It is really here. We finally have college football action to watch.. and wager on this season. We have already given our best bets for over/under win totals for each G5 conference. Now, we turn our attention to actual games.
This is the first installment of a season-long series in which we will give our top bets heading into each week. The opening weekend of the season does not offer many games to follow, but there is always money to be made. Several Group of 5 schools have an opportunity to make a name for themselves this week, headlined by the only G5 team to be ranked heading into the new season.
Since it's a short slate this week and the urge to get back on the money train is at an all time high, we will dive into four matchups that feature G5 teams. Here are my picks for this weekend.
Season record: 0-0
*All betting lines are courtesy of Bovada
Oregon State Beavers at Colorado State Rams (-4): The Beavers are coming off a season in which they did not win a single game on the road. Pair that with the fact that the Rams will be opening their new stadium and feature one of the best offenses in the Mountain West, a win by a touchdown or more is likely. The Rams are also 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 14-4-1 in their last 19 non-conference matchups. Trust Nick Stevens and the boys to get you your first win of the season.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Massachusetts Minutemen (Over 62): Here we have two teams that should have efficient offenses going against defenses that allow a ton of points. The Rainbow Warriors have gone over the point total in four of their last five games, including the 46-40 win against the Minutemen last season. This contest will take place on the mainland as opposed the island, but expect plenty of points to be scored.
South Florida Bulls (-22) at San Jose State Spartans: As I pointed out in our preview of this game on the Underdog Pawdcast, all signs point to the Bulls running away with this one. Literally. The Spartans strength is their pass defense, but with Quinton Flowers and D'Ernest Johnson going against a shaky front seven, USF should have their way in Charlie Strong's debut. This line has gone up in recent days and I'm usually not a fan of taking a road favorite in a season opener, but expect them to make a statement as they hope to run the table.
Rice Owls (+31) at Stanford Cardinal: This site isn't called Underdog Dynasty just because we feature the smaller schools. We like to take the underdogs when possible as well. The trends are all in the Owls favor. They are 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games and 5-2-1 in their last eight games overall. Stanford should get an easy win, but Rice should hang around long enough to cover the points.
That's all we got for the opening weekend of the college football season. SHOW ME THE MONEY!