With the calendar about to turn over into the month of July, we are now just a couple of months away from the start of the college football season. We are more than likely going to see fans back in the stadiums this season, but the biggest changes in the sport may be just around the corner. The common belief is that this will be the last season in which we see the current 4-team playoff, as the NCAA is now looking to a 12-team postseason, which almost everyone seems to be on board with. We are, though, getting a little ahead of ourselves, as our focus is on the upcoming season. While the O/U odds for Week 1 have yet to be released, we are going to look at a few of the bigger matchups of the opening weekend to see if they will be on the high or low end of the scoring scale. Let’s jump right into action so you can plan your bets against their NCAAF odds.
Best over and under picks for the 2021 College Football Week 1
Penn State Nittany Lions Vs Wisconsin Badgers
It is always tough to pick how things might go in the opening week of the new season, but it is tougher still when you have teams coming off limited seasons in 2020. College lineups change from year to year, but there are usually enough returning players to help you grasp how things might go. That said, with a small sample size of games from last season, there is a lot of guessing going on. Penn State finished out the season by averaging about 36 PPG over their final 4 games of the season, but they will be going against a Wisconsin team that has seen games fall on the lower end in scoring. I think we could be looking at a stalemate here and a potential Under.
Alabama Crimson Tide Vs Miami Hurricanes
This is a fantastic Week 1 matchup between a pair of big names in college football. Alabama have been an absolute wrecking ball with Nick Saban as their head coach, while the Hurricanes have spent the last few seasons trying to get back to former glories, with limited success. Looking at last season, the Crimson Tide skewed towards the Over, going 7-5-1 O/U. It was much the same story for the Hurricanes, who ended the season seeing 6 of their 11 games going over the point total. This is one where I would be leaning towards the Over.
Georgia Bulldogs Vs Clemson Tigers
You are probably not going to get a lot of arguments if you come out and declare this as the matchup of the week. You see this and you automatically assume that we are looking at a lot of points hitting the board, but there are a couple of things to consider. The Georgia Bulldogs have had one of the best defenses in the league during the Kirby Smart era, while the Tigers will be adapting to life without Trevor Lawrence under center. On the flipside, the Bulldogs recruited some major offensive weapons, while Clemson believes that they have a QB who can jump right in and perform at a high level. It might be wise to go with the Over after all.