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Charlotte 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +999999
- To win the C-USA: +30500
- Win Total: 3.5 (over +105, under -135)
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Charlotte 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 4.2
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Charlotte Win Total Over 3.5
One of The Smiths’ most famous songs is “How Soon is Now,” which paints a perfect picture of the 49ers’ fan base since the program jumped to the FBS level in 2015. For those few patient fans, 2018 may be the time to make some money.
Head coach Brad Lambert, who is running low on excuses in his sixth year, elected to bring in Shane Montgomery as the new offensive coordinator for the 2018 campaign. Montgomery will transition the offense from a spread attack to a pro-style scheme — with the goal of increased passing efficiency. (Charlotte ranked 126th nationally in Passing S&P+ last year.)
Lambert also brought in a new coordinator on the other side of the ball. Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will change the defensive scheme from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Change should be welcome for a 49ers defense that ranked 123rd in Rushing S&P+ and 126th in Passing S&P+ in 2017.
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In many other team betting previews, I talk about the impact of roster turnover. However, that’s not the case with a Charlotte team that ranks sixth overall in returning production — including 90% of its defensive production.
After a presumed win over Fordham to start the year, the 49ers have four more games as either a favorite or a small home underdog (five or fewer points) — giving them plenty of chances to cash over 3.5 wins without even pulling off a decent-sized upset. Plus, those four winnable games (Old Dominion, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss, FIU) all come at home. It’s not the prettiest win total over bet, but cash from Charlotte is just as sweet as cash from Alabama.
What else you need to know about Charlotte
Charlotte hasn’t been a covering machine since its transition from FCS — especially out of conference. Specifically, the 49ers are just 2-9 ATS in nonconference games since joining the FBS.