College Capper: Best Bets Week 1

College Capper: Best Bets Week 1

This article is part of our College Capper series.

Welcome back for the 2020 season as we get things underway with an interesting opening week of games. Our cappers take a look at the matchups between FBS teams this weekend and offer their best bets below.

Chris' Picks

While determined to improve on last year's poor record, this week's limited slate forces my hand to pick each game available; not always a recipe for success. We all know we'll have to pay attention for last minute news on who may or may not play. We also know the cliche is that defenses are usually ahead of offenses early in the year. That's going to make the under a popular target this week, especially where service academies and their clock churning offenses are involved. But those haven't been my forte in year's past, so here we are. Five games, five picks on the spread.

South Alabama (+15) at Southern Mississippi (Thursday)

Line shopping here seems paramount, as I've seen this opening at +16, and falling as low as +13.5, and the total has also fallen some five points. USA found some offense late in 2019, with quarterback Desmond Trotter showing he can put up a few points. Southern Miss returns QB Jack Abraham, but is breaking in a new system on both sides of the ball, which figures to lead to some mishaps. And mishaps plagued this team in 2019, ranking 122nd in turnover margin. Very slight lean to the Jaguars here.

SMU - 22.5 at Texas State

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Chris Bennett
Bennett covers baseball, college football and college basketball for RotoWire. Before turning to fantasy writing, he worked in scouting/player development for the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He's also a fan of the ACC.
Greg Vara
Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2013. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.
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