Here we go! Tine to show you exactly how much we don’t know about picking against the spread.
Louisiana Tech +20.5 at Texas | The Longhorns, under Tom Herman, have had slow starts. In fact, his last season opening win was against Oklahoma when he was still at Houston. This is a new season, but off-season injuries have a backup QB taking RB reps. On top of that, Louisiana Tech has had 5 straight winning seasons and are no slouch. I still think Texas will win but should be fun to watch.
Liberty +18 vs Syracuse | I think this is a trap game for Syracuse. They have Maryland next week and may be overlooking a more talented than most think Liberty team (ask Baylor). Liberty is coached by Hugh Freeze which I find an interesting twist. It’s also a home game for the Flames.
Houston +23 at Oklahoma | Houston’s scoring offense ranked 5th nationally last season and has 10 returning starters and a stud QB. OU’s scoring defense ranked 96th and I realize there’s a new DC in town but they still need to prove that they’re better. Houston may be the best offense that OU plays all season so I’m taking the Sooners to win but taking Houston +23.
Alabama (-33.5) vs Duke | The Crimson Tide consistently field one of the top defenses in the country. With the ability to shut down the opposition, the offensive is finally catching up due to the likes of Tua Tagovailoa. Now a two headed monster, there aren’t many teams that possess the ability to keep pace with Bama.
Oregon (+3.5) vs Auburn | On a neutral field you have an experienced QB in Justin Herbert versus the freshman of Auburn. Give me the mighty Ducks and the points in this one!
Texas (-20.5) vs Louisiana Tech | The Longhorns are out to make a case for the College Football Playoff. But it begins on opening night as UT steps onto the field with Sam Ehlinger at the helm. In the best position they’ve been in in years at the position, it’s now or never. Against a lesser foe and home field advantage, give me Texas — unfortunately.
Texas -20.5 vs. Louisiana Tech | The Longhorns have a lot to prove this season. I expect them to dominate against a lesser opponent. Winning by at least three scores at home should be an easy task.
Syracuse -18 vs. Liberty | I’m not picking Syracuse to have an outstanding season, but I am picking them to beat up on Liberty. Should be an easy win for the Orange.
Ohio State -27.5 vs. Florida Atlantic | The Buckeyes are another team trying to prove they have what it takes to win it all this season. I expect them to put on a show this weekend.
Houston (+23.0) @ Oklahoma | This could be a trap game of sorts for the Sooners. I don’t think Houston has any real chance at winning the game, but they could keep it close, at least for a couple of quarters. With that being said, Oklahoma has a tendency to do the opposite of what I expect them to do, so they could end up blowing the Cougar out by 40.
Oregon (+3.5) @ Auburn | Both teams look like they’re going to be as good as they have been in years. Simply put, I don’t like the Tigers, so I’m taking the Ducks as underdogs on the road here.
Vanderbilt (+22.5) v. Georgia | After getting slapped 41-13 last season, I think the Commodores are going to want revenge as they host the Bulldogs in Nashville. I’m not giving Vandy the upset or anything, but I think they cover the spread, even if it’s just barely.
Stanford (-6.5) vs. Northwestern | With Bryce Love graduated this officially becomes K.J. Costello’s team. He led the Cardinal to four consecutive victories to close out 2018 and he’ll lead them to cover the spread to start the 2019 season.
Houston (+23) at Oklahoma | Like every other Oklahoma fan I want to believe the defense is better. I’ve got to see it first though. This is a really good Houston offense coming to Norman. I just can’t see how this game is beyond three touchdowns for the Sooners.
Notre Dame (-19) at Louisville | The Cardinal were terrible in 2018…terrible. This game would be a much bigger spread if it weren’t being played at Louisville.
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