With the start of the college football season now less than a month away, it’s time to get serious about picking the best games to wager on. This is why we have decided to look at the match-ups involving Power 5 Conference teams this season to see where the best games lie. For each week, we will have 5 different games featured, so let’s get right to the action around the 2018 NCAA Football Week 1.
Miami Hurricanes vs LSU Tigers – The beauty of this game is that it is a standalone affair that will be played on Sunday instead of Saturday. The Miami Hurricanes had themselves a great year in 2017, falling just short at the end of the season.
They have given themselves a monumental task in the opening week with a neutral venue game against a very good LSU Tigers team. I think the smart bet in this one would be the UNDER, as these are two teams built from the defense up. If I had to pick an SU winner, I would take Miami.
Tennessee Volunteers vs West Virginia Mountaineers – While the Tennessee program is in a bit of a funk at the moment, they are still going to be a tough opening game for West Virginia.
Everyone is excited to see if QB Will Grier and the Mountaineers offense can deliver the fireworks we expect this season, but there are also some who want to see how their patchwork defense will hold up. Not the easiest of starts to the season for West Virginia, but a game I would expect them to win.
Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Not only is this the best game featuring a Big Ten team, it might also be the match-up of the opening week. A little bit of the shine has come off the Wolverines after a poor season in 2017, and while Jim Harbaugh is not yet on the hot seat, fans are expecting a little more.
He can certainly put some minds at ease by getting a win over Notre Dame in Week 1, which is what I believe the Wolverines will do.
Washington Huskies vs Auburn Tigers – Washington won the division and the conference championship in 2016 but missed out last season. The entire conference was shut out of the playoffs in 2017, so the top teams in there, Washington included, are going to feel as though they have something to prove.
The Huskies could certainly make a statement by taking down the Auburn Tigers in Week 1, but that is going to be a big ask that just missed out on the playoffs after losing in the SEC Championship Game. I have Auburn winning a close one here.
Louisville Cardinals vs Alabama Crimson Tide – Perhaps not the showcase game it would have been had Lamar Jackson not left Louisville for the bright lights of the NFL, but it will still be fun to see what the defending champions bring to the table.
There is a little bit of a QB controversy taking place in Tuscaloosa right now, but I expect that to be taken care of before the season begins. This should be a comfortable win for the Crimson Tide.