The start of the 2016 NCAA college football season may still be months from getting underway, but it’s never too early for collegiate gridiron gaming enthusiasts to examine – and potentially cash in on some college football predictions. Thanks to the recent release of some value-packed online college football odds for nearly 40 top college football games this fall, you can get your 2016 NCAA football betting campaign underway right now. Okay, let’s get started.
Biggest College Football Games Of The Year Betting Analysis
Sept. 17, 2016
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Michigan State at Notre Dame (-6)
Michigan State (12-2 SU, 8-6 ATS) has won at least 11 games in five out of the last six seasons, but will need to replace quarterback Connor Cook among others heading into 2016. Notre Dame (10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS) reached the double-digit win mark a year ago despite losing starting quarterback Malik Zaire in the second game of the season. Athletic backup DeShone Kizer replaced Zaire and the Irish never missed a beat before falling just short of earning a berth in the four-team playoff.
The Irish went 6-0 SU ad 5-1 ATS at home a year ago, but the Spartans are the pick to cover the NCAAF betting line in this contest simply because they’re brimming with talent on both sides of the ball.
The Pick: Notre Dame 31 Michigan State 28
Ohio State at Oklahoma (-9)
Ohio State (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) lost just one game, but they failed to earn a bid for the CFB playoffs and a shot to win consecutive national titles. Not only that, but the Buckeyes will have to replace gifted running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end Joey Bosa after the pair were drafted in the top four of the NFL Draft. Ohio State enters the 2016 season with just three starters returning on both sides of the ball. The Oklahoma Sooners (11-2 SU, 9-4 ATS) lost elite wide receiver Sterling Shepard and cornerback Zack Sanchez to the NFL Draft, but they have talented quarterback Baker Mayfield returning and he should contend for the Heisman.
With Ohio State star J.T. Barrett returning and the Buckeyes having the bi edge in the coaching department, I like the Buckeyes to easily cover the spread as nearly double-digit road dogs and improve on their fine, 7-3 ATS over their L/10 road games.
The Pick: Ohio State 38 Oklahoma 35
Alabama (-3) at Ole Miss
So what, the Mississippi Rebels have beaten Alabama just three times in their last 10 home games dating back to 1995 and lost a handful of stars to the NFL Draft. Ole Miss got the big win a year ago by beating the Crimson Tide 23-17 to easily cash in as 4.5-poit home dogs and they’re my pick to do so again, mostly because they’ll have the big edge at quarterback with Chad Kelly under center opposite whoever wins Alabama’s starting job this spring.
Kelly led the SEC in passing last season and threw for more than 340 yards and three touchdowns against the Tide in last season’ meeting. Alabama is just 4-5-1 ATS in its last 10 road games. Don’t be shocked when the Rebels beat the Tide for the second consecutive season!
The Pick: Ole Miss 28 Alabama 24
Tennessee at Georgia (PK)
The Tennessee Volunteers (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) are heading in the right direction under head coach Butch Jones while the Georgia Bulldogs look to rebuild under new head coach Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs are at home and have an elite running back in Nick Chubb, but Tennessee has its own star in quarterback Joshua Dobbs and a big edge in the coaching department. Tennessee wins outright despite being on the road.
The Pick: Tennessee 41 Georgia 31
Stanford (-1) at Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are at home and have two quarterbacks that could start for just about any team in America. The Stanford Cardinal may have the best all-around player in college football in running back Christian McCaffery. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, they lost starting quarterback Kevin Hogan and will have an inexperienced signal-caller under center this season. The Irish are the pick to win and narrowly cover a home after losing to the Cardinal 38-36 last season as 4-point road dogs.
The Pick: Notre Dame 31 Notre Dame 27
Here is a look at the odds for more of the top games on the 2016 NCAA college football schedule.
Clemson (-1) at Florida State
Baylor (-4.5) at Texas
Michigan (-2) at Michigan State
Florida vs. Georgia (-1) (in Jacksonville, FL)
Florida at Florida State (-11)
Michigan at Ohio State (-6.5)
Auburn at Alabama (-18)