College Football Season is just about here! Football handicappers should be sharpening their skills. One good way of approaching college football is to look for teams that figure to be overplayed against the spread. Going against overrated teams can lead to big, profitable, wins in the online sportsbook. Check out 5 of the most overrated teams heading into the 2019 College Football Season. And be sure to check out the latest odds to win the 2020 National Championship before making any bets this season!
5 Overrated College Football Teams for 2019
Auburn’s defensive line should be one of the best in the nation. But, the Tigers offensive line, even though it’s experienced, was inconsistent and flat out flopped in some games last season. Not only that, but Gus Malzahn doesn’t have a proven starter at quarterback.
As always, the schedule is difficult: versus Oregon on a neutral field, at Texas A&M, at Florida, at LSU, at home against Georgia and Alabama. Auburn is favored by -3 over Oregon in their first game of the season, which tells you how much football handicappers love to back this overrated team.
Wisconsin is a perennial favorite to make it to the Big Ten Championship. That might not happen this season. The Badgers are known as a run first squad and they’ve got a real talent in running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor is so highly respected that he’s one of the few non-quarterbacks getting some love to win the Heisman Trophy.
It won’t happen. Why? The Badgers had to rehaul almost their entire offensive line. 4 starters line up in front of Taylor. Wisconsin also won’t start a proven quarterback. The defense is going through a rebuild on all 3 levels.
The Badgers will be a play against in most games and are already being overplayed. Even though this should be a transition season, Wisconsin is favored by 10 ½ points to beat Charlie Strong’s South Florida team on the road on August 30.
Penn State Nittany Lions
There are some positives about this Nittany Lions team. The problem is that most of Penn State’s positives are on the defensive side of the football. If you can’t score points, you can’t win football games, and the Lions could have trouble scoring points.
Quarterback Trace McSorley graduated. The running backs and wide receivers are all young and the offensive line must start a redshirt freshman, Rasheed Walker, at left tackle. Rasheed Walker could be all world, but it might take him a season to get there.
The Lions went 7-6 ATS last season. They’re vulnerable to going 4-8 ATS this season. Especially pay attention to early non-conference games versus Idaho, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. Both Buffalo and Pittsburgh are quality programs while Idaho has a chance to cover as a -40 points or higher dog once the line is set in that matchup.
Texas is getting a ton of love this season. The Longhorns are a solid +250 second choice to win the Big 12 after rival Oklahoma. Although Texas will be a quality team, they’re not much better on paper than their other Big 12 rivals and are much worse than the Sooners.
The reasons for all the positivity seems logical. Texas beat Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. They made it to the Big 12 Championship. They dominated Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Those are all reasons to believe the Longhorns are on the upswing.
But, reality is much different. Texas must replace 3 starters along the offensive line. They must replace 9 starters on defense. The schedule is no cakewalk with games at TCU, at Iowa State, and at West Virginia.
Texas must also play LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma at home. Unless the Longhorns’ defense comes together quickly, Texas will be in some trouble. The over against Texas ATS parlay could be a profitable theme this season.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State is the third Big Ten team on the Top 5 overrated list. The Buckeyes are always over played and even though they lost three key pieces from last season’s 13-1 SU and 7-7 ATS squad, they’ll be overplayed in pretty much every game this season.
The three pieces the Buckeyes lost were huge: head coach Urban Meyer, starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and starting DE Nick Bosa. Haskins broke records in his only season as a starter while Meyer rebuilt the program.
The Buckeyes have a favorable schedule which should only lead to them being even more overplayed than they normally are. Ohio State will have trouble covering every spread until oddsmakers and football handicappers realize they’re overrated.