Complete NCAA Football Betting Guide for Week 1 – 2018 Season

Posted by Derrick Harper on July 18, 2018 in

Even before the NFL regular season gets underway, we have the privilege of getting our first look at the college football season. The first week of the college season is always filled with marquee games between national powers and potential contenders. Let’s take a look at some of the Week 1 college football games you don’t want to miss, especially if you are planning your NCAA Football Betting strategy.

Complete NCAA Football Betting Guide for Week 1 – 2018 Season

Texas (-11) vs Maryland

Tom Herman’s Longhorns were a little better than expected last year, so they could be a team that’s ready to make some noise in 2018.

Also, these two teams combined for 92 points in last year’s season opener, so on the off chance we got similar offensive fireworks this year, this is a game worth checking out.

Washington vs Auburn (-3)

Auburn is the slight favorite as the de facto home team for this “neutral site” game in Atlanta. Both teams have an experienced quarterback coming back and the talent to be a playoff team at season’s end.

Of course, the loser will have an uphill battle the rest of the season in order to overcome an early loss, so there is little margin for error in this game.

Tennessee vs West Virginia (-9.5)

The Vols will be ready for a fresh start after going winless in the SEC last season before their nightmare of a coaching search during the offseason. A neutral site game in Charlotte against West Virginia isn’t exactly the easiest way to begin the season.

The Mountaineers return quarterback Will Grier, who posted crazy numbers last season and is being looked at as a Heisman candidate this season, at least in the state of West Virginia.

Michigan (-2.5) at Notre Dame

All the pressure on this game would appear to be on Michigan and head coach Jim Harbaugh. He’s been criticized for never being able to win the big game, and this year, there are expectations for him to get the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff.

Obviously, losing the first game of the season to long-time rivals Notre Dame would be a terrible setback. It’s also worth noting that the last time these two met in 2014, the Irish won 31-0, so yeah, all the pressure is on Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Louisville vs Alabama (-25.5)

Not a lot of respect for Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals with such a massive betting line. Of course, Louisville has to replace Lamar Jackson, which won’t be easy.

Once again, Alabama is the NCAA Football Betting favorite to win it all.

The Cardinals also weren’t that good defensively last season, so they’ll have their hands full, as Nick Saban’s teams tend to start the season strong.

Miami (-2.5) vs LSU

Two traditional powers playing at Jerry World in Arlington, what’s not to like? The Hurricanes want to prove that last season’s success wasn’t a fluke and that they are back in the national spotlight for good. Beating LSU on the national stage would be a great way to start the season.

Of course, the Tigers have won 14 of their last 15 season openers, and that includes wins over major-conference foes like Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Oregon, North Carolina, and Washington. In short, the Bayou Bengals like the big stage the opening week.