Best Ways to Handicap the 1st Week of College Football Betting

Best Ways to Handicap the 1st Week of College Football Betting

College Football’s first week is finally here. Plenty of exciting games happened this past Saturday, Aug. 28. But the real action starts on Thursday, Sep. 2 when the first top 5 ranked team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, hit the gridiron. The action picks up big time on Saturday before concluding on Monday, Sep. 6 when Louisville takes on Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss squad. Check out the best way to handicap the first week of the new college football season so you can bet all set to bet against the NCAAF odds

2021 College Football Betting: Week 1 Handicap Guide

NCAA Football Week 1

  • When: Thursday, Sep. 2 – Monday, Sep. 6

Look for possible moneyline bets

MyBookie oddsmakers have set moneyline odds. You should take advantage. Week 1 is the perfect time to go after a strong favorite. 

Boise State has a better than +175 chance to beat Central Florida. Minnesota, because they start 10 seniors including the entire offensive line and quarterback Tanner Morgan, can upset Ohio State at +450.

Wisconsin should beat Penn State. The Nittany Lions are overlays at +180. Stanford is a +115 moneyline dog versus Kansas State. We’d back David Shaw and the Cardinal all day at those odds.  

Favor home and neutral site underdogs

Underdogs at home are always tough to beat. Give home dogs like Ohio +2 versus Syracuse and Florida State +7 ½ versus Notre Dame the benefit of the doubt.

Also lean towards backing a team like the Miami Hurricanes at +19 ½ versus Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The Canes should be one of the top four teams in the ACC this season. D’Eriq King is a proven commodity at quarterback.

But although we should lean towards home and neutral site underdogs, we mustn’t bet these teams blindly. Arizona may be the worst squad in the nation. BYU should easily cover the -12 ½. 

West Virginia looks like a much better team than Maryland. Use this strategy to separate the home dogs with a shot from the ones that are getting the benefit of the doubt because the game takes place on their field. 

Handicap games yourself. Don’t back a team based on what analysts say

Texas versus Louisiana-Lafayette is a classic example of this. The Longhorns hired Steve Sarkisian as their head coach and, all of a sudden, every college football analyst on the planet made Texas their pick to win the Big 12.

Cooler heads eventually prevailed. But the love for the Horns continued so much that up until this past weekend, Texas was a -9 favorite over a Ragin’ Cajun squad that lost a single game last season, to top Sun Belt team Coastal Carolina. Not only that, but the Cajuns return players on both sides of the ball including senior quarterback Levi Lewis. 

Texas is currently a -8 chalk. Don’t be surprised if by kickoff, the Longhorns are -6 favorites. Pro handicappers have already noticed the flawed betting spread.  

Use the Wall Street adage sell the rumor and buy the news. Consider going against super-hyped squads like Clemson versus Georgia, Bama against Miami, Texas over Louisiana, and Ohio State to cover against Minnesota. 


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