College Football Week 1 Predictions: Picking Top 25 Games Against the Spread

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College Football Week 1 Predictions: Picking Top 25 Games Against the Spread
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It's officially Week 1 of handicapping season, which of course means the return of college football!

(Wait…I think I might have had the backward.)

But seriously, welcome back for another year of picks against the spread, where each week we attempt to pick winners for the games involving Top 25 college football teams.

Last year I subbed in for Adam Kramer, who left the column to care for his newborn, and managed not to spit on his grave. I started slow in October, but a hot streak at the end of the year (31-13 over the final three weeks) landed me at 59 percent for the season.

That is a percentage I can live with.

Everyone who picks games against the spread has a unique handicapping philosophy. Mine relies heavily on numbers, but all numbers require context. I'll explain to the best of my ability why I make each pick I make, and I welcome any comments or criticism.

Just remember: We are all on the same team here. The line is our only enemy.

 

Note: Top 25 rankings refer to the Associated Press Poll. All Week 1 spreads via Odds Shark. All historical spread info via TeamRankings.com.

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