NCAAF Week 1 Top Matches to Must Watch and Wager On

NCAAF Week 1 Top Matches to Must Watch and Wager On

The 2021-2022 College Football Season officially kicked off on Saturday, Aug. 28. But if you’re looking for the top games in Week 1, you must turn your attention to Sep. 4. Check out analysis and free picks for the college football games on Sep. 4 that are must bets. Let’s get right to it so you can get ready to bet against the NCAAF odds.

Top Must Bet College Football Matches On Saturday

Penn State vs Wisconsin -4 ½ 

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

Wisconsin looks like one of the better teams in the nation. The Badgers don’t start their quest for a Big Ten Conference title versus a slouch, though. Penn State should bounce back from a disappointing 2020. Why? Sean Clifford is a senior quarterback who plays behind a dynamite upperclassmen offensive line. The Nittany Lions’ defense is also loaded with juniors and seniors. That doesn’t mean Penn State beats Wisconsin, but 4 ½ points are too many.   

College Football Pick: Penn State  

Alabama -19 vs Miami

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

Alabama starting quarterback Bryce Young entered his freshman season the top-rated dual-threat QB in the nation. Young spent a season behind New England Patriots’ top draft pick Mac Jones. Heading into his sophomore season, Young is the favorite to win the Heisman. So much buzz has built around Young that he’s already signed close to $1 million in endorsement deals. 

Miami, though, has a proven quarterback under center. If D’Eriq King returns from an injury one-hundred percent, the Canes could surprise. Miami head coach Manny Diaz is a defensive master. So don’t expect Bama to cover the underlay spread.  

College Football Pick: Miami

Indiana vs Iowa -3 

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

Like always, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz will send a talented, defensive-minded, team to the field. But against Indiana, the Hawkeyes could be in some trouble. 

The Hoosiers are loaded this season. Not only does Indiana sport a legit Heisman Trophy contender in quarterback Michael Penix Jr., but left tackle Caleb Jones is a senior with experience and the rest of the offensive line boasts a junior and a graduate transfer. 

Eight seniors, two juniors, and a graduate transfer start on the Hoosier defense. Indiana has the talent to upset Ohio State, Penn State, and anyone else they face in the Big Ten this season. Consider backing Indiana on the moneyline.   

College Football Pick: Indiana  

UL-Lafayette vs Texas -9

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

Steve Sarkisian is a good football coach, but we may be giving Sark too much credit to turn around a down on their luck Longhorns program in his first season. Texas may not be as talented as everyone believes they are. 

UL-Lafayette senior quarterback Levi Lewis hails from Baton Rouge, which means football is in his blood. The Ragin’ Cajuns send a proven offensive line and defense to the field. Texas should win this game. They likely won’t win by more than 6 points, though. 

College Football Pick: UL-Lafayette 

San Jose State vs USC -15 

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

San Jose State hosts Southern Utah on Aug. 28. Make sure to check out that game before deciding whether you’re laying or taking the points.

If the Spartans beat Southern Utah the way we think they will, we’ll back SJSU against the spread versus USC. The Spartans went undefeated during the regular season in 2020, including beating Boise State, San Diego State, and Nevada, before losing to Ball State in the Arizona Bowl.

USC is the much better team. But San Jose State starts nothing but seniors and juniors on both offense and defense. The Trojans will win. But in their first game, they could disappoint against the spread. 15 is too many points to lay on SoCal. 

College Football Pick: San Jose State

Georgia vs Clemson -3

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

If this game took place in Death Valley, we’d agree favoring Clemson by 3 points. It doesn’t. The most important game on Sep. 4 happens at the home of the NFL Carolina Panthers, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Sure, Clemson will have more fans. But Georgia will bring a strong contingent.

This could be a battle between two fantastic quarterbacks. Former USC starter J.T. Daniels throws for Kirby Smart’s Georgia squad. Clemson sends D.J. Uiagalelei to the field. Uiagalelei and Daniels are Heisman Trophy contenders.

So if we say neither offense has the edge, because both quarterbacks will play to a draw, we must turn our attention to defense. If that’s the case, we’re all over the Dawgs. 

Georgia’s defense will be one of the best units, if not the best, in the nation. It’s full of experienced seniors and juniors. We’ll wait for a moneyline and then back the Bulldogs.

College Football Pick: Georgia 

LSU -4 vs UCLA

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

How good is UCLA, really? What we’ve noticed is that Chip Kelly’s offensive system works when there’s a fantastic quarterback like Marcus Mariota under center.

So it’s confusing why the Bruins, who should be a decent if not great team, are just 4 point dogs versus an LSU squad with a really good quarterback in sophomore Max Johnson and the best defensive player in the nation in corner Derek Stingley Jr. 

The Bruins may not score a touchdown against LSU’s defense while Johnson and sophomore WR Kayshon Boutte should shred the Bruin D. LSU can blow out UCLA.  

College Football Pick: LSU 

BYU -12 vs Arizona

  • When: Saturday, Sep. 4

Jump on BYU early. Sure, the Cougars must replace Zach Wilson at quarterback. But Arizona will be one of the worst teams in the nation. The Wildcats should be so bad, we think Northern Arizona beats them on Sep. 18. BYU rolls to an easy victory, maybe by 20 or more points. Cougars -12 are overlay odds. 

College Football Pick: BYU

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