We are just over a month away from the start of the 2019 College Football season. With that, NJ online sportsbooks are doing their best to release week 1 point spreads ASAP to increase the excitement for NJ sports betting.
This is something we as bettors are still getting comfortable with. Before PASPA being struck down, we had our standard wait periods for week 1 odds coming out of Las Vegas sportsbooks.
In this case, William Hill NJ has released odds for dozens of Week 1 college football games. PA Sportsbooks have done the same as FanDuel Sportsbook PA has full week 1 college football menu. This follows William Hill NFL over-under wins which were released on June.
Week 1 of the college football season will give us our first glimpse into some incoming NFL prospects such as quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm and Justin Herbert.
Here is a list of all of the games William Hill Sportsbook has posted about below, with their odds.
Week 1 College Football Lines 2019
|Miami at Florida||August 24, 2019||7 p.m. ET||FLA -7.5|
|Hawaii at Arizona||August 24, 2019||10:30 p.m. ET||ARI -11.5|
|Cincinnati at UCLA||August 29, 2019||7 p.m. ET||CIN -3.5|
|Clemson at Georgia Tech||August 29, 2019||8 p.m. ET||CLEM -34|
|Tulane at Florida International||August 29, 2019||8 p.m. ET||TUL -3|
|Texas A&M at Texas State||August 29, 2019||8:30 p.m. ET||A&M -34.5|
|Arizona State at Kent State||August 29, 2019||10 p.m. ET||ASU -26|
|Army at Rice||August 30, 2019||6 p.m. ET||ARMY -23.5|
|South Florida at Wisconsin||August 30, 2019||7 p.m. ET||WIS -11|
|Michigan State at Tulsa||August 30, 2019||7 p.m. ET||MICH ST -21.5|
|Wake Forest at Utah State||August 30, 2019||7 p.m. ET||Wake Forest -3.5|
|Colorado State at Colorado||August 30, 2019||8 p.m. ET||COL ST -10.5|
|Nevada at Purdue||August 30, 2019||9:30 p.m. ET||PUR -9|
|Oregon St at Oklahoma St||August 30, 2019||10 p.m. ET||OSU -16.5|
|Memphis at Mississippi||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||Memphis -6|
|Ohio State at Florida Atlantic||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||OHIO ST -27|
|Nebraska at South Alabama||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||NEB -34|
|Louisiana Lafayette at Mississippi State||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||MISS ST -23|
|Kentucky at Toledo||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||KEN -13.5|
|NC State at East Carolina||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||NC State -20|
|Illinois at Akron||August 31, 2019||12 p.m. ET||ILL -16.5|
|Alabama at Duke||August 31, 2019||3:30 p.m. ET||ALA -32|
|North Carolina at South Carolina||August 31, 2019||3:30 p.m. ET||SC -7.5|
|Tennessee at Georgia State||August 31, 2019||3:30 p.m. ET||TENN -25.5|
|Coastal Carolina at Eastern Michigan||August 31, 2019||3:30 p.m. ET||EM -5.5|
|Boston College at Virginia Tech||August 31, 2019||4 p.m. ET||VT -2.5|
|Stanford at Northwestern||August 31, 2019||4 p.m. ET||STAN -6.5|
|Liberty at Syracuse||August 31, 2019||6 p.m. ET||SYR -18|
|Florida State vs. Boise State||August 31, 2019||7 p.m. ET||FSU -4|
|Arkansas State vs. SMU||August 31, 2019||7 p.m. ET||ARK ST -3|
|Auburn vs. Oregon||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||AUB -2.5|
|Pittsburgh vs. Virginia||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||VIR -2.5|
|Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||MICH -31|
|LSU vs. Georgia Southern||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||LSU -26|
|Wyoming vs. Missouri||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||MIZZOU -14.5|
|Iowa vs. Miami-Ohio||August 31, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||IOWA -21.5|
|Texas vs. Louisiana Tech||August 31, 2019||8 p.m. ET||Texas -20.5|
|Washington State vs. New Mexico State||August 31, 2019||10 p.m. ET||WAS ST -34|
|USC vs. Fresno State||August 31, 2019||10:30 p.m. ET||USC -13.5|
|Oklahoma vs. Houston||September 1, 2019||7:30 p.m. ET||OK -26.5|
|Louisville vs. Notre Dame||September 2, 2019||8 p.m. ET||ND -20|
Now that we’ve got all of the odds and games in one location, there are three games that stick out as the top matchups from Week 1, keeping in mind the odds above.
Week 1 College Football Picks 2019
Auburn vs. Oregon
As mentioned, we are looking forward to what Herbert can do. He had an up and down year a season ago and a strong showing against an SEC opponent in Auburn would be huge for not only his draft stock, but Oregon’s chances at getting into the tournament as a Pac-12 team.
At home, Auburn is a 2.5-point favorite. This game does rely heavily on Herbert carrying the offense, though they are equipped with arguably the best offensive line in the country.
With that said, they will go up against Auburn’s defensive line, which is arguably the best in the country, too.
This should end up being a relatively high scoring game, but Oregon will narrowly escape.
Prediction: Oregon 33, Auburn 28
Alabama vs. Duke
With Daniel Jones heading to the NFL, Duke is without their longtime, seasoned quarterback. Unfortunately for Duke, they have a group of inexperienced receive outside of their running back Deon Jackson.
With those inexperienced receivers, they’ll go up against an Alabama secondary that should be able to lock them down, hence the 32-point spread.
Bama wins this one big, with a huge effort from potential No. 1 overall pick Tagovailoa.
Prediction: Alabama 56, Duke 10
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
Headed by Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson Tigers will into the season looking to win back to back National Championships. Opening the season at home against Georgia Tech, the Tigers are 34-point favorites. It would be an absolute shock if Tech was able to take down the Tigers at home.
Lawrence is going to rip Tech apart.
Prediction: Clemson 64, Georgia Tech 14
Miami at Florida
Kicking off the college football season is two Floridian teams doing battle, with the Gators have a 7.5-point edge. Florida’s head coach Dan Mullen came into the program last year after previous stints of working with Urban Meyer and being part of the development of Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith during his days at Utah.
In “Week 0”, Florida will roll with Feleipe Franks under center, and in one year with Mullen, he made great strides at the position.
This game should be feisty throughout. Miami has a bunch of new players and a new coaching staff. This game could be the start of a big season for Florida or the start of Miami trying to return to their dominant form of old.
Florida has more consistent pieces in place and Miami has way too many variables that may not get all in line in the first week.
To kick off the season, the Gators will be victorious.
Prediction: Florida 27, Miami 20
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