Never Too Early Bets for the 2016 College Football Season

Never Too Early Bets for the 2016 College Football Season

Written by on May 26, 2016

Just because we haven’t even officially turned the calendar to June yet doesn’t mean that it’s too early to take a look at some college football spreads. If you end up being on the right end of some of these wagers, you might end up ahead of the action, just in case you turn out to be right but the line had shifted that way, or your moneyline had become less favorable.

Never Too Early Bets for the 2016 College Football Season


Florida State will win the ACC.

I know, all the reports list Clemson as the favorite. After all, DeShaun Watson will be back, and he was the straw that stirred the drink for the Tiger attack last year. However, the Seminoles have redshirt freshman Deondre Francois at quarterback, and they already have a stud running back in Dalvin Cook. They also have a defense with a ton of young talent. This year, Florida State hosts Clemson and should get that win. So even if they drop another game somewhere else, they could easily go 11-1 and get to the conference title game…and maybe even into the CFP.

While we’re talking about Florida State…

I like Dalvin Cook to win the Heisman Trophy. I know — a running back won it last year, and they don’t win them all that often. There is also Christian McCaffrey to contend with in the voting out at Stanford. However, Cook rolled up 1,691 yards and made it into the end zone 19 times, averaging a robust 7.4 yards per attempt. Now that the Seminoles will have a multidimensional offense, Cook will have more room to operate. Florida State already receives a ton of press, and they will ride that attention to the top of the standings — and Cook will be a serious candidate from Week 1.

Baylor won’t make a bowl game.

I know what you’re saying. They almost made the College Football Playoff in 2014. If Seth Russell had stayed healthy, they might have qualified for it in 2015. However, both Russell and Jarrett Stidham could be out the door now that Art Briles has been fired. The defense will still be pretty good, as coordinator Phil Bennett appears to have the inside track on the interim post. However, Bennett’s record as a head coach (at SMU) is awful. Without their quarterbacks and with Bennett at the helm, Baylor is poised for a trip down the standings.

Tennessee will win the SEC East.

Let’s see: they destroyed Northwestern at the end of last season. They almost beat Oklahoma early on but blew a second-half lead. They were young last year, and they showed a lot of talent. This season, they will turn that talent into results. Florida and South Carolina are down, and Georgia will be welcoming a new coach, which means that the SEC East is theirs for the taking. Can they beat Alabama in the SEC title game? We’ll see.