With the start of the 2016 NCAA college football season slowly approaching, collegiate gridiron gaming enthusiasts everywhere can get an early start to their 2016 wagering campaign thanks to the early release of a multitude of value-packed Week 1 odds. Thanks to the handful of free expert picks you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great chance to kick off your 2016 NCAA football odds campaign in style! Okay, let’s rock and roll.
Top Betting Picks For College Football Week 1 Action
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016
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UCLA Bruins at Texas A&M Aggies (Pick)
UCLA will enter the 2016 season with plenty of question marks, but with talented quarterback Josh Rosen under center, the Bruins are the easy pick to get the win in their opener despite being one the road.
Texas A&M has had a well-documented dysfunctional offseason that will almost assuredly result in a season full of struggles in my opinion. The Aggies have more questions at quarterback and will have multiple new starters on both, the offensive and defensive lines.
The Bruins get the win here because of Josh Rosen!
The Pick: UCLA 41 Texas &M 27
Oklahoma Sooners at Houston Cougars (+8)
Oklahoma is favored to win the Big 12 in 2016, but the Sooners lost a lot on both of their lines. Still, the Sooners have a gifted quarterback in Baker Mayfield and a ton of elite talent. Nevertheless, it is the Houston Cougars that are my pick to cover the spread in this huge opener. Houston went 13-1 in Tom Herman’s first season a year ago and is poised to build on that eye-opening campaign in 2016.
The Cougars are the No. 1 Group of 5 team in the nation right now and could realistically challenge for a spot in the four-team playoff if they can beat the Sooners and Louisville Cardinals in their biggest non-conference games.
The Pick:Oklahoma 35 Houston 27
USC Trojans at Alabama Crimson Tide (-10)
Game to be played at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. With Jake Coker and Derrick Henry gone, along with a handful of other elite starters, the Alabama Crimson Tide suffered their fair share of key losses on both sides of the ball. Still, the Tide generally reload as well as any team in the country and will almost assuredly contend for the national championship this coming season if they get some solid play at the quarterback position and find a suitable replacement for Henry.
USC will go into battle with a new head coach (Clay Helton) and a new starting quarterback thanks to the departure of Cody Kessler. The Trojans lost a ton on their defensive line and that simple doesn’t bode well going up against the Crimson Tide. I’m not real fond of the high spread, but I like the Tide to narrowly cover.
The Pick: Alabama 31 USC 20
Monday, Sept. 5, 2016
Mississippi Rebels at Florida State Seminoles (-3)
I’m going with Ole Miss for the outright road win here mostly because they have the huge edge at quarterback. Sure, the Rebels have to replace three players that went in the first round of the NFL Draft, but they still have an elite signal-caller in Chad Kelly.
The Seminoles won 10 games year ago, but lost incomparable cornerback Jalen Ramsey and need a new starting quarterback. The one positive is that they still have gifted running back Dalvin Cook, one of the frontrunners to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy award.
The Pick: Ole Miss +3 Points