Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 3

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 3

I am about to say something I never thought I would be saying: the Cleveland Browns are NFL Week 3 betting favorites on the road! They are facing the lowly Indianapolis Colts who may be vying for the worst team of 2017 with the New York Jets also in the hunt.

Now let’s take a look at the complete NFL Week 3 betting board.

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 3

Rams (-2.5) at 49ers | Thursday, Sept 21 at 8:25 PM ET

This is when the Niners get their biggest win of the season. The 49ers have won seven of the last ten Rams visits to San Francisco.

Ravens (-4.5) at Jaguars | Sunday, Sept 24 at 9:30 AM ET in London

The Ravens will 3-0 after Week 3. Their wins so far have been against teams punching above their weight class: the Bengals & Browns. This week they face the bi-polar Jags.

Broncos (-1.5) at Bills | Sunday Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

Denver just held Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott to just eight rushing yards on nine attempts. The Bills are a run first team who are about to suffer the same fate.

Saints at Panthers (-6) | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

It’s obvious QB Cam Newton missing pre-season has hurt his play. His accuracy has been way off. The Panthers D won’t be able to hold Drew Brees at bay for a full four quarters. Will Newton have enough in the tank to keep it close?

Steelers (-7.5) at Bears | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Bucs scored 29 points over the Bears even after going on cruise control in the third quarter. The Steelers can do about the same on Sunday.

Falcons (-3) at Lions | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Falcons beat the Packers in their home-opener in every way possible. But was that enough to put their Super Bowl collapse behind us.

Browns (-2.5) at Colts | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Browns are favored on the road. That makes this game Must See TV!

Buccaneers at Vikings | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Bucs cruised in their first game of the season. This week they face a legit defense. Can Winston and co take it to the bruising Vikings?

Texans at Patriots (-12.5) | Sunday Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The series between the Texans and the Patriots have been one of the most one-sided rivalries in the NFL over the past few years. Since hiring Bill O’Brien, who served on the Patriots’ coaching staff from 2007-11, in 2014, the Texans have gone 0-3 straight-up and ATS against the Patriots with those three losses all coming in huge blowouts (27-6 in 2015, 27-0 in 2016, 34-16 in the playoffs following 2016 season). 

Dolphins (-6.5) at NY Jets | Sunday Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Jets are 0-2 ATS this year, which is really ugly when you consider the fact that they were a 14-point underdog in one of those games. 

NY Giants at Eagles (-3.5) | Sunday, Sept 24 at 1:00 PM ET

The Giants have lost their last three visits to Philadelphia. The Eagles covered the spread in all three of those games.

Seahawks at Titans (-2) | Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:05 PM ET

The Titans’ front seven is going to eat the porous Seahawks offensive line alive. QB Russell Wilson will be running for his life for four full quarters.

Bengals at Packers (-9.5) | Sunday, Sept 24 at 4:25 PM ET

If the Bengals don’t put up serious numbers in this tilt, there will be a full mutiny in Cincinnati.

Chiefs (-2.5) at Chargers | Sunday Sept 24 at 4:25 PM ET

The Chargers MO is to score early and then to lose the game late by a field-goal. Is it surprising the spread is 2.5 in favor of the visiting Chiefs?

Raiders (-3.5) at Redskins | Sunday, Sept 24 at 8:30 PM ET

The Raiders are the real deal. They took down the Titans in Week 1 before destroying the Jets. Sunday Night they get to show the nation that they should be in the Super Bowl conversation.

Cowboys (-3) at Cardinals | Monday, Sept 25 at 8:30 PM ET

After getting blown out by the Broncos on Sunday, the Cowboys will have to try and rebound against a team that they’ve had some serious trouble with over the past few years. The Cowboys haven’t beaten the Cardinals since 2006, and they’ve gone 0-4 against Arizona since then. Not only have the Cowboys had trouble against the Cardinals recently, but they’ve had trouble covering the spread after a loss. Since 2015, the Cowboys are 4-9-1 ATS following a loss, which is the second-worst mark in the NFL over the span. 

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 4

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 4

It’s never too early to get a look at the lines and odds for the upcoming week. With Week 4’s odds on the betting board here’s an early look at some of Week 4’s opening lines and some insight on which way you should bet.

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 4

No. 23 Utah (-4) at Arizona | Friday, Sept 22 at 10:30 PM ET

Utah remains a mystery considering they haven’t won against a top tier team, yet. But quarterback Tyler Huntley continues to impress.

UNLV at No. 10 Ohio State (-40) | Saturday, Sept 24 at 12:00 PM ET

Another chance for the Ohio State offense to get its act together. Still, do you trust it to cover 39 points? Even against UNLV?

Boston College at No. 2 Clemson (-34) | Saturday, Sept 24 at 3:30 PM ET

Clemson’s defensive front seven is the nastiest in the nation. They held QB Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson to a paltry 64 rushing yards while sacking him four times. The 34-point spread against Boston College sounds right, but it’s always ulcer-inducing hoping a team can cover that many points.

No. 5 USC (-16) at Cal | Saturday, Sept 24 at 3:30 PM ET

Which Trojan team will show up this week? Will it be the USC team that blew out Stanford two weeks ago or the one who struggled against Texas?

No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State (-12.5) | Saturday, Sept 24 at 3:30 PM ET

Cowboys Senior QB Mason Rudolph ranks fourth in the FBS in passing yards per game (378.3). He also has thrown 11 TDs in three games. He’s on fire and everyone needs to jump on the Rudolph Express.

No. 1 Alabama (-18.5) at Vanderbilt | Saturday, Sept 24 at 3:30 PM ET

Sophomore QB Jalen Hurts passed for 248 yards and two long touchdowns while rushed for 103 yards in the win over Colorado State last weekend. Hurts has finally complimented the deadly Tide defense.

No. 8 Michigan (-9.5) at Purdue | Saturday, Sept 24 at 4:00 PM ET

Michigan is one of the best teams in the country, but they have problems finishing drives. They needed five field goals to beat Air Force last weekend.

No. 3 Oklahoma (-26) at Baylor | Saturday, Sept 24 at 6:30 PM ET

Senior QB Baker Mayfield continues to lead the Heisman Trophy race. His 331 passing yards and four touchdowns against Tulane was a confirmation of what we saw in Ohio State the previous week.

No. 17 Mississippi State (-6.5) at No. 11 Georgia | Saturday, Sept 24 at 7:00 PM ET

Week 3 was the Bulldogs coming out party with a 37-7 win against LSU last week. Visiting Georgia will pose a challenge, but their defense is sneaky good.

No. 7 Washington (-10) at Colorado | Saturday, Sept 24 at 10:00 PM ET

No one is talking about Washington. The 2016 PAC-12 winners reminded us how they are by hammering Fresno State. Junior QB Jake Browning completed 19-22 for 255 yards and four touchdowns in that game.

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NFL Week 2 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 2

Let the overreaction begin.

No there will not be a Kansas City Chiefs vs. LA Rams Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars will not win the AFC. The Cowboys will not go 16-0. Now that you have calmed down. Let’s take a realistic look at NFL Week 2 betting action!

NFL Week 2 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Texans at Bengals (-3, 38.5) | Thursday, Sept 14 at 8:25 PM ET

The Texans and Bengals deserve each other after their Week 1 showing. Both teams combined for one passing touchdown and five interceptions last week. I still like the home team on a short week.

Titans at Jaguars (pk, 44) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

The Jags defense was nasty against Houston, but the Titans actually have a franchise QB. I can’t see the Titans going 0-2 and the Jags going 2-0 to start 2017.

Browns at Ravens (-9, 41) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

Cleveland has lost eight of their last visits to Baltimore. The Browns, at home, hung in the with the Steelers, but a road win in Baltimore is just crazy talk.

Bills at Panthers (-8, 41) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

That was some ugly game between the Bills and the Jets. Buffalo squeaked out with a victory but they will be handed a healthy loss at the hands of the Panthers.

Cardinals (-8, 44.5) at Colts | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

The Colts are a like dumpster fire. The short-handed Cards won’t lose two in a row.

Eagles at Chiefs (-4.5 47.5) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

It seems that drafting a future franchise QB, Patrick Mahomes, has lit a fire under Alex Smith and last week his dismantling of the defending Super Bowl champions has cooled down his hot-seat.

Patriots (-4.5) at Saints | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

The Patriots’ defense was awful in week one. Ten days is enough more than enough for Bill Belichick to whip the Pats in shape. I feel sorry for the Saints D and Drew Brees who is playing behind a soft O-Line.

Vikings at Steelers (-7.5) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

TJ Watt! Little brother to Texan behemoth JJ! This kid could be the missing piece in the Steeler D since the departer of Troy Polamalu.

Bears at Buccaneers (-6, 43) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 1:00 PM ET

The Bucs had their bye week last week due to Irma. Now they face the Bears at home. I predict a big win for the home team.

NY Jets at Raiders (-14.5, 43) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 4:05 PM ET

Even with the two+ TD spread, Oakland is a sure ATS winner.

Cowboys at Broncos | Sunday, Sept 17 at 4:05 PM ET

The Cowboys offensive line versus the Broncos defensive line is the best matchup of the week. I still think Dallas could run over anybody as long as they remain healthy.

49ers at Seahawks (-13.5, 43) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 4:25 PM ET

The Niners are 0-8 ATS in their last eight visits to Seattle. That includes being double-digit underdogs over the past two seasons.

Washington at Rams (-2.5, 46) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 4:25 PM ET

That was a great win by the Rams in week one over the Colts, but don’t get too high on Goff and co. Washington is a far better team than the Rams and Colts.

Packers at Falcons (-2.5, 53.5) | Sunday, Sept 17 at 8:30 PM ET

Neither the Packers nor the Falcons looked great in week one, but both earned the W. The Falcons are 3-1 ATS in the last four Packers visits to Atlanta. Also, the Falcons are playing in a brand new stadium and hopes are high for an open roof game.

Lions at NY Giants | Monday, Sept 18 at 8:30 PM ET

Matthew Stafford proved why he is the NFL’s $153 million man last week. At the same time, the Giants proved why Odell Beckham Jr should be the highest paid player in the league with their embarrassing offensive output.

College Football Week 3 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 3

With two weeks of college football betting action in the rear-view mirror, it is time to look forward to the must bet games for Week 3. Happy Hunting!

College Football Week 3 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Air Force at No. 7 Michigan (-25.5) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 12:00 PM ET

It’s time for everyone to respect the Wolverines’ D. But Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh should be worried about QB Wilton Speight who has the talent, but he has been way too inconsistent this year. He threw two pick-sixes in Week 1 against Florida and missed high on a lot of throws versus Cincinnati on Saturday. 

No. 9 Oklahoma State (-13.5) at Pittsburgh | Saturday, Sep 16 at 12:00 PM ET

Senior QB Mason Rudolph’s 335 yards pushed his passing yards total to 9,352. That’s enough for him to now be the career yards leader for Oklahoma State. Rudolph has thrown eight touchdowns in two games. He has the nation’s best arm right now.

No. 25 UCLA (-3) at Memphis | Saturday, Sep 16 at 12:00 PM ET

Talking about hot quarterbacks; Bruin Junior QB Josh Rosen has thrown nine touchdowns in two games. UCLA opened the playbook for ‘the Rosen One’ and he delivered, the Bruins are averaging 49.5 points per game in first two weeks.

No. 23 Tennessee at No. 24 Florida (-5.5) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 3:30 PM ET

Florida looked bad against Michigan in week one. Florida’s offense worries me. They had two weeks to prepare for Tennessee. The Volunteers defense didn’t allow a third down conversion last weekend against Indiana State (0-11).

Army at No. 8 Ohio State (-30.5) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 4:30 PM ET

Ohio State won’t lose two in a row if they have a prayer at the College Football Playoffs.

Tulane at No. 2 Oklahoma (-34) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 6:00 PM ET

QB Baker Mayfield planted the Sooner Nation flag at the Shoe last week by beating the Buckeyes. Now Tulane is just a bug waiting for the Oklahoma windshield.

No. 12 LSU (-7) at Mississippi State | Saturday, Sep 16 at 7:00 PM ET

LSU has covered the spread eight of the last ten visits to Mississipi State. A touchdown difference shouldn’t be a lot to ask for the Tigers.

Colorado State at No. 1 Alabama (-28) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 7:00 PM ET

Alabama’s defense has that look. That unbeatable swagger. There is no stopping the Crimson Tide. Florida State was unable to upend Bama. Fresno State followed in kind. Now Colorado State is next.

No. 3 Clemson (-3) at No. 14 Louisville | Saturday, Sep 16 at 8:00 PM ET

I like Clemson and Junior QB Kelly Bryant, but their offense will not keep pace with a NFL-ready QB like Lamar Jackson. The 2016 Heisman Trophy threw 393 yards and added 132 rushing yards against North Carolina. Jackson totaled six touchdowns last week, three passing and three running.

Texas at No. 4 USC (-17) | Saturday, Sep 16 at 8:30 PM ET

Sophomore QB Sam Darnold is going to have a field day against Texas. Longhorn Nation needs to be ready for a blowout.

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Odds & Picks To Win Super Bowl 52

Odds & Picks To Win Super Bowl 52

The 2017 NFL season is ready to kick off and that means it is time to take a look at Super Bowl 52 odds.

Odds & Picks To Win Super Bowl 52

Odds as of Sept. 4.

Super Bowl LII Odds
TEAM OPENING ODDS CURRENT ODDS
New England Patriots 6-1 11-4
Green Bay Packers 12-1 8-1
Oakland Raiders 20-1 8-1
Seattle Seahawks 12-1 8-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1 10-1
Dallas Cowboys 10-1 12-1
New York Giants 25-1 12-1
Atlanta Falcons 16-1 16-1
Tennessee Titans 40-1 20-1
Kansas City Chiefs 20-1 25-1
New Orleans Saints 80-1 25-1
Carolina Panthers 20-1 30-1
Arizona Cardinals 25-1 40-1
Denver Broncos 20-1 40-1
Minnesota Vikings 25-1 40-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-1 40-1
Houston Texans 60-1 40-1
Philadelphia Eagles 60-1 40-1
Baltimore Ravens 25-1 50-1
Los Angeles Chargers 80-1 60-1
Cincinnati Bengals 50-1 80-1
Indianapolis Colts 25-1 100-1
Detroit Lions 60-1 100-1
Washington Redskins 50-1 100-1
Los Angeles Rams 100-1 100-1
Miami Dolphins 40-1 100-1
Jacksonville Jaguars 80-1 100-1
Chicago Bears 100-1 100-1
San Francisco 49ers 300-1 100-1
Cleveland Browns 300-1 100-1
Buffalo Bills 80-1 200-1
New York Jets 100-1 1000-1

The Favorite To Win Super Bowl 52: New England Patriots 11/4

The Patriots remain the favorites at 11/4 even though they’ve lost WR Julian Edelman for the season. Edelman made the unbelievable catch that kept New England’s Super Bowl dreams alive last season. Sure, New England has both Phillip Dorsett and Brandin Cooks on the team. But, neither of those guys comes close to having the rapport with QB Tom Brady that Edelman had.

I just don’t see New England repeating as Super Bowl champions, especially at the low odds, when it’s so difficult to lift the Lombardi Trophy 2 seasons in a row.

The Smart Pick To Win The Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers 8/1 

I believe Green Bay is poised to win the NFC Conference after losing to Atlanta in last season’s NFC Championship. The Packers’ schedule isn’t rife with too much danger after Week 1 and Week 2. If Green Bay can beat Seattle in Week 1, and then if they can upset Atlanta on the road in Week 2, the Packers’ toughest competition for the conference will be out of the way when it comes to the head to head.

What it means is that Green Bay can tie with Seattle or Atlanta and they’d still get home-field advantage. Should GB win the NFC North Division, of course. The defense should be much improved while the offense is stacked.

The real reason I like Green Bay is because of QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers no longer has a girlfriend. To quote Bob Marley, “No woman, no cry.”

The Value Pick: New Orleans Saints 25/1

The Saints have the offense to play with any team in the NFL. Their biggest issue, well, since they won the Super Bowl in 2010, has been a horrible defense. That could all be different this season.

New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen has a lot of pieces to work with this season. Allen knows the importance of a great rush. That’s why he’s kept 9 defensive linemen on the roster. If the Saints D has improved, and it sure looks like it has, New Orleans could be the biggest surprise team in the NFL this season.

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 1

Betting Cheat Sheet NFL Week 1

The NFL is officially is back and here the next four glorious months

It all starts with the the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots taking on the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night. Sunday brings some good matchups as Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers face-off during the afternoon slate. And of course, the Giants and Zeke-less Cowboys will clash on Sunday Night Football.

NFL Week 1 finishes with a double-header for Monday Night Football.

NFL Week 1 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Chiefs at Patriots (-8.5 48)| September 7 at 8:30 PM ET

Are you willing to take a bubble screen offense led by QB Alex Smith over Tom Brady and loaded Patriots offense? I’m not.

Raiders at Titans (-1, 51) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

Both the Raiders and Titans are aiming for the playoffs, but Oakland is a step or two ahead of Tennessee talent wise.

NY Jets at Bills (-9.5, 40.5) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

I’m seriously thinking the Jets will go 0-16.

Falcons (-7.5, 50) at Bears | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

Atlanta has been waiting for the shot at redemption after their second-half Super Bowl collapse. It all starts in Chicago. Feel bad for what the Falcons will do to the Bears.

Ravens at Bengals (-3, 42.5) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

The Ravens have lost their last five straight visits to Cincinnati. The Bengals are 4-1 against the spread in those five games.

Steelers (-10, 47) at Browns | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

The Browns won’t be as they were last season, but they aren’t worth your money.

Cardinals at Lions (PK, 48) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

The Cardinals’ power house defense will want to make a statement when they face the highest paid QB in the history in the NFL.

Jaguars at Texans (-5, 39.5) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

I’m not a big fan of the Texans picking QB Tom Savage over rookie Deshaun Watson. But I’m even less of a fan QB Blake Bortles.

Buccaneers (-2.5, 45) at Dolphins | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

The Buccaneers will be the first to tell QB Jay Cutler he should have stayed retired.

Eagles at Washington (PK, 47.5) | September 10 at 1:00 PM ET

QB Carson Wentz is the real deal and now he has some serious help in WRs Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

Colts at Rams (-3, 44.5) | September 10 at 4:25 PM ET

Andrew Luck is out for Week 1. The Colts don’t have the talent to compete this season.

Seahawks at Packers (-3, 50) September 10 at 4:25 PM ET

The last time Seattle won in Green Bay was back in 1999. They are 0-7 straight up in their last seven visits to Lambeau Field and 0-4 ATS in their last four.

Panthers (-5.5, 48) at 49ers September 10 at 4:25 PM ET

The 49ers have a new head-coach in Kyle Shanahan, but they don’t have the talent to win this season.

NY Giants at Cowboys (-3, 47.5) | September 10 at 8:30 PM ET

The Giants swept the Cowboys last season. This year they added WR Brandon Marshall and Dallas won’t have their best offensive weapon in Zeke Elliott. It’s a tailor-made win for the G-Men.

Saints at Vikings (-3, 48) | September 11 at 7:10 PM ET

RB Adrian Peterson wants to stick it to the Vikings. So there’s that.

Chargers at Broncos (-3, 43) | September 11 at 10:20 PM ET

The Broncos have beaten the Chargers in four straight games at Mile-High. The Chargers only hope is to score a couple lucky TDs versus a top-tier Broncos defense.

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 2

Betting Cheat Sheet College Football Week 2

After the first week of College Football, it’s time for overreaction Monday. This is what we do, and we are not stopping anything soon.

Alabama is unbeatable. Florida State’s season is over. Texas still is a joke. And USC’ Sam Darnold is far from NFL draft ready. Now let’s apply what we learned in the first week of college football action to week 2.

College Football Week 2 Betting Cheat Sheet:

Florida Atlantic at No. 9 Wisconsin (-31.5) | Saturday, September 9 at 12:00 PM ET

HC Lane Kiffin will blame the lightning delays for Florida Atlantic’s loss to Navy in week one. This week against Wisconsin, it will get uglier and lightning won’t strike twice.

Cincinnati at No.11 Michigan (-33.5) | Saturday, September 9 at 12:00 PM ET

Michigan’s win over Florida was a clear message Jim Harbaugh is not taking this year to rebuild after losing a lot of talent to the NFL draft. They want a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

No. 16 Louisville (-8) at North Carolina | Saturday, September 9 at 12:00 PM ET

It wasn’t a dream start for the defending Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. He threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 21 times for 107 yards in week one against Purdue. It is still early. Jackson will heat up against North Carolina.

Pittsburgh at No. 6 Penn State (-19) | Saturday, September 9 at 3:30 PM ET

The Nittany Lions have now scored 35-plus points in eight straight games. That is the longest active streak among Power 5 teams.

Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama (-43) | Saturday, September 9 at 3:30 PM ET

The Crimson Tide showed why they are the top-ranked team in the nation by beating 3rd-ranked FSU without breaking a sweat.

Louisiana Moore at No. 3 Florida State (-31) | Saturday, September 9 at 7:00 PM ET

Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois is out for the season with a patella tendon injury. True freshman James Blackman will take over. FSU’s College Playoff dreams are all but over.

No. 13 Auburn at No. 5 Clemson (-6.5) | Saturday, September 9 at 7:00 PM ET

Clemson QB Kelly Bryant showed that he is Deshaun Watson’s heir. In his debut, Bryant put up 236 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and a touchdown in Clemson’s win over Kent State. We still don’t know who Auburn is. What I can tell you is the Tigers are winning this game. That’s for sure.

No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 2 Ohio State (-7.5) | Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 PM ET

Ohio State didn’t show me anything in week one that makes me think they deserve their 2nd place ranking. If anything, I can see the Sooners winning this one outright.

No. 14 Stanford at No. 4 USC (-7) | 8:30 PM ET

Stanford has had two weeks to prepare for this game after their tremendous showing in Australia. Yes, USC, took care of Western Michigan in the end, but it was far from a perfect start.

FSU vs BAMA Odds

FSU vs BAMA Odds

Can No. 3 Florida State Seminoles Pull Off Huge Upset in Regular Season Opener Against No. 1 Alabama?

What a way to start off a regular season!

Make no mistake about it college football fans and betting enthusiasts, the Week 1 matchup between the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles and top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide could could decide the National Championship, even if it is being played on opening weekend.

The Seminoles and the Crimson Tide will square off on Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 PM ET, in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia with this contest airing live on ABC.

What: No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (0-0) vs No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0) 
When: Saturday, September 2, 2017 
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET   
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Spread: Alabama -7.5
Moneyline: Florida State +240 vs Alabama -280
Game Total: 49.5
Watch: ESPN 
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Listen: Florida State vs Alabama

Can The Florida State Seminoles Beat The Tide

The third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (10-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) will be led in 2017 by gifted dual-threat signal-caller Deondre Francois who had a phenomenal season as a redshirt freshman a year ago by completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,350 yards while tossing 20 touchdown passes and a modest seven interceptions.

Francois won’t have the luxury of handing off to elite running back Dalvin Cook and he lost No. 1 wide receiver Travis Rudolph and starting left tackle Rod Johnson to the NFL draft, but Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher says Francois is as special as any quarterback he’s had in his time at Florida State and that includes, his three quarterbacks (Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston), who all went on to be first-round NFL Draft picks.

“The year he (Francois) had, this guy’s a big-time player,” said Fisher.

Florida State has plenty of young talent at the skill positions, but all eyes will be on an offensive line that was less than solid a year ago. Defensively, the Seminoles have just three returning starters, but one of them may be the best player in the nation at his respective position in All-American safety in Derwin James.

Can The Alabama Crimson Tide Beat The Seminoles

By now, you probably know that Nick Saban’s team lost an insane 10 players to the NFL Draft. Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide will also be led by their outstanding young signal-caller in dual-threat sophomore Jalen Hurts.

The Tide will also lean heavily (as always) on their rushing attack and will feature the tandem of Bo Scarborough (834 yards) and Damien Harris (1,136 yards). Calvin Ridley is the only experienced receiver returning, so there are a few question marks as to who will be catching passes from Hurts.

Defensively, Alabama returns six starters, but lost some really outstanding players in All-American defensive end Jonathan Allen, fellow All-American linebacker Reuben Foster, as well as starting linebackers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson and cornerback Marlon Humphrey, all of whom were taken in this year’s NFL Draft.

Still, the Tide are known for replacing their departed stars with more players that eventually turn into stars, so if anyone can overcome the losses of multiple All-Americans, it’s Alabama.

FSU vs Alabama Betting Analysis

I’ve gone on record several times already to say that I like the Florida State Seminoles to cover the spread as one touchdown college football betting underdogs, mostly because I believe that Clemson and Deshaun Watson have revealed just how to beat a Nick Saban team.

If you don’t know by now, Florida State’s Deondre Francois is a virtual Deshaun Watson clone with his ability to make plays both, running and passing the ball and I believe Florida State’s defense, particularly on the defensive line, could force the Tide to throw the ball far more than Saban would like in this contest.

Alabama has gone 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games, but Florida State is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall and an identical 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games. I also love the fact that the Seminoles are also 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against teams from the SEC. When everything is said and done, this is going to be an amazing game!