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Each week we will provide trends for the top teams in college football. Some trends will be team specific and others situational. Our database goes back to 2005, the trends include all games in that time frame unless otherwise mentioned.
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State
The marquee matchup of the first “real” weekend in college football features two top five teams. Alabama is a touchdown favorite over the Noles in Atlanta. The winner will have an inside track for the top spot in the playoff.
No. 2 Ohio State at Indiana
The Buckeyes start the Big Ten slate in Week 1 with a road trip to Indiana. As road favorites vs. unranked teams, the Buckeyes are 29-3 straight-up and 19-13 (59.4%) ATS. Can the trend continue? Get the Pro System pick for this game.
Ohio State at Indiana
This Pro System is 59% ATS since 2005, 2-0 ATS in 2017
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 1 Alabama
Can Florida State cover against the top team in the country? Bettors don’t think so. At the time of publication, less than 50% of spread bets and dollars were on Jimbo Fishers’ team.
No. 4 USC vs. Western Michigan
The Men of Troy welcome the Broncos to the Coliseum on Saturday. The oddsmakers list USC as an overwhelming -6000 (5Dimes) moneyline favorite.
No. 5 Clemson vs. Kent State
No Deshaun Watson? No problem at least in the first game of the season. Clemson is expected to win easily over Kent State opening as 38.5 point favorites.
No. 6 Penn State vs. Akron
Trace McSorley is a Heisman candidate that helped Penn State cover against unranked teams a year ago. Can the trend continue?
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. UTEP
Oklahoma begins a new chapter without Hall of Fame coach Bob Stoops on the sidelines. The Sooners are ranked in the top ten and are massive favorites vs. UTEP in Week 1.
No. 8 Washington at Rutgers
Can Washington get back to the College Football Playoff? The Huskies have a light non-conference schedule so Chris Petersen’s team will need style points to impress the selection committee.
No. 9 Wisconsin vs. Utah State
Wisconsin has designs on competing for a Big Ten championship. Taking care of business against the Aggies of Utah State would be a good first step.
No. 10 Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa
No Big 12 team has lost to Tulsa in the regular season since at least 2005. Oklahoma State probably won’t be the first either. The Cowboys are a healthy 17 point favorites at home.