In just over two weeks, we’ll see the start of the College Football season. In taking a look at Week 1’s games, we’ve found a few sleeper picks that you may like. Let’s take a look at those Week 1 Games so you can plan your bets and place them against the NCAA Football Odds.
Sleeper Picks for Week 1 of the College Football 2022 Season
Utah Utes @ Florida Gators
Now, we’re not sure that many would consider Utah a sleeper pick, but we’re going to. Yes, they’re currently favored by 2.5 points, but they are traveling across the country to an SEC school. Expectations are very high for a Utah squad that has a great shot at winning the Pac-12. However, the Pac-12 isn’t a dominant conference, and we really aren’t sure how good Utah is.
The Florida Gators program has been a mess the last few seasons. Dan Mullen was let go, and Billy Napier stepped in to try and get the Gators back on track. Florida will have a talented roster, but will they be good enough to beat Utah? This will be at “The Swamp”, and with a raucous home crowd, things could get tough for the Utes.
Utah has the better team, and they’ll be ready for everything Florida throws at them. Many experts have said to take Florida and the points, but we like Utah.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Ohio State Buckeyes
The Ohio State Buckeyes are expected to be a playoff team this season. Ryan Day’s squad should have one of the top offenses in the country, led by Heisman candidate CJ Stroud. With a new defensive coordinator at the helm, many are expecting the Buckeyes’ weakness to be fixed, and they’ll be one of the best teams in the country.
In Week 1, we’ll have a great scene in Columbus as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame come to town. Marcus Freeman will be making his head coaching debut in this one, and the defensive guru will have a plan to slow down OSU’s powerful offense.
Things didn’t start off well for Ohio State last season, as Oregon came into Columbus and upset the favored Buckeyes. While we don’t see Notre Dame beating Oregon, we think the 15.5-point dogs will cover the spread. Go with the Irish in this one.
Cincinnati Bearcats @ Arkansas Razorbacks
What a run the Bearcats had last season. They were the first non-Power 5 school to make it to the College Football Playoffs, and they played well against Alabama. After some key losses, the Bearcats are back, and they are starting the season off with a very hard game.
Sam Pittman has done a great job of bringing the Razorbacks program back to prominence. Arkansas should be one of the top teams in the SEC again this season. They’ll welcome the Bearcats to Fayetteville to open up the season.
Luke Fickell always seems to have his team ready for big games, and this one will be no exception. The Hogs are favored by seven, but we’re going with the Bearcats in this one. We think Arkansas wins by a field goal, but Cincinnati makes another great showing.