Wake Forest (-3.5) vs. Utah State – The Aggies standout QB Jordan Love will only have one additional returning starter on offense. Inexperience will be the difference here allowing Wake Forest to cover at home. FPI numbers agree having this game closer to a 10-point margin.
BYU (+7) vs. Utah – the Cougars are returning 14 starters looking to avenge their 4th quarter collapse @ Utah last season. They were leading by 20 points late in the 3rd quarter last November… I’ll take the 7 points at home in a rivalry game any day.
Duke (+33.5) vs. Alabama – At a neutral site in Atlanta, I’m looking at this as more of an exhibition / preseason game for Alabama. They’d be happy to have the starters on the bench by the 2nd half to ease into the 2019 season. FPI number agree here as well having this game right at a 4 touchdown margin.
Notre Dame (-18.5) @ Louisville – Eager to get the bitter taste out of their mouth after a blowout playoff loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoffs, the Irish will undoubtedly cover a line that has come down from three touchdowns. The Irish should win the turnover battle facing a returning QB who had 12 INTs compared to just 8 TDs last season in Jawon Pass.
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Ohio State (-21) & Army (-14.5) – Sticking with the same logic used in my season totals prediction, the Buckeyes simply have more talent than FAU. Army – returning 7 starters on offense under head coach Jeff Monken – should have no issues winning by more than two touchdowns against an inferior Rice football team.