2022 College Football Over/Under Betting Picks for the Top Weekend Games of Week 1

It’s the time of year that all college football fans wait a long time for, with Week 1 of the season set to go this weekend, with the first batch of games coming on Thursday night. As you all probably already know, making predictions in the opening week of the season is tough, even in games where you have a strong Power 5 team going against a weaker opponent, you know that at some point the starters of the stronger team are going to get pulled to give the bench guys some playing time. That can have a major impact on the outcome of games, but we are still going to go ahead and see if we can pick some winners. For the purposes of this piece, we are going to focus on some O/U picks that we like this weekend. Let’s get to it so you can bet against the NCAAF Odds.

NCAAF Week 1 O/U Betting Picks | 2022 College Football Analysis

Ball State Cardinals at Tennessee Volunteers – UNDER 68

This is one of those games where you might see one team take their foot off the gas as the game progresses. Tennessee is in as a 34 ½ point favorite for this one, so you would expect them to get the job done quickly and get some of the bench guys in, which means that the scoring might slow down in the second half. In terms of the point total, you have to look at what the Cardinals have done, which includes seeing 10 of their last 14 games versus non-conference foes fall UNDER the point total. Let’s stick with that trend here.

Penn State Nittany Lions at Purdue Boilermakers – UNDER 54 ½

One of the better games on the Week 1 schedule sees the Penn State Nittany Lions hit the road to face Purdue, with the point total for this game set at 54 ½. While that number may not seem particularly high in the grand scheme of things, but I think we are looking at a tight defensive struggle in this one. The trends for both teams certainly point that way. The UNDER has hit in 6 of the last 7 games overall for Penn State, while Purdue has seen their last 4 in the month of September go UNDER.

North Carolina State Wolfpack Vs East Carolina Pirates – OVER 55

With this one, I think we are looking at an offensive battle, and I believe that the OVER will hit quite comfortably. These are a pair of teams who are used to seeing the totals go that route, based on what we have seen in the past. The OVER has hit in 7 of the last 10 games for the NC State Wolfpack, as well as in 6 of their last 8 games played on grass. The Pirates are 7-1 O/U in their last 8 games against teams from the ACC.

Arizona Wildcats at San Diego State Aztecs – OVER 47 ½

While I don’t see there being a ton of offense in this game, I think the point total of 47 ½ is low enough that these teams can combine to take it OVER. The Arizona Wildcats have a history of the OVER hitting when they face teams from the Mountain West, with their last 6 meetings going that way. It’s a similar story with the Aztecs, with each of their last 4 non-conference games also going OVER the point total.

 
 

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