College football betting: TCU vs. Colorado predictions and Week 1 picks!

08:19 02.09.2023

In a highly anticipated matchup, the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers will face off against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles in their season opener this Sunday. Both teams finished last season with impressive 10-win records and have loaded rosters, making this game a potential championship showdown. Florida State coach Mike Norvell expressed the significance of this game, stating that it will have a "championship-type feel to it." This will be the third consecutive season-opening battle between Norvell and LSU head coach Brian Kelly, with the Fighting Irish winning in overtime in 2021. However, Norvell is confident that his team will come out on top this time, with quarterback Jayden Daniels' scrambling abilities making the difference.

The Michigan Wolverines, despite head coach Jim Harbaugh's suspension and offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore also being banned, are expected to dominate their season opener against East Carolina. Last season, the Wolverines won their first three games by an average of nearly 50 points, and they are looking to continue their winning streak. Tennessee is also favored to win against Virginia, as former underwhelming Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker has become a Heisman Trophy contender for the Volunteers. Joe Milton, a former Michigan quarterback, is expected to shine under coach Josh Heupel's system during the Orange Bowl win over Clemson.

In another exciting matchup, Colorado is predicted to cover the spread against TCU. Although TCU is considered a legitimate playoff contender, the hype won't help them in their season opener against the Mountain West favorites, Boise State. The Broncos' fourth-ranked pass defense from last season is expected to give quarterback Michael Penix Jr. a rough start, while keeping Washington's high-powered offense on the sideline for long stretches. Texas is heavily favored to win against Rice, with fans excited to see the debut of JT Daniels, who transferred to his fourth college team. Arch Manning, a highly anticipated prospect, may also make his appearance in garbage time.

USC is expected to have an easy win against Nevada, with Caleb Williams looking to pad his stats in his Heisman bid. However, USC's defense has been a weak point and may hinder their title hopes. Alabama, known for their dominance, may face some challenges in their season opener against Middle Tennessee. Despite being favored to win, the program's reputation has inflated the line. Indiana is predicted to cover the spread against Ohio State, with the Hoosiers hoping to hold down Marvin Harrison Jr. to fewer than five touchdowns. Penn State is expected to have an easy win against West Virginia, with their 11-2 record from last season and the addition of five-star quarterback Drew Allar.

In a rivalry game, South Carolina is favored to win over North Carolina. While North Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler is considered a stronger draft prospect than Drake Maye, the Tar Heels' defense is expected to struggle, giving the edge to the Gamecocks. Rutgers is also predicted to cover the spread against Northwestern, as the Wildcats have been facing numerous challenges, including an 11-game losing streak and a hazing scandal.

In a game that is expected to be high-scoring, San Jose State is favored to cover the spread against Oregon State. Both teams will play at a fast pace and generate numerous possessions, leading to a flashy and exciting game. The Clemson Tigers, after missing the playoffs for the past two years, are predicted to win against Duke. With the addition of five-star quarterback Cade Klubnik and a strong defense, the Tigers are looking to secure their spot in the final four again.

Overall, college football fans can expect an action-packed season opener with high-stakes games and thrilling matchups. Despite the sport's flaws and controversies, college football continues to offer the greatest regular season in sports, with no other sport consistently providing as many high-stakes games.

/ Saturday, September 2, 2023, 8:19 AM /

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