By Steve Makinen  () 

Hello college football enthusiasts! I have to assume that because you’ve chosen to purchase the 2019 VSiN College Football Betting Guide, at least you’re taking your preparations for the 2019 kickoff seriously. It figures to be a great season and in being along for the ride with VSiN, you’re giving yourself a great chance at making it a highly profitable one as well. This is just one of many resources that you’ll be able to utilize this season from VSiN, as we also offer 24-hour programming on our website and numerous other media, daily email newsletters, a weekly digital magazine called Point Spread Weekly that just celebrated publishing its 100th edition, and NEW FOR 2019, daily updated online statistics, trends, and other matchup data that you can access 24/7. With so much information coming from experts that the industry has come to trust, your betting fortunes are certainly in the right hands with VSiN. After all, as the legend Brent Musburger always says, “Cashing tickets is what it’s all about.”

Speaking of Brent, we are extremely pleased to have him contributing to this year’s College Football Betting Guide, as he brings us an Opening Lines column in which he addresses our cover subject: Can anyone prevent another Clemson-Alabama title game rematch? It is certainly the top story heading into the season, as both of those teams are loaded for 2019, and each has a quarterback that can stake claim to being the nation’s best. See what Brent has to say on the subject in his exclusive piece.

In this guide you will find plenty of features that are designed with a specific purpose in mind…helping you build your betting bankroll. We know you are using VSiN for a reason and we don’t step around the matter. We want you to win this season! Other well-respected preview magazines will give you

a good idea of the players and teams, but they won’t give you the odds, stats, facts, and other handicapping tidbits that you will need to make it a big season at the betting window. Thank you for recognizing the difference.

Some of the articles you will find in this publication come from:

  • Michael Lombardi, who gives us some sound betting advice to take into the season

  • Paul Stone, who has five Bet On & Against Teams to recognize for 2019

  • Myself, Steve Makinen, on ranking the quarterbacks across the country

  • Myself, on the impact that each of the coaching changes will have on success and/or totals

We also have five of the most prominent contributors to VSiN year round offering up their predictions for the various conferences across the college football landscape. Matt Youmans tackles the Pac-12, Big Ten, and Independents, Bruce Marshall breaks down the Big 12 & Sun Belt, Wes Reynolds gives us a look at the ACC & American, Dave Tuley shares his Takes on the MAC & SEC, and finally, Jonathan Von Tobel sizes up the Mountain West and Conference USA.

Add all of that to 2-page spreads on each of the 130 teams in FBS and you have the makings of a massive and valuable publication that you’ll want to keep handy all season long.

From last year, I recall getting all kinds of emails from readers asking me for tips on how to best utilize the info in the VSiN College Football Guide. To start off, I would say to read the editorials first. Our guys are experts that pour hours into studying the teams and massaging their approaches to wagering. If they spot a team that looks like a good OVER bet on a season win total wager, there’s probably a sound reason for it. Also, make special note of the key games they point out in the conference preview pages. These are spots that teams could be looking ahead in the prior week, or perhaps facing a letdown afterward. Finding value in a wager for a particular game can often be done when looking at it in the context of the games around it.

I have personally designed and uncovered the data for each of the team pages. I put a lot of stock into teams’ situational records in recent years, how they are trending as a program, who they tend to match up best & worst with on their annual schedules, and above almost anything else, the experience they have coming back for this season. This last point

is not only done quantitatively by the amount of returning starters shown, but also qualitatively by the articles I have contributed to the guide. I have been handicapping football for well over 20 years, and there is very little I find more valuable than returning player experience and coaching staffs in college football, and quality of quarterback play.

If any of you are looking for the piece I ran last year on Teams Expected to Improve or Decline in 2019 based upon trends and stats of recent years, that article will be published in an upcoming Point Spread Weekly edition. If you aren’t on board for your subscription to that yet, what are you waiting for? There is a ton of great information like that published each and every week.

Enjoy the guide, and best of luck this season from everyone at VSiN.

Steve Makinen @SteveMakinen Editor

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