Beating the bookies can be tough, which is why college football bettors lean on situational handicapping to find their advantages. Also known as spot bets, bettors can get the inside edge on the oddsmakers by recognizing these valuable situations.
Week 1 of the college football season is ripe with potential spot bets, including plenty of lookahead spots for some of the country’s top programs. Here are a few Sports Betting Odds that stand out to us:
Georgia Southern at LSU (-27)
The Tigers have a tune-up game with the Georgia Southern before a huge meeting with the Texas Longhorns in Week 2. If the Bayou Bengals want to have any shot at making the College Football Playoff, they’ll need a marque non-conference win.
Books are giving a truckload of points to the visiting Eagles, who run a triple-option attack and will take to the turf versus LSU’s stop unit. The Tigers defense, which is a perennial power, should be able to hold their own but the offense may not have the horses – or the time – to score enough points to cover this spread.
The Tigers won’t be rolling out the full playbook versus Georgia Southern, as to not tip their hand to the Longhorns, and could get caught looking ahead to that massive Week 2 matchup in Austin next weekend.
Louisiana Tech at Texas (-20.5)
And on the other side of that equation, the Horns could be ripe for a lookahead against a very tough Louisiana Tech team. As mentioned above, Texas will be focused on upping its CFP stock with a resume-building win over Louisiana State and won’t be unfolding the entire playbook against the Bulldogs.
The Longhorns come into Week 1 with a thinned rushing attack, missing running backs Daniel Young and Kirk Johnson for the opener. That could put a lot of the offense on the arm of Sam Ehlinger, who will be facing a unique 4-2-5 defense from LaTech.
If the Longhorns do get up early, expect them to start pulling starters and playing some of their younger and second-string talents. That could open the door for a backdoor cover from the Bulldogs, who tend to play power-conference opponents very tough.
Virginia Tech at Boston College (+4.5)
Fans of the revenge spot are licking their chops over the Virginia Tech Hokies’ trip to Boston College in Week 1. The Eagles knocked off the Hokies as 2-point road chalk in Harrisburg last season and now Virginia Tech looks to return the favor.
VaTech has dominated this series over the past decade, thumping their ACC rivals in seven of their last 10 meetings while going just 4-6 against the spread in those conference clashes. Hokies head coach Justin Fuente is hoping to light a fire under his program right out of the gate and avenging last year’s defeat will definitely be on the minds of his players Saturday.
Beating Boston College means stopping running back A.J. Dillon, who rumbled for 96 yards and a touchdown in last year’s win over VT. The Eagles don’t pose much of a threat beyond that ground game. If the Hokies have a chance to lay it on, expect them to push and past the 4.5-point spread.