Cash on With these College Football Sleeper Picks for Week 1
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by - 8/21/2017 3:22 PM Share

If you hate the plethora of early season mismatches featuring huge Division I programs against their much smaller counterparts, join the club. It's just not a whole lot of fun seeing a national title contender beat up on a team that is made up of a bunch of players that wouldn't even make the ‘powerful' team's roster.

With that said, there's still money to be made by betting on the handful of teams that are offering excellent value as an upset ‘sleeper' kind of selection.

The college football week 1 are up at, and thanks to the handful of Week 1 expert picks that you're about to get, you're going to find out just which teams are offering the kind of sleeper value you're looking for.

Maryland at Texas
When: Saturday, September 2, 11:00 AM on FS1
Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin
NCAAF Odds: Texas -17

Analysis: I really like new Texas (5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS) head coach Tom Herman and I genuinely believe he's going to get the Longhorns back on the national map at some point in the very near future, but I can't see Texas just cruising to an 18-point victory in their opener against a Maryland (6-7 SU, 4-9 ATS) team that will be completely locked in on playing well in their opener after falling apart late last season.

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Maryland has a pair of excellent running backs in Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison and a new, dual-threat signal-caller under center in Caleb Henderson and should be able to keep this game close until the final gun. While I am expecting big things out of Herman and the Longhorns down the road, I'm going to urge you to join the 55 percent of public bettors that like the Maryland Terrapins to cover the spread as nearly three touchdown road dogs. This matchup looks like a classic trap game to me.

Pick: Maryland +17 Points

Temple vs. Notre Dame
When: Saturday, September 2, 2:30 PM on NBC
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
NCAAF Odds: Notre Dame -15.5

Analysis: While it's true that Temple (10-4 SU, 12-2 ATS) lost an excellent head coach in new Baylor head coach Matt Rhule, I love the hire the Owls made by bringing in former Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their new head coach.

With that said, I'm also not very sure that Notre Dame (4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS) is going to be able to simply bounce back from their horror-filled 2016 season, especially with a new quarterback under center in likely starter Mike Wimbush.

The Irish have some serious concerns on the defensive line as well as at wide receiver and I believe it's going to take some time for Brian Kelly's new players to find their way.

Temple has just eight returning starters and they have uncertainty at quarterback, but they look like they'll be solid again defensively and have almost their entire secondary back from last season.

I'm thinking a solid defensive effort by Temple will be good enough to at least be able to keep the final score respectable. The Owls are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games in the month of September while Notre Dame has gone 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games.

Pick: Temple Owls +15.5 Points

Florida State vs. Alabama
When:Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Alabama -6.5

Analysis: The Alabama Crimson Tide may be a perennial powerhouse and they may enter the 2017 campaign as the prohibitive odds-on-favorite to win the national championship (again), but I'm going to urge you to join the 45 percent of public bettors that like the Florida State Seminoles to get the ATS cover in their huge, regular season opener against Nick Saban's squad.

I really like Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and I believe he's got as bright of a future as any quarterback in the Saban era, but also like Florida State's Deondre Francois, who was simply fantastic as a freshman last season in completing 58.8 percent of his passes with 20 TD passes and a modest seven interceptions. Florida State has gone 3-0 ATS in their last three games as an underdog of 6.5 points or less and they now have the perfect blueprint on how to beat Alabama thanks to Deshaun Watson's heroics the last two seasons. Alabama is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games, but Florida State is 4-0 ATS in their last four games and a robust 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the SEC. Maybe it's me, but I smell a huge upset brewing.

Pick: Florida State 31 Alabama 28

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