College Football Week 1 is here! Click here for live odds. It won’t look like any other college football season due to COVID-19 postponements, however there are storylines aplenty for any football fan including a College Football Playoff scheduled for this year and with several major rivalry games.
The FCS kicked off Division I football on Saturday, Aug. 29 with Central Arkansas beating Austin Peay. Now the FBS starts its season on Thursday, Sept. 3.
2020 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis
The first FBS college football game of the 2020 season kicks-off this Thursday when UAB (Conference USA) will host FCS opponent Central Arkansas, followed by South Alabama (Sun Belt) traveling to take on Southern Miss (C-USA).
The first fall Saturday games kick off two days later on September 5th with 6 more contests comprising independent, Group of 5 and FCS teams. The opening weekend of the 2020 college football season will conclude on Labor Day as Navy (AAC) hosts independent BYU.
Thursday, Sep 3
South Alabama at Southern Mississippi – 9:00 PM
Southern Miss is a massive two touchdown favorite over South Alabama. Although the South Bama Jaguars went 2-10 SU, they weren’t bad against the spread, going 7-5 ATS. Southern Miss went 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS.
Saturday, September 5
Middle Tennessee State at Army – 1:30 PM
Army went 5-8 both straight up and against the spread. The Black Knights averaged 297.2 rushing yards per, though. Army might have an edge in this game. Middle Tennessee State averaged 26.8 points per in 2019. They also allowed 29.9 points per. More importantly? Opponents averaged 194 rushing yards each game versus Mid-Ten State.
SMU at Texas State – 4:30 PM
In 2019, 10-2 Southern Methodist went 7-5 against the spread. The better wager could be on SMU and Texas State to play an over game. Southern Methodist runs a wide-open offense. The over was 9-3 in Mustang games last season. Texas State played in 4-of-11 over games. If the Bobcats’ offense improves this season, they should score over 20 per. Texas State allowed close to 33 per in 2019.
Arkansas State at Memphis – 8:00 PM
Like so many teams in the Sun Belt, Arkansas State is well-coached. The Red Wolves went 7-5 SU. Their ATS record was 5-7. State beat Florida International 34-26 in their bowl game. Last season, Arkansas State bowed to the Memphis Tigers 31-7. Memphis went 12-1, which made them the top non-Big 5 Conference squad of 2019. Before dumping on the Tigers to dominate the Wolves in 2020, though, realize that Memphis’ coach Mike Norvell is now at Florida State.
Monday, September 7
BYU at Navy – 8:00 PM
BYU projects as one of the most improved teams in college football. Quarterback Zach Wilson returns. Zach missed four games in 2019. He still threw for 2,382 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Cougars also return all five starters along the offensive line.
Navy has won at least 9 games in 3 of the past 5 seasons. The Midshipmen lost just 3 players from their defense. This should be a nice game between one of the better defense’s in college football versus a much-improved BYU offense.
Thursday, September 10
UAB at Miami Florida – 7:00 PM
Alabama-Birmingham shouldn’t stay on the field with the Miami Hurricanes. But, Miami has had so many issues, and so many changes since Manny Diaz took over that we can’t blindly back the Canes versus anybody against the spread.
If you do like Miami, read up on quarterback D’Eriq King. The dual-threat signal-caller transfers from Houston. He’s a viable Heisman Trophy contender as evidenced by the +1100 odds. As King goes, so will the Miami offense.