2016 College Football Betting Season Sleeper Candidates

Posted by Eric Williams on Wednesday,June 1, 2016 3:38, EST in

If you want to get your 2016 college football betting campaign off to a positive start and you’re looking for some teams that could exceed their expectations over the course of the coming season, the you’ve come o e right place! I’m going to highlight six teams that all have a chance of surpassing their expectations in 2016 while winning more games and covering the spread, more than most experts have predicted. Okay, with that said, let’s get started.

Taking A Look at the 2016 College Football Betting Season Sleeper Candidates

Temple Owls (10-4 SU, 9-5 ATS)

Not only did the Owls soar to an impressive 10 wins under excellent head coach Vern Rhule in 2015, but more importantly, they have seven returning starters on both sides of the ball, including star running back Jahad Thomas and starting quarterback P.J. Walker. The Owls have a manageable 12-game schedule in 2016 and look like a 10-win team again after ranking 52nd in scoring (30.8 ppg) and a stellar 16th in points allowed (19.2 ppg).

North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3 SU, 8-6 ATS)

North Carolina needs to find a suitable replacement for quarterback Marquise Williams, but the Tar Heels are young and hungry no doubt. Te Heels are strong on the defensive line and have an elite running back in Elijah Hood Jr. and look like they could very well reach the double-digit win mark.

Northwestern Wildcats (10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS)

The Wildcats won a surprising 10 games in 2015, mostly because they had the nation’s seventh-ranked defense (16.4 pg). Sure, Northwestern averaged a paltry 20.7 points per game offensively, but I see no reason why the Cats can’t reach the double-digit win mark again in 2016. Northwestern has seven returning starters on offense, including quarterback Clayton Thorson and running back Justin Jackson. Defensively, Northwestern returns five starters, including one on the d-line, two at linebacker and another pair in the secondary.

Wisconsin Badgers (10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS)

The Badgers ‘struggled’ to 10 wins in Paul Chryst’s first season and the Badgers return seven starters on both sides of the ball in 2016, including gifted running back Corey Clement. With a defense that ranked first in the nation a year ago and an offense that averaged 27.1 points per game (72nd), I think the Badgers could very well record 10 wins again in 2016.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS)

The Red Raiders have gone from four wins in 2014 to seven last season. With a seriously gifted dual-threat signal-caller in Pat Mahomes back under center in 2016, I’m thinking the Red Raiders could easily reach eight or nine wins in 2016. I’m going on record to say…don’t sleep on this Big 12 underdog. Gifted running back Corey Clement could be the key to the Badgers success in 2016 as he returns from a bevy of injuries that cost him virtually all of his junior campaign a year ago.

BYU Cougars (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS)

The Cougars won nine games in 2015 after freshman quarterback Tanner Mangum replaced starter Taysom Hill in the first game of the season. Now, a year older and wiser, Magnum and BYU’s 15 returning starters could very well surprise. On another note, the Cougars will also have Hill back in 2016 after a medical waiver gave him an extra year following three season-ending injuries.