The regular-season victory totals for 115 FBS institutions have been released by BetMGM, and Alabama and Clemson top the list with 11 1/2 victories each, followed by Ohio State and Oklahoma with 11 wins each.
Dabo Swinney of Clemson yells during the first half of Friday’s Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game versus Ohio State.
New Orleans, January 1, 2021
Alabama coach Nick Saban watches his team during the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Ohio State on Monday, Jan. 14. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
At Miami Gardens, Florida, on November 11, 2021.
First-round draft picks come and go, but Alabama and Clemson continue to dominate college football. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
In the 2021 NFL draft, the defending national champion Crimson Tide lost a record-tying six first-round picks, while the Tigers lost No. 1 overall.
Trevor Lawrence is the number one pick.
The perennial powerhouses, on the other hand, aren’t expected to falter this season, according to the oddsmakers.
The regular-season victory totals for 115 FBS institutions have been released by BetMGM, with Alabama and Clemson topping the list with 11 1/2 victories each.
Ohio State and Oklahoma are tied for third place with 11 victories each, while Georgia is in fifth place with 10 1/2.
UNLV, on the other hand, is tied for the lowest win total on the board with Kansas and Louisiana-Monroe, each with 1 1/2.
MGM Resorts director of trading Jeff Stoneback remarked, “The majority of the action is from pros.”
“It’s usually not a good indicator if you take big action against a tiny institution.”
“We don’t get a lot of public activity on them,” Stoneback said, adding that MGM has accepted aggressive bets on a few teams, including Buffalo to go under the total, which has dropped from 8 (under -1010) to 7 1/2 (under 120).
MGM has also placed bets on Miami (Florida) under 9 1/2 (-115 to -145) and Oregon State over 4 1/2 (even to -120), Texas-El Paso over 2 1/2 (-110 to -125), Stanford over 4 (-120 to -130), and Kentucky over 7 (-115 to -125).
Best bets According to expert sports bettor Paul Stone and handicappers Bruce Marshall and Christopher Smith, here are the seven best bets on the board.
Stone advises betting under the listed totals for two Power Five institutions.
Tennessee is a 6-point underdog, according to Stone (@PaulStoneSports). “Tennessee has reportedly lost 25 players to the transfer portal, faces potential NCAA punishments, and has a first-year coach in Josh Heupel,” Stone added.
“The Vols have three nonconference gimmes in Bowling Green, Tennessee Tech, and South Alabama, but they will only be favored in two other games, in my estimation.” Colorado under 4 1/2 Colorado will face one of the most tough schedules in NCAA football, according to Stone.
“With the exception of a season-opening slam dunk against Northern Colorado, the Buffaloes may only be favored in two games: at home against Arizona and at home against Oregon State,” he said.
“I didn’t think Colorado would get to five victories before the summer, and now the team’s starting quarterback, Sam Noyer, has announced his transfer to Oregon State.”
“It’s really difficult to imagine five victories on its schedule,” Marshall says of three teams who he thinks will beat their totals.
“Texas is too low at 8,” says the author.
“(New coach Steve) Sarkisian will do great,” Marshall (Goldsheet.com) remarked of the team’s nonconference schedule.
“Last year, they were a few plays from from going undefeated.” Air Force over 6 1/2 “I respect coach Troy Calhoun.”
They did good in a short season last year, and their entire defense was out due to military turnbacks,” Marshall said.
“Almost all of their expected starters from last year are back, and the men who did start are back on defense.”
When the Air Force’s defense is strong, that’s usually a good prescription for success.
“They lead the nation in rushing again last year, and I don’t think the Mountain West is that strong,” Rice said of Owls coach Mike Bloomgren. Rice also mentioned that Christian McCaffrey’s younger brother Luke McCaffrey had transferred to Rice.
“Last year, they were on the verge of winning every game.”
Marshall stated, “They went to Marshall and threw a shutout.”
“I haven’t seen a better Rice defense in 40 years, and (Conference USA) isn’t all that terrific.”
“I think they’ll win seven or eight games,” Smith predicts, predicting that two Power Five teams will go above their total.
Texas Christian wins by 7 1/2 points. “With quarterback Max Duggan and a resurgent defense powered by a strong pass rush, the Horned Frogs will contend for a berth in the Big 12 title game,” Smith (@CFBlocksmith) tweeted.
“I think nine or ten wins is definitely conceivable if a few quality players emerge,” Smith said. “The Cardinals were unlucky in 2020, losing all four of their one-possession games, having a -12 turnover margin, and ranking near the bottom in field position.”
“After that, Louisville lost a number of players, and its head coach talked to South Carolina.”
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