2020 College Football Week 1's Top Games

2020 College Football Week 1’s Top Games

The first week of the 2020 college football season kicks off on Saturday, August 29, but if you’re a collegiate gridiron betting enthusiast, then you know it’s never too early to start preparing for the start of a brand new season. With that here are College Football Week 1’s top games and betting spreads.

2020 College Football Week 1’s Top Games

Hawaii at Arizona
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Spread: Arizona -10.5

Hawaii is coming off an encouraging 10-5 campaign that saw them reach the Mountain West Championship for the first time in program history. However, the Rainbow Warriors saw talented quarterback Cole MacDonald bolt for the greener pastures of the NFL with a season of eligibility remaining. Things haven’t gone well at all for Arizona since Kevin Sumlin took over two years ago. The Wildcats went a pitiful 4-8 last season and could struggle again in 2020 under relatively inexperienced sophomore signal-caller Grant Gunnell.

Navy at Notre Dame – Dublin, Ireland
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Spread: Notre Dame -14

Navy went a fantastic 11-2 last season, but the Midshipmen lost record-setting quarterback Malcolm Perry to graduation and were routed by Notre Dame 52-20 in South Bend. But all eyes will be on the Irish playing in Dublin with returning starter Ian Book under center for one final season, giving Brian Kelly’s team a decided edge in this ‘Week 0’ opener.

Clemson at Georgia Tech
September 3, 2020
Spread: Clemson -26

If you’re worried about perennially-powerful Clemson covering the high point spread in this Week 1 matchup against Georgia Tech, then you should know that, since their 2017 road loss at Syracuse, the Tigers have won 22 straight ACC games by an average of 32.8 points per game, including their 52-14 home win over three-win Georgia Tech last season.

BYU at Utah
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Spread: Utah -4.5

BYU has gone 7-6 in consecutive seasons and the Cougars enter 2020 with questions on both sides of the ball, starting at quarterback where Zach Wilson looks like he’ll be challenged. Utah went a fantastic 11-3 last season and has won consecutive Pac-12 South titles in the last two seasons. The bad news is that the Utes will be in a bit of a rebuild in 2020 after losing crucial starters in quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss. Still, Utah has won nine straight in the ‘Holy War’ series.

Oregon State at Oklahoma State
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Spread: Oklahoma State -16.5

Oregon State has won a grand total of seven games in two seasons under head coach Jonathan Smith while the program has recorded more than six wins just once in the last 10 seasons. Oklahoma State went a modest 8-5 a year ago, but they look poised to improve in 2020 behind gifted redshirt junior running back Chubba Hubbard who led the nation in rushing last season with a jaw-dropping 2,094 yards and 21 scores.

Indiana at Wisconsin
Friday, September 4, 2020
Spread: Wisconsin -12.5

Indiana had one of their best seasons in recent memory by going 8-5 in 2019 and the Hoosiers have a talented dual-threat signal-caller in Michael Penix – if he can stay upright and healthy. For Wisconsin, the Badgers are coming off a solid 10-win season. Wisconsin will be solid defensively in 2020, but Paul Chryst has to decide early on if Jack Coan gives them the best of winning moving forward.

North Carolina at Central Florida
Friday, September 4, 2020
Spread: Central Florida -3

The Tar Heels are coming off an uninspiring 7-6 campaign that saw them finish fifth in the ACC Coastal division. Central Florida went 10-3 in the AAC and the Knights have been one of the nation’s best ‘mid-major’ programs for a few years now, which precedes me saying that I definitely wouldn’t be shocked to see Central Florida take care of business in this Week 1 opener.

West Virginia vs. Florida State – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Florida State -6.5

The Mountaineers sank to five wins a year ago after winning seven games or more in six of the previous seven seasons under head coach Dana Holgorsen. Florida State will be heading in a new direction under head coach Mike Norvell after posting losing records in each of the last two seasons under Willie Taggart. While there’s no place to go but up for the Seminoles after they went an uninspiring 6-7 a year ago, there are big question marks at quarterback in Tallahassee.

Alabama vs. USC – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Alabama -15

Nick Saban has boatloads of elite recruits coming in every year, but the Tide will have a new starting quarterback in 2020 whether that will be redshirt junior Mac Jones, five-star recruit Bryce Young or Taulia Tagovailoa, the four-star recruit of brother Tua Tagovailoa. For USC. quarterback Kedon Slovis is coming off a fantastic season where he passed for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2019. Unfortunately, the Trojans have also finished fifth or worse in the PAC-12 in points allowed in each of the last four years and the last time they played Alabama they were crushed 52-6 back in 2016.

Mississippi vs. Baylor – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Mississippi -1.5

There’s a buzz going in Oxford as polarizing head coach Lane Kiffin returns to the SEC where he’ll take over for the forgettable Matt Luke. For Baylor, assistant Dave Aranda replaces former head coach Matt Rhule. Aranda has an experienced quarterback in Charlie Brewer, but he also inherits a defense that will be without eight starters from last season’s 11-win squad.

Michigan at Washington
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Spread: Pk

Michigan went a decent, 9-4 a year ago, but ‘decent’ isn’t what was expected out of Jim Harbaugh when he took the job at his beloved Alma mater, national championship-contending teams were. Now, the Wolverines will enter 2020 with a ton of question marks, starting qt quarterback following the graduation of starter Shea Patterson. Washington will have a new head coach in 20202 as longtime assistant Jimmy Lake replaces former head coach Chris Petersen. Not only that, but the Huskies need to find a replacement under center for Jacob Eason, not to mention a pair of starters on the offensive line and 1,000-yard rusher Salvon Ahmed.

Georgia vs. Virginia – Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Monday, September 7, 2020
Spread: Georgia -18

Georgia went a stellar 12-2 last season, but the Bulldogs lost starting quarterback Jake Fromm and elusive running back D’Andre Swift among other key performers. While Virginia went an encouraging 8-5 a year ago, the Cavaliers will have their hands full in this one, seeing as how Kirby Smart has produced an elite defense every season since taking over the program in 2016.