Can you smell it? Can you feel it? After months of anticipation and looking over the sportsbooks betting odds countless times in preparation, college football is back and we are all thrilled!
Close your eyes for a minute – take in the smells of the meat on all the grills in the parking lots where games are being played tonight. Then put yourself on the sidelines and the head official hands you a brand spanking new game ball. You bring it to your nose and think, this is why I love being a football handicapper and making college football picks, it’s been worth the wait.
Let the games begin!
Two things I know for certain, Jim Harbaugh will bring back Michigan to prosperity and top program not only in the Big Ten but nationally as well. He will also be a complete jerk-wad about it because that’s who he is.
Wagerweb.ag has the Wolverines as five-point underdogs and while we presume they will be more effective than last year’s bunch which only rang up 10 points in the 26-10 setback as three point home favorite, Harbaugh is not a miracle worker.
If you watched last year’s contest, the most striking aspect was Utah was faster than Michigan across the board and their defense is still very capable of applying a ton of pressure to disrupt the Wolverines offense. While not sold on quarterback Travis Wilson, I see him doing what is needed for the Utes and scoring in the 20’s.
The Utah home crowd besides being excited for opener, has a Big Ten team into Salt Lake City and this will be a really big deal. I’ll take the home team for sports picks who is 7-0 ATS recently in nonconference play.
This matchup was one of the big flip games of the opening weekend. The original college football odds had Vanderbilt as 2.5-point favorites and since then the money has been coming in like an avalanche on Western Kentucky, who now sits as -2.5-point road favorites.
In theory, hard to argue with the switch with the Hilltoppers, led by QB Brandon Doughty, having posted 44.4 points a game, while the Commodores limped in to score 17.2 PPG.