2017 College Football: Which Teams Can Reach the 10-Win Mark?

Posted by Michael Hunt on Tuesday,August 1, 2017 10:59, EST in

When you are betting win totals for college football teams, remember that you are wagering simply on the regular-season schedule – meaning 12 games because that’s what every school in the country plays (barring a game being canceled for weather or whatever, which happens occasionally). Thus it’s not easy for schools to reach 10 wins because that obviously means two or fewer losses. With that said, here is one team in each of the Power 5 Conferences that can win at least 10 games in the 2017 College Football season – along with their MyBookie total.

2017 College Football: Which Teams Can Reach the 10-Win Mark?

ACC: Florida State Seminoles (9.5)

I’m a bit surprised this total isn’t at 10, although the over is a -155 favorite. OK, Florida State is a 7-point underdog in Week 1 against Alabama in what could be the first-ever matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the national polls in Week 1. So let’s assume FSU loses that only because the Tide are so good.

I don’t see the Noles losing more than once more in the regular season. It won’t lose at home at all and should win at Clemson. That leaves only a trip to Florida for the likely second loss.

The biggest questions at Florida State surround its offensive line and running game, two critical components heading into the season opener. Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick appear ready to shoulder the load Dalvin Cook once carried, but the offensive line must make significant progress this fall. Florida State is the preseason choice to win the ACC in a vote of the media and has a legit Heisman candidate in QB Deondre Francois.

Big Ten: Ohio State Buckeyes (11)

Only OSU and Alabama have a win total set at 11. Now, I would never recommend betting over the 11 wins because that obviously means a team must go unbeaten. But the Buckeyes should finish no worse than 10-2 pretty easily.

Everyone at Ohio State, including coach Urban Meyer, believes new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will have an instant impact on the Buckeyes’ offense. OSU brings back perhaps the Big Ten’s top quarterback in JT Barrett.

The Buckeyes figure to be favored in every single regular-season game. Their toughest will be Week 2 vs. Oklahoma, a team they pummeled last year in Norman, Oct. 14 at Nebraska, Oct. 28 vs. Penn State and Nov. 25 at Michigan. The Wolverines are overrated with the fewest starters back in the nation.

Big 12: Oklahoma State Cowboys (9)

Oklahoma is the Big 12 preseason favorite, but I like the Pokes better – plus the Sooners are all but assured a Week 2 loss at Ohio State. The Cowboys don’t have a tough non-conference game like that, instead hosting Tulsa and visiting South Alabama and Pitt. OSU should win all those games, although Pitt isn’t bad. In Big 12 play, the Cowboys host Baylor and Oklahoma while visiting Texas Tech, Texas and WVU.

QB Mason Rudolph has quarterbacked OSU to a 22-6 record as a starter and has led the Cowboys to eight victories in games in which they trailed during the second half. He led all FBS quarterbacks returning in 2017 in both interception avoidance and touchdown-to- interception ratio in 2016, and he is already the owner of no fewer than 11 school records.

Is OSU a safe bet this 2017 College Football season?

Pac-12: USC Trojans (10.5)

Lofty preseason expectations are the expectation at USC, but in the past five years only once — last year — have the Trojans finished higher in the final Associated Press poll than where they started the season. But USC has the potential No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft in QB and Heisman favorite Sam Darnold. Many positions have definite starters entering 2017. There are more competitions for backup positions than starting jobs. That leads to an extra level of confidence as training camp starts, bolstered by preseason polls that have USC as a College Football Playoff contender.

“We know the hype is here,” safety Chris Hawkins said. “The standard of USC is to win national championships and Pac-12 championships. When everybody is talking about you, all you want to do is prove them right.”

The Trojans likely only have a chance to be an underdog only twice and could still be favored in those games: Oct. 21 at Notre Dame and Nov. 11 at Colorado. They avoid Oregon and Washington from the Pac-12 North.

SEC: Alabama Crimson Tide (11)

What else is there to say? No school has more talent or five-star recruits. The entire offensive backfield has returned. There’s a reason the Tide have been betting underdogs just a couple of times this decade. The can win 10 games in their sleep. I don’t think they win a national title in 2017, though. But they’ll get to the playoff again.

Final 2017 College Football Prediction

So, these teams mentioned previously usually have a good season. Bu who knows? Maybe a team you didn’t expect gets to the 10 win mark. But it seems like a long shot. For the 2017 College Football season, I think these teams will be able to make those 10 wins, but by the first few weeks we’ll know if it’s possible. For now, check out more bets and props for the season.