The college football season is finally here, and what a game to kick things off. The Big Ten Conference is sending Nebraska and Northwestern to play a league game in Ireland, slated for 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, to open the season. This will be the first game of several from the opening week that will add for a parlay. Let’s jump right into action so you can get all set to place your bets against the NCAA Football Lines.
2022 NCAAF Week 1 Parlay Betting Options to Wager On
Nebraska at Northwestern
Nebraska coach Scott Frost is at risk of getting fired without a remarkable improvement. His Cornhuskers were 3-9 last year and dubbed “the best three-win team in college football history” because they lost eight of those games by eight points or less. They brought in several key transfers and recruits to try and turn things around.
They open against a Northwestern team that was one of the worst major conference teams last season. The Wildcats also finished 3-9 but were blown out in most games, and two of their three wins were against lower-level competition.
A lofty line favors Nebraska by 13 points, which is probably fair on American soil. But one doesn’t know how a team will react overseas, as is the case with the NFL and some notable upsets over time.
Pick: Northwestern +13
Wyoming at Illinois, 4 p.m. ET
Wyoming is a far cry from when Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen played there. A season ago, they won four straight before finishing 7-6, including 2-6 in Mountain West play. Their passing efficiency was 73 spots lower than their run game, but at least they have a new quarterback. Returning only five starters is going to be difficult.
Illinois wasn’t much better, finishing 5-7 but rallied late under first-year coach Bret Bielema, going 4-5 in Big Ten play. They had the 122nd worst passing efficiency, though, and now have a new starting quarterback in Tommy DeVito. They do return 11 starters and expect to be better in Bielema’s second season.
The Fighting Illini are favored by 10 points and have solid skill position players returning and a key defensive end in Keith Randolph Jr.
Pick: Illinois -10
Charlotte at Florida Atlantic, 7 p.m. ET
Moving right along, Charlotte and Florida Atlantic meet in a Conference-USA contest. Both teams were toward the bottom of the East standings, and now, without divisions, this is a pivotal early game. Both are projected to finish near the middle of the C-USA standings. Charlotte’s recruiting class was slightly better, so they should have more depth coming in.
The 49ers had the 48th best passing attack in the country last season and return their QB, RB, top two receivers, and four offensive linemen. The issue was their defense rated 114th and allowed 73 plays of 20 or more yards to rank 129th.
Florida Atlantic was 17th last season in averaging 5.04 points per quality offensive possession. They return former Miami QB N’Kosi Perry, two receivers, and four offensive linemen. Defensively there are only five returning starters for Willie Taggart’s squad.
Florida Atlantic is favored by a touchdown, but the energy is moving in the positive direction for an upstart Charlotte program.
Pick: Charlotte +7
Vanderbilt at Hawaii, 10:30 p.m. ET
Wrap up the day with a little late-night football. Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea made headlines at SEC media days when he said his program will be the best in the SEC one day. Well, they weren’t very good in his first year, finishing 2-10 and losing its final seven games.
The Commodores have a veteran defensive unit with nine projected starters who are seniors. Offensively though, they have a long way to go and still don’t have the best weapons to improve quickly.
At least they are 6.5 point road favorites at one of the best vacation spots in the world in Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors were 6-7 last season but only return one defensive starter, three offensive linemen, and a tight end. A mass exodus occurred after Todd Graham ran everyone off. A former Hawaii star QB in Timmy Chang seems underqualified but is entering his first year with the cupboard bare.
Pick: Vanderbilt -6.5
We’re happy to have college football back, and while the slate of games will be better a week from now, this will suffice. Good luck and enjoy the return of a great level of football.
The Parlay: Northwestern +13, Illinois -10, Charlotte +7, Vanderbilt -6.5