After showing you our NFL win totals predictions and best future odds for teams and players, it is time to bring you the best College Football prop bets for the upcoming season. We have already shown you the top title contenders. Now, it’s time to take a look at our best prop bets for the 2019 NCAAF season.
Penn State Nittany Lions Over 8.5 Wins (-155)
The Nittany Lions went 9-4 last season, losing to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Citrus Bowl. The price on Penn State to replicate nine wins from this past regular season is not attractive. However, I’m pretty sure the Nittany Lions will surpass the chalk.
First, they have 20 returning starters. Last year, the Nittany Lions were 34th in the country in total yards allowed per game (350.5) and 23rd in points allowed per contest (20.5). With their complete defense returning in 2019, I think the Nittany Lions will improve a lot.
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On the other side, Penn State was averaging 33.8 points per game (32nd in the country). The Nittany Lions’ ground game was 29th-best with 204.8 yards per game, but their passing game was ranked 77th in the country with 218.2 yards per outing.
Sean Clifford will be under center in his sophomore season. The four-star potential played just four games last season and should be a true leader in 2019. Likewise, the Nittany Lions’ receiving corps possesses plenty of talent. Keep your eyes on KJ Hamler and Justin Shorter.
Penn State has a few tough matchups on its schedule. The Nittany Lions visit Iowa, Michigan State, and Ohio State while hosting Michigan in Week 7. However, their first five games are pretty winnable. I expect them to storm and front and build up the form for heavy rivals later in the season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Over 8.5 Wins (-180)
Sometimes, college football is an unpredictable game. However, the bookies seem to underestimate the Fighting Irish with 8.5-win chalk. It looks low for a team that went perfect this past regular season.
On the other hand, the Fighting Irish lost RB Dexter Williams who posted 1128 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns last year. Still, they retained Ian Book under center, and junior QB will be a key player for the Fighting Irish in 2019.
Last year, Book tossed for 2628 yards, 19 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, completing 68.2% of his passing attempts. The Fighting Irish averaged 31.4 points per game (42nd in the country). Still, their main force was a tough defense. Notre Dame was allowing 18.2 points per game (13th) on 347.4 yards (30th).
I expect more of the same from the Fighting Irish in 2019. Their defense should continue to dominate, and I don’t see Notre Dame losing four games. There are three tough road games at Georgia, Michigan, and Stanford, but the other matchups look nice for Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish will have a tall task to reach the College Football Playoffs for the second year in a row. Howsoever, winning nine games should be a sure shot.
Clemson Tigers to win the ACC Championship (-300)
Well, the odds are not tempting at all, but who can stop the Tigers this year? Miami is a +800 underdog with 12 starters back, but the Hurricanes have never won the ACC Championship Game. Florida State is a +1400 dog, while NC State and Virginia Tech are set at +200 odds.
Clemson is a four-time reigning ACC champion. The Tigers have 12 starters back this term including QB Trevor Lawrence who led the team in 2018. The defending College Football champs possess plenty of talent. They have enough firepower to win the ACC title even if they struggle with injuries.
Furthermore, the Tigers’ strength of schedule is ridiculous with arguably two tough matchups. They welcome Texas A&M in Week 2 and visit Syracuse in Week 3. Starting with Week 4, it is an open road for the Tigers who should dominate the AAC once again.
As I’ve already mentioned, college football is a cruel game. The season will be on the line in one contest. However, the reigning NCAAF champs will be ready, so I would risk my money at -300. Trevor Lawrence is among the top contenders to win the Heisman Trophy, and Dabo Swinney is a great coach.