- Week 0 of the college football season is set for Saturday, August 26
- There is still plenty of value to be found in betting on teams’ win totals
- See below for odds, analysis, and best bets for CFB win totals
The wait is almost over. The 2023 College Football season kicks off this week, so time is running out to bet on your favorite season-long CFB win totals. Read below for three teams you should be looking to bet on before this weekend’s kickoff.
Colorado Win Total Odds
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Will Deion Sanders and Colorado Live Up to the Hype?
No team has received more hype this offseason than the Colorado Buffaloes. Deion Sanders is their new head coach, and he brought with him a plethora of four and five-star transfers, including Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter from Jackson State. Because of this, Colorado has been one of the most bet on teams this offseason. There have even been multiple bets placed on them to win the National Championship. This popularity has led to the win total odds moving down to -135 which creates value for the under.
The talent on the field for Colorado looks like a team that should get at least four wins, but there are a lot of moving pieces here, and it might take time for everything to come together. Even with this influx of talent, the Buffaloes’ win total is the same as it was in 2022. Colorado followed up their 2022 win total of 3.5 with a 1-11 campaign.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) August 12, 2023
Obviously, this is a new team, but the Buffaloes have a difficult non-conference schedule. They open at TCU and are currently 20.5-point underdogs to the Horned Frogs. Then they host Nebraska and Colorado State, and it does not get any easier for the Buffaloes once their conference schedule begins. They open Pac-12 play on the road against Oregon then host USC the next week. Colorado also closes out their season on the road against Washington State and Utah.
Colorado’s program has a lot of excitement moving forward, but it is unlikely that they get over four wins in Coach Prime’s first season. The talent difference in Pac 12 opponents vs. SWAC opponents is too large. Watch out for the Buffaloes in 2024, however.
- Colorado 2023 Prediction: Under 3.5 Wins (-135)
Auburn Win Total Odds
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How Will Hugh Freeze Do in Year 1 at Auburn?
Going from one new head coach to another, Hugh Freeze accepted the job at Auburn last November. The difference between Freeze and Coach Prime in Year 1? Freeze has already shown success at the FBS level. At Ole Miss, Freeze had a 39-25 record, including a road win against Alabama in 2015.
— Zac Blackerby (@Zblackerby) August 16, 2023
Freeze recently named Michigan State transfer Payton Thorne as the starting quarterback for Auburn in 2023, and there is a lot to like about the Tigers this year. To pair with Thorne, Auburn returns eleven total starters, including running back Jarquez Hunter. Their defense should also be improved compared to last year, which is a must.
The schedule falls nicely for Auburn this season. Their non-conference games are against UMASS, Cal, Samford, and New Mexico State. That should give the Tigers four wins, meaning they would only need three more for the over. Vanderbilt should be a win, so Auburn needs just two more SEC victories. They get to play both Ole Miss and Mississippi State at home, then they also have winnable games against Texas A&M and Arkansas. Between those four games, they should have enough firepower to come away with two wins.
- Auburn 2023 Prediction: Over 6.5 Wins (-140)
Texas Tech Win Total Odds
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Can Texas Tech Make Some Noise in the Big 12?
It is Year 2 for Joey McGuire as the head coach of the Red Raiders, and there is a lot of optimism for the program after a strong first year. McGuire led Texas Tech to a 7-5 regular season with big overtime wins against both Texas and Oklahoma.
Looking ahead to 2023, the Red Raiders return six starters on offense and six starters on defense. Texas Tech boasts a high-powered offense led by quarterback Tyler Shough. The offense should once again thrive against Big 12 defenses, and the defense still has a strong defensive line despite losing Tyree Wilson to the NFL Draft.
Texas Tech has a non-conference schedule of Wyoming, Oregon, and Tarleton State, so they should head into Big 12 play with a 2-1 record. The Red Raiders have a favorable Big 12 schedule as well. They avoid Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and play Kansas State and TCU at home. Many of the other Big 12 teams on their schedule are either new to the conference or do not return many starters. Texas Tech should get revenge at home against TCU this season. That plus a projected loss to Kansas State puts them at 7-2 with Kansas, UCF, and Texas left on the schedule. They should only lose to Texas during that stretch.
That is a 9-3 record, which gives bettors some wiggle room with a win total of 7.5. With the over being plus-money, there is value in backing Texas Tech in 2023.
- Texas Tech 2023 Prediction: Over 7.5 Wins (+110)