The betting public has been itching for some college football action, and their wait is nearly over. With the first weekend of September upon us, there will be plenty of college football to bet on. When looking at the lines, everyone is always looking for a few sleeper picks. We’re going to give you our sleeper picks for the highly anticipated Week 1 of the 2021 College Football season so you can wager against the NCAAF odds.
NCAA – Sleeper Picks for College Football Week 1
Michigan State Spartans @ Northwestern Wildcats (-4)
The Big 10 is starting the season off with many conference tilts. Last season was rough for the Michigan State Spartans. They went 2-5 under first-year head coach Mel Tucker. Michigan State is predicted to finish near the bottom of the Big 10 East this season. However, Tucker and company have other thoughts in mind.
Michigan State’s offense should be better than expected. Wake Forest transfer Kenneth Walker should be a huge boost for their offense. He could end up being one of the top runners in the Big 10. The Spartans have an excellent receiving group, and they have bolstered their offensive line with numerous transfers. They have yet to decide on a starting quarterback, but Temple transfer Anthony Russo looks to have the edge.
As for Northwestern, they won the Big 10 West last season with a 6-1 record. They lost a lot of players from that squad and will be looking to fill some holes. They had one of the top passing defenses last season, but only five of the 11 starters are returning. Pat Fitzgerald will have a lot of work to do to start the season.
The experts don’t think much of the Spartans this season, but Northwestern is a notoriously slow-starting team. We think the Spartans will head into Evanston and beat the Wildcats. Take the Spartans at +4.
Indiana Hoosiers @ Iowa Hawkeyes (-4)
We’re going to stay in the Big 10 and talk about Indiana vs. Iowa. The Hoosiers made a statement to the country last year, finishing 6-2. The nation discovered Hoosier quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Penix will lead 17 returning starters into battle at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 4th.
Penix will have a loaded backfield this season. Running back Samson James, along with USC transfer Stephen Carr will carry the load for Indiana. They’ll also have a very good stable of wide receivers. As long as the Indiana defense can continue on the path they started last season, they should be a very good unit.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have a Big 10 title on their mind. Kirk Ferentz will look to quarterback Spencer Petras to lead the Iowa offense. Iowa perennially has one of the top offensive lines in the country, and this year is no exception.
The Big question mark in Iowa City is the defense. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker has a lot of holes to fill. There are a lot of talented pieces, but we’re not sure how well things are going to go early in the season.
Tom Allen and his Hoosiers want to make another statement this season, and a victory at Iowa would go a long way in making people notice Indiana again. We think the Hoosiers will keep this one close. Take Indiana and the points.