Which of the fully loaded sports betting board of College Football Week 1 games are a must bet?
Week 1 of college football features a chock-full of games for everyone to bet on. I have selected a handful of college football week 1 games that are a must bet. On Saturday, September 1st No. 6 Washington faces No. 9 Auburn at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans. Followed by No. 14 Michigan going head-to-head against Notre Dame. That’s not all. Saturday college football Week 1 betting action continues with Louisville hoping to upset top-ranked Alabama.
The first week of college football betting action concludes with No. 8 Miami versus No. 25 LSU on the last NFL-free Sunday followed by a Monday night game featuring No. 20 Virginia Tech and No. 19 FSU.
Now let’s take a closer look at my 5 picks to be college football week 1’s must bet games.
Top 5 College Football Week 1 Must Bet Games
Sept 1, 2018
3:30 PM ET, ABC
#6 Washington Huskies
#9 Auburn Tigers -1½
Washington vs. Auburn is one of the opening weekend’s biggest matchups automatically making it my first college football week 1 must bet game. Auburn won the SEC West last season but comes into 2018 with one of the least-experienced offensive lines in the country. How will they stack up against a veteran and talented Washington defense?
Auburn’s 1-7 record in opening games against ranked teams also points to a victory by the underdog Huskies. The lone win came 61 years ago.
7:30 PM ET, NBC
#14 Michigan Wolverines
#12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish -1
The Fighting Irish on network prime time tv? Plus former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh. That is a formula for a week 1 college football must bet game. But should the Irish be more significant favorites against a suspect Wolverines offense?
The Wolverines have a new QB in Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson. That is the one area Jim Harbaugh hasn’t had consistent production in his three years tenure at Michigan. But is Patterson the answer to the blues in Ann Arbor?
Can Irish QB Brandon Wimbush overcome an inexperienced offensive line in front of him? Michigan’s loaded and deep defensive front will be the ultimate test.
8 PM ET, ABC
#1 Alabama Crimson Tide -24½
Louisville’s MO is to score a lot of points while struggling to stop anyone. Even with QB Lamar Jackson’s jump to the NFL, this betting trend should hold true.
90% of Alabama’s first and second string roster consists of four-star and five-star talent making this game a must bet for the first week of college football. That holds true even at QB. Head coach Nick Saban has listed Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa as co-starters for this game.
Sept 2, 2018
7:30 PM ET, ABC
#8 Miami Hurricanes -3½
#25 LSU Tigers
A Sunday night college football game without a NFL tilt? Count that as a week 1 college football must bet game.
The "visiting" Miami Hurricanes are -3½ on neutral field versus the LSU Tigers.
March Richt starts his second season in Miami with fourteen returning starters from 2017’s 10-win breakout season. That includes QB Malik Rosier.
Is there any good news for those wanting to bet on LSU? Yes! The Canes lost almost its entire defensive front line. Also late in the 2017 season Miami lost its final three games and went 2-7 ATS over its last nine.
Sept 3, 2018
8 PM ET, ESPN
#20 Virginia Tech Hokies
#19 Florida State Seminoles -7½
Monday night football without an NFL game features a college football week 1 must bet game when the Hokies face the Seminoles in Tallahassee
Florida State welcomes new head-coach Willie Taggart who takes over for Jimbo Fisher. Even though Taggert has yet to name a starting QB, there’s a new level of excitement around the program as well. He could pick either Deondre Francois and James Blackman to go under center, and he can’t lose.
Virginia Tech’s young Hokies will be in hostile territory at Tallahassee. Doak Campbell Stadium holds over 79,000 rabid Seminole fans. Moreover, the Hokies are 5-13 on the road against the Seminoles. That includes losing the last five dating back to 1976. Virginia Tech last won there in 1974.