Fresno State could have a new starting QB who wasn’t even on the roster a few weeks ago. Oregon States’ Marcus McMaryion has decided to transfer out of the football program after turning out on the wrong side of the Beavers’ starting quarterback decision. A graduate transfer, McMaryion will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for FSU. Last season as the starter the last half of the year, he went 101-of- 170 for, 1,286 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. So many factors to take into consideration before choosing the right betting odds for the 2017 regular season, but we’ve come here to try to ease things out for the first few weeks of the season. Here are our top College Football betting picks for this September.
Top College Football Betting Games – September 2017
It’s the No. 1 team in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll in the Tide and the No. 3 team in the Seminoles. The two are playing this game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, and it would surprise no one if they are playing there again in January as it’s the host of this year’s national title game – although the loser in Week 1 likely can’t afford to lose again and reach the playoff. The Tide are currently the college football betting pick at MyBooikie with -7. They will have one of their best defensive players in lineman Da’Shawn Hand despite a recent arrest for DUI. Coach Nick Saban isn’t going to suspend Hand for this game, which is ridiculous. The former No. 1 overall recruit recorded just 21 tackles and two sacks across all 15 games for Alabama in 2016 but is in line to start this year.
Two teams who “could” make the playoff but with tough schedules that seems unlikely. The Dawgs should win the SEC East Division but then likely will lose to Alabama in the SEC title game. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly enters this season on the hot seat after his team went 4-8 last year. If the Irish are handled easily at home, Kelly likely won’t be around in 2018. A big early win against a Power 5 opponent would strengthen his case that last year was an aberration. The Dawgs likely will be slight College Football betting favorites.
Sept. 16: Texas at USC
It’s the first meeting between these storied programs since Texas QB Vince Young had perhaps the greatest single-game performance in NCAA history in leading the underdog Longhorns past the Trojans in the Rose Bowl national championship game Jan. 4, 2006. That was one of the greatest games in college football history. Both teams should be 2-0 entering this one and we find out if Texas is legit in Coach Tom Herman’s first season. However, USC should be at least a 7-point favorite behind Heisman Trophy favorite QB Sam Darnold.
Sept. 16: Miami at Florida State
If the Seminoles lose in Week 1 vs. Alabama, which is likely, then a loss here against the rising Hurricanes kills FSU’s national title hopes. Florida State has owned this series this decade, but UM seems to be getting closer to a win every year. The Canes probably should have won at home in 2016 but lost 20-19 when DeMarcus Walker pushed through the line and blocked Miami kicker Michael Badgley’s point-after attempt with 1:38 remaining. FSU likely will be around a 7-point favorite here depending on what it does vs. Alabama.
Sept. 23: Washington at Colorado
A rematch of last season’s Pac-12 title game and possibly a preview of this season’s, although I don’t think Colorado wins the Pac-12 South again. Washington should repeat in the Pac-12 North. The Huskies routed Colorado 41-10 in that game. UW broke open a close game when Taylor Rapp intercepted Sefo Liufau’s passes on the first two drives of the second half for a touchdown and to set up a field goal that made it 24-7. The Buffs have potentially lost a starter as defensive back Anthony Julmisse has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest that stems from an altercation with a woman. Washington should be the College Football betting favorite here.
Sept. 30: Clemson at Virginia Tech
It’s a rematch of last season’s ACC title game. The Tigers won that 42-35. Deshaun Watson passed for three TDs and rushed for two more in his final ACC game. Of course Watson would then lead Clemson to the national championship. Tech QB Jerod Evans ran for two touchdowns and rallied the Hokies from a 21-point deficit to make it close at the end. Virginia Tech got the ball back with a chance to force overtime. Evans drove his team to the Clemson 23, where the drive stalled when Tigers cornerback Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a pass on fourth-and- 6. Both Watson and Evans are gone now. Clemson should be about a 3-point road favorite here.