College Football Week 1 Preview

College football betting fans, the wait is over. It is now time to make your first wagers of the season!

And with the sportsbook offering NCAAF Week One lines, there’s no excuse not to get your bets in now.

Let’s take a look at a few of the games you should be looking at heading into Week One of the NCAA football betting season.

Pittsburgh Panthers at Utah Utes: Thursday, September 2 - 8:30 p.m. Versus

Pittsburgh: +3
Utah: -3
Total Points: 49 ½

The first matchup of two top 25 teams will come just hours into the first day of games, when the Pittsburgh Panthers head to the altitude of Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Utes.

The Utes enter this one off another strong campaign in 2009, where they went 10-3 SU (6-7 ATS), including 6-0 at home. They’ll be led by dual-threat quarterback Jordan Wynn and running back Eddie Wide, who rushed for 1,069 yards last year. Utah’s defense has a lot of production to replace, however.

As for Pitt, they enter this contest with one of the top returning rushers in all of college football, Dion Lewis. Last year Lewis finished with a staggering 1,799 yards, the most of any returning running back in college football. However, Pitt won’t have it too easy, as they’ll be breaking in Tino Sunseri at quarterback in a road opener.

So who should college football betting fans take as their first play of the season? Make it Pitt. Yes they’re young, but they’ll lean heavily on Lewis and the running game to get them through this victory at Utah. Utah’s young defensive line will be no match for the powerful Pitt rushing attack.

Take the Panthers and the UNDER in this low scoring affair.

: Pittsburgh +3 and UNDER 49 ½


Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Saturday, September 4 - 3:30 p.m. NBC

College Football Betting Odds:
Purdue: + 10 ½
Notre Dame:
-10 ½
Total Points:

The Brian Kelly era officially opens on the first Saturday of September, as the former Cincinnati head man takes over for Charlie Weis in South Bend.

Kelly will bring his fast-paced spread attack to Notre Dame, but doesn’t return many starters from last year’s team. Dayne Crist will be at quarterback after attempting only 20 passes in all of 2009. Luckily, he’ll have Michael Floyd as his go-to wide receiver, after the junior caught 44 balls last year, despite missing several games with injury.

We’re not quite sure what to expect from Purdue in Danny Hope’s second year, although they will welcome transfer Robert Marve in to play quarterback. They suffered a brutal blow this off-season though, when leading returning rusher Ralph Bolen injured his knee and may miss the entire 2010 campaign.

Regardless, the only direction you should head in this game is towards Notre Dame. Kelly is simply a genius on the sidelines, as he led Cincinnati to a 12-0 regular season record last year. While that certainly won’t happen in Year One in South Bend, they’ll be victorious in their first game, against a Purdue team that was just 5-7 last year (6-5-1 ATS)

Free NCAA Football Pick: Notre Dame -10 ½


LSU Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: Saturday, Sept. 4 - Georgia Dome - 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Football Betting Odds:
LSU: +1
North Carolina: -1
Total Points: 40

The final opening weekend pick in the college football betting odds takes us to Atlanta, GA, where two top 25 teams will square off.

For coach Les Miles and LSU, we all know what’s at stake after a disappointing 9-4 (5-8 ATS) finish last year. They’ll need improved play from Jordan Jefferson, who threw for 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year, but disappeared in big games. He’ll have a lot of top targets at wide-out, but establishing the running game will be key. Stevan Ridley, who got the bulk of the carries last year down the stretch, returns in 2010.

As for North Carolina, there is equal pressure on the Tar Heels as they welcome back nine starters on one of the most talented defenses in college football. The bigger question though, is if they’ll be able to move the ball on offense. T.J. Yates is back under center, coming off a disastrous 2009 season where he threw for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Either way, there’s only play to make here, and it’s LSU as underdogs in what will assuredly be a low scoring game.

Free College Football Pick: LSU +1