2014 Season College Football Must Bet Games
Thanks to the sports gods and with a little bit of cred for ESPN and two FCS powers and a new, very big idea known as the College Football Playoff, the 2014 Division I college football season will set a record for length. It begins on Aug. 23 and ends Jan. 12, 2015, a span of 143 days. And the beginning and end will be televised. But before the end of it all there will be 25 games that are Below are games that our NCAA Football odds makers think you need to bet on in 2014. Happy Trails!
2014 Season Long College Football Must Bet Games
1. Auburn at Alabama, Nov. 29.
Incredibly, the winner of this annual clash has played in the national title game in each of the last five seasons. Auburn posted a blistering 12-2 ATS mark in 2013 to lead the nation while Alabama managed to record a modest 6-6-1 ATS mark to finish 53rd in the ATS rankings.
2. Michigan State at Oregon, Sept. 6.
The high-scoring, preseason No.3 Oregon Ducks will be favored in this one no doubt. The more traditional, run-first Michigan State Spartans won’t be a pushover and could cover the spread seeing as how they went 9-4-1 ATS last season (18th). Oregon ‘s 8-5 ATS mark was good enough to land them in 27th place.
3. Florida at Florida State, Nov. 29.
I think this contest could be a bit one-sided, but hey, it’s a huge battle every year right? The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles went 11-3 ATS last season to finish third in the ATS standings while Florida recorded a dismal 4-8 ATS mark to finish 102nd.
4. UCLA at Texas, Sept. 13.
Charlie Strong’s rebuilding project at Texas (6-7 ATS) will be on display for the entire nation to see in this one as they take on a UCLA (9-4 ATS) team with national championship dreams.
5. Baylor at Oklahoma, Nov. 8.
The expected top two teams in the Big 12 will try to not lose their national title hopes in this highly anticipated pairing. Oklahoma (8-5 ATS) come into the 2014 season riding the high of beating mighty Alabama in last season’s Fiesta Bowl while Baylor (9-4 ATS) looks to pull off the upset as likely road dogs.
6. Michigan at Notre Dame, Sept. 6.
This game always has a huge national spotlight surrounding it. The question is, will the Michigan Wolverines (7-6 ATS) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish ( 5-7-1 ATS) actually be relevant this season?
7. Stanford at Oregon, Nov. 1.
The Oregon Ducks will look to not lose their national championship hopes by losing to the apparently, perpetually-underrated, Stanford Cardinal (7-7 ATS) for the third straight season.
8. Ohio State at Michigan State, Nov. 8.
This contest will likely decide the winner of the Big Ten and will likely have major postseason implications for both, the winner and loser of this contest as both, the Buckeyes (6-7-1 ATS) and Spartans (9-4-1 ATS) have legitimate national championship hopes.
9. Alabama at LSU, Nov. 8.
LSU fans start teaching their children to hate Alabama – and slick head coach Nick Saban – almost as soon as they’re born. Seriously though, this contest could determine the postseason fates of both SEC powerhouse programs.
10. Oklahoma State vs. Florida State in Dallas, Aug. 30.
I’m excited about this Week 1 matchup, particularly seeing as how the Oklahoma State Cowboys are getting no respect from oddsmakers everywhere. Oh yeah, this one will go down at Jerry Jones’ billion-dollar stadium in North Texas .
11. Wisconsin vs. LSU in Houston, Aug. 30.
Wisconsin has an elite running back in Melvin Gordon but LSU freshman Leonard Fournette has been compared to the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian ‘All day’ Peterson so this should be a good one in theory.
12. Auburn at Georgia, Nov. 15.
Georgia got burned late on a Hail Mary to lose to Auburn last season, but they’ll be back at home in this contest for the first time since 2011.
13. Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas, Oct. 11.
These two teams just hate each other – mostly because of the longstanding recruiting wars they’ve had with each other. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if and when new Texas head coach Charlie Mack can get the Longhorns to start playing at a high level again.
14. Oregon at UCLA, Oct. 11.
I don’t know why this matchup is so highly anticipated, seeing as how Oregon keeps beating the hell out of UCLA (9-4 ATS). Could the Bruins turn things around this year? I think not!
15. Michigan at Ohio State, Nov. 29.
This contest looks more like a mismatch than a rivalry contest, seeing as how I expect Ohio State to contend for the national championship – and Michigan to contend mostly for their pride.
16. UCF at Missouri, Sept. 13.
Missouri ( 11-2-1 ATS) has turned into a perennial national powerhouse and consistent ATS winner that routinely records double digit wins. UCF is well-coached, but they no longer have Blake Bortles. How do you spell blowout?
17. USC at Stanford, Sept. 6.
Steve Sarkisian will try to do what predecessor Lane Kiffin couldn’t – win USC’s Pac-12 opener. Unfortunately…I don’t see it happening as I expect Stanford to really contend for something big this season.
18. Texas A&M at South Carolina, Aug. 29.
No Johnny Football and no Jadeveon Clowney takes a lot of luster off of this matchup, although I will admit that it should be fun watching two explosive offenses go at it.
19. Auburn at Kansas State, Sept. 18.
Make no mistake about it…if Auburn takes this contest lightly – they could very well lose to an always, well-coached K-State (8-5 ATS) squad.
20. Virginia Tech at Ohio State, Sept. 6.
Virginia Tech hasn’t been the program they used to be in recent seasons, making his contest more of a mismatch than an actual showdown.
21. Boise State vs. Mississippi in Atlanta, Aug. 28.
Mississippi has one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and they could speed up the maturation process by beating a very good Boise State team in this one.
22. Florida State at Louisville, Oct. 30.
No Teddy Bridgewater has taken a lot of the luster off of this matchup and now it looks like a huge mismatch to me.
23. Notre Dame at Florida State, Oct. 18.
There’s nothing like seeing Notre Dame take it on the chin if you ask me.
24. Akron at Penn State, Sept. 6.
The Zips aren’t even in the same caliber of teams as the Nittany Lions, so expect this one to be over by halftime.
25. Western Kentucky at Marshall, Nov. 28.
Marshall (9-5 ATS) could be looking at an undefeated season – if they don’t lose to the lowly Hilltoppers in this contest that is.