After a long wait, Week Zero is finally here!
With the return of college football comes a new feature on DoubleFriesNoSlaw.com, Barnes’ Bankroll Management.
In this weekly series I will bring you his top bets each weekend surround college football.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into my Week Zero picks!
Nebraska (-7) at Illinois
Scott Frost is officially on the hot seat heading into the 2021 season. The Lincoln faithful are fed up with the L’s he’s been stacking but he may be closer than many think. 12 of his 20 losses have been by one score or less. Illinois is breaking in first year head coach Bret Bielema who has quite the rebuilding project on his hand. Give me host seat Frost and I’ll lay the points. At worst, I see a push here.
Hawaii at UCLA (-18)
The Rainbow Warriors are always solid at home, likely thanks to the time change. But they are typically bad when they have to leave the island. Hawaii is just 6-8-1 ATS on the road since 2018. Do the Bruins get caught looking ahead to LSU next week? I don’t think so. Chip Kelly is going to use this week to send a message to the Tigers and win this one by three or more scores.
UCONN (+27.5) at Fresno State
UCONN enters the 2021 season as the defending national champions according to the New York Times. With that said, they will travel across the country in week zero and play their first game since the 2019 season. Can they keep it within four scores against Fresno State after taking a season off? I think so. Take the Huskies here.
UTEP at New Mexico State (+10)
When you have two bad teams in a rivalry game, you take the home dog. Despite just 13% of money bet being on Aggies, I think the public is wrong here and I’ll take them at home.
Southern Utah at San Jose State (-24.5)
Rule of thumb, I always shy away from FCS schools. San Jose State went 6-1-1 ATS a season ago and when you add this one in, make it 7-1-1 in San Jose after this weekend.
Be sure to follow along all season as I will give my picks all season long. We win together. We lose together. But, don’t blame me if the picks don’t go the way I see them.