College Football Week 1 Odds Analysis

The No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide are 4-1 SU and ATS over their last five games against Big Ten opponents. The Crimson Tide will try to keep that streak of success going this Saturday when they take on the No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Alabama is a 10.5-point favorite for their season opener according to the consensus lines here at OddsShark. Wisconsin has had limited success against the SEC in recent seasons with a 1-3 SU and ATS record in its last four games against SEC opponents.

Recent trends point to some offense in this game with the Crimson Tide going 4-0 on the OVER in their last four games and the Badgers going 3-0-2 on the OVER in their last five games according to the College Football Database.

Gamecocks, Tigers Betting Favorites for Week

After entering each of the last four seasons ranked in the Top 12 of the preseason AP Top 25 poll, the South Carolina Gamecocks enter the 2015 season unranked after a disappointing 7-6 SU and 5-8 ATS campaign last year.

The Gamecocks open their season as a consensus 2-point favorite against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday night. The Tar Heels are 0-2 SU and 1-1 ATS in their last two games against South Carolina.

The No. 6 Auburn Tigers ended the 2014 season on an ugly 1-4 SU and 0-5 ATS downturn due to a defense that allowed 34.2 points per game over that stretch. With defensive mastermind Will Muschamp joining the Tigers as defensive coordinator this season, hopes are high for a quick turnaround in Auburn.

The Tigers sit as a 10.5-point favorite over Louisville at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

Buckeyes Begin Title Defense as Road Favorites

On Monday, the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes start their season as a consensus 11-point road favorite against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Hokies were the only blemish on Ohio State’s 14-1 SU and 10-5 ATS record last season, beating the Buckeyes 35-21 as a 10-point underdog at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State is 13-0 SU and 9-4 ATS since that loss.

The other Top 5 teams hitting the gridiron in the week ahead are No. 2 TCU (-14.5) at Minnesota on Thursday and No. 4 Baylor (-35.5) at SMU and No. 5 Michigan State (-18) at Western Michigan on Friday.

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