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Red Cup Betting Guide: Week one picks, including an Ole Miss-Memphis lock

Make money, stack some bands, get that cheddar.

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You know what? You deserve this.

You bust your hump for more than 40 hours a week at a job you kind of enjoy, and the small enjoyment is its proximity to a great Mexican restaurant with a phenomenal happy hour.

All that hard work, saving and scrounging money to take a vacation, well, it’s time for those greenbacks to go to work for you instead of the other way around — BETTING GUIDE IS BACK FOR WEEK ONE.

Every week I’ll either help you stack c-notes to the ceiling or maybe get you evicted after you throw your 60” off your apartment balcony when Vanderbilt kicks a late field goal to beat the spread causing your financial future to go into a tailspin. But you know what? You gotta feel the pain to know you’re alive!

We’ll pick an over, an under, a spread, and a money line to make this a little bit more of a challenge for ya boi OMTB. In the last two seasons of handicapping, I’m sitting just above a coin flip in terms of accuracy, but who are you gonna trust? Me or some federal government backed piece of metal?


North Carolina vs. South Carolina (-400)

UNC did hire Mack Brown who is definitely still alive and not doing a long term Weekend at Bernie’s routine. Will Muschamp really needs to have a solid year, get to another bowl game, and prove he’s not just a defensive nut job. I think the Tar Heels are going to need a season to get where they can compete in games like this, and the Gamecocks pull off the win though the spread at 10.5 should be seen as a risk.

FAU @ Ohio State (-28)

Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State and won the starting job behind center. Lane Kiffin is still the head coach at FAU as of this morning but that could change by game time, because he’s always looking for a trade-in. The Buckeyes cover at home probably something like 49-14, and the guy that paints his entire body scarlet, white and grey will be upset about the 14.

Ole Miss @ Memphis — O/U 66 points

Take the under in what I think will be a frustrating game for both teams. Memphis is replacing Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard on offense, and I’m just not a believer in their quarterback. On the flip side, Ole Miss is playing its first game in a new offense on the road with a freshman QB. I don’t see things clicking offensively from the jump with an 11 a.m. kick time, so the under should be a safe play. This O/U number could be as high as 68 depending on where you look.

Louisiana Tech @ Texas — O/U 55 points

Bet the over as Tom Herman’s second year will begin with a win over the Bulldogs, but I think Louisiana Tech is going to put up enough points to make this over a good bet. Texas QB Sam Ehlinger is getting a lot of preseason hype, and the Longhorns have to feel like the good times are definitely back after a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia and a 10-4 record in 2018. Skip Holtz had Tech at 8-5 last year, including a 45-3 loss to Mississippi State. It will still be somewhat of a blowout, but I see more than 55 points on this game.

So what are your can’t miss picks for week one of college football? Comment or tweet @redcuprebellion with any inside info to help make us all filthy, stinking rich.