Over the last couple of years, neutral site college football games have increasingly become popular in the College betting odds, mainly because they help the institutions and companies involved to rack up tons of profits. For some fans, the thrill of visiting new venues or playing at a ground where both teams have a fair chance of fighting (minus the usual home vs. away advantage) is a good thing. For others, however, most neutral games come with extra costs for the fans, which often make it difficult to travel to the game sites. Still, with college football being the much-loved sport that it is, the neutral sites are often filled to capacity with fans, negating the complaints about the extra costs, forcing the grumbles to be swept under the carpet rather than being aired out in the public.
Let’s Count Down the Games that Will Give NCAA Football Betting Fans An Edge In 2015
Notably, bowl games and neutral games are pretty much the same, with the only major difference being that bowl games sell their TV rights to networks, whereas neutral site games fall under the existing TV agreements for the participating programs’ conferences. In 2015, there is an increased number of neutral site games, compared to those slated in last year’s schedule. If you are looking to make some good cash from such clashes, here are the top college football games that are likely to give bettors some edge in the college football lines.
Saturday, Sept. 5, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
Smart Picks— SU: Alabama, ATS: Wisconsin, Total: UNDER.
With Partners ABC and ESPN set to air this game in primetime, there’s definitely going to a lot of fireworks in this season-opener, as both ranked teams square it out for supremacy. Of course, Alabama’s reputation as a superior football powerhouse means that the Crimson Tide will be the favorites to win the game, but considering both teams are legitimate title contenders in their respective conferences, it would not be a surprise if the game is tightly contested and an upset win goes to the Badgers.
Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Smart Picks—SU: Auburn, ATS: Auburn, Total: UNDER
Pitting up the offense-heavy Auburn and defense-oriented Louisville is bound to be a cracker of a game, as we see which technique carries the day. The fact that both teams will enter the game ranked also adds some spice to it. Though Louisville will make this game tough, Auburn should still be able to record a comfortable win here.
Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas
Smart Picks: SU: Oklahoma, Total: 35-plus points
As one of the oldest feuds in college football, the Red River Rivalry clash between Oklahoma and Texas should pack a lot of heat, despite the fact that both teams had an off-year in 2014. With four wins in the last five meetings in the rivalry, the Sooners will be buoyed of another solid game against Texas, whose last win in the rivalry came in 2013. An upset by Texas is possible, but I believe this should be Oklahoma’s game to lose.
Saturday, Oct. 31, at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida
Smart Picks—SU: Georgia, Total: Not less than 30 Points
This clash is not only a divisional (SEC East) and conference (SEC) showdown, but it is also an annual rivalry game that comes with several title implications for both teams. The Gators have a new coach, so we may see a much improved Florida unit by the time the two meet in October. Nonetheless, Georgia is the more-talented team of the two, so they’d have won this game at home or even on the road. The fact that it will be played on a neutral ground simply adds intrigue, but the win should still go to the Bulldogs, especially with Georgia looking to avenge last year’s surprise upset to the Gators.
Texas A&M–Arizona State
Saturday, Sept. 5, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
Smart Pick: SU: Texas A&M, Total: 45-plus Points
As the only regular-season meeting between a Pac-12 and SEC team, and being the first ever meeting between the two programs, this game could go either way for the two football powerhouses. The showdown between Arizona State’s QB Mike Bercovici and Texas A&M’s Kyle Allen will particularly be a matchup to relish, so expect a high-scoring shootout affair. For now, I’d go with the Aggies for the win, considering they are proximally close to Houston than the Sun Devils, hence are more familiar with the environment, though I would not rule out an Arizona State win.
South Carolina–North Carolina
Thursday, Sept. 3, at Bank of America Stadium
Smart Pick: SU: South Carolina, Total: UNDER
Following their 27-10 win over North Carolina in their last meeting in 2013, the Gamecocks are now 5-1 SU in their last six meetings of the Carolina rivalry. However, in the history of the rivalry, the only two neutral game meetings (in 1955 in Norfolk, Va. and in 1910 in Durham, N.C) have both ended in wins by North Carolina, setting up an interesting matchup for this season-opener. A dogfight is thus likely to take place in this clash, with both teams pushing each other to the extreme, probably in a low-scoring duel.
Army–NavySaturday, Dec. 12, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Smart Picks: SU: Navy, Total: 40-plus points
The patriotic connotation of this game makes it a spectacle not worth missing, especially in regards to the pre-game and post-game activities, but football-wise, the game probably doesn’t offer what you’d categorize as a classic. For bettors, however, this game comes with a near guarantee of a solid SU Pick, as Navy has won the last 13 straight meetings against Army, most of them coming in dominant fashion. Considering Navy comes into 2015 with another set of talent-wealth, which is superior to Army, another win should be HIGHLY likely for Navy.
Other Neutral Games to Watch Out For: Maryland-Penn State, Northwestern-Illinois, Baylor-Texas Tech, Arkansas-Texas A&M, Colorado-Colorado State, Boston College-Notre Dame and Missouri-BYU.