Sure College Football Parlay Picks for Week 1
As of Thursday, there are just 57 days until the 2016 college football season kicks off in Australia between California and Hawaii. The true action doesn’t get started in the United States until the following week, Sept. 1. Here are three games that I’d parlay the favorites together for a sweet payoff on college football lines.
Taking a Look at the Sure College Football Parlay Picks for Week 1
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Tulane at Wake Forest (-16)
Tulane might be one of the five-worst programs in Division I right now. This will be the Tulane head coaching debut of Willie Fritz. Fritz completed his second season with Georgia Southern in 2015, going 17-7 over two years, including a Sun Belt Conference title in 2014. Georgia Southern has led the country in rushing each of the past two seasons. Fritz led Sam Houston State to back-to-back FCS national title games in 2011-12. Tulane hired Fritz to replace Curtis Johnson, who was let go after four seasons as the Green Wave’s coach. Tulane, which has longed for continued success for decades, has only seen one winning season since 2002. Wake has just 10 wins over the past three years but does look a bit on the rise. Any shot coach Dave Clawson had to turn Wake Forest around in his first two seasons slipped through the cracks in his offensive line. Over that time, the line has managed to top only one other FBS program in sacks allowed (SMU) and rushing yards (Washington State). But now the five returning starters have 70 combined starts.
Rice at Western Kentucky (-14.5)
These teams played last October and WKU rolled to a 49-10 win. Brandon Doughty threw for 409 yards and four first-half touchdowns. D’Andre Ferby added two touchdown runs for the Hilltoppers, who piled up 504 yards. Western Kentucky turned five Rice turnovers into touchdowns. While WKU has to replace the record-setting Doughty, it brings back top receiver Taywan Taylor. Taylor caught 86 passes for 1,467 yards last year, tops in Conference USA and third in the FBS. His 17 TD catches was second nationally. WKU was able to keep highly respected coach Jeff Brohm this offseason, giving him a nice extension. Brohm is 20-7 in two years at WKU after last fall’s 12-2 finish, which included a Conference USA championship, second straight bowl win and No. 24 ranking. He is the only Hilltoppers coach to win 20 games. He was rumored for some bigger jobs.
Army at Temple (-16.5)
Temple had one of the best seasons in school history last year in finishing 10-4. The Owls reached the Conference USA title game, losing 24-13 to No. 19 Houston. Temple then closed the season with a 32-17 loss to Toledo. The question mark for Temple is whether the loss of 26 seniors from a class that sparked the program’s recent turnaround under coach Matt Rhule will take its toll. All-America linebacker Tyler Matakevich is gone, as is offensive leader and center Kyle Friend. Army is a one-dimensional running team that probably should be playing FCS football. This game was moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 2 so it could be nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network. Temple has won six straight in the series, last in 2013. Owls will roll again and cover the betting lines spread.