Odds are out for the biggest and best games of the upcoming college football season. Teddy Covers gives you his expert insight into these marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NCAA Week 1: Georgia Bulldogs at Clemson Tigers (-2)
Past history: Clemson hasn’t been able to beat Georgia in any of the last five meetings between these two teams. Their last win in the series came all the way back in 1990. But the Tigers and Bulldogs haven’t faced off since 2003, which is also the last time Clemson got shut out - a 30-0 defeat.
Early look at Georgia: Georgia’s near upset of Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and second-half domination in their bowl against Nebraska has Bulldog boosters sky high heading into to the new campaign. With Heisman contending senior QB Andy Murray playing behind an offensive line with all five starters returning, that optimism appears justified.
Early look at Clemson: The Tigers notched their second straight double-digit victory total last year, culminating with an impressive upset over LSU in their bowl. An offense that averaged 41 points per game in 2012 returns senior QB Tajh Boyd, junior WR Sammy Watkins and nine of their Top 10 on the offensive line.
Where this line will move: This Saturday night national TV showdown on the opening week of the season is likely to attract lots of betting attention. Early money has shown for the home team, but SEC money nearly always shows for non-conference TV matchups. Expect this line to close in the pick ‘em range.