College Football Season Win Totals To Bet On And To Avoid
As spring turns to summer, we are now one day closer to the start of the college football season. It’s never too early to start talking about specific programs and how they may fare in the new season, and that talk gets a little louder as soon as the bookies release the projected win totals and NCAAF picks for each team.
We have some definite ideas and about who is going to do what this season, which is why we have put together a list of 6 teams who might well eclipse their win total, as well as 3 who look doomed to fall short.
Analyzing The College Football Season Win Totals To Bet On And To Avoid
College Football Season Teams OVER Their Projected Win Total
Miami Hurricanes (8.5)
The first season under new head coach Mark Richt must be deemed a success, as the Hurricanes were able to reel off 9 wins. Miami will have 14 starters returning this year, and will also not have games against either Clemson or Louisville to contend with. In reality, their Week 3 meeting with Florida State may well be the only one that they are not favored to win this year, so look for them to match or better their win total from last season.
Maryland Terrapins (3)
Yes, Maryland are in the Big Ten, and are way off the pace being set by the big boys in the conference, but this is a team that could easily pick up a couple of wins during the first month of the season. From that point forward, they would then only need to win 2 more, which is definitely not out of the realm of possibility. This looks like an easy OVER to me.
Utah Utes (6.5)
This is another one that seems like a definite OVER to me. Kyle Whittingham has been in charge of the Utes for 13 seasons, and in that time, he has only ever fallen below this projected mark twice. Utah are now on a run of 4 straight seasons with at least 9 wins, and it’s tough to see them falling too far this coming season, especially with a fairly manageable schedule.
Colorado Buffaloes (7.5)
It was a season to remember for Colorado last season, as they won 10 games and took the PAC-12 South crown. The reason their number is so low this season is because Steven Montez will be taking over at QB from the departed Sefo Luifau, but the young man proved last year that he has what it takes to lead this group, plus he has a large number of returning players on offense.
Boise State Broncos (8)
Yes, the Broncos have a tough road schedule ahead of them this season, but they are also very tough to beat on that ghastly blue field. It has been their home dominance that has helped them reach at least 8 wins every year since 1998, and there is no reason to believe they can’t get there again this coming season.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (6)
This is a very young team that will likely make some mistakes along the way, but they do not have what anyone would call a killer schedule. Tanner Lee transferred in to take the QB role, and he looks as though he has what it takes to lead this offense. Also working in Nebraska’s favor is that 5 of their first 7 games will be at home.
College Football Season Teams UNDER Their Projected Win Total
Tennessee Volunteers (7.5)
Arguably the most overrated team in college football last season, the Volunteers made it 8 wins, but needed great escapes versus Georgia and Appalachian State to get there. QB Joshua Dobbs is off the NFL, and the “Champions of Life” may take a big step back this year.
USC Trojans (10)
There is a lot of hype surrounding this USC team, as many seem to believe that this group is ready to get back to college prime time. I am always a little wary of teams projected to win 10 games, though, unless you are Alabama, as the margin for error is just a little too tight.
Oregon Ducks (8)
To me, this looks like the biggest gimme on the board, and you have to believe that the bookies are counting last season’s 4 wins as an aberration. Yes, I think the Ducks will be better this coming season, but I don’t think they will be 4 or 5 games better.