The VSiN college football experts have been hard at work this summer, writing up team previews and predictions for all 131 FBS teams, including their favorite individual season win total and College Football Playoff bets.
Here are the value bets for the College Football Playoff (with DraftKings odds):
Utah (+ 500) to make the College Football Playoff
Matt Youmans: College football futures are not that enticing to bet, to be honest, because long shots rarely cash. It’s too easy to predict Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia as the four playoff teams. Still, Utah is one surprise team that could crash the party this season. It starts with the coach, Kyle Whittingham, and quarterback, Cameron Rising. Tossing out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Whittingham has a 21-7 record in the last two full seasons. He brings back 14 starters from a team that lost a 48-45 shootout to the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl, and he has added several talented transfers. Rising’s return is most important. He led the Utes to 38 points per game in his 11 starts. Tavion Thomas, who rushed for 1,108 yards, also returns along with five of the top six receivers.