College Football Betting: Gamecocks, Buckeyes Favorites in Week 1 Odds

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

Texas A&M running back Trey Williams (20) runs 76-yards after receiving a kickoff against LSU during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in College Station, Texas. LSU won 24-19. (AP Photo/Eric Kayne)
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The 2014 college football betting slate kicks off this week with the South Carolina Gamecocks pegged as 10.5-point favorites over the Texas A&M Aggies.

Quarterback Kenny Hill is expected to get the start for the Aggies ahead of Kyle Allen, replacing Texas A&M legend Johnny Manziel in the process.

Meanwhile, South Carolina running back Mike Davis is considered probable for Thursday night as he recovers from a rib injury. Davis, who rushed for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, is currently at 33-1 in college football player props betting to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.

The Aggies were winless against the spread (0-4 ATS) on the road last season, while South Carolina has won 18 straight home games since Oct. 2011, according to the college football database at Odds Shark, the lines provider to Bleacher Report.

The Ohio State Buckeyes open an uncertain 2014 season as 13.5-point favorites over the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. The Buckeyes have seen their betting odds tumble since last week’s news that QB Braxton Miller, previously considered a serious Heisman Trophy candidate, will be out for the season after suffering a shoulder injury.

The Buckeyes had been considered a favorite to win the national championship, with odds as short as 10-1 in college football futures betting. However, since Miller’s injury was announced Ohio State has tumbled to 25-1 in national championship betting, to go along with 11-4 odds to win the Big Ten conference championship this season.

The Midshipmen are coming off a solid finish to their 2013 season, winning six of their last seven games SU while posting a 7-1 record ATS in their last eight outings.

The Florida State Seminoles will be looking for their 17th consecutive win when they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday night at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. The defending national champions are 17.5-point favorites over the Cowboys. It’s the 27th consecutive game in which the Seminoles have been college football betting favorites.

Florida State will once again be led by QB Jameis Winston, who enters the new season as the favorite to win a second straight Heisman Trophy with 9-2 odds in college football player props betting, while the Seminoles are strong 4-1 favorites to repeat as the national champions.

In other opening-week action, the Louisville Cardinals make their ACC debut as three-point favorites over the Miami Hurricanes. Miami is 7-2 ATS in their past nine games as road underdogs and 5-1 ATS in their past six season openers and the Odds Shark computer is predicting a high-scoring game (46-32).

As well, the Auburn Tigers, who open their season as a 9-1 national championship futures bet, are 21-point favorites over the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks.


Stats and odds courtesy of Odds Shark.