College Football Week 1 Odds – Opening Thursday Features South Carolina Defense That Won’t Be Clowney-ing Around
For customers at BetAnySports, NCAA football betting, on individual games, culminates on August 29 (a Thursday), with a number of nationally televised games. We take a look at some of that action, including a conference game that takes place in the toughest league in the country.
Thursday, August 29 – 6 PM ET
The good news for fans of the Gamecocks is that it has been determined that Jadeveon Clowney’s contact with rapper / agent Jay-Z is not in violation of NCAA rules, so the best defensive player in the country – a man who disrupts enemy offenses – will be in action. But there will be some questions on offense, which sounds unusual enough with a Steve Spurrier-coached team. For example, is Connor Shaw the guy who can really open up the passing game? He better be, because SC’s running game is not special. The second injury loss of Marcus Lattimore last season was big. North Carolina (+310 to win the ACC Coastal Division at BetAnySports) is no slouch; the Heels actually finished in a three-way tie for the ACC West division title last season. They’ve got a quarterback in Bryan Renner who is star quality, and it’s a good thing for him that he has one of the better tight ends in the nation in Eric Ebron running short routes, because Clowney will unquestionably be bearing down on his neck.
Thursday, August 29 – 9:15 PM ET
SEC action gets underway with two programs that can certainly claim to be on the rise. Ole Miss put together a 7-6 season in Hugh Freeze’s first season and should be in the running for a bowl. The big story here is that the Rebels landed the nation’s top high school football recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who could make an immediate impact as a defensive end. His brother Denzel already turned heads last season as a freshman linebacker last season. Unfortunately, another playmaker on the stop unit, cornerback Nick Brassell, who could be an NFL draftee, was declared academically ineligible and will transfer. Let’s not forget that Vanderbilt (+135 to chalk up more than 7.5 wins in NCAA Football Betting at BetAnySports) finished the season ranked 20th in the final USA Today poll. And they have an experienced quarterback in Wyoming transfer Austyn Carta-Samuels who can do a lot in this offense, especially since he has some real receivers, including all-SEC player Jordan Matthews. Coach James Franklin is a hard-nosed type; his teams attack on defense and try to force turnovers. So that will be a test for Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace, who threw 17 interceptions last season. Wallace’s situation is worth mentioning, as he played most of last season hurt and had surgery on his clavicle in January. He’s been throwing again for about a month, so whether he will be close to 100% by the time the bell rings is a question to be explored.
Thursday August 29 – 10 PM ET
His brother David was once the #1 pick in the entire NFL Draft, but Derek Carr looks like someone who is also going to be drafted high. The Fresno State signal-caller had a monster season in 2012, with 4104 passing yards and 37 touchdowns, with just seven interceptions. He leads an FSU squad that is legitimately hopeful of being a BCS buster out of the Mountain West. This team, which is +160 to win more than 10.5 games in the football odds at BetAnySports) also shows plenty of defense; in fact, the stop unit registered 35 takeaways last year and only one team in the country – the other FSU, Florida State – allowed fewer yards through the air. That sets up a challenge for Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova, who has had his ups and downs. But his 6’6″ target, Brandon Coleman, will be a “tall” order for the Bulldogs to cover. And the Scarlet Knights should be able to do a little “ground and pound” behind Savon Higgins, starting for the first time in the backfield. Rutgers is rebuilding its nasty defense, but this team recruits well, so it will stay nasty as the residue of former coach Greg Schiano still lingers (and that’s a positive thing).
2013 College Football Week 1 Odds
133 North Carolina +12 Ov 58
134 South Carolina -12 Un 58
135 UNLV +14½ Ov 50
136 Minnesota -14½ Un 50
137 Tulsa pk Ov 47
138 Bowling Green pk Un 47
139 Akron +24 Ov 58
140 Central Florida -24 Un 58
141 Utah State +3 Ov 52
142 Utah -3 Un 52
143 Mississippi -2 -110 Ov 54
144 Vanderbilt +2 Un 54
145 Rutgers +9 Ov 47
146 Fresno State -9 Un 47
147 USC -21½ Ov 58
148 Hawaii +21½ Un 58
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