College Football Week 1 Odds and Lookahead Lines: 4 Bets to Make This Weekend

Week 1 College Football odds and lines are officially posted. Find the most updated College Football odds for Week 1 as well as predictions for marquee matchups such as Florida vs Utah, Virginia vs Tennessee, and North Texas vs Cal below.

Week 1 College Football Odds & Lines

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Week 0 of the college football season is special for one reason: Football is back. Week 1, however, is when the real action begins. There are a slew of meaningful matchups on tap for Week 1, starting with Florida vs. Utah on Thursday night and continuing through to Sunday’s battle between LSU and Florida State.

Let’s take a look at which bets are worth locking in now, before the lines start to move a bit.

Florida +7 vs. Utah

Florida narrowly got the better of Utah in Gainesville last season, but the Utes only got better as the season went on and get the Gators at home this season.

So far, Utah is a 7-point favorite and sits at -275 on the moneyline. That line has already shifted from Utah -9.5 to Utah -4.5 and then back to Utah -7, largely due to injury concerns surrounding QB Cameron Rising. Brandon Rose, competing for the backup job, is also dealing with an injury. Kyle Whittingham has indicated Rising’s status might not be known until gameday, though he was listed as the starter on the Utes’ latest depth chart. If that’s just posturing, negative reports on Rising’s status leading up to the game could shift the line back toward Florida.

Utah still has a great deal of talent to work with and can win at home without Rising, but it could be a close finish like it was last year with the quarterback missing.

Tennessee (-28) vs. Virginia

This is a decent line as long as it sits at four touchdowns. As the game gets closer, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vols move closer to 30 or 31-point favorites.

This is a matchup of potentially the worst power-five (soon-to-be four) program this season, a Virginia team that has been away from the field longer than any other team and was inept offensively for much of 2022. Tennessee has lost its top two receivers along with Hendon Hooker, but the Orange Bowl proved the Vols will have a prolific offense as long as Josh Heupel is in charge.

Joe Milton’s booming arm is unlike anything Virginia faced in the ACC last season, aside from Drake Maye, and Virginia won’t have the offense to keep up in a raucous Knoxville environment. In what should be a game decided by 30+ points, 28 points is a line to take now.

Clemson (-12.5) vs. Duke

Fans familiar with Clemson’s brand might see this line and quickly take Tigers -12.5, moving the line further in Clemson’s direction. A huge number of fans will be paying attention to this game since it’s a standalone Labor Day matchup, so there’s no better time to get Clemson than right now with the spread at -12.5.

Clemson is the better team, but Duke shouldn’t be underestimated. The Blue Devils are coming off a surprisingly strong season, are bringing much of their talent back including QB Riley Leonard, and have some continuity with second-year coach Mike Elko.

This line won’t look nearly as attractive if Clemson ends up favored by two touchdowns, considering Duke is at home and has enough in the tank offensively to put some points on the Tigers’ defense. Winning by 13+, however, isn’t too high of a bar for Clemson to cross.

North Texas (+7) vs. California

This feels like a game that upset-eyed bettors will start to look very closely at when Week 1 nears.

California, coming off a 2-win season in Pac-12 play, is going on the road starting a quarterback (Sam Jackson V) who has six career passes to his name. North Texas has a new QB of its own in Chandler Rodgers, but he spent time as a starter at Louisiana-Monroe and has a very strong running game to lean on.

Cal still has an offense to put together, and the Golden Bears have one single win on the road over the last three seasons (at Stanford in 2021). That doesn’t mean Cal will drop this game, but it certainly seems more likely than not to end a bit closer than expected.

This line is hovering right near a touchdown right now. You can get much more value with North Texas +7.5 or +7 today than at +6.5 or +6.

Dan is a lifelong sports fan and graduate of Boston University. He’s covered several sports on Instagram since he was 12 and now writes about everything from betting trends to breaking news for Lineups.

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