Top College Win Totals
August 16, 2013
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The College Football season starts at the end of the month so there is still a bit of time to get down on some of the season win totals offered at Carbon Sports. Here are a couple of bets I've had my eye on for a few weeks now:
The Ducks are still loaded with talent and have tremendous speed in their backfield with QB Marcus Mariota and RB De'Anthony Thomas getting the majority of the touches but without HC Chip Kelly in the mix, there will be some trying times for the Ducks this year.
Now trying times doesn't mean they'll finish with a 6-6 SU type record, But they've got a tough test @ Stanford in early November and have always struggled before the Civil War game with Oregon State. The game that falls into that spot this year is a road trip to a much-improved Arizona team that should be capable of giving Oregon all they can handle. Asking them to go through this year with only one or two losses is a tough feat, even for a proud program like Oregon.
But it's Kelly's absence that will make all the difference this season because he simply had a knack for when to push it and when to hold back. New coach Mark Helfrich will have to learn that as he goes, especially since he's got no experience running any program in his past. Two losses will be in the books for Oregon this year and including their likely Bowl game, that's a push at worst with this bet.
The Spartans fell well short of their high expectations in the Big 10 last year with a 6-6 SU record in the regular season as the offense simply struggled to score. It was that offense that let them down in losses to Iowa, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Northwestern as Michigan State was laying the chalk in all four of those contests.
Yet, there defense did what it always does as they finished ranked in the Top 5 for the second straight season and are returning many of those same guys to the field this year. Defense is what wins games in the Big 10 and as long as the Spartans D can continue their phenomenal play in 2013, the offense should be much better.
Michigan State's entire starting O-line is returning this year and there are plenty of other playmakers elsewhere that have started before in their careers (11 in total on offense). The Spartans get to host Michigan this year and although they do have some tough road games @ Notre Dame and Iowa to start the year, a win or two in those contests should spark them to another double-digit win season like they had in 2010 and 2011.