Ten Betting Tips: College Football Betting Bits To Watch For Week 1

The 2012 college football betting season is upon us, and that means that there are 124 schools that are revving up for a chance at the ultimate goal, a shot at the BCS National Championship Game in January. Check out our Ten Tidbits for Week 1, as we keep an eye on some of the best and worst of the players, teams, trends, and factoids from across the world of NCAA football.

We’ll start with the man that has virtually everything on the line in Week 1, Michigan’s Denard Robinson. Robinson has gone up against some stout defenses in his career at Ann Arbor, but he has never seen anything like this Alabama defense. Beating the Crimson Tide would not only make the Wolverines National Championship contenders, but it would also make Robinson a Heisman Trophy contender. His NFL Draft stock could also see a tremendous rise with this upset. It’s not that his season is said and done with, but success against Alabama could be the ultimate reward for both Robinson and the Wolverines. Unfortunately, that same success couldn’t be found last year in the end by the…

LSU Tigers, who are sure to be able to pass midfield just a few times against North Texas in Week 1. The Bayou Bengals are going to be debuting a brand new quarterback in Zach Mettenberger, who can’t possibly do any worse than his predecessors, Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, both of which had absolutely zip for success. Of course, playing against the Mean Green, one of the worst teams in college football will surely help, and Mettenberger should do well as a result. He doesn’t have the most important debut for a starting quarterback this weekend, though. That claim goes to…
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Andrew Maxwell, who is going to hope to lead Michigan State by Boise State in the first game of the year in East Lansing. Maxwell was a highly recruited quarterback that just never found his way onto the field thanks to the success that Kirk Cousins was having with the Spartans. Boise State isn’t nearly the same team that contended for the BCS National Championship and spots in BCS bowl games over the course of the last few years, but regardless, this is still a game in the national spotlight on Friday night. Boise State is 8-1 SU and 6-3 ATS over the course of its nine games against “Big Six” schools since 2005, a trend that is quite impressive. It’s not nearly as telling as the streak that the…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish used to have against Navy. The Irish beat the Middies a whopping 43 times in a row before a 2007 triple overtime victory for the Midshipmen. Since that point, the boys from the service have won three out five SU and ATS, stopping the impressive Notre Dame run. These two teams are going to be playing in Dublin on Saturday in a 9:00 AM kickoff, as the Irish hope to use last year’s 56-14 win over the Middies as a way to spark a new run of domination against one of their top rivals. Still, even that 43-game winning streak didn’t feature a slew of covers, and that’s why the streak of the…

Florida Gators is all the more impressive. Florida is a whopping 18-0 SU and 15-3 ATS against teams from the non-Big Six conferences since September 2005. The Gators just have a habit of scheduling teams that just no chance of coming into the Swamp and winning thanks to the fact that they have to go through the brutal schedule of the SEC and the annual game against Florida State. Normally, it is quite difficult for the big conference teams to get up to beat the little guys early in the season, especially by the point spreads that we are used to seeing. The good head start of points on the college football odds is about all that the…

Bowling Green Falcons can be looking forward to on Saturday as they head to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. They’ll be getting 29, and odds have it, that spread will be long since gone by the time this one goes into the fourth quarter. BGSU has been beaten by at least 30 three times over the course of its last 13 games, and the last time that it had a challenge like this one, it was beaten 65-21 in the Big House by the Wolverines. The Falcons and the Gators both have something in common, and that’s that they were both spurned by the same head coach on relatively short notice. Can we throw Ohio State into the mix as well?

That’s now where Urban Meyer is coaching, and he’ll hope to do well with his Buckeyes in Week 1 against the other Miami. The Redhawks have been up and down quite a bit over the course of the last few years, going from a team that won one game in 2009 to one that won the MAC in 2010, only to turn around and go 4-8 in 2011. The Redhawks don’t really have all that much of a chance for an upset in Week 1, knowing that they are 22.5 point underdogs. However, the…

Ohio Bobcats do stand a chance of the upset. The Bobcats are going to be on the road against Penn State in the first game since the departure and the passing of Joe Paterno. It is going to be a heck of a day at Beaver Stadium, as Head Coach Bill O’Brien leads his troops onto the field for the first time. Ohio won 10 games a year ago and is a contender this year in the MAC. QB Tyler Tettleton is back, and he is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the land. He rushed for 621 yards and 10 TDs and threw for 3,306 yards and 28 TDs in 2011. Tettleton is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks returning this year, but he’s not as much of a threat as…

Collin Klein of Kansas State. The Wildcats really did a nice job last year of running the ball up and down the field with Klein, who ended up with 1,141 yards on the ground and just shy of 2,000 through the air. KSU will take on lowly Missouri State in its opener, and that means that there should be plenty of yards and points for Klein and his Cats to rack up. Still, there is only one quarterback that is returning this year that rushed for over 1,000 yards and threw for over 2,000 yards a campaign ago, and that is…

Denard Robinson, who averaged 167.1 yards per game passing and 89.8 yards per game rushing a campaign ago. He’ll need to come up with numbers that look a heck of a lot like that, and perhaps he’ll have to do even more if there is a chance for the Wolverines to get off on the right foot and roll the Tide in Arlington on Saturday night.

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Andrew Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.