Top College Football Betting Games of the Weekend (Sept 2-4)
It’s arguably the greatest opening weekend of college football ever, and we have previewed several games involving ranked teams here at MyBookie. But sometimes you can find value in games that can fly under the radar. Here are five I recommend in NCAA Football lines.
Here’s a Look at the Top College Football Betting Games of the Weekend (Sept 2-4)
New Mexico State at UTEP (-9.5)
Take the Miners here as NMSU’s best player isn’st expected to play. That’ss tailback Larry Rose III, who is recovering from sports hernia surgery. He is the team’s offense. Last year, Rose was selected to the Associated Press All-America Third Team. He led the Sun Belt with 1,651 rushing yards and had 14 touchdowns on 240 attempts to become the first back-to- back 1,000-yard rusher for NM State since Denvis Manns (1995-98). Rose was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year, first time for an Aggie since Manns was named Big West Offensive MVP in 1998. Last year, UTEP beat NMSU 50-47 in OT despite a big game from Rose.
Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (+3)
This game is in Dublin, Ireland and I like the Jackets. Tech is looking to bounce back from an uncharacteristic 3-9 campaign in 2015. Sixteen Yellow Jackets combined to miss more than 80 games with injuries last season and, despite the misfortune on the injury front, six of Georgia Tech’s nine defeats came by eight points or less. Georgia Tech returns the majority of its offensive production from a season ago, as the players that accounted for 81 percent of its rushing yards, 84 percent of its receiving yards and 98 percent of its passing yards last season are back on the squad in 2016. Georgia Tech is 7-1 in openers under head coach Paul Johnson.
Missouri at West Virginia (-9.5)
Like the Mountaineers here. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen is on the hot seat entering the year and can’t afford a loss like this to a mediocre Mizzou team. WVU is 36-28 on his watch and six games under .500 in the Big 12, including a 4-5 finish last year. For the first time since 1996, Mizzou opens the season on the home field of a power conference opponent, the first matchup in a two-game series with West Virginia, the program that replaced the Tigers in the Big 12 in 2012. Mizzou is 3-2 all-time against West Virginia, most recently beating the Mountaineers in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl.
Louisiana Tech at Arkansas (-26)
The Razorbacks will cover this spread. Louisiana Tech has less returning production than almost any team in the FBS. Tech lost a bunch of NFL talent from last year’s team, including quarterback Jeff Driskel, tailback Kenneth Dixon and defensive tackle Vernon Butler. In addition, freshman J’Mar Smith is being thrown right to the wolves at QB. Smith beat out redshirt sophomore Price Wilson to earn the right to replace senior Ryan Higgins, who won’t start as punishment for his DWI in August. Smith finished the spring as the third-string quarterback before pushing his way to the starting spot with a solid fall camp. Hogs senior defensive end Deatrich Wise said this of Smith:
“It’s his first time playing, so we’re going to do our job and make sure we hit him every time we can … try to get in his head.”
Fresno State at Nebraska (-28)
The Huskers are the choice in online NCAA Football betting as they are going to be much better this year and rarely lose home openers. The Huskers return 16 starters from last year’s team that capped the season with a victory over UCLA in the Foster Farms Bowl. The Huskers have ample experience on both sides of the ball, returning a four-year starter at quarterback in Tommy Armstrong. Fresno State posted a 3-9 record last season, including a 2-6 mark in the Mountain West Conference. It brings back only 10 starters. The matchup with Fresno State completes a three-game series between the two schools. The Huskers defeated Fresno State in Lincoln in 2011, before winning on the road in Fresno in 2014. Nebraska is 34-2 all time vs. members of the Mountain West.