The college football season kicks off next week, so this is the last chance to lock in some of the college football futures bets that could lead to nice paydays at the year’s end. We’ve combed through the big list of props, so we’re going to look at some of the best bets on the board in terms of season-long NCAA Football futures.
Stanford Cardinal O/U Total Wins in 2014
Regular season win total: 8.5
The Cardinals’ road schedule is brutal. They’ll travel to play against the Washington Huskies, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Arizona State Sun Devils, and the Oregon Ducks. Their final road match ups will be with the California Golden Bears and UCLA Bruins in back-to-back weeks, which will close out the PAC-12 schedule. The merciless road schedule caused the team’s win total line to drop from 9.5 to 8.5.
However, Stanford could very well go perfect at home with six wins, and would only need to win half of those six road games to go over the total. There will be plenty of turnover on this roster, but junior quarterback Kevin Hogan is back along with seven returning starters on defense, and David Shaw has capable replacements ready to plug in. Trips to Oregon and UCLA will present tough matchups, but Stanford should be able to win their other four road games and cover the total.
Our Pick: OVER 8.5 Wins (-135)
Nebraska Cornhuskers O/U Total Wins in 2014
Regular season win total: 8
Senior running back Ameer Abdullah proved that he leads a tough offense after finishing with 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns a year ago. Sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. should be better prepared now that he has a bit of experience. Nebraska’s defense is also expected to have improved with talented young starters ready to step into roles vacated by experienced players. Combine that with a mediocre early schedule that includes the FAU Owls, McNeese State Cowboys, Fresno State Bulldogs, Miami Hurricanes, and Illinois Fighting Illini and there is a good chance the Huskers could be 5-0 heading into October.
The schedule undoubtedly gets tougher from there with games at Michigan State and Wisconsin, but Nebraska may only need three more wins from that point, and the remaining schedule is headlined by potential bottom feeders Purdue and Rutgers as well as Northwestern, Minnesota, and Iowa. This is one of the more surefire bets this year and you can bet this right now while the odds are this solid!
Our Pick: OVER 8 Wins (-130)
Ole Miss Rebels O/U Total Wins in 2014
Regular season win total: 8 Wins
Ole Miss looks like a potential dark horse in the SEC West with senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the running back tandem of Jaylen Walton and I’Tavius Mathers. With an experienced backfield, the Rebels are primed for a big season. The schedule isn’t easy, but it’s definitely manageable. They’ll get Alabama and Auburn at home, so that’s preferred over road meetings. They have road dates at LSU and Arkansas, which should be their most challenging games, but both teams are in the midst of rebuilding.
Ole Miss also has to travel to face Vanderbilt and Texas A&M, but they should be able to beat those teams. They should also be able to handle Boise State, Vanderbilt, Louisiana, Memphis, Tennessee, and Presbyterian, which would leave them needing only two more wins against the other six teams on their schedule in order to go over the total. They can beat Texas A&M, Auburn, Arkansas, and Mississippi State, but will likely lose to Alabama and LSU, finishing with 10 wins.