Sure Winners College Football Week 1

Sure Winners College Football Week 1

Written by on August 28, 2017

One of the better College Football Week 1 games on the schedule is LSU taking on BYU in Houston – except that game likely will be moved because of the unprecedented flooding in that city from Hurricane Harvey. It likely will be shifted to New Orleans, which would be an advantage for LSU playing down the road from campus. I’ll have a preview of that game later this week. Here are two picks with great betting odds for Week 1 of College Football.

Sure Winners College Football Week 1

Buffalo at Minnesota

When: Thursday, Aug. 31, 7 PM ETWhere: TCF Bank Stadium, MinneapolisTV: Big Ten NetworkStream: BTN2GORadio: The Breeze 1230 AM (Buffalo) / 100.3 KFAN (Minnesota)Opening College Football Week 1 Lines: Minnesota -24.5

Fleck’s Debut

It’s the Minnesota head coaching debut of P.J. Fleck, who led Western Michigan to the 2016 Mid-American Conference title and a Cotton Bowl berth against Wisconsin. Fleck had been a hot coaching-market name, coming up at places like Oregon and Purdue, and it looked like he would stay in Kalamazoo until the Minnesota job opened.In four seasons at Western Michigan, Fleck rebuilt the program. The Broncos were 4-8 in 2012, and went 1-11 in Fleck’s first season in 2013. Fleck righted the ship quickly, improving to 8-5 in 2014 and going 8-5 again in 2015 before breaking out with a 13-0 regular season in 2016. With the MAC conference title in tow, the Broncos played in the Cotton Bowl and lost to Wisconsin 24-16.Fleck replaces Tracy Claeys, who went 9-4 in his first season as a full-time head coach and 11-8 overall. Claeys’s dismissal was tied in part to his poor public handling of a sexual assault scandal in his program. Minnesota players considered skipping the Holiday Bowl this season because of the school’s treatment of the 10 players involved in the sexual assault investigation.Fleck says Blaise Andries, the top recruit in Minnesota in the 2017 recruiting class, won’t redshirt during his freshman season with the Gophers. The Gophers’ projected starting offensive tackles are junior Donnell Greene and senior Garrison Wright. Both have missed time during fall training camp with undisclosed injuries, putting Andries into the mix sooner than Fleck would prefer.

College Football Week 1 Sleeper Picks

Bison Need Better On D

Buffalo took a step backwards last season, winning just two games after going 5-7 in head coach Lance Leipold’s 2015 debut. The Bulls ranked last in the MAC in points scored and 10th in points allowed per game, so there’s room for improvement on both sides of the ball.In the last three seasons since current Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack left, the Buffalo football team has ranked 10th, 11th and ninth, respectively, in points allowed in the Mid-American Conference. The run defense was 12th, 11th and seventh in MAC games. Last year’s run defense ranked 124th out of 126 teams in the nation against the run. The run defense needs to keep UB in games. Last year UB allowed a school-record 253 yards a game on the ground.Tyree Jackson started nine games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 for Buffalo at QB. He finished with nine TD passes and nine interceptions. Jackson rushed for 459 yards and passed for 180 yards a game. The UB offense was 126th out of 128 teams in scoring last season. They didn’t score on any opening drive. Jackson will be counted on to play at a higher level in a critical transition year for Leipold.

Tulsa at No. 10 Oklahoma State

When: Thursday, Aug. 31, 7:30 PM ETWhere: Boone Pickens Stadium, StillwaterTV: Fox Sports 1Stream: Fox Sports GoRadio: (Tulsa) / (Oklahoma State)Opening College Football Week 1 Lines: OSU -17.5

Cowboys In Playoff?

I believe Oklahoma State will win the Big 12 title this season and reach the College Football Playoff – it’s surely the most talented team that Mike Gundy has had there, led by Heisman contending QB Mason Rudolph and star WR James Washington.Rudolph has been an Oklahoma State student for 44 months. He’s been the starting quarterback for 34. By the end of this year, he’ll have started more games than any quarterback Mike Gundy has ever coached. Just year, Rudolph was the only player in the country in 2016 who surpassed 4,000 passing yards while throwing less than five interceptions. He was also the only quarterback in the nation who averaged more than 34 pass attempts per game while throwing less than five interceptions. At one point, Rudolph threw 164 consecutive passes without an interception and he finished the season with a second streak of 123 consecutive passes without being picked.Is Oklahoma State a safe bet in College Football Week 1?His 4,091 passing yards ranked as the third-most in a season in school history, trailing only Brandon Weeden’s 2010 and 2011 campaigns. Rudolph also completed 284 passes and attempted 448, both of which rank second in school history. His 28 passing touchdowns also rank as the fourth-highest total by an OSU quarterback.This marks the second consecutive year the Cowboys have opened their season at home, and the 60th time overall they have opened the season in Stillwater. OSU’s overall record in season opening games at home is 48-7- 4 and its overall record in season opening games is 69-41-5.

Rising Star At Tulsa

One of the rising star coaches in the FBS is Tulsa’s Philip Montgomery. Montgomery, the former offensive coordinator at Baylor, is 16-10 in two seasons, including last year’s 10-win campaign in which the team scored 42.5 points per game. It’s been a swift turnaround after the Golden Hurricane won five games total in 2013-14. The Golden Hurricane made FBS history last year as the first team to have a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and two 1,000-yard rushers.Following the graduation of Dane Evans, the top passer in program history, the QBs are young and mostly inexperienced. Chad President played in six games in 2015 and the opener in 2016, completing one pass. Each season, D’Angelo Brewer has boosted his rushing production, totaling 1,435 yards as a junior in 2016, despite splitting carries with senior James Flanders.The defense returns seven starters, but those that are gone were key contributors on a unit that fared better in 2016, but still gave up plenty of yards and points.

Expert College Football Week 1 Predictions

Both home teams will win comfortably here. The Pokes have won 21 straight home openers and five straight in this series overall. So, these College Football Week 1 winning picks should give you an extra in your pocket.