San Jose State (+9.5) @ San Diego State
Both teams are 2-0 and 2-0 ATS. This is a “home” game for San Diego State but it will be played in Los Angeles so both teams will have to travel. Greg Bell and Chance Bell (no relation) have been unstoppable on the ground thanks to one of the best offensive lines in the conference. The issue with this game for SDSU is they won’t be able to get up early and grind it out on the ground like they have in their previous two games. In two games for SJSU QB Nick Starkel has already thrown for 693 yards and 7 TD. Last year with SJSU struggled with SDSU but Starkel had not transferred over yet from Arkansas. Might be a good game to bet the over (48) too.
USC (-10.5) vs. Arizona State
The Pac-12 is back! So what do they do? Put their two best teams on at 9am locally of course, because that’s just how well run this conference is! Betting on first games of the year is scary but we’ll take that gamble here. It’s tough betting against arguably to best player in the conference, ASU QB Jayden Daniels, but USC has a great QB as well and what will shape up to be the best WR corps in the country: Tyler Vaughns (pre-season 1st team All-Pac 12), Amon-Ra St. Brown (1,792 career rec. yards), Drake London (2-sport star) and three freshman that might go down as the best receiving class in USC history (Bryant, Ford, McCoy.) There will be a lot of points which makes 10.5 tough to cover but USC is about to wake up the nation.
Liberty (+15.5) @ Virginia Tech
Liberty has been a program trending up ever since they made their jump to the FBS ranks. They were favored against an ACC team already this season (Syracuse) and now have their chance to prove they aren’t just 6-0 because of a weak schedule. Malik Willis is one of the most exciting players in the nation with 9 passing TDs and 6 rushing TD. For the Hokies it will be the ground and pound game that we’ve been accustomed to seeing this year. I still think this will be a VaTech victory but given the styles of play for both teams I don’t think they’ll be able to blow out the Flames.
Colorado (+7) vs. UCLA
Chip Kelly is one of the biggest mysteries in football coaching. After leaving Oregon he was never able to find success in the NFL and has struggled to rekindle the magic in the college ranks with UCLA. There have been lots of rumblings in Westwood this past season that Kelly lost the locker room which is not something that has gone away. Colorado coach Karl Dorrell was the UCLA head coach from 2003-2007 and will always have that bitter taste in his mouth against the Bruins. Stellar athlete, Sam Noyer, will start at QB for CU after switching over to the defensive side of the ball last season. Expect a completely different offense out of the Buffaloes than last year which will be difficult for the Bruins to prepare for.
Texas (-6.5) vs. West Virginia
Betting on Texas is scary because of their inconsistency but I think this week is different. It will be a home game with fans for the Longhorns and if they beat West Virginia they have a very good shot at making it to the Big 12 Championship Game . They have seen a lot already this season. Texas has endured 2 OT games and lost in brutal fashion to TCU (fumble on the 1 yard line.) This is a pick made 100% on heart and 0% on brain.