NCAA Football Week 1 Betting Picks, Odds Analysis, and Early Predictions for the 2022 Season

NCAA Football Week 1 Betting Picks, Odds Analysis, and Early Predictions for the 2022 Season

It has been a long wait, but we finally get college football back this weekend in what has become known as Week 0. This is a handful of games played before Week 1 proper, which is set for Saturday, September 3. While there are some games that look like good betting options in Week 0, we are going to jump ahead to the following Saturday to look at the games being played then. There are some big ones on the opening week schedule, which is mostly what we are going to focus on here. As the season progresses and we get a better handle on all the teams, we will cast the net a little wider when making our picks. For now, let’s jump ahead to Week 1 and start making some NCAAF Betting picks.

2022 College Football Week 1 picks, odds, and predictions

Oregon Ducks Vs Georgia Bulldogs

While this is classified as a neutral site game, it’s being played at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, so expect it to feel like a home game for the defending national champions. With so many of their big-name players now in the NFL, the Dawgs could have chosen to maybe go with an easier start to the new season, but they are diving right in with a tough one against the Oregon Ducks. The bookies still see this one as a bit of a slam dunk for the champs, with Georgia in as a 17 ½ point favorite. Georgia has won each of their last 7 season openers and I expect them to extend that streak, although the spread makes me a little nervous.

Cincinnati Bearcats at Arkansas Razorbacks

The Cincinnati Bearcats are coming off a season that saw them go unbeaten and into the playoffs, where they ran into Alabama, who ended their National Championship dream. I don’t seem them being able to match that feat this time around, and they have a difficult matchup to start things off, heading to Arkansas as a 7-point underdog. I think we are looking at a line that offers some real value here, as I think the Bearcats might well be able to keep this one close, or perhaps win outright, so I am taking them to cover.

Utah Utes at Florida Gators

It’s the dawn of a new era in Florida, as Billy Napier will be on the sidelines as the new coach of the Gators. Rather than easing the new head coach in, the Gators will be starting at home against a Utah team that is listed at #7 in the first national rankings. The Florida Gators are not considered to be part of the top 25, but they could change that with a win in opening week. The Utes hit the road as a modest 1 1/w point favorite, which is a number I definitely like. I am taking Utah to win and cover.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio State Buckeyes

It doesn’t get much better than this matchup in opening week, as both of these teams are ranked in the top 5 to start the season. Even with a loss, neither team will probably drop that far, unless we end up with one of them winning in blowout fashion, which doesn’t seem particularly likely. What will happen, though, is that the losing team will have a much more difficult path to the playoffs. Ohio State is favored by 13 ½ here, but what I really like on this game is the OVER, with the point total set at 58 ½.

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