College Football Week 1 Sleeper Picks

College Football Week 1 Sleeper Picks

Written by on August 15, 2017

One of the biggest quarterback questions in college football fall camps has been answered: Baylor transfer Jarrett Stidham has been named Auburn’s starting quarterback. The school made the announcement on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that the Stidham was the front-runner to start at the position ahead of last year’s starter Sean White. Here’s a look at two games with some of the latest NCAAF odds and lines to back the underdog for College Football Week 1,

College Football Week 1 Sleeper Picks

Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators

When: Saturday, Sept. 2, 3:30 PM ET Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas TV: ABC Stream: WatchESPN Radio: WWJ/Detroit 950 AM (Michigan) / (Florida) Opening College Football Week 1 Lines: UM -3

Gators Suspend 7

Michigan is going to draw heavy action on this game, which should raise the line. So I’d actually hold out and bet later. But I say that because star Florida receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players have been suspended for this game. The players were suspended for a violation of team rules, and a Florida spokesman declined to elaborate on which rule was broken. However, it has leaked out that some of the players involved used the funds from part of their scholarship agreement to buy electronics equipment, then later reported the cards stolen. Some players sold the electronics equipment purchased with the school-issued funds. Callaway also was suspended from team activities during the spring semester in 2016 after a woman accused him of sexual assault. Callaway was found not responsible at a hearing last August and placed back on the team. He played in 12 games, missing the North Texas game with an injury, and gained a team-high 721 receiving yards on a team-high 54 catches. He also led the team in receiving in 2015. In May, he was arrested on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession in Gainesville. In addition to Callaway, offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort; linebackers James Houston and Ventrell Miller; and defensive linemen Jordan Smith, Richerd Desir-Jones and Keivonnis Davis were suspended. Only Jones was likely to play a lot (in addition to Callaway).

College Football Betting Totals to Consider for the Over in 2017

Yet Michigan Doesn’t Suspend Guy

So while you must give kudos to UF coach Jim McElwain for suspending his rule-breakers, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t doing the same. In mid-October of last year, WR Grant Perry was accused of groping the groin and buttocks of a female Michigan State student outside of an East Lansing bar. As a result, Perry was initially charged with two counts of sexual assault, and one each of a minor in possession of alcohol and resisting an officer. The latter charge was a felony, the others misdemeanors. In fact, Perry pleaded guilty in late June to one felony count of resisting a police officer and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined. Yet he’s playing!? Harbaugh still hasn’t named his starting QB. Although Wilton Speight was Michigan’s starter for the 2016 season and entered the spring as the most likely starter for the offense going into the fall. John O’Korn, who transferred from Houston started one game in place of an injured Speight last season, was expected to push for the starting job. Most believe it will be Spieght again.

Wyoming vs. Iowa

When: Saturday, Sept. 2, Noon ET Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City TV: Big Ten Network Radio: 98.7 FM (Wyoming) / Iowa Hawkeyes Sports Network (Iowa) Stream Option: BTN2Go Opening College Football Week 1 Lines: Wyoming -12.5

Wyoming Will Pull Upset

The best quarterback on the field this game by far will be Wyoming’s Josh Allen, who might be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft. Last year, Allen helped lead Wyoming to the 2016 Mountain Division title and a spot in the Mountain West Conference title game. He was a key player in Wyoming’s win over two Top 25 ranked teams in 2016, as the Cowboys also earned votes in the national polls. The Cowboy offense ranked No. 2 in the MW and No. 25 in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 35.9 points per game. Allen ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 6 nationally in passing yards per completion (15.33 yards). He also led the MW and was No. 16 in the country in points responsible for (218). Allen threw 28 touchdown passes in 2016, placing him No. 1 in the conference and No. 20 in the NCAA. He was second in the MW and 32nd in the nation in passing yards (3,203). Is Wyoming a safe bet against Iowa in College Football Week 1? Allen was also No. 2 in conference and No. 40 in the nation in total offense (266.1 yards per game). His 3,203 passing yards in 2016 are the fifth best single-season total in Wyoming school history, and his 3,726 yards of total offense in a single season rank No. 3 in school history. His 36 touchdowns responsible for — passing (28), rushing (7) and receiving (1) — rank No. 2 in Wyoming history. Just three years ago, Allen was a 6-4, 185-pound pole of a quarterback from a small town in California without a Division I offer. The Hawkeyes and Cowboys have squared off twice. Iowa won 21-7 in Iowa City in 1953, and squeaked out a 20-19 Holiday Bowl win over the Cowboys in 1987.

Expert College Football Week 1 Predictions

Maybe I’m just anti-Big Ten today, but I’m taking the Gators and the points when people overreact to the Callaway suspension and I’m taking Wyoming at +12.5. In conclusion, I think the Cowboys could win outright.
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