It’s Week 1 of the college football season, and it’s time to start betting on college football games again. In looking at this week’s slate of games, we’ve found three teams that we think are sure-fire losers. Let’s take a look at those games so you can bet against their College Football Lines.
Who Will Be the Big Losers In Week 1 of the 2022 College Football Season?
Clemson Tigers (-21) @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Unlike many seasons, the Clemson Tigers will kick off their season with an ACC battle. Last season was a disappointment for Dabo Swinney’s squad, and they’re looking to get back to their winning ways this season. They have a very talented group that will have to battle with an improved ACC.
In last year’s game, Clemson only beat Tech by a score of 14-8, Further signifying Clemson’s struggles. After a poor 2021 season, Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is looking to prove to his critics that he is a pro prospect, and he can lead Clemson to an ACC championship.
Even though this will be a prime time matchup in Atlanta, we just can’t see the Yellow Jackets hanging with Clemson. Georgia Tech is on the rise, but they’re not near the standards of Clemson as of yet. They’ll be a formidable opponent, but they won’t be on Clemson’s level. The Tigers are out to prove that last year was a fluke, and they’re truly the class of the ACC.
Clemson wins the game by at least 28 points, showing that they’re ready to reclaim the ACC. Don’t even think about betting on Georgia Tech.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Ohio State Buckeyes (-17)
Everyone loves Ohio State this season! With much of last year’s starting offense returning, a plethora of talented skill-position players, and quarterback CJ Stroud under center, what’s not to like about Ryan Day’s offense? Last season, the offense carried the Buckeyes, while the defense is what led to their demise.
Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles was brought in to fix the problem, much like he did at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys could always score, but they could never stop anyone. That was until Knowles came to Stillwater. Now that he’s in Columbus, we’re looking for big improvements in the Buckeyes defense.
Speaking of defense, let’s talk about Notre Dame. Their former defensive coordinator, Marcus Freeman, was promoted to head coach when Brian Kelly left for LSU. Freeman is known as one of the best defensive minds in college football. He has a ton of talent at his disposal, as the Irish are thought to be one of the top teams in the country.
We’re not sure what the Irish will bring to Columbus, but we don’t think that it will be enough. We see the Buckeyes holding the Notre Dame offense at bay, and winning this one by at least 21 points, so don’t spend your hard-earned money on Notre Dame.
Ball State Cardinals @ Tennessee Volunteers (-32.5)
This one will be a Thursday night special in Knoxville! Josh Heupel and his Volunteers are ready to climb back into the thick of the SEC title chase, as they’ve gotten themselves ready to take the next step. Tennessee returns eight starters on the offensive side of the ball, including their quarterback, their top rusher, a starting receiver, and four offensive linemen. On the defensive side of the ball, they return seven starters. Tennessee looks to have one of the best offensive teams in the country this season, so look out for the Vols!
As for Ball State, they return five offensive starters, but will have a new starting quarterback. They’ll also need to replace seven starters from last year’s defense. Ball State made it to a bowl game last season, but it doesn’t look promising that they’ll return to a bowl this season.
A Thursday night kickoff in front of a raucous crowd at Neyland Stadium will be tough for Ball State to overcome. Tennessee’s offense will be one of the best in the country, and we don’t think Ball State will be able to contain it. Tennessee wins this one big, and covers the 32.5-point spread. Ball State doesn’t have a chance.
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