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The College Football Betting Guide: Week Zero

You can bet on real, live American football this weekend. And it’s legal!

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

On Aug. 1, 2018, betting on sports became legal in Mississippi. Federal and state law now protects your God-given right to drive to Tunica and blow hard-earned money on the over/under of some Tuesday night MAC game. To help guide you through the first season of legal college football gambling (because you certainly weren’t taking advantage of gray-area internet gambling sites before!), we’ve set up this weekly betting guide.

Oh yeah, friends, we’re back.

You’re sitting there at your desk, looking at a desktop background of a beach you can’t afford to go to—ITS TIME TO CHANGE THAT. A short drive to the now extremely legal sports books in Mississippi offers you a bevy of betting choices for college football season.

And if you’re a degenerate gambler, Week Zero is finally here. There are real, live, American college football that matter.

Last season, I guided you to a 68 percent win clip picking an over, an under, a spread and a moneyline each week. Week Zero doesn’t offer quite as many options, so let’s put our money where our mouth is and give you two picks on the two most watchable games this weekend.

Colorado State vs. Hawaii over/under at 56

The big offensive producers on both sides of this matchup have been replaced from last season. The Hawaii Warriors are replacing a 1,500 yard running back, and most likely plan to go in the direction of its traditional run and shoot offense that got it to a Sugar Bowl once upon a time. Colorado State has a better defense clearly but is replaced its starting quarterback. Go sell a family heirloom, pawn your lawn equipment off and go put it all on the OVER, because let’s be real: this ain’t an SEC defensive showdown and that O/U is begging you to bet it.

Wyoming vs. New Mexico State +155

Stay sharp on this one. Josh Allen’s legacy has Wyoming as a favorite on the road against a NMSU team who won its first bowl game in 57 years last season. Wyoming is going to be down compared to its 8-5 season in 2018, and NMSU has potentially turned the corner from when Doug Martin first arrived in Las Cruces. Imma be honest though - I really just hate Wyoming for ruining Ole Miss football while I was a student in 2004 and 2005. Some of these betting gurus will tell you not to hold grudges, well I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. Lay it on the underdog Aggies to upset the Cowboys and stack some bands.

BONUS PICKS: future conference champs

If you’re into the long term waiting game, here are my rec’s for conference champs with Bovada odds:

SEC - Alabama (-120)

PAC 12- Washington (+100)

C-USA - FAU (-105)

Big Ten - Wisconsin (+225)

Big 12 - Oklahoma (+130)

AAC - Memphis (+270)

ACC - Clemson (-195)

EXTRA BONUS PICK: Ole Miss win total

You should also be able to find a win total O/U for Ole Miss around 5.5, which our crack team of bloggeurs blew out of the water predicting seven wins this season. For me, it all hinges on the health of a few players, so I wouldn’t go and put your 401K on six or more wins this season. Bet a couple hundo on the under and the dollars you reap on a disappointing season will at least score you a new TV for next season.