IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL
NCAA Football will get underway with a humdinger on August 24th at Camping World Stadium, formally the Citrus Bowl, just outside of Orlando Florida when the Florida Gators host the Hurricanes of Miami in another edition of a long standing instate rivalry featuring two of the top teams in college football for the past 3 decades.
With both teams highly rated for the 2019-2020 season, it should be a great game. Miami has a predicted win total for the upcoming season of 8.5 wins with the Gators slightly ahead with 9.
Tickets for the event will start at a whopping $300.10 each and range all the way up to the air conditioned, wet bar suites where, if you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it anyway. But with a starting price of $300+ per ticket, it will be interesting to see if they can fill the 65,000+ seats in the newly renovated old stadium.
Later that same evening, from Aloha Stadium in the beautiful state of Hawaii, the Arizona Wildcats will take on the Rainbow Warriors from the University of Hawaii. With a projected win total of 7 games this season, Arizona will be representing the Pac12 while Hawaii, win total at 5.5, will represent the Mountain West Conference. Fans can get tickets to this game for a bargain $23.58!
The rest of the NCAA Football action picks up the following Thursday the 29th with a whole bevy of games all around the country and we will be underway for another exciting college football season. Many fans, especially the ones with traditionally good local college teams, actually prefer college football to watching the NFL with all of its professional sophistication.
Quite a few of the projected win totals come with not one bit of surprise. A recent feature article online stated that ‘Alabama is again picked to win the SEC’. Oh, Really? Of course the battle for the SEC Championship is always one of the great competitions of the year and Alabama is always the target.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide will feature Heisman Trophy candidate Tua Tagovailoa and is expected to finish the season with at least 11 victories as are the Bulldogs (aka the Dawgs) of the University of Georgia, under head coach Kirby Smart, who could find himself on the ‘hotseat’ should the Dawgs fail to show up against the Tide this year.
Cajun Coach Ed Oregon and his LSU Tigers are predicted to win 9 games this season but may just have a surprise or two in store for their dedicated fans. A victory against Alabama at Tiger Stadium would insure Coach Oregon his job for at least a decade.
Down in Gainesville the University of Florida Gators, under second year head coach Dan Mullin, are quietly planning a winning season behind quarterback Feleipe Franks. FanDuel projections have them winning 9 games on a tough schedule.
Of course we can’t forget Dabo Sweeny and his defending NCAA Championship team from Clemson University in South Carolina, now picked to win 11.5 games this season representing the Atlantic Coast Conference or ACC.
In the Big 10, Ohio State, under Coach Ryan Day, is picked to win 10.5 games this year while rival Michigan follows close behind with 9.5 wins under colorful head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Other NCAA Football teams with high win projections include Oklahoma at 10.5 and Texas at 9.5 representing the Big 12. Perennial wagering favorite Notre Dame is only tagged for 8.5 wins this year according to FanDuel.
There will be 84 college football games played between August 24th and September 2nd, so make your picks and place your bets.
NCAA Football is coming soon to a stadium near you!