College Games to Bet
August 16, 2013
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If you browse the NCAA football futures, you’ll find betting lines on everything from the BCS Championship odds to the potential Heisman Trophy winner, but the one that should catch your eye as a real sports fan is the Game of the Year props. Auspiciously absent from the board is Texas A&M as Johnny Manziel’s memorabilia case moves forward, holding his 2013 season at hostage. It’s incredibly likely that Manziel doesn’t play at all this year, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to miss the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
As is always the case, the world of college football comes to us every season offering new heroes, leaders and potential NFL superstars. And this year, perhaps more so than any recent season, presents a ton of intriguing questions. How will Oregon transition in the post-Chip Kelly era? Is Georgia really going to contend for the BCS Championship? Can Alabama continue its annual dominance in the SEC and in the national title game? Is Baylor really as good as people are suggesting?
Below are six games I’ve earmarked as can’t miss games even though at least one of them is being played the day I’m supposed to attend a wedding. All I can say to that is "Thank god for smartphones." There are many, many more games than I have room to list in this space so if you want to check out some of this year’s biggest matchups, head over to the NCAA football futures and click on the link for NCAAF Game of the Year to see all the potential blockbuster clashes.
South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, September 7th --- Sanford Stadium
The Georgia Bulldogs will feature Heisman hopeful Aaron Murray, a blistering quarterback prospect who is capable of Marino-esque type of statistical production. Murray will have his hands full as he runs for his damn life against the leading Heisman candidate – Mr. Jadeveon Clowney of the Gamecocks. The 5-to-1 favorite on the Heisman board chasing down the best, pure quarterback in the country is absolutely thrilling to think about. What a way to start the season…well the real portion of it anyways.
USC Trojans vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, October 17th --- Notre Dame Stadium
Notre Dame enters the season as the 11th ranked team (according to the USA Today Poll) after getting torn asunder in the BCS Championship Game last year by the Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, the USC Trojans continue to descend in to hell under the watchful eye of Lane Kiffin. No matter how bad these teams are, their annual scrimmage is one of the highlights of the year. They may not be contending for the championship by the time October 17th rolls around, but I predict that they’ll be on the same skill level which means this will be a tight contest no matter what.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears
Saturday, November 7th --- Floyd Casey Stadium
Baylor has a knack for generating passing yards. So does Oklahoma. Guess what, Texas? You’ve got company.
Oregon Ducks vs. Stanford Cardinal
Saturday, November 7th --- Stanford Stadium
Oregon’s the biggest profile school in the Pac-12, but Stanford may be the best overall program. Last year, the Cardinal edged Chip Kelly’s crew in a 17-14 win during overtime. This year, there’s a lot of questions surrounding Oregon’s ability to be one of the most explosive offenses in the country without their former head coach. The window of opportunity might be there for Stanford yet again, which means that this late season matchup has all the makings of a potential Pac-12 coronation.
LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
Saturday, November 9th --- Bryant-Denny Stadium
Alabama has two games marked on their calendar: the Week 3 game against Texas A&M and this matchup against Les Miles’ infamous Tigers. Those were the two most difficult matchups that the Crimson Tide endured last year. If Manziel is indeed penalized and suspended (which is likely), the Aggies are in for a legendary whooping. The Tigers, as always, will be able to put up a fight against A.J. McCarron and the defending national champions. As a fantastic idiot once said, “Get your popcorn ready”.