College Football Total Betting Odds to Bet, Drop or Hold
We are in the dead period of the sports calendar year in the United States. That means there’s really no football news and won’t be until players start reporting to camp. But the college football betting season is now only about 75 days from kicking off. Here are a few NCAAF betting wins totals for the coming season that you should bet or drop or hold on — i.e. wait until closer to the season. Keep in mind that these totals are for regular-season games only, and all teams play 12 games. Conference title games or bowls don’t count toward the win total.
Closer Look at the College Football Total Betting Odds to Bet, Drop or Hold
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9 wins)
The Irish are mega-talented despite losing some terrific players to the 2016 NFL Draft. When star wide receiver Will Fuller declared for the draft, it meant that Notre Dame’s top three pass catchers would not be returning. If you include the receiving numbers put up by running back C.J. Prosise, the Irish will lose 70 percent of their passes caught, 75 percent of their receiving yardage, and 80 percent of their touchdown catches. Usually when there’s a quarterback competition, it means that a team really doesn’t have one good quarterback. That’s not the case here as the Irish have two good ones in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer. Zaire leapt to the front of last year’s spring competition and got off to a sensational start in the 2015 season only to fracture his ankle in Week 2. Kizer replaced him, steadied an offense besieged by injuries and led the Fighting Irish to 10 wins and a Fiesta Bowl berth. Zaire has attempted passes in just four career games for the Irish. That’s nine fewer than Kizer, who finished last season with a 63% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt, 2,884 passing yards, 520 rushing yards, 31 total touchdowns and 10 interceptions. I believe he wins this job. The Irish could be favored in every regular-season game as they only play three true road games: at Texas, at NC State and at USC. All the other games are either in South Bend or at a neutral site. I don’t think it matters who is at QB, the Irish will win 10 again. Bet Notre Dame.
Louisville Cardinals (9 wins)
Drop this wager as I believe this will be a push. The Cardinals aren’t beating Florida State, even with that game in Louisville. And they aren’t winning at Clemson. And I believe the Cardinals will lose one more game, either at Virginia or more likely at Houston in a non-conference game on Nov. 17. The Cardinals finished 2015 by winning six out of their last seven games and return 16 starters, including dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson. He led the Cards in passing and rushing last season and elevated himself to a fringe Heisman candidate with 227 yards passing, 226 rushing and four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) during a Music City Bowl victory. This will be a good team, but it just happens to play in the wrong ACC division. In the Coastal, U of L would be favored to win it. Drop this one.
Baylor Bears (9.5 wins)
If this were a month ago, I’d say go over this total. Now I’d hold because of all the controversy surrounding the firing of coach Art Briles — plus nearly every recruit in this year’s class is now leaving the school because Briles has been dumped. There’s some talk the school might only suspend Briles for this year and potentially bring him back in 2017, but that’s not going to help this year’s team. Briles was an instrumental part of Baylor’s rise to a Big 12 power and one of the nation’s top coaches. In addition to the coaching uncertainty, the Bears return only nine starters. Hold this bet on NCAAF odds.