2018 NCAA Football Week 1 Picks, Odds & Expert Predictions.

2018 NCAA Football Week 1 Picks, Odds & Predictions

Written by on August 21, 2018

With the 2018 NCAA Football Week 1 less than fifteen days away, now is most definitely a great time to offer up some expert picks on the first week of collegiate gridiron action. To that end, I’ve got a handful of insightful Week 1 picks that will help you cash in early and often over the course of the first week of college football betting action.

2018 NCAA Football Week 1 Picks, Odds & Expert Predictions

Florida Atlantic at Oklahoma (-24)

The Oklahoma Sooners might have the big name in this contest and they might be playing at home, but they’ll have a first time starter under center thanks to the graduation of quarterback Baker Mayfield, the top pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Not only that, but Florida Atlantic had a fantastic 2017 campaign in going 11-3 last season under polarizing head coach Lane Kiffin. The Owls put up a whopping 40.6 points per game to rank eighth in scoring nationally and I believe they’re a lock to cover the chalk as three touchdown-plus road dogs. I’m expecting a shootout college football betting buffs, so don’t expect to see much defense being played in this opener. Score Prediction: Florida Atlantic 38 – Oklahoma 45

Michigan (-1.5) at Notre Dame

Jim Harbaugh and Brian Kelly will both be desperate to get their 2018 campaigns off to a positive start, but I like the Wolverines to get the huge road win seeing as how they’ve finally got a ‘real’ quarterback in former Ole Miss star, Shea Patterson. Notre Dame could have a first-time starter under center in 2018 and that just doesn’t bode very well for a Michigan team that is loaded on both sides of the ball and one that has been a perennial powerhouse defensively under Harbaugh. I know this regular season opener is more meaningful for the Fighting Irish squad that doesn’t have a conference title they will play for, but I’m going with Michigan to cover the chalk because of Harbaugh and the Wolverines’ stout defense. Score Prediction: Michigan 27 – Notre Dame 21

Washington at Auburn (-3)

If you don’t know by now, I’m really high on Washington heading into the 2018 regular season for a couple of reasons. First, the Huskies have not one, but two, legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates in quarterback Jake Browning and running back Myles Gaskin. Auburn is favorite against Washington in the 2018 NCAA Football Week 1. Not only that, but Washington has been one of the nation’s best defensive teams under head coach Chris Petersen and they might have the best defensive secondary in the country this season. Oh, and speaking of Petersen, I think he’s got the coaching edge over Auburn’s Gus Malzhan, although the latter is certainly no slouch. Auburn is an uninspiring 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games while Washington is 4-1 SU in their last five and 3-2 ATS. I’m going with the Huskies for the absolutely huge upset and you should too. Score Prediction: Washington 28 – Auburn 23