we had our lows. That’s just the life of degenerate gambler. There’s no other way to describe it.
Well, this year we’re doing it big, and we’re cashing in. These are the five games I’m big on this week.
1) Texas (-14) vs. Maryland:
Maryland’s coach D.J. Durkin is on administrative leave, the Longhorns have more talent all over the field and they have a much better coach in Tom Herman. This one isn’t going to be close. Texas is going to blow Maryland out. I’m very confident with them at -14.
2) Auburn (-1.5) vs. Washington:
I’m just not buying into the Washington hype just yet. The Tigers are faster and are essentially playing at home because the game is in Atlanta. Plus, I generally lean towards teams with the more talented QB and I trust Jarrett Stidham to make plays with his arm and legs. I’m on Auburn here.
3) West Virginia (-9.5) vs. Tennessee:
Tennessee might be better this year, but Jeremy Pruitt isn’t going to turn them around in one year. Like I said above, I always lean on the team with a better quarterback. WVU’s Will Grier might be the best QB in America. I really don’t think this game will be close at all.
4) Michigan (+1.5) vs. Notre Dame:
Jim Harbaugh needs to win this game, and he absolutely will. I’m extremely excited to see what Shea Patterson does for the Wolverines. I have a strong feeling it’s going to be impressive. You can expect Michigan to march into South Bend and come out with a victory behind Patterson’s arm.
5) Alabama vs. Louisville (+24.5):
Am I crazy for taking Louisville and the points here? Maybe. Maybe I am, but there has been plenty of noise around the Tide’s QB battle. Did that cause any distractions? We don’t know, but I’m not ready to just assume Alabama is going to win by 25 or more points. That is a gigantic spread for a game against another Power Five team in week one. I expect Alabama to win pretty easily, but I’m pumping the brakes on a massive blowout.
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