College Football Week 1 ATS Odds & Picks

Posted by Juan Carlos on August 31, 2018 in

The 2018 College Football season has officially started! And this weekend is going to be a big one. Here are our best Against the Spread College Football Week 1 betting picks.

College Football Week 1 ATS Odds & Picks

Virginia Tech to cover at Florida State

  • College Football Week 1: -7.5

Virginia Tech, ranked 20th in the country goes to Tallahassee to face the number 19 Seminoles.  Virginia Tech is always a tough, disciplined team that plays fierce special teams and defense.  Their offensive production is suspect at times, but their effort is never in question.

Take that team to face off against the Seminoles with plenty of talent on their roster, but I have my doubts about Willie Taggert’s ability to get his team eady with a new system and new coaching staff.  His record shows that he has a tendency to underperform against tough opponents.

His combined record is only 47-50 and he doesn’t have a strong background of staying put in one spot for long, meaning much of that record was created with other coaches’ recruiting classes.  I feel Tech could win outright, but if not, this one will be closer than a touchdown.

Troy to cover at home against Boise State

  • College Football Week 1: -10

Troy may win outright, but at the least, I have them pegged to cover the ten point favorite Boise State team at home.  Troy lost to Boise on the blue turf last year to start the season, but don’t let that fool you.  In their last seven games, the Trojans have averaged just over 40 points per game while only giving up an average of 18.

Last year, Troy consistently gave Boise good field position.  Don’t expect that to happen again.  I will take Troy to cover at home in the heat.

Michigan over Notre Dame

  • College Football Week 1: -1.5

Michigan’s Tarik Black will be out for this game with injury, but I still expect the Wolverines to get the job done.  Jim Harbaugh with an elite quarterback and a very tough defense is not something to take lightly.   I fully expect Don Brown’s defense to lead the nation with this consistent talent and another year in his system from players like Devin Bush, Jr., Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Kheleke Hudson, and Josh Mettelus.

I see a Notre Dame team that lost a lot on offense, particularly in the run game with the departures of Josh Adams, Mike McGlinchey, and Quentin Nelson.  If Brandon Wimbush is to be responsible for all of the offensive production through the air and the ground, look for this one to get ugly.  Michigan has a more experienced group and more explosive players on defense.  I expect Michigan to cover the win by more than 1.5 points.