No. 1 Clemson (-36) vs. Georgia Tech – 8 p.m. ET
Thursday, Aug. 29, Over/Under: 59
Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers should cruise in this one. Clemson has an embarrassment of riches at the skill positions and Georgia Tech is bringing their offense into the 21st century leaving the option attack behind. New offensive system, new head coach, and a defense that struggled last year is not an ideal situation heading into this matchup. The Tigers should cover.
No. 2 Alabama (-34.5) vs. Duke – 3:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug. 31, Over/Under: 58.5
The Tide should roll in this one as Heisman hopeful Tua Tagovailoa looks to start the season off strong after a disappointing championship game performance. Bama has the obvious overwhelming edge on both sides of the ball. Duke will be breaking in a new starting quarterback, 5th year senior Quentin Harris. Look for the Tide to cover.
No. 3 Georgia (-21) vs. Vanderbilt – 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Aug 31, Over/Under: 57.5
If Georgia has a weakness its at receiver due to players leaving early for the draft and suspensions. Combined this with the game being a road opener, the Bulldogs may start slow. Vandy is out matched at just about every position on the field so look for the Bulldogs to get it going in the second half and cover.
No. 4 Oklahoma (-24.5) vs. Houston – 7:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, September 1 Over/Under: 82.5
The Sooners and their new starting quarterback Jaeln Hurts shouldnt have a problem scoring. The question is on defense where OU has struggled in recent years. Houston QB D’Eriq King put up huge numbers last season. Look for that to continue even with new head coach Dana Holgorsen. Oklahoma brought in new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch to solidify the defense. Looks like this will be a high scoring game with Houston keeping it close at times. Take Houston with the points in this matchup.
No. 5 Ohio State (-27.5) vs. FAU – 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 31, Over/Under: 63.5
FAU ranked 92 in points per game allowed last season. This does not bode well for them in facing a team with elite talent like Ohio State. New transfer quarterback Justin Fields shouldnt have an issue in his first start. Look for OU to cover.
No. 6 LSU (-27.5) vs. Georgia Southern – 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 31 , Over/Under: 54
The triple option gives many teams fits. This definitely could be the case in an opener where LSU may not be up to the task of playing good assignment football. Look for Georgia Southern’s option attack to limit LSU possession. Take the under in the one.
No. 7 Michigan (-33.5) vs. Middle Tennessee State – 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, August 31 , Over/Under: 53.5
Middle Tennessee State is breaking in a new starting quarterback and there is a huge talent gap between these two teams. Michigan has high expectations this season. This game shouldn’t be much of a contest. Look for Michigan to cover.
Monday, September 2
No. 9 Notre Dame (-20.5) vs. Louisville – 7:30 p.m. ET
Louisville is coming off a horrendous 2-10 season. Notre Dame is looking to re-establish themselves as a perennial power after last year’s College Football Playoff appearance. New Louisville Head Coach Scott Satterfield is trying to establish a new culture but I don’t see how they will be able to keep it close. Look for the Irish to cover.
Monday, September 2
No. 10 Texas (-20.5) vs. Louisiana Tech – 8 p.m. ET
Texas and quarterback Sam Ehlingher come into this season with a lot of hype. The Longhorns may be overrated this year but shouldn’t have an issue with LA Tech. The Bulldogs bring in a new Defensive Coordinator so look for the Longhorns offense to cruise in this game. Take the over is this one.