College Football Betting Preview
Labor Day weekend is just around the corner, which means everyone gets a day off to have a last-summer barbecue. Far more important, however, is that with the calendar ticking over to September, we get a full slate of college football games.
Every team in the AP Top 25 is in action this week, and one of the games features a pair of top-10 teams squaring off on Sunday.
Boise State at No. 10 Washington (-14)
The Pac-12 is still a conference for one more year, and one of the best in the conference is Washington, with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. This team is one of the best in the country and is getting College Playoff talk, largely because of Penix.
Boise State, however, is no slouch. They won eight of their last 10 games a year ago, including a win in the Frisco Bowl. They return quarterback Taylen Green, who led an offense that topped 30 points eight times in 2022.
It’s only Week 1, but Washington wants to justify its preseason hype with a big win. The two touchdown point spread is a little challenging against a team like Boise, but the under on 58.5 is not. Both offenses are good, but Boise has gone under in 10 of its last 11 games on the road.
No. 5 LSU (-2.5) at No. 8 Florida State
The game of the weekend takes place in Orlando. A year ago these teams played, and neither was ranked. Now 12 months later they are both in the top-10 and expecting to compete for a national championship.
Both teams ended last season with 10 wins, and both teams got bowl victories. Florida State beat Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl, while LSU manhandled Purdue in the Citrus Bowl.
This game has everything you want, including two very good quarterbacks returning from last season, and a neutral site to give the game a postseason feel. In the end LSU’s defense is the best of the four units on the field, and that should be enough to get the Tigers the win and the cover.
No. 9 Clemson (-13) at Duke
Because it’s the first weekend, and because the NFL hasn’t kicked off yet, along with our Sunday game in Florida, we’re getting a Monday game in Durham, North Carolina.
It’s an ACC battle featuring the defending conference champs, Clemson, taking on the surprise of 2022, the 9-4 Duke Blue Devils.
Is a victory over Clemson possible? Sure, if these Tigers are as uneven as they were a year ago. For our purposes, the numbers that matter are 5-1. That is how well Duke did against the spread as the underdog. Roll with the home team to cover.
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