NCAA Football kicks off another year with a small slate of games in the week before college football is fully underway. There are four games but only one matchup between two power five teams. Do not let that fool you, though, as the other three look to have plenty of intrigue.
VS. The headliner this Saturday is a Big Ten matchup between Nebraska and Illinois which was supposed to take place in Dublin but due to COVID reasons, will take place in Champaign, Illinois. Illinois is getting 7-points at home to a team that they defeated the last time they met, on the road, by 18-points. That seems odd at first glance and appears that the odds makers are trying to take advantage of Nebraska’s name recognition. These two teams appear to be headed in different directions with Scott Frost on thin ice in Lincoln. Even still, the Elldee Sports Formula is calling for a 31-20 Cornhusker win.
UConn vs Fresno State and Hawai’i vs UCLA both have large spreads and the formula agrees with that sentiment, predicting large wins by both Fresno State and UCLA. The size of the spread doesn’t allow for much value, though and could go either way if looking at the matches from that angle.
The final game of the weekend is between UTEP and New Mexico State. This matchup is between what is probably the two most unrecognizable teams. This is also the matchup with potentially the greatest opportunity to beat the spread. The experts are giving NMSU a +10 point spread at home and the Elldee Sports Formula is predicting that UTEP will win straight up but just barely, squeaking out a 27-26 victory!
Time will tell on how accurate these predictions are. All four game predictions for this weekend can be seen under the NCAAF Tab at http://www.elldeesports.com. Do you agree or disagree with any of these predictions? Why? We look forward to hearing from you and until next time, good luck.