Way Too Early College Football Week 1 Picks (Ohio State To Stand Out)

Michigan State v Ohio State
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The college football season is so close, but yet so far away. Nevertheless, I'm ready to lock in some bets. WynnBET has released the lines for Week 1 of the college football season, leaving all bettors with some homework to do.

Even with a long time before the opening kick off, here are three bets to lock in now.

UL Monroe vs. Texas OVER 67

Texas is favored by 38 points in this game, but I just can’t trust them to cover that spread. This game is a precursor to the one of the biggest games in recent history for the Longhorns – a matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Longhorns might be looking ahead, which is why I put my attention on the total. 

The Longhorns have a lot of talent on the field. They’ll have Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington and Heisman candidate Bijan Robinson in the backfield. The Longhorns cleared this line in three games last season and have the offense to get near the total by themselves. 

The Warhawks allowed over 35 points per game last season, but scored nearly 22 per game. If the offense can show up and make this a faux-shootout, I like the OVER.

Ohio State -14.5 vs. Notre Dame

The Buckeyes lost two of its top receivers to the NFL, but that shouldn’t scare you from betting on them to dominate the Fighting Irish in Week 1. Ohio State still has C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njaba on the offense, which is plenty enough. 

Ohio State’s offense was the most dominant in the country last season. After missing out on the College Football Playoff, expect the Buckeyes to make a statement early that they aren’t to be taken lightly.

San Diego State -5 vs. Arizona

San Diego State was one of my favorite teams to bet on last season and I’ll continue to back them this year. The Aztecs had one of the more dominate defenses in the country, stifling the run and forcing turnovers when needed. 

Arizona was a mess in 2021. The Wildcats went 1-11 and won their only game by a final score of 10-3. Although you’d expect improvement, there’s not a lot you can ask of a team that nearly went winless. 

You can find Donnavan Smoot’s full betting record here.