VSiN’s 2021 College Football Betting Guide is now available for order. Get access to over 300 pages of information, including over/under picks for all 130 FBS teams and our experts’ favorite season win total bets right here.
College football season is right around the corner and our VSiN college football experts -- Adam Kramer, Bruce Marshall, Jon Von Tobel and Matt Youmans -- have shared their favorite win total bets from among the 130 FBS teams.
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Here are our experts' favorite over/under bets for the 2021 season:
Rice Owls Over 5.5 (-125)
Bruce Marshall: For the first time in years, genuine excitement abounds at Rice, where what once seemed a stubborn resolve to install a Stanford-type power offense by David Shaw disciple Mike Bloomgren is starting to pay dividends. The Owls impressed in their compressed 2020 slate, in position to win all five games, and return eight starters from the stingiest Rice defense since the Jess Neely era in the middle of the last century, ranking 12th nationally in scoring defense. With depth on the OL and a big WR target in 6-5 Bradley Rozner (55 catches in 2019 before opting out in 2020) all Bloomgren needed was a QB. And the transfer market provided options with former Nebraska prospect Luke McCaffrey (Christian’s brother) and ex-Weber State starter Jake Constantine, who already has 33 career TD passes.
True, the schedule opens like an old Southwest Conference slate with Arkansas, Houston and Texas. But even if the Owls swallow the big doughnut against that trio, plenty of wins await in watered-down C-USA, and they also face crosstown rival Texas Southern of the FCS. Bloomgren can get Rice to a bowl and start to get mentioned as the heir apparent at Stanford whenever Shaw decides it’s time to move to the NFL.
Air Force Falcons Over 6.5 (-125)
Marshall: Underestimate coach Troy Calhoun at your own risk. With the exception of 2013, when injuries decimated his roster, Calhoun’s Air Force teams have usually punched above their weight. The Falcons split six games last year despite almost the entire projected defense opting out. Several starters from the 2019 defense thus resurface to compete with many who stepped into their roles a year ago, with the result likely a highly combative unit.