College Football Handicapping Picks

By: Michael Keneski

Without further delay, here are free College Football Week 1 handicapped selections: Click on the link above to access our Week 1 BEST BETS along with the rest of our strong Week 1 plays and angles. Here is a small sampling of our work which is now in our tenth year of professional handicapping. Out ten year record stands at 315-220-15 with our BEST BETS at 101-55-2.

WEST VIRGINIA(-23) OVER Western Michigan:

On the small list of championship contenders, the West Virginia Mountaineers open the season at home in front of their raucous fans to face the Western Michigan Broncos. With two potential Heisman trophy contenders in QB Patrick White and RB Steve Slaton, the high powered offense of coach Rich Rodriguez should put up plenty of points to begin what could be a special 2007 season. Looking at it in historical terms, teams that come into the season with legit championship hopes more often than not blitz their opening game opponent, especially if they are at home. The -23 spread is quite large since Western Michigan is not horrible. The MAC has a history of playing teams from the big conferences tough and the Broncos do have the ability to run the football. West Virginia's defense is loaded however and this will nullify the main strength that Western Michigan has. This is a bad matchup all around for Western Michigan based on the matchups and I anticipate a blowout to help jumpstart the championship march West Virginia hopes to make.

NEBRASKA(-19.5) OVER Nevada:

This looks like a make or break year for head coach Bill Callahan and the Cornhuskers look talented enough to save his job. Transfer QB Sam Keller has been groomed to run the West Coast offense and he also has much to prove as as his stay with Arizona was nothing but a struggle, both personally and athletically. Keller is immensely talented and he has what it takes to take this team to great heights. The offense is loaded all around him and if everything clicks, could be one of the top units in college football. Add to the fact that they are playing at home, and this game should be a blowout on a large scale. Using the "EMOTION ADVANTAGE" angle we have been championing for years(check out our website for more on this money winning angle) and this game serves as our first Strong Play of the year(a free BEST BET pick for Week 1 only).
There is no tougher place to play in almost all of college football than Lincoln, Nebraska. 90,000 will be on hand to usher in the new year and with Callahan and Keller both having a tremendous emotional investment in this season, I expect the Cornhuskers to come out flying on both offense and defense. Nevada is an up and down team from the WAC who don't have anywhere near the offensive prowess that Nebaska has and their smallish, inexperienced defensive backfield will open up large passing lanes for Keller to throw to. Bet the house on Nebraska as you combine the emotional AND strategic advantage that they have over Nevada.

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