College Football Picks Against The Spread August 26

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 26: The South Florida Bulls celebrate their win over the UCF Knights at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 26: The South Florida Bulls celebrate their win over the UCF Knights at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images) /
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 7: The National Championship Trophy during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day on January 7, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

College Football Picks Against The Spread August 26

It has been a long eight months since Clemson beat Alabama in a Championship Game that lived up to it’s billing. Now college football is finally back! We have five games this weekend, but one features at 1-AA team. Therefore, the Portland State-BYU game wont be picked here.

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For those of you that are new here, I put myself out there every week. For the last six years, I have picked every single college football game. Sounds easy, right? I thought so too. So I have picked them all against the spread. That significantly increases the degree of difficulty.

I take the average of the odds from the six major Vegas casinos and round that to the nearest half point. There will be no ties here. Ties are for the other football.

Some site will sell you top ten picks for a fee. Some will even give you a couple of free picks to lure you in. This is every game picked, all for free.

This contains the picks for FBS vs. FBS games only. It is too hard to get an accurate spread on games that involve 1-AA teams.

I will assign a point value “bet” on each game, between one and five points. That way you can see just how confident I am in each pick. Look for those at the end of each line. I am down 43 points over the last two seasons, but I fully plan to be back to even before the end of of September.

This is for entertainment purposes only! I cannot be responsible for you losing any of your worldly possessions, significant others, or limbs to a loan shark. I am a simple person. I cannot have that on my conscience.

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SYRACUSE, NY – SEPTEMBER 17: Quinton Flowers #9 of the South Florida Bulls moves in the pocket during the second half against the Syracuse Orange on September 17, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. South Florida defeats Syracuse 45-20. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Last year I went 356-402 against the spread. It was only my second season under 50% in six tries. The fate of this year starts in a couple of days! Let’s get to it!

Oregon State at Colorado State(-3.5)(4): Oregon State brings back leading receiver Jordan Villamin and running back Ryan Nall, but they are inexperienced at quarterback with Idaho transfer Jake Luton. Luton was not part of last year’s bowl team for the Vandals either. Meanwhile the Rams have QB Nick Stevens back from last year’s bowl team. They also don’t have an offensive starter younger than a junior.  When you also add in the fact that the Rams are at home, this line looks really low. Give me Colorado State.

Hawaii at Massachusetts(-1.5)(2): Dru Brown had his season high in passing yards against the Minutemen in last year’s regular season finale. These two teams return most of the skill players from that 46-40 thriller in Honolulu last year. However, Hawaii has been awful on the mainland for several years now. I’ll take UMass.

(19)South Florida(-21.5) at San Jose State(2): I really don’t like that half, especially since the Bulls lost Marlon Mack. However, Quintin Flowers is one of the more exciting players in college. I remember watching him at the end of the 2015 season and thinking this guy was going to be special. He is, and since he is, this could be a magical season for the Bulls. They come out strong here. Give me USF.

(14)Stanford(-30.) vs. Rice at Sydney, Australia(4): This looks high. That Stanford offense was a plodding machine even with superstar running back Christian McCaffrey. I think this offense will have a few growing pains, and Rice didn’t go all that way to get destroyed. It wont be that close, but it will be closer than this. Give me the Owls.

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