Thursday NCAAF Matchups

We have quite a few college football games happening tomorrow evening. This makes me smile. Not exactly marquee matchups, but football is really back, guys. Reigning National Champions, the Clemson Tigers, will be starting their season tomorrow. We’ll see how hungry they are after that dismantling of Alabama in the championship game. Let’s take a look at a few of these games.

UCLA @ Cincinnati: UC -3, O/U 58.

Last year was the first meeting between these 2 schools, with UC coming out on top 26-17. The Bruins are coming off of a dismal season, but are returning most of their starters. Dorian Thompson-Robinson will look to spread the field with both his arm and his legs. RB Joshua Kelley is listed as probable, but should get ample carries. UCLA is deep at RB, so fresh legs should be readily available. The Bearcats’ Desmond Ridder is a dual threat QB that will keep the Bruins defense honest all game. RB Michael Warren burst on to the scene last year and will look to continue his success this season. Projected as a close game, but I feel Cincinnati pulls away in the 4th quarter.

Georgia Tech @ Clemson: Clemson -37, O/U 60. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 50-31, but Clemson is on a 4 game winning streak.

Vegas obviously feels that Clemson will continue to roll right out of the gate this season. I can’t say I disagree either. All the major pieces on offense are back, but they have some holes to fill on defense. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Tigers though. Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne will lead this offense and should contend for a championship once again. Georgia Tech is coming off of a very average season. In addition, they lost a lot of starters. This game could very well get ugly pretty fast. Lay the points. I think the Yellow Jackets struggle from the first snap.

Utah @ BYU: Utah -6, O/U 48.5. Utah leads the all-time series 58-31 and is currently on an 8 game winning streak.

This promises to be one of the better games of the day. Tyler Huntley and Zack Moss both return to lead the Utes on offense. Huntley will also have all of his leading receivers from last season. This team should be in sync from the get go. For BYU, Zach Wilson will be back under center with his main targets returning as well. The Cougars had a RB by committee last season, but this year they look to South Carolina transfer Ty’Son Williams to take over the RB duties. This game could very well come down to a turnover or ST play to swing the bet. I’d lean toward BYU, if only because they’re at home.

Just over 24 hours until it all starts up again. I’ve got my fantasy lineup in place (mostly) and I’m ready to go. Joshua Kelley is my one question mark. I need more confidence that he will get his carries. Good luck on your bets, your leagues, and your team’s success. As always, gamble responsibly.


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