Now I don’t advocate gambling by any means, but if by chance you happen to be betting on college football this weekend here’s who you should take.
1. Texas San Antonio +17 against Kansas State
To begin, Texas San Antonio is not your average Division II program. They are coached by former Miami head coach Larry Coker, and went blow for blow with a pretty good Arizona team last weekend in Tucson, eventually losing 42-32. They are also 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games. Kansas State lost it’s starting QB Jesse Ertz last weekend as well. Overall, I think this will be a close game, and therefore like UTSA, with the points, at home against a struggling Kansas State squad.
2. Georgia -21 against Vanderbilt
I usually don’t like to bet on Georgia for a couple reasons. 1. I like to bet with my brain instead of my heart. 2. They never cover the spread. But, this Georgia team is pretty good, and Vanderbilt under Derek mason has been pretty bad thus far. Yes, it’s in Nashville, but let’s be honest, that place will probably be at least 40% UGA fans. So, I’ll take Nick Chubb, Jeremy Pruitt and UGA +21.
3. Michigan State -4 against Oregon
This is one of those games that I would put a couple hundred dollars on if I was a gambler. I feel very confident in Michigan State to cover for a couple reasons. 1. They want redemption after last year’s loss and have had this game circled on their calendar all offseason. 2. Michigan State has a great defense per usual, and they have a returning starter and Heisman hopeful at QB in Connor Cook. Cook has big game experience and is a proven playmaker and leader for this team. 3. Oregon’s defense looked pretty bad last week against Eastern Washington. 4. Oregon’s QB, Vernon Adams Jr., has only been on campus for less than 2 months. He is still learning the offense and looked very rusty last week against his former school. Adams also, has zero big game experience, and I think this big of a stage this early in this season will prove too much for him to handle. Take Michigan State -4 and don’t blink an eye.
4. Mississippi State +4 against LSU
Mississippi State is playing at home against an LSU team that they beat last season, and for some reason they are an underdog. They have the best QB in the SEC, Dak Prescott, and return some pieces from a 10+ win team from last season. LSU, on the other hand, has a still unproven QB in Brandon Harris, and didn’t get a tune up game after theirs was rained out last week. I’m not as confident in this one, but I like Mississippi State at home being given 4 points.