Here we go all NCAA Football Fans! The first real week of the 2019 season kicks off with a partial slate of games. There are a few good games to watch, especially the Oregon v Auburn game. This game will reveal the quality of both teams.
I have listed the Florida v Miami game, but it has already been played. Florida tried its best to lose the game, but pulled it out in the final minutes. Florida must drop in the rankings after this debacle.
So without further ado, here are PU’s predictions for Week 1.
Georgia Tech at No. 1 Clemson (-33.5)
Week 1 of the 2019 season finds Clemson hosting Georgia Tech, a team that is nowhere near the team of many years past. Tech’s new coach, Geoff Collins’, has a chore rebuilding Tech to the glory years so long ago.
Clemson returns a strong team for the 2019 season with eight starters on each the offensive and defensive side. QB Trevor Lawrence leads the team on to new heights.
After thoroughly dismantling #2 Alabama in the BCS Championship game, Clemson is set to compete once again for the BCS Championship. Georgia Tech will not even be a bump in the road for the Tigers.
Clemson wins and COVERS the spread.
Florida Atlantic at No. 5 Ohio State (-27)
Ohio State returns to the field with five offensive and 10 defensive starters to begin the new season. But they are without Coach Urban Meyer who had to retire for health reasons. Ryan Day takes over as the new coach of the Buckeyes.
Georgia transfer Justin Fields will be the quarterback to begin the season. He has the full support of the team.
The Buckeyes want a different end to the coming season that last year, where they missed out on a BCS appearance at the very last moment. The team will come roaring out of the tunnel for the first game and will never look back.
Florida Atlantic is just happy to be on the field.
Fields and Day get the job done. Ohio State COVERS the spread.
No. 8 Florida (-7.5) vs. Miami
This game begins the new season of NCAA football in a perfect manner. Florida, 7.5 point favorites goes to Miami, in a fierce rivalry game.
Miami had an up and down year in 2018, while Florida performed well with a 10-3 record, losing only to other top quality SEC teams, Georgia and Alabama. However, a massive victory over Michigan in the Peach Bowl did make up for not being in the BCS hunt.
Feliepe Franks returns as Quarterback for the Gators and should improve upon his 2018 performance.
Miami will play Florida tough, but the Gators will win and COVERS the spread.
Update: This game has been played with Florida winning by 4 and NOT covering the spread. The Florida defense was unable to stop Miami and almost lost the game on multiple pass interference penalty calls, even on 3rd and 4th downs and long.
This does not spell good for Florida going forward and could see them drop to a 11 or 12 ranking next week.
Texas State at No. 12 Texas A&M (-34.5)
The Aggies go into the 2019 campaign with high hopes for the season. Having a very successful and unexpected 2018 9-3 season with all losses being to SEC opponents gives the Aggies confidence for the 2019 campaign.
Kelle Mond starts at quarterback for the Aggies and rolls up big numbers to begin the season.
Texas A&M wins and COVERS the spread.
Eastern Washington at No. 13 Washington (No Line)
Washington enters the new season with Georgia transfer Jacob Eason as the new quarterback replacing Jake Browning who went to the NFL. Eason will have seven offensive starters to join him. However, the defense lost all but two starters and must rebuild for the new season.
Washington goes into the season the favorite to win all games and capture the Pac 12 title again this year. Eastern Washington can do nothing but act as cannon fodder for Washington in this game.
Washington wins BIG over Eastern Washington.
No. 14 Utah (-5) at BYU
In another big rivalry game for the week, Utah goes to BYU to start the season. This game could have implications for Utah in earning a Rose Bowl bid and Pac 12 title, even though an out of conference game.
BYU generally plays Utah tough, and last year was no exception. But this year, Utah goes into the game with 9 offensive and 7 defensive starters returning.
QB Tyler Huntley returns with 7 top receivers as targets. 1000 yard rusher Zack Moss will be joining Huntley in the backfield.
Utah wins and COVERS the spread easily.
Florida A&M at No. 17 UCF (-45.5)
Florida A&M goes into the game at UCF as 45 point underdogs, as well it should be. A&M just does not have the talent to keep up with this strong UCF team.
UCF comes into the game without the play of QB Milton McKenzie. McKensie was injured in a late season game last year, and has still not been cleared to play, so he is out for the season.
McKenzie’s replacement, Darriel Mack, suffered a broken ankle so he is also out for at least a portion of the season. UCF will have to rely upon Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush to run the team. He is joined by many outstanding players from last year.
UCF is the cream of the AAC again this year. They should continue to win and notching up 11 victories with a New Year’s Day appearance on tap.
UCF wins 49-7 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.
Tulsa at No. 18 Michigan State (-22.5)
The Spartans have had some lackadaisical openers in recent seasons against Furman and Utah State, but with the pressure on the new offense, expect quarterback Brian Lewerke to be more aggressive early. A veteran defense also makes a statement against Baylor transfer Zach Smith.
Michigan State wins 38-13 and COVERS the spread.
No. 19 Wisconsin (-13.5) at South Florida
Wisconsin hopes to rebound from an 8-5 season that was more disappointing than the record indicates. The Badgers were expected to be a Top 5 team in the pre-season, but a quick loss to BYU set the stage for future losses. They did salvage the season with a blowout defeat of Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl.
To have a good season, Wisconsin will need improvements in both Special Teams and the Quarterback positions. Other players will need to step up their game also.
Fortunately, the Badgers play the South Florida Bulls to start the season. This should give them a win to set the tempo for the rest of the season.
Wisconsin wins and COVERS the spread.
Northern Iowa at No. 21 Iowa State (No Line)
Iowa State begins the season with a kick back game against Northern Iowa. The opponent is so weak that there is no line on the game.
QB Brock Purdy gets the Cyclones in the win column and then begins to prepare for rival Iowa.
Iowa State wins easily.
South Alabama at No. 24 Nebraska (-36)
Nebraska returns to the gridiron against a lowly South Alabama team. Hoping to avoid a repeat of the disaster that the 2018 season was, the Huskers are looking for the beginnings of a return to greatness and at least 9 wins in 2019.
The Cornhusker defense is uncertain at this time and needs to come together as a unit. But that does not stop them from beating South Alabama.
Nebraska wins and COVERS the spread.
There you have it, the beginning of the 2019 football season and Week 1 predictions. Hope you enjoy the weekend and if betting, you win big.