College Football Picks Week 1: DFS Experts' Favorite Thursday Bets

College football is already the second most popular sport to bet on in the United States, behind only the NFL. With legal online sports betting expanding in the US, and many DFS players transitioning from DFS to sports betting, the 2019 college football season could attract a historic amount of college football betting across the country.

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RotoGrinders’ daily fantasy college football analysts keep tabs on games across every slate. To no one’s surprise, their takes go beyond DFS

Let’s take a look at their favorite college football betting picks, against the spread and totals, for Thursday night’s slate. 

Editor’s Note: These college football picks were originally posted in the CFB DFS Expert Survey: Week 1. Be sure to sign up for the 2019 RotoGrinders College Football Package to get access to more premium college football DFS tools and content from RG’s DFS experts.

For more general betting tips, check out our college football picks betting guide.

College Football Picks Week 1 — Favorite Point Spreads

DB730: Texas State vs. Texas A&M -33.5 (use our William Hill promo code to get these odds)
STLCardinals84: Utah -5 vs. BYU

This game has moved from Utah -5 to -7 over the last few days. It might be best to wait until closer to kickoff in hopes of the spread falling down to -6.5 or -6.

headChopper: UTAH -5 vs. BYU

“Hot take: Utah goes on the road as small favorites and wins by 4 TD’s behind a monster game form Zack Moss” – a25smith

a25smith: UCLA vs. CIN -2.5

Note that this line opened at -4 and fell to -2.5 before moving back to -3 at most online sports betting sites as of Wednesday morning. Cincinnati hasn’t lost a game at home since November 2017.

Ben Pritchett: Utah -5 vs. BYU

College Football Picks Week 1 — Favorite Total Bets

DB730: FIU/Tulane OVER 57.5

“Tulane ranked 12th worst in passing yards per completion…meaning they had trouble giving up big plays. Austin Maloney was 15th last year in yards per catch at 20.3. With this game playing up in pace with the new OC @ Tulane you have to be intrigued…I’m not sure the algo’s accounted for the pace up situation we will have in this one, but I LOVE the over…” – DB730

Use our DraftKings Sportsbook promo code to bet Over 57. The total in this game is a full point higher (58) at FanDuel Sportsbook.

STLCardinals84: UCLA/Cincinnati UNDER 60

“The UCLA/Cincinnati total opened at 53 at some books and has now risen to 60. That’s a sign that we might see a sneaky shootout here, but I think that’s been bet up a bit too high.” – STLCardinals

This total has been all over the place. As of Wednesday morning, it fell back down to 57.5 at PointsBet (use our PointsBet promo code to get these odds).

headChopper: Utah/ BYU UNDER 48 (use our FanDuel Sportsbook promo code to get these odds). 
a25smith: Kent State/Arizona St. OVER 61(use our William Hill promo code to get these odds)

This total is as high as 62.5 at DraftKings. Be sure use the promo code above to get the best number at William Hill.

Ben Pritchett: Texas St./Texas A&M UNDER 57.5

This total is down to 56.5 across the industry.

For more college football picks and betting information, check out in-depth breakdowns of UCLA vs. Cincinnati and Georgia Tech vs. Clemson.

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  • Matt Schmitto (schmitto)

  • Matt Schmitto is the sports betting editor for RotoGrinders. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. He has played high stakes DFS since 2013, and enjoys betting on golf, basketball, football and whatever else is put in front of him. Schmitto is an advocate of The Bettor’s Oath.

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