We still have tons of time until college football kicks off with California at Hawaii, but oddsmakers in Vegas posted college football season win totals for all division 1 teams.
College football season win totals are a good way to gauge the sense of the college football betting market and Las Vegas’ expectations for teams. Here are some early-season win totals betting picks to make for the upcoming 2016 college football season.
Cincinnati (Over 6.5)
Cincinnati’s defense might have some trouble stopping the run this season. Then again, former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville has a great returning hard-hitting safety in Zach Edwards. The offense is going to be lights out again with QB Gunner Keil. Receivers Shaq Washington, Mekale McKay and Chris Moore all return. So does 3 offensive line players. The offense should bail Cincinnati out of at least 2 games. They’ll beat UTM, Miami Ohio, UConn, ECU, and UCF. That’s 7 wins.
TCU (Over 8)
It’s the offensive system at TCU. Versus Oklahoma, the Horned Frogs were without both their star QB in Trevone Boykin and their star WR in Josh Doctson. They still managed to play well enough to lose by only 1 point to a future College Playoff Team, 29 to 30, in the Oklahoma Sooners. Whenever Gary Patterson has had his absolute best teams at Texas Christian, it’s been because of the defense. TCU has a loaded line backing corps with Travin Howard, Ty Summers and Montrel Wilson. TCU projects to maybe lose 1 game this season, to the Sooners, but other than that they should roll in the Big 12 now that Baylor is a lame duck.
Miami FL (Over 6.5)
Mark Richt’s teams at Georgia were always competitive in the SEC. Richt inherits QB Brad Kaaya, a proven signal-caller, who has a suspect offensive line. But that’s why Richt is in Miami, right? He’ll put together a good enough line for Kaaya to have success. The defense won’t be as bad as many in the ACC. New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz should do enough to make the unit respectable.
ASU (Under 5)
The Sun Devils did win 6 games last season. They should have 3 wins in the bag versus NAU, UTSA and Colorado. ASU takes on Cal, USC, UCLA, Washington State, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Arizona outside of NAU, UTSA and Colorado.
Did you know?
-Florida State are home underdogs to Clemson for the first time in history (data back to 1980) and the first time vs. an ACC opponent since 2005 (+3.5 vs. Miami (FL))
-Alabama are underdogs to LSU for the first time since 2007 (+7 and lost 41-34).
-Ohio State are the biggest underdog (+9 vs Oklahoma) to a non-Big 10 team they have been since +11.5 vs USC in 2008.
-Michigan has not been favored over Ohio State since 2011 and not covered a game vs. Michigan State since 2006.
-Michigan State are underdogs (+2 vs. Michigan) at home for the first time since 2011.
-Auburn only has been a bigger underdog (+18) to Alabama two other times since 1980 (+21 in 2011 and +34 in 2012).
-Texas has not been favored over Oklahoma since 2009.