Expert College Football Parlay Picks for Week 1
If you think you have a lock on a couple of pics for Week 1 of the NCAA season, why not lock them together in a parlay? You can make a bunch more money by taking the higher college football odds. Take a look at these pairings, and get ready to watch your account balance go up. Picks are against the spread, and the home team is in all caps.
Southern Methodist (-12) over NORTH TEXAS / Massachusetts (+37) over FLORIDA
SMU has a real shot at bowl eligibility, if their defense can play well at all. North Texas took a drubbing from SMU down in Dallas last year, and as the series shifts to Denton, it’s likely that we’ll see the Mustang offense, a year improved from last year, and the defense with more depth take it to the Mean Green.
Obviously, UMass is a cupcake game for Florida. They aren’t the Gators we’ve come to expect, as they have a solid defense but an offense that really struggles to score. I don’t think there’s anyway the Minutemen come out of this game with a victory, but I’m not sure that the Gators can pile up more than a five-touchdown margin of victory in this contest.
UCLA (+1) over TEXAS A&M / WISCONSIN (+10) over LSU
The Aggies had not one but two quarterbacks transfer out after the regular season last year, and even with the arrival of Oklahoma’s former backup on campus, that’s no guarantee that the Aggie offense will be any more functional. UCLA, on the other hand, comes to town as a possible player in the Pac-12 South, with a quality passing attack. If the Bruins can stop the Aggie rushing attack, they have a real chance to win this one.
The Badgers are a feisty team and will be playing at Lambeau Field in front of their home faithful. The Tigers come to town facing real questions as to whether they can pass against teams that load the box with eight and nine men against the run. They couldn’t down the stretch last season, which is why even Arkansas was able to come into town and knock them around. I don’t see Wisconsin winning, but they’ll keep it close.
TENNESSEE (-23.5) over Appalachian State / STANFORD (-16.5) over Kansas State
This Tennessee team is the SEC East favorite after taking several good teams to the brink last year despite being one of the youngest squads in the nation. I like them to work out the kinks from the off-season and take it to Appalachian State on both sides of the ball.
Out west, Stanford features Christian McCaffrey rumbling up and down the field, returning as the Heisman Trophy runner-up from last season. Stanford also has a quick defense that will be able to manage the Wildcats’ run-first approach. Kansas State has built a reputation for knocking off teams with more talent, but they don’t have enough to hang with the Cardinal in this one.