Here we go! The 2022 college football season is upon us!!!
With a slate of eleven games on tap for Saturday we’re launching our first edition of Friday Locks for the season. We’ve each picked three games from the slate and find ourselves on opposite ends in a couple of them. So…here we go!
Northwestern (+13.5) vs. Nebraska | Nebraska made a few upgrades from last season including the addition of Casey Thompson. I do think they win this game, but I don’t see it being by two scores or more.
Utah State (-27) vs. UConn | Utah State is coming off an incredible season in which they finished 11-3. UCONN on the other hand finished 1-11. I expect the Aggies to take care of business here.
UNC (-34.5) vs. Florida A&M | North Carolina had a disappointing season a year ago. I think they’ll come out strong in the opener with a big win over an inferior opponent.
Nebraska (-12.5) vs. Northwestern | Nebraska pasted Northwestern 56-7 in Lincoln last season. I expect both teams to show improvement in 2022 but can the Wildcats show that much, that fast, right out of the gate? My thought is no, they can’t.
Illinois (-12.5) vs. Wyoming | I’m expecting a relatively low scoring game here as Illinois turns to Chase Brown and the running game to overpower a Wyoming defense that placed 10th against the run in the Mountain West last season.
New Mexico State (+8.5) vs. Nevada | This a battle of new coaches but old opponents. The Wolf Pack have dominated the Aggies as of recent but there could be enough speed bumps on both sides of the field to keep it interesting.
Utah State (-27) vs. UConn | The Huskies lost half their games last season by at least 30 points, and I anticipate that they will continue that trend when they open up their season against Utah State on Saturday.
Nevada (-8.5) @ New Mexico State | New Mexico State has been one of the worst teams in all of college football for a while now, and while Nevada is no Power 5 powerhouse, I think they should be able to win this one by double digits.
Hawaii (+8.5) vs. Vanderbilt | I’m not sure what I’m missing here, but I have no idea how Vandy is favored, let alone by 8.5 points. Hawaii should win this one straight up, and even if they somehow don’t, they’ll definitely cover the spread.
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