It was certainly nice to have college football back last weekend, but the reality is that this weekend is the one we have all been waiting for. Sept 4 is the official Week 1 of the NCAAF season, and we couldn’t be any more ready for it if we tried. There is a full slate of games set to go, which means countless betting opportunities at your disposal. Making picks in the opening weeks of the season is tough, especially in college football, where rosters change dramatically from season to season. Still, we are going to take a shot and list some parlay picks that we will do by SU, ATS, and O/U. You can mix things up, pick a couple of our selections, or ignore them altogether and go with your own. Either way, let’s get to it so you can get ready to wager against the NCAAF odds.
2021 Parlay Picks for Week 1 | College Football Betting
NCAAF Week 1 SU Picks – Penn State, Texas, Georgia
One of the better earlier games this Saturday sees the Penn State Nittany Lions hit the road to face the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten showdown. I am taking a bit of a chance with this one, as Penn State are in as a 4 ½ point underdog. They have, though, won 7 of their last 10 versus Wisconsin, including 6 of the last 7. Let’s start the season with the slight upset.
A lot of the news this offseason had to do with Oklahoma and Texas planning to jump ship and head to the SEC. That’s still a few years away, so for now, it’s about setting the tone early in the Big 12. Texas will start at home with what looks to be a tricky game against the ULL Ragin Cajuns, but it’s one that I like them to win.
There is no doubt about it, the best game on the schedule in the opening weekend will see the Clemson Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs go head-to-head. This should be a close one, but I think the Bulldogs, who are in as the underdog, have the edge in that they had less holes to fill this offseason. I think they win a close one.
NCAAF Week 1 ATS Picks – Alabama (-19), Iowa (-3 ½), USC (-14)
Every year, we all talk about the players that Alabama lost to the NFL Draft and how they have so many holes to fill. Every year, they simply load up and go again. The Crimson Tide have a tough one in the opening week, and while it may take them a minute to get going, I think they pull away and cover.
I almost went with the O/U with the game between Indiana and Iowa, but the spread ended up calling to me. Iowa is in as a 3 ½ point favorite, which looks particularly appealing when you consider that they have covered in each of their last 7 games against conference foes.
I’m closing out this parlay with one that I am a little on the fence with. The USC Trojans have not been a great ATS performer of late, especially in the month of September, but I feel that they have more than enough to cover against San Jose State on Saturday.
NCAAF Week 1 O/U Picks – Oklahoma (U69), Michigan (U68), Marshall (O48)
We are all expecting the Oklahoma Sooners to be offensively great again this season, but that also means that the point total might often be inflated. I think that is what we are seeing in Week 1 versus Tulane. Blowout win for the Sooners, but UNDER the point total.
This feels like a bit of a make-or-break season for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines, and while they might want to try and put on a show in Week 1 versus Western Michigan, I’m not so sure we see the total reached in this one. I’m playing the UNDER.
We close out this week’s parlay picks with a game that looks set to go OVER the 48-point total. For Marshall, the OVER has hit in 8 of their last 11 road games. Each of the last 5 games that Navy has played in the month of September have gone OVER.