Primetime College Football Betting Cheat Sheet: Odds & Angles for Week 1 Night Games

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Gus Malzahn

  • Get prepped for betting the evening slate of Week 1 college football games with our cheat sheet.
  • It covers LSU vs. Georgia Southern (7:30 p.m. ET), Auburn vs. Oregon (7:30 p.m. ET) and Louisiana Tech at Texas (8 p.m. ET).

After a day full of football, there’s only one thing that can make the night better.

More football.

We’ve compiled excerpts of our favorite betting insights for the night games on Saturday. Action EDGE members can access the full stories below.

Odds below via PointsBet.

Staff Favorite Bets

  • Game: Louisiana Tech at Texas
  • Spread: Texas -20.5
  • Over/Under: 55.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: Longhorn Network

Could the writeup for this game just be that Tom Herman does not cover as a favorite and Skip Holtz generally covers as an underdog? OK, we’re done here? Great.

While most everyone knows about the Herman splits, its the Louisiana Tech coach that has been fantastic as a visiting underdog per Bet Labs, going 16-6 against the spread. — Collin Wilson

Collin Wilson’s Betting Card: LSU vs. Georgia Southern

  • Spread: LSU -27.5
  • Over/Under: 52.5
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: SEC Network

With Texas on deck in Week 2, we can’t expect LSU to open up the playbook or show much. The Eagles are a triple-option offense that will attempt to slow the game down. LSU may oblige, running a vanilla offense tipping nothing to the Longhorns coaching staff.

In the event LSU does decide to spend a few series slinging the ball, Georgia Southern has the chops to play a bit of defense. The Eagles take on Appalachian State and Troy yearly, getting plenty of repetition against an RPO downfield attack. Georgia Southern ranked No. 5 in opponent explosiveness on passing downs in 2018. — Collin Wilson

Auburn vs. Oregon Betting Guide

  • Odds: Auburn -4
  • Over/Under: 55.5
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: ABC

With Gus Malzahn back calling plays, you can expect Auburn to spread it out and go quick without a huddle. And Oregon played at one of the fastest paces in the country last season. That will ultimately keep me off of the under, my initial lean.

In regards to the side, the number matters (play numbers, not teams as the old adage goes). At -4, I have to give a long look to Oregon in a game I make closer to a coin flip. I am concerned about Auburn’s advantages on special teams and coaching but the QB experience discrepancy is a huge edge for the Ducks.

I think receivers will play a huge role for both teams. Can Oregon’s receivers make plays (and avoid drops) and will the timing be off between true freshman quarterback Bo Nix and his receivers?

But then again, it could just come down to better field position and more reliable field goal kicking for Auburn. — Stuckey

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