With the defending national champion and the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs opening up the season against FCS member UT Martin, six games involving top-10 ranked teams against another FBS school are being played on Saturday. Let’s dive into those matchups with some key details to note.
East Carolina at No. 2 Michigan:
Due to a suspension, Michigan will be without their head coach, Jim Harbaugh, in this game. However, despite the rumors swirling around the program, the Wolverines should have no problem winning this game. The Wolverines are fifth in returning production, while East Carolina is 130th. With UNLV on deck next week, I don’t see Michigan holding back. The Wolverines should cover the 36-point spread.
No. 3 Ohio State vs. Indiana:
The expectations are high at Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are just 97th in returning offensive production. Fortunately for Ohio State fans, the program doesn’t rebuild. It just reloads. Whether or not the Buckeyes have what it takes to compete for a national championship is yet to be determined, but they will steamroll the Hoosiers.
Ohio State has won three of their last four meetings against Indiana by 41 points or more, and with the quarterback battle, don’t expect Ohio State to take their foot off the gas at any moment. I like the over 59.5 in this game.
Boise State at No. 10 Washington:
Washington has high expectations, as they are rated 22nd in returning production, including 34th on the offensive side led by quarterback Michael Penix Jr. The Broncos have a dangerous offense led by quarterback Taylen Green. Boise State is also 16th in the nation in returning offensive production but only 85th on the defensive end. I like the over 58.5 in this game.
Nevada vs. No. 6 USC:
The Trojans’ defense may be the weakest among the top-10 teams, but it won’t matter in this one. Nevada is 105th in returning offensive production and a bottom-30 FBS team overall. The Trojans will roll in this one, but I will pass on betting it, as the 38-point spread doesn’t hold much value.
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Middle Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama:
Middle Tennessee State went 8-5 last season, including a 45-31 win over the Miami Hurricanes. The Blue Raiders lost a lot on the offensive side of the ball but are third in the nation in returning defensive production. The Crimson Tide reloads, but it’s hard to ignore that they are just 120th in returning offensive and 127th in returning defensive production. I am leaning on the Blue Raiders 39 in this one.
West Virginia at No. 7 Penn State:
Penn State is the better team and opened up as a 17.5-point favorite at 53. I expect the defense to shine in this game, as do the oddsmakers, as the total has dropped to 48.5 and the line up to 20.5.
West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has covered the spread in 10 of his 12 games as an underdog of 14 points or more, and I believe the value is on his side as a dog in this one. Take the Mountaineers 20.5.
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| Title: Saturday Sept. 2 College Football Betting Preview for Top-10
| Author: David Marotta
| Date: September 3rd, 2023