Back to School Week One

Posted: August 30, 2012 by centennialsports in NCAA

by Dane Belbeck

It’s kickoff week for the 2012 NCAA Football season, which many will refer to as Christmas or the start of betting season.  Football represents the best sport in the world to lay a wager on, but like a savvy veteran at the bar, you never blow your bank roll on the first girl you see, so approach week one betting with caution.  Using that idea let’s limit ourselves to 3 games we like in week one to pad the bank account before NFL kickoff happens next week.

SOUTH CAROLINA (-6.5) at Vanderbilt

Heisman candidate Marcus Lattimore returns to the lineup after missing most of last season with a knee injury.  Scoring 30 touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Gamecocks, Lattimore will surely improve the nation’s 61st-ranked offense as they open the season in Nashville.  The Commodores were able to sneak up on some teams last year barely losing to Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee in coach James Franklin’s first year.  With the Gamecocks returning all-world pass rusher Jadevon Clowney and a stout defensive line to stop Vandy running back Zac Stacy, quarterback Jordan Rodgers (brother of Aaron) and the nation’s 97th-ranked passing attack will have to win the game for the Commodores.  That won’t happen, take the Ole Ball Coach Steve Spurrier to handle the pesky Commodores and cover the 6.5 spread.

Boise State at MICHIGAN STATE (-7.0)

Life without Kellen Moore begins at Boise State, and anytime you replace the all-time leader in wins for NCAA FBS football, it’s not going to be easy.  Boise State also lost first-round NFL draft pick Doug Martin at the running back position and offensive coordinator Brent Pease to Florida, so the offense comes in fairly limp needing some of what this guy has…

Not exactly what you want when you are facing the nation’s 3rd-ranked defense at home in Michigan State. Sure the Spartans lost starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, but the defense returns All-American candidate William Gholston as their leader and running back Le’Veon Bell carrying the load behind an experienced line on Offense.  Boise State will surely struggle to move the ball with new quarterback Joe Southwick. A defensive game will get opened in the second half and look for the Spartans to win this won by a couple scores covering the 7.0 point spread.

Georgia Tech at VIRGINIA TECH (-7.5)

Virginia Tech returns the nation’s 10th-ranked defense which should be able to stay disciplined and handle the Georgia Tech option attack.  Logan Thomas comes off a season at the quarterback position where he set the single season record for total offense at the school.  And yes that includes Michael Vick.  Virginia Tech may see a drop-off on the offensive side of the football losing 8 starters including the Boss of the NCAA running backs David Wilson, they reload with quality talent including highly touted redshirt freshman RB Michael Holmes, and should have no problem covering a 7.5 point spread at home against the 44th-ranked defense from a year ago.


Enjoy the first week of games, let’s ease into it with some wins and as always…Go Gators!


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