My NCAA Football Parlay Picks for Week 1
Kansas State Wildcats at Stanford Cardinal (-16)Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:00 PM ET
Kansas State was pretty much decimated by injuries last season, but the Wildcats have an elite head coach in the beloved Bill Snyder and a ton of motivation after suffering their first losing season under Snyder since 2005. The defense returns All-American candidates in linebacker Elijah Lee and linemen Will Geary and Jordan Willis, but K-State has to find an answer at quarterback.
Stanford has claimed at least a share of the Pac-12 North title in four out of coach David Shaw’s five seasons and the Cardinal have arguably the best all-around player in the country in hybrid running back/wide receiver Christian McCaffrey. Still, Stanford returns just six starters on offense and has to replace four-year starter Kevin Hogan at quarterback and that fact leads me to believe the Wildcats will easily cover the spread despite being on the road.
Stanford 31 Kansas State 24
Oklahoma Sooners at Houston Cougars (+9.5)Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM ET
Oklahoma may be favored to win the Big 12 in 2016, but the Sooners aren’t going to win their Week 1 opener against a Houston Cougars team that has a gifted dual-threat signal-caller in Greg Ward Jr. and a plethora of skill position players.
The Sooners have a gifted quarterback in Baker Mayfield and a ton of elite talent, but they also lost a lot on both of their lines. You heard it here first…Houston covers the spread – by getting the outright win.
Houston 35 Oklahoma 31
LSU Tigers at Wisconsin Badgers (+9.5)Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM ET
LSU Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette will headline this intriguing Week 1 pairing, but I like the Badgers to bag the outright win in their home opener. Wisconsin won 10 games in Paul Chryst’s first season and they’ll have gifted running back Corey Clement back for his senior season in what could be a Heisman Trophy contending campaign. Wisconsin has won eight of their last 10 home games and suffered their only two home losses during that stretch by just six and four points respectively.
Wisconsin 28 LSU 24
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-3.5) at Texas LonghornsSun, Sep 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM ET
The Fighting Irish have, not one, but two gifted quarterbacks in Deshone Kizer and Malik Zaire while Texas enters Year 3 of the Charlie Strong era still hoping to find a consistent signal-caller, among other pressing needs.
The Irish pounded the hell out of the Longhorns in their commanding 38-3 home win last season and are the easy college football futures odds pick to get the road win in this opener.
Notre Dame 31 Texas 24