While not everyone was on board when the college football playoff system was put in place, it’s hard to argue that it has not been good for the game. Besides delivering some amazing games over the years, it has also forced the better teams to rethink their schedules. There is a committee to impress now, and that means going against bigger and better teams in the early part of the season. The days of the top programs playing powder puff teams in the opening weeks of the season are now a thing of the past, as they all understand that strength of schedule plays a big role in who gets in and who misses out. Let’s take a look at some of the best College Football betting match-ups for NCAA Football Week 1.
NCAA Football Week 1 Must Bet Games
Michigan Wolverines vs Notre Dame Fighting IrishWhile Jim Harbaugh has certainly helped put the Michigan Wolverines back on the map again, there is a growing feeling that the turnaround has fallen short of expectations. Last season was not particularly great, although, in fairness to Harbaugh, he had a very young team. A year of experience will make this group better, as will picking up QB Shea Patterson as a transfer from Ole Miss. Michigan will be well tested in the opening week, as they will head on the road to face Notre Dame, a team that was in the playoff hunt in 2017 till the very late stages of the season.
Auburn Tigers vs Washington HuskiesFans of old-school defensive football are likely to get a kick out of this one, as it features a pair of teams with defenses that like to hit hard. The Auburn Tigers missed out on the playoffs last year when they lost to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, but they will like their chances of getting back there and going one better. The Washington Huskies are not going to be an easy team to break down, though, and it is expected that they will be the class of the PAC-12, as well as a potential postseason candidate in 2018.
LSU Tigers vs Miami HurricanesThe SEC West is going to be an epic battle this season. The expectation is that Alabama and Auburn will be going head to head for the crown, but it is probably not a good idea to sleep on an LSU team that is always incredibly tough to break down. The Miami Hurricanes surprised a lot of people by winning their opening 10 games last year before falling apart at the end of the season. Mark Richt is ahead of schedule in the rebuild of this program, and there is certainly reason to believe that this group can progress a little further this year.
Alabama Crimson Tide vs Louisville CardinalsWhile certainly not the biggest match-up in Week 1 of the college football season, it is always fun to see what the defending champions do in the opening week. The biggest question mark with this Alabama team is who will be under center. Tua Tagovailoa probably did enough to earn the starting job after putting in a stellar second-half performance in the National Championship game last year, but you can bet that he will be on a short leash with Jalen Hurts waiting in the wings.
Other Interesting NCAA Football Week 1 Games
- Central Florida vs Connecticut
- Colorado State vs Colorado
- San Diego State vs Stanford
- Florida Atlantic vs Oklahoma
- Oregon State vs Ohio State
- Washington vs Auburn
- Mississippi vs Texas Tech
- West Virginia vs Tennessee