Covers Experts dish out their favorite Over picks for the 2017-18 college football season

May 27, 2017 |
Covers Experts dish out their favorite Over picks for the 2017-18 college football season
Some are saying this is Bill Synder's best team at Kansas State. Ever. And more than one of our Covers Experts like the Wildcats to fly Over their win total this season.
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Some are saying this is Bill Synder's best team at Kansas State. Ever. And more than one of our Covers Experts like the Wildcats to fly Over their win total this season.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

CG Technologies released their season win totals for the 2017-18 college football season and we know you're itching to bet on your favorite program or fade your most hated rival, just like we are. So we've reached out to our Covers Experts to help you out with your season win total bets, asking them what their favorite Over plays are for the upcoming season.

AAA Sports: Penn State Nittany Lions (9.5)

There is plenty of optimism in State College. The Nittany Lions ended the 2016 season with nine straights wins (not including a narrow loss to USC in the Rose Bowl) and look for the good times to pick right up where they left off. QB Trace McSorley came on strong along with the team and figures to be among the best in the country this season. And it won’t hurt that he’ll have Heisman Trophy hopeful Saquon Barkley (18 touchdowns 5.7 yards gained per carry) to hand off to. Together with a decent O-line, they could make PSU the best offense in the Big Ten this year. The O should be more than good enough to overcome any defensive issues.

Power Sports: UCLA Bruins (6.0)

The Bruins fell from 8-5 in 2015 to 4-8 last year. They were 1-4 SU in close games (those decided by 7 pts or less) in '16. That doesn't even include a gut-wrenching loss to Stanford that was one of the worst beats of the entire CFB season. This team brings back QB Josh Rosen, now in his third year as a starter. Overall, Jim Mora has 15 returning starters back, which is on the high end among Pac 12 teams. Expect this team to be back in a Bowl.

Zack Cimini: South Carolina Gamecocks (5.5)

A value play on an over lies with South Carolina. This will now be Will Muschamp's third season as Gamecocks coach. Viewing his first two seasons has not gone like former past experiences at Auburn and Florida. Yet, the scope is finally away from him. The SEC has a bit of change over and that should put the Gamecocks in a favorable position to steal a game or two. Grab the over here.

Dave Cokin: Kansas State Wildcats (7.5)

The Wildcats are ready to take a major step forward this season. K-State improved substantially over the course of the 2016 season and I'm on the bandwagon for them to contend for Big 12 honors this season. This is Bill Snyder's best team in some time and I would not be shocked to see Kansas State in the double digit win column and possibly in contention for a playoff spot.

Teddy Covers: TCU Horned Frogs (7.0)

The betting markets are down on TCU right now, off a disappointing 2016 campaign and a miserable spring game from senior QB Kenny Hill.  But the Big 12 remains the weakest 'Power 5' conference, leaving TCU's strength of schedule in the 'very reasonable' category, especially with non-conference affairs against the likes of Jackson State and SMU. Gary Patterson's squad has won seven games or more in 10 of the last 12 seasons; not a program in decline in this bettor's opinion.

Marc Lawrence: Kansas State Wildcats (7.5)

Barry Switzer put it best when he said, “Bill Snyder isn’t the coach of the year.  He isn’t the coach of the decade.  He’s the coach of the century.” And I couldn’t agree more. He’s the architect of the greatest college football turnaround in history, and he’s not finished. This team is loaded with young, experienced talent, which is just our cup of tea. What is staggering is that of the 286 available total starts in 2016, 179 of those were by players that return in 2017 (62.6 percent).  Of the 14 returning starters, 12 started at least 10 games while nine started all 13 games. In addition, KSU held 11 of 13 opponents below their season average last season while ranking 25th nationally and tops in the Big 12 in scoring defense last season. It was the first time the Wildcats ranked in the Top 25 since 2008. That puts us on them like white on rice.

Steve Merril: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Irish enter this season underrated after a disappointing 4-8 SU/ATS season last year. However, this is still a talented program that was capable of a 10-2 SU regular season two years ago.

Notre Dame will benefit from seven home games this season, plus a manageable road game at Boston College. The Irish also get their bye week on October 14th which gives them extra time to prepare for a huge home game versus USC the following week.

Larry Ness: Auburn Tigers (8.0)

The Tigers started slow and finished slow last season, but in between they were one of the better teams in the SEC, winning six straight. Injuries threw a monkey wrench into what was looking like a strong finish, but the hopes are high this season. Jarrett Stidham, a transfer from Baylor, will be calling the signals, and he’ll be helped by a running attack that should be every bit as good as the one that led the conference last season.  The offensive and defensive lines look to be at least A-minus in quality. Toss in the fact that the Tigers get George and Alabama at home this season, and the expectation is that that the Tigers can make life at least a little uncomfortable for their state rival Crimson Tide. Over 8 wins seems very attainable.

Will Rogers: Michigan Wolverines (9.0)

Unlike 2016, expectations will be somewhat tempered in Ann Arbor. That's because the Wolverines have a FBS-level 5 returning starters. But that's where Jim Harbaugh comes in. He's done a great job at recruiting since coming here. He's won 10 games each of his two years here. Last year's three losses came by a total of five points (two by 1 pt). Michigan is a threat to win the Big 10 East.

Brandon Shively: Washington Huskies (9.5)

I'm a big believer in Chris Petersen. The guy has proven himself as one of the best coaches in the country. Wherever he goes, his team wins football games. Washington is ahead of schedule in the rebuild, and I don't see them losing steam here.

The Pac-12 as a whole will be down this year, and Washington should take advantage. Washington doesn't have to play USC, and the Huskies have three easy non-conference games. They should get to double digit wins once again. I like the over for Washington.


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