If you’re anxiously awaiting the start of the 2018 College Football betting action and you’re wondering which games have that, ‘can’t-miss, must-see TV’ feel to them, then you should know that there are far too many intriguing matchups to list in one simple sitting. However, I have taken the time to narrow the field to 10 of the most anticipated matchups there are on the entire 2018 schedule.
With that thought in mind, let’s get down to business, started with a quartet of Week 1 matchups! Be sure to check out all the latest college football odds for the upcoming season before placing your bets!
Most Anticipated Games for the 2018 College Football Betting Action
Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma, Sept. 1
Led by polarizing head coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic had a wonderful season in going 11-3 last season and a perfect 8-0 in Conference USA play. The Owls put up a whopping 40.6 points per game to rank eighth in scoring nationally. They’ll get a shot to take down one of college football powerhouse programs when they take on an Oklahoma squad that will be without Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Virginia Tech at Florida State, Sept. 1
Willie Taggart’s debut with Florida State will be garnering the headlines in this matchup, but I’m thinking the Seminoles will have a tall task in getting past a Virginia Tech team that went 9-4 last season and has their own outstanding head coach in Justin Fuente.
Michigan at Notre Dame, Sept. 1
Jim Harbaugh and Brian Kelly will both be desperate to get the win in this regular season opener, even if a loss in this contest won’t necessarily sink either team’s playoff hopes. For the Fighting Irish, this game may be more meaningful since they don’t have a conference title they will play for.
Auburn vs. Washington, Sept. 1
I’ve already gone on record to say that Washington is one of my picks to reach the four-team CFP and it starts here with a statement-making win over an Auburn team that beat both national championship participants last season. The Huskies know they need to do better than their 10-3 mark from last season and so does Auburn who went 10-4 a year ago.
Ohio State at Penn State, Sept. 29
This matchup of preseason top 10 programs is going to be huge with a capital ‘H’, so don’t forget to include it in your college football betting agenda. The Buckeyes went 12-2 last season and Penn State, 10-2. However, both of these national championship hopefuls have combined for some seriously memorable matchups in recent years, including the Buckeyes’ stunning 39-38 comeback win in Week 5 a year ago. Penn State won’t have the superstar running back Saquon Barkley, but Ohio State is without departed quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Wisconsin at Michigan, Oct. 13
I’m expecting the Wisconsin Badgers to really contend for a berth in the CFP, seeing as how their strength of schedule is a lot better than it was last season when it really got held against them. Maybe it’s me, but I’m suddenly thinking that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh might be thinking about bolting for greener pastures seeing as how he just can’t get his team into real CFP title contention.
Georgia at LSU, Oct. 13
This SEC cross-divisional matchup could be the thing lifts – or ruins – both of these championship hopefuls’ playoff plans, so be sure to include it in your college football betting plans.
Miami vs. LSU, Sept. 2
The winner of this ACC vs. SEC contest will see their postseason plans stay alive for several more weeks, if not the entire regular season.
However, the teams that take the loss in this one will be treading on thin water when it comes to their chances of making the four-team playoff.
South Carolina at Clemson, Nov. 24
Clemson is clearly the cream of the crop in the ACC, but if they get upset in this regular season finale, the Tigers could see their streak of reaching the CFP come to an abrupt halt! Lest anyone forget, Miami (10-3) wasn’t very far behind Clemson (12-2) in terms of wins and losses a year ago.
Oklahoma State at TCU, Nov. 24
TCU (11-3) needs to avoid an upset against Oklahoma State (10-3) in this one if they want to keep the CFP hopes alive that I have for them heading into 2018.