Unless you live in a rock, you are already in full college football mode. And if you love betting on college football, you have already done the research to make smart bets this season. But I am not here to tell you what you already know. I am here to share with you my top five bold betting predictions for the 2019 College Football season based on betting trends, analytics, and insider football handicapping information.
5 Bold College Football Betting Predictions
Texas Longhorns UNDER 9 wins (+105)
Just like the state, the Texas Longhorns are overhyped, overvalued, and oversold this year. Does anyone really think the program is deserved of its 10th place preseason ranking? I can easily see the Longhorns to be underdogs in four games this season and pick ’em in three others. Do yourself a favor and bet the under.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma QB wins the Heisman (+1000)
If you were to believe the betting odds, the 2019 Heisman race is between Tua Tagovailoa (+215) Trevor Lawrence (+235). But the Sooners offense has delivered the last two Heisman winners, and Jalen Hurts can make it three, and at +1000 the value is mighty tasty.
Michigan Wolverines do NOT make the playoff (-350)
Harbaugh’s Wolverines will have to go 11-1 or better to make the playoffs. That means winning three of four against Wisconsin and Penn State on the road and Ohio State and Michigan State at home. Plus avoiding an upset at the hands of Army in Week 2 is a must. Even though this is the best Michigan team since Harbaugh’s arrival, it won’t be enough to make the CFB playoff let alone win the National Title.
LSU wins the SEC West (+575) & Alabama loses (+257)
Last year LSU only lost three games, including a seven-OT loss to Texas A&M. And with eight returning starters on each side of the ball, the Tigers are a smart bet to win the SEC West. LSU will have to beat Alabama in Week 9 at Tuscaloosa.
Oregon wins the Pac-12 (+315)
The Ducks have 19 returning starters this season including QB Justin Herbert who would have been a 1st-round pick in this year’s draft if he had declared. He is head and shoulders above the QBs from other top conference contenders Utah and Washington. Plus Oregon’s O-Line features five future NFL players, including left tackle Penei Sewell and left guard Shane Lemieux. The Ducks will have to get past Auburn in Week 1 and survive trips to Stanford, Washington, USC, and Arizona State.