College Football Betting 2018: Picks, Previews For All 130 Teams

Aug 27, 2018 9:00 AM EDT
  • The Action Network is previewing all 130 FBS college football teams in preparation for the 2018 season.
  • Some pieces will offer futures to bet, some will help you win big early in the season, and each one will make you smarter and more informed.

We’re inching closer to football season. But for our team of experts, there really is no summer break.

The Action Network’s Collin Wilson previewed all 130 FBS teams, from Clemson and Ohio State all the way to Liberty and Rice. He doesn’t need to prep for these either — Collin’s power ratings and notes have been in the works since the day after Alabama beat Georgia in last year’s national title game.

All 130 previews are compiled here. Some offer futures bets. Others will help you score big in Week’s 1 and 2. They should all help you become smarter, better college football bettors this fall.

2018 SEC Betting Previews

Alabama

Alabama Elite, But Way Overpriced

LSU

Brutal Schedule, Offense Will Doom Tigers

Kentucky

Inexperience at QB Will Sink Wildcats

South Carolina

Samuel-Bentley Connection Won’t Be Enough

Auburn

Bet Tigers to Miss New Year’s Six Bowl

Arkansas

Ceiling Low for Razorbacks

Ole Miss

Rebels Will Pull Upsets With Passing Attack

Mississippi State

Bulldogs Will Only Get Better Post-Mullen

Missouri

Put Faith in QB Drew Lock

Tennessee

Rebuilding Vols Won’t Cash Over 5.5 Wins

Florida

Gators Will Rebound Under Mullen

Georgia

Bet Dawgs to Win SEC

Texas A&M

Aggies Won’t Crack 8 Wins

Vanderbilt

Mason Coaching for His Job

2018 Big Ten Betting Previews

Illinois

New QB, Up-Tempo System Could Save Illini

Ohio State

Will Haskins Take the Buckeyes to the Playoff?

Nebraska

Fade Nebraska’s Scott Frost in Year Zero

Iowa

Why Hawkeyes Can Challenge for Big Ten West

Penn State

Penn State Undervalued Thanks to Public Perception

Rutgers

Trying To Find Four Winnable Games For Rutgers

Minnesota

Will Gophers Improve In Fleck’s Second Season?

Purdue

Expect Defensive Regression, Plenty of Overs

Michigan

Brutal Schedule Will Doom Wolverines

Maryland

Terps Are Explosive, But Not Much Else

Indiana

Road Schedule, Defensive Turnover Spell Trouble

Michigan State

Don’t Expect a Repeat of Last Season

Wisconsin

Bank On Double-Digit Wins Again for the Badgers

Northwestern

Two Big Games to Bet Pat’s Wildcats


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2018 ACC Betting Previews

Clemson

Bet on Another Playoff Berth for Clemson

Louisville

Louisville Must Replace Lamar Jackson, Entire Defense

Syracuse

Syracuse Win Total Getting Sharp Action

Florida State

Willie Taggart’s Turnaround Will Take Time

Miami

Hurricanes Still Have Major QB Questions

Duke

Offensive Line Will Hold Blue Devils Back

Virginia Tech

Take the Hokies To Win Coastal Division

N.C. State

Expect Plenty of Overs, Little Defense for N.C. State

Georgia Tech

New Defense Gets Georgia Tech Bowling

Wake Forest

High-Powered Offense Will Lead to Major Upsets

North Carolina

Heels Can Rebound With Favorable Schedule

Virginia

JUCO QB Could Create Explosive Offense

Boston College

Tough Schedule Could Sink Up-Tempo Eagles

Pitt

Another Long Year for Narduzzi, Pitt

2018 Pac-12 Betting Previews

Oregon

Ducks Have Too Much to Overcome

Arizona

Khalil Tate Ready to Take Over College Football

Utah

Experienced Utes Get Over Win Total

Cal

Cal Defense Will Be Tested Often

UCLA

Chip Kelly’s Turnaround Won’t Be Instant

Stanford

Don’t Expect Resurgence from Cardinal Defense

USC

Helton Will Be Exposed Without Darnold

Oregon State

The Worst Power 5 Team in the Country

Washington State

Rough Year Ahead of Cougars

Washington

Bet Huskies to Win Pac-12

Arizona State

Fade Herm Edwards Often

Colorado

Bet Buffs Overs This Fall

2018 Big 12 Betting Previews

Texas

Take Longhorns to Reach Big 12 Title Game

Texas Tech

A Big 12 Dark Horse Thanks to…Defense?

Oklahoma

Offense Won’t Miss a Beat with Kyler Murray

Iowa State

Cyclones Still Trending Up Under Campbell

TCU

Will Two Glaring Issues Hold TCU Back?

West Virginia

Defense Will Hold Back Excellent Offense

Kansas

There’s Reason For Optimism, For Once

Oklahoma State

Cowboys Reload Will Take Some Time

Baylor

Baylor’s Due for Better Luck, So Take Over 5.5 Wins

Kansas State

New Coordinators Will Hinder Wildcats

2018 AAC Betting Previews

South Florida

Don’t Be Afraid to Fade the Bulls Early

Houston

How to Profit Off Applewhite on the Hot Seat in Houston

Navy

QB Malcolm Perry, Offense the Real Deal

East Carolina

Can New Defensive Coordinator Save Pirates?

Cincinnati

The Market Likes Cincy, But We Don’t

SMU

Expect the Sonny Dykes Era to Start Strong

Tulane

Backing Green Wave Will Be a Rollercoaster

UConn

Is There More Than One Win on UConn’s Schedule?

Tulsa

The Wheels Might Completely Come Off for Tulsa

Central Florida

Hard Pass on the Heupel, Central Florida Hype

Temple

Temple Owls a Legitimate AAC Dark Horse

Memphis

Memphis Owns AAC West Until Proven Otherwise

2018 Sun Belt Betting Previews

Coastal Carolina

The Chanticleers Have Their Coach Back

Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern Has Triple-Option Identity Back

UL Monroe

UL Monroe Still Can’t Stop Anyone

Troy

Troy Defense Still Stellar, But Offense Could Struggle

South Alabama

South Alabama Should Roll Past Their Win Total

Texas State

Plenty of Spots to Back Texas State

App State

Despite Turnover, App State Is Still in Sun Belt Elite

Ark State

New Divisions Give Arkansas State Huge Edge

Georgia State

Only Favored in One Game, So Take Under 4.5 Wins

Louisiana

Why ULL Under 4.5 Wins Has Value

2018 MAC Betting Previews

Kent State

New Offense Could Be Fun, But Don’t Expect Wins

Miami (Ohio)

RedHawks Due for Positive Regression

Ball State

Cardinals Will Only Be Favored Twice

Northern Illinois

Brutal Non-Con Slate Will Burn Huskies

Akron

Major Regression Coming for Zips

Bowling Green

Experience Will Get Falcons Over Their Win Total

Toledo

Can Rockets Survive Without Woodside?

Ohio

Bobcats a Deserving MAC Favorite

Western Michigan

Post-Fleck Resurgence Will Take More Time

Eastern Michigan

Eagles a Dark Horse MAC Contender

Central Michigan

Major Rebuild Needed for CMU

Buffalo

QB Tyree Jackson Ready to Take Over MAC

2018 Conference USA Betting Previews

Middle Tennessee

Healthy Brent Stockstill Will Cash Over

Florida Atlantic

All Aboard The Lane Train

Old Dominion

Back Monarchs in Home Games

Western Kentucky

This Program Is in a Free Fall

UAB

Bet Blazers to Make C-USA Championship

Louisiana Tech

Schedule Could Hold Bulldogs Back

FIU

Secondary Should Get Shredded

Marshall

Herd Still Have League’s Best Defense

North Texas

Defense Still Optional, So Take Under 8 Wins

UTSA

This Year Could Be Rough for Roadrunners

Southern Miss

Golden Eagles Starting from Scratch

Charlotte

Mining For Cash With 49ers Win Total

Rice

Owls Have Experience For Exciting New Coach

UTEP

Meet the Worst FBS Team in the Country

2018 Independents Betting Previews

New Mexico State

Double Down on the Aggies

UMass

Dynamic Offense Gets UMass Over Win Total

Liberty

Liberty Should Make Smooth FBS Transition

Notre Dame

Can Irish Make a Playoff Push?

Army

Major Regression Coming for Army

BYU

Big Questions Remain on Offense

2018 Mountain West Betting Previews

Boise State

Broncos Will Be Good, But Overvalued

Fresno State

Bet Bulldogs to Win Mountain West

Hawaii

Will New Identity Help Hawaii?

Air Force

Falcons Defense Still a Dumpster Fire

Colorado State

Roster Turnover Will Hold Back Rams

New Mexico

Bob Davie’s Job in Jeopardy

UNLV

Runnin’ Rebs Will Be Bowl Bound

Utah State

Will Aggies’ Bad Luck Turn?

San Jose State

Spartans Won’t Be Favored, So Bet Under 2.5 Wins

Nevada

Pack Will Go Over in Games and Win Total

San Diego State

A Predictable Program, In a Good Way

Wyoming

Cowboys Will Be Better Without Josh Allen

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lane Kiffin

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