Most Anticipated Matches of the 2017 College Football Betting Season
As of this posting, there are 72 days before Stanford and Rice meet in Sydney, Australia, for the inaugural game iof the college football season. Fall camps around the country will begin in about six weeks. Here’s a look at three anticipated games on the 2017 schedule, with the latest college football betting preview for each one.
Top 3 NCAA Football Betting Games of the Season
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Oklahoma at Ohio State, Sept. 9
This game is at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC and both should be in the Top 10. It’s also the first game that really matters for Oklahoma – it opens as a massive home favorite on Sept. 2 vs. cupcake UTEP – under new head coach Lincoln Riley. Last week, Bob Stoops shocked the world by stepping down immediately as the team’s head coach and handed the reins to Riley, who had been the team’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. Stoops had coached at one school longer than any other active guy in the FBS. At just 33, Riley is the youngest head coach in the FBS. His hasty promotion is in large part because Riley’s work for the Sooners speaks for itself; he’s led one of the best offenses in the country as their coordinator the past two seasons. Under Riley, Oklahoma’s offense has been staggering en route to two 11-2 seasons. Last season, it was No. 10 among FBS schools in passing yards (4,134), No. 16 in rushing yards (3,078) and No. 3 in total yards from scrimmage (7,212). The year before, it also finished in the top 25 in the country in all three categories—and No. 10 overall in total yardage. The Buckeyes went to Norman and stomped OU last year. If Riley gets routed here, the questions of whether he’s fit to lead such a powerhouse program so soon will already begin.
Florida State at Clemson, Nov. 11
With Stoops deciding to retire, there are only four active FBS head coaches who have won national titles: Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. The winner of this game probably goes on to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division because that pretty much always happens (it has since 2009). Clemson has won the past two years, but that was behind All-American QB Deshaun Watson, who is now with the Houston Texans. It might be a slight rebuilding season for the defending ACC and national champion Tigers. With the return of All-America candidates Derwin James and Tarvarus McFadden and a wealth of experienced talent around them, Florida State will be in the discussion for having the nation’s best defensive backfield this season. The Seminoles are absolutely loaded at safety, with James, Trey Marshall and Nate Andrews all back as longtime starters – they have 45 career starts between them. The Noles also bring back QB Deondre Francois.
LSU at Alabama, Nov. 4
I find it hard to envision the Tide losing a home game this year, but LSU has the talent to do so behind Heisman Trophy candidate and running back Derrius Guice. As good as Leonard Fournette was, Guice might be just as good. For his career, Guice has already rushed for 1,823 yards and 18 TDs despite starting only six games in his two years with the Tigers. Of his 18 rushing TDs, seven have come from at least 40 yards out. He has rushed for 100 or more yards seven times in his career, which includes two games of 200-yards or more. LSU is 7-0 when Guice reaches the 100-yard rushing mark. He’s the only player in LSU history to rush for 250 yards or more in a game twice (252 at Arkansas, 2016; 285 at Texas A&M, 2016). A big reason that LSU fired coach Les Miles last year was because Alabama kept beating him. The Tide have won the past six in the series overall. It was 10-0 last year.