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Three Week 1 College Football Games You Must Bet On

The wait is over. Finally in just a few days, the 2017 NCAA college football season gets going.

Fans everywhere are roaring to root for their teams and bet on who will make it to the Championship.

While it’s hard to pick a game in opening weekend, this year there are a handful of games that you simply can’t pass up.

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Top Week 1 NCAA Football Games To Bet On

Alabama Crimson Tide  vs Florida State

When: Saturday, September 2, 8:00 PM

Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Two teams that are expected to be in the run for the national championship will clash in the first week. Get ready for what may be the games of the week: The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

In case you’re wondering, the last time that two top-five teams from the preseason  AP Poll competed against each other in opening week was back in 1986.

Last season, the Seminoles were depleted from losing players in the NFL Draft. This meant missing the College Football Playoffs in the end.

This year, returning starters are more seasoned and expected to come back with a vengeance.

The Crimson Tide is always in the run for the championship and have made their way to that game for two years in a row.

Last season, they lost to Clemson in the championship game. So playing against another ACC team may be what the doctor ordered to dust themselves off.

The game is being played at a neutral site, but they’ll be fans aplenty from both teams. It makes thing even more interesting.

History is on Bama’s side; the previous three times these types of matchups happened, the Top team has won.

Crimson Tide players seem confident that, though difficult, they should be able to fare well against the Seminoles. ““They are very talented. Big, strong, fast defense. Very athletic,” said  linebacker Rashaan Evans, “Going to be tough challenge for us up front … So it’s a big challenge. We’ve been working hard this camp to try to match up with them.”

Pick: The Seminoles won’t have Dalvin Cook in the backfield. It’s going to be a close game, but the Crimson Tide win it.

 

Michigan Wolverines vs Florida Gators

When: Saturday, September 2, 3:30 PM

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Another hugely anticipated game in Week 1 of college football.

Michigan is hoping to kick things off with a clean slate.

Though the Wolverines have a lot of inexperienced players, it won’t be much of a factor in this game.

Michigan shouldn’t have much of a problem in facing a Gators team that has seven suspended starting players for this game.

It doesn’t matter how much Florida coach Kim McElwain downplays it, he seems to think his Gators will steamroll over the No. 11 Wolverines. 

“And you know what?”  McElwain stated, “We’re heading to Dallas here in a couple weeks to go beat the heck out of Michigan and then come back to you guys.”

It’s an admirable position to take, however fancy. Not having seven players will likely cost the game.

The Seminoles would do well to learn from this game and take that the rest of the way.

Pick: Wolverines -4

 

West Virginia vs Virginia Tech

When: Sunday, September 3, 7:30 PM

Where: FedExField, Maryland

It’s been over a decade, since these two old rivals clash over the Black Diamond Trophy.

This used to be one fierce rivalry, before the Hokies moved to the ACC, and both teams decided to end the annual rivalry game.

Last season, Justin Fuente led the Hokies to 10 wins in his first season after taking over for Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer.

Fuente has his sights set on the ACC trophy, but has a lot of inexperience in his ranks. Some of the reasons for why he’s so focused on this game is because he wants the team to start getting their hands dirty.

Fuente and his crew have been watching Mountaineers’ footage all summer long, and Fuente has a healthy respect for what they can do: “They are high tempo, they have good skilled kids and they can really run with speed on the perimeter,” Coach Fuente said on Sunday at Virginia Tech’s Media Day.

The Mountaineers won 10 games last season, and will be shooting for the Big 12 title. The Mountaineers defense wasn’t very consistent last season, but with an extra year, they should have improved.

For all purposes, this is an evenly-matched game and it makes it all the more interesting, but challenging to call.

Virginia Tech just replaced two starting offensive linemen, a QB, and their top wide receiver and tight end. And they could be smothered by the Mountaineers’ 3-3 stack, but I think they will pull through.

Pick: Take the Mountaineers on the +4.5 spread.