Every team in college football wants to come out of the gate quickly with an impressive display that sets the tone for the remainder of the season. While some teams open up with a relatively easy game that is akin to a practice tilt, others go the more difficult route by taking on a good team in the opener.
Both situations are equally fraught with tension, although a big team failing to run up the score against a punching bag can put undue pressure on the shoulders of that team heading into Week 2 while losing to another top team is seen as almost forgivable. Let’s look ahead to some of the best NCAAF Betting match-ups for Week 1.
Must College Football Betting Games for 2019 Week 1
Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida GatorsThere is no need to wait until the 31st for all the fun to begin, as the schedule makers have delivered a doozie on the 24th, with the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators going head to head in a neutral venue game to get the season rolling.
The Gators took a big step forward last season under new head coach Dan Mullen and are the team most likely to topple Georgia in the SEC East. The Miami Hurricanes will have a new head coach and a new system in place, but they will still have that same talented defense ready to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. A great start to the season here.
Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon DucksWeek 1 of the season proper kicks off with absolute beauty, with this game set to be held in Arlington, Texas in the House That Jerry Built. The Tigers have made a habit of scheduling tough openers, just as they did last year when they took on and beat a non-conference opponent in the Washington Huskies.
The Ducks are one of the favorites to win the PAC-12, the conference that did not send a team to the playoffs last season. This might well be the best game on tap in the opening week of the season.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Stanford CardinalThe Wildcats won their division and made it to the Big Ten Championship Game last season before falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes. They will be looking for a repeat of that feat, and perhaps one step further than they went last year, but they will be doing it with a new QB under center, with Hunter Johnson transferring in from Clemson.
The Stanford Cardinal took a step back last season and will be looking to get some of their mojo back. If they can improve on their running game, they might just be able to do that and challenge in the PAC-12.
Boise State Broncos vs. Florida State SeminolesLife has not been particularly good for the Florida State Seminoles over the past couple of season, but the hope is that the Willie Taggart era will kick into high gear this coming season.
The Seminoles have not given themselves a particularly easy start, with an always tough Boise State Broncos team heading south to face the Seminoles in a somewhat neutral site game in Jacksonville, Florida. The pressure here is all on Florida State, who could quickly start to see their season unravel with a loss in Week 1.