If you’re a college football gridiron gaming enthusiast that is looking to get an early jump on your 2016 betting campaign, then you’re in luck! Thanks to this expert betting breakdown on my top two parlay picks for Week 1, you’re going to have a great opportunity to get your 2016 college football betting campaign off to a positive start.
Let’s Take a Look at the Top College Football Week 1 Parlay Picks
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Kansas State at Stanford
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, September 2, 2016
Where: Stanford Stadium, Stanford, California
NCAAF Odds: Stanford -16
Analysis: Kansas State (6-7 SU, 6-7 ATS), was decimated with injuries in 2015, but the Wildcats ranked a respectable 58th in scoring a year ago (29.9 ppg) and have one of the best coaches in all of college football in the legendary Bill Snyder. The Stanford Cardinal (12-2 SU, 10-4 ATS) have the best all-around player in the nation, are playing at home, but I think they’re going to narrowly fail to cover the spread because of the loss of longtime quarterback Kevin Hogan.
The K-State Wildcats may be 1-4 ATS in their last five games against Pac-12 teams and an identical 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, but the last time Stanford was a 16-point favorite, they failed to cover the college football betting line and I believe they will do so again in their 2016 regular season opener.
I know the Cardinals are a robust 38-18 ATS in their last 56 home games and bankroll- boosting 49-24- 1 ATS in their last 74 games overall, but I believe that K-State’s Bill Snyder will lead his team to the ATS cover against a Stanford team that will have a new starting quarterback this coming season.
My Pick: Stanford 31 Kansas State 21
BYU at Arizona
When: Saturday, September 3 at 10:30 PM ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
NCAAF Odds: Arizona -1.5
Analysis: The BYU Cougars (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) will have new head coach for the first time after 11 years under beloved former head coach Bronco Mendenhall. New head coach Kalani Sitake takes over at his alma mater and he has seven returning starters from an offense that ranked 40th in scoring nationally (33.6 ppg), including two gifted quarterbacks in Tanner Magnum and recently named starter Taysom Hill.
The Arizona Wildcats (7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS) are playing at home and have plenty of talent, not to mention some season-opening desperation after winning just seven games last season!
The Wildcats return seven starters on offense, but need two players, who starred in 2014 to get back to their former success after struggling mightily last season in quarterback Anu Solomon and running back Nick Wilson. Still, the Cats can score with the best teams in the game today as they finished 20th nationally in scoring (37.3 ppg). Solomon was sidelined twice with concussions last season and dropped from 3,793 passing yards as a freshman in 2014 to 2,667 yards last season. Wilson rushed for a stellar 1,375 yards as a freshman in 2014, but rushed for just 729 yards as a sophomore last season.
Arizona failed to cover the college football betting line in each of its final two games a year ago and I believe they’ll do so again by losing to BYU outright in a high-scoring affair in this Week 1 showdown.
The Cougars went 3-2 ATS as an underdog last season while Arizona was just 3-3 ATS at home and an uninspiring 2-4 ATS in its last six games a year ago.
I like BYU to get the road win and ATS cover!
My Pick: BYU 35 Arizona 31