NCAA Football Odds: Week 1, Saturday College Football Picks

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College football betting action is here again! Here at Cappers Info, we’re making our running tally of NCAA football picks this year, continuing with action on Saturday, September 3rd, the first Saturday of the CFB season!

Year To Date Record: 2-0 ATS

Week 1 College Football Matchup: Northwestern Wildcats @ Boston College Eagles
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 12:00 ET
Location: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
College Football Lines: Boston College -4
Over/Under 45
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: ESPNU

This clash between Boston College and Northwestern is one of the few that involves a pair of legitimate AQ teams in the first week of the season. BC has all sorts of problems defensively right now, and we are wondering whether QB Dan Persa and company are going to tear this unit to shreds. This is a big, big mistake being made by the oddsmakers, as this ‘total’ is far too low, and the Wildcats are absolutely being undervalued. Persa’s offense should put at least 28 on the board in Chestnut Hill, and if that’s the case, we’re winning both of these bets.
Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: Northwestern +4 & Over 45

Week 1 College Football Matchup: BYU Cougars @ Ole Miss Rebels
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 4:45 ET
Location: Vaught Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS
College Football Lines: BYU -3
Over/Under 57.5
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

A nice spot here for the Cougs. QB Jake Heaps really has some high expectations this year, and he gets to start off his sophomore season by taking on an Ole Miss team that is one of the worst, if not the worst in the SEC. Sure, that would generally be good enough for most teams to be called one of the worst in the SEC. However, BYU really has a great chance now that it is independent to make a name for itself outside of the MWC. Saturday’s test should be relatively stern, but it should be a test that is will be passed with flying colors.

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: BYU -3

Week 1 College Football Matchup: San Jose State Spartans @ Stanford Cardinal
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 5:00 ET
Location: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
College Football Lines: Stanford -30
Over/Under 53.5
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: Local

San Jose State has had one of the worst teams in FBS football for quite some time, and this shouldn’t be all that much of an exception. QB Andrew Luck and his offense have the ability to score points and score them in bunches, and we tend to believe that this unit can light it up with the best of them. This isn’t exactly the best. The Spartans are going to try to use the run and shoot to get up and down the field on the Cardinal, and inevitably, they will be good enough for a couple scores. If they get to double digits, this one should easily get past the ‘total’.

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: San Jose State/Stanford Over 53.5

Week 1 College Football Matchup: Tulsa Golden Hurricane @ Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 8:00 ET
Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, OK
College Football Lines: Oklahoma -25
Over/Under 64.5
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: FX

If the Sooners really are the No. 1 team in the land, this shouldn’t be a game that provides all that much trouble for them. Sure, there is a lot of hype this year around Tulsa, especially with QB GJ Kinne coming back for yet another season at the helm. However, without Head Coach Todd Graham, who is now at Pittsburgh, this could be a struggle. To make matters worse, WR Damaris Johnson, who does just about everything for this program, has been arrested on felony charges and probably will end up getting kicked off the team for his actions. Remember that Tulsa also ranked dead last in the nation last year in pass defense. QB Landry Jones and WR Ryan Broyles should both have a wild field day with this one on Saturday night.

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: Oklahoma -25

Week 1 College Football Matchup: Arkansas State Red Wolves @ Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 3:30 ET
Location: Memorial Stadium, Champagne, IL
College Football Lines: Illinois -21
Over/Under 57.5
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: Big Ten Network

Arkansas State has never been to a bowl game in school history, but all of that is going to change this year. The Red Wolves are legitimate contenders in the Sun Belt, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the New Orleans Bowl when it’s said and done. That being said, we just don’t buy what Head Coach Ron Zook is selling us with the Illini this year. This is a middle of the road Big Ten team which was made to be a heck of a lot worse when Nebraska joined the fray. QB Ryan Aplin and the Arkansas State offense never give up, and even if the Illini end up getting in front of this three TD spread at some point, it won’t finish there. The backdoor could be wide, wide open.

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: Arkansas State +21

Week 1 College Football Matchup: Louisiana Monroe Warhawks @ Florida State Seminoles
Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 3:30 ET
Location: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
College Football Lines: Florida State -28.5
Over/Under 56
Week 1 College Football TV Schedule: ESPNU

A lot is being made out of QB Kolton Browning and the Warhawks this year, but we just aren’t so sure that they are going to be good enough to hang in there with the Seminoles when push comes to shove. Last year, ULM was crushed by Auburn and LSU by nearly 50 points apiece, and the offense was just nowhere to be found. Florida State isn’t as good as last year’s Auburn team was, but it is probably a better offensive version of last year’s Bayou Bengals. Head Coach Jimbo Fisher knows how important it is to coast through these first two games before Oklahoma comes to town, and we think that QB EJ Manuel gets some much needed confidence in his first game as the full-time starting quarterback of this club. The Noles should take this one by at least five scores.

Week 1 NCAA Football Pick: Florida State -28.5

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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