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Bowling Green vs. Tennessee
Bowling Green had a hell of a season last year. Let me clarify, they had a season from hell last year losing every game they played in. They were outscored 225 to 57 last year. Those numbers aren’t typos, trust me, I double-checked the math. That’s part of the reason that Tennessee, even under a new head coach has been absolutely hammered from the opening spread of -27 to the current listing of -37. It isn’t ridiculously uncommon to see spreads like this or even movement like this on a college football game. For this game, there really isn’t much question in my mind if Tennessee will win, it is a question of by how much. Bowling Green also has 19 redshirt or true freshmen on the roster right now. That could be disastrous. Play Tennessee -36.5 at FanDuel at -114 and hope that the offense clicks right away for the Vols.
Wagner vs. Buffalo
In another game with a MAC team, we have Buffalo taking on Wagner. Wagner is a team that only had two games last year and they lost both of them. Neither were very high-scoring, so there is potentially some belief that they could be good defensively. However, the Buffalo Bulls are a fun team to watch and if they are anything like last year, they will get chunk yardage and score with ease. Including their last two games where they scored 45 points combined, their total point average for last season as 42.6 points per game. This was mainly led by their running back Jaret Patterson (now on the Washington Football Team) but they still have Kevin Marks Jr. who is an excellent back and should easily get over 100 yards in the majority of games. They also have Kyle Vantrease returning for his senior season. I personally think that Buffalo can get over the 54.5 total they have listed by themselves, so I’ll play their team total at -112 that they score 49+ points.
Ohio State vs. Minnesota
Minnesota was lucky enough to dodge Ohio State last year, but this year, they have to be the test subject for Ohio State’s march towards a College Football Playoff berth. The line on this game is just 13.5 for Ohio State, which I think is probably too low. Although, there are some question marks on the Ohio State side. Can their new quarterback C.J. Stroud command the offense as well as his predecessor? Will the defense establish itself early in the season? I think both answers are yes. Minnesota has one of the best running backs in the conference and could look to control the ball. Rather than play the side on this one, I’ll take the game at under 62.5 at -112.