College football picks, schedule: Predictions against the spread, odds for key Week 1 games Friday


Week 1 action continues Friday night with eight more games to whet your appetite before Saturday’s full series of college football coverage kicks off. While the second of five straight days of college football is light for ranked teams — only No. 15 Michigan State is represented in the AP Preseason Top 25 — it still has plenty of storylines across the country to follow.

Teams from four of the five Power Five conferences will be in action, although only Big Ten cross-divisional rivals Illinois and Indiana will compete in conference play. All in all, there’s enough football to occupy two, three or even four screens, given the loaded 7pm kick-off. Night owls can enjoy coverage until after midnight, while TCU and Colorado play until the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Be sure to stay with CBS Sports all evening for coverage of college football from the opening kick-off. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for the best games on Friday of Week 1.

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Featured game | Michigan State Spartans vs. Western Michigan Broncos

7 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — Michigan State was an entertaining team to watch last season because it had an explosive attack with a great playmaker in Kenneth Walker, and combined it with a secondary that no one could cover. Walker is gone, but the offense should be able to move the ball against the Broncos, and most of that secondary remains intact. There are also new transfers on the defensive side of the ball, and there could be some problems if that unit learns in the first game of the season. Sparty can get 45 of them himself. Choice: over 54.5″ — Tom Fornell

Featured game | Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

7 p.m. | ESPNU, fuboTV (Try for free) — After winning the last five games in the regular season last year to qualify for a bowling match, Old Dominion is bringing back enough starting experience for Year 3 of the Ricky Rahne era. Virginia Tech is playing its first game under new coach Brent Pry, and this doesn’t look like an immediate rebuild. Given the Monarchs lost just 14 on the road to the Hokies in 2019 during a 1-11 season, they seem like a safe bet to keep this one at home until the end now that the program is much more solid. Select: Old Dominion +6.5 — David Cobb

illinois vs. Indiana

Featured game | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fights Illinois

8 p.m. | FS1, fuboTV (Try for free) — Each team has an advantage that it wants to exploit in this game. Indiana has not announced its starting QB and has new coordinators. This means that Illinois has not been able to prepare for this match with any certainty of what it will see. Furthermore, Illinois played Saturday last week and had to put together a game plan for Wyoming before turning in a short week to play a road game against the Hoosiers. Meanwhile, Indiana has been able to prepare for Illinois all through off-season and now has a game movie that can dissect it. Of course, what Illinois is going for is that it has a game to its name. It will be interesting to see how that affects the game. I can’t quite read how this will go, but my gut tells me that neither team will blow the other out of the water, so taking the points with the Illini is the most attractive option. Forecast: Illinois +3 — Tom Fornell

TCU vs Colorado

Featured game | Colorado Buffaloes vs. TCU Horned Frogs

10 p.m. | ESPN, fuboTV (Try for free) — The Horned Frogs are entering a new era under coach Sonny Dykes, but don’t expect too many speed bumps on his debut. Colorado lost seven games with two touchdowns or more in 2021, and it probably has no answers for what should due to a dynamic passing game with the head of potential first-round receiver Quentin Johnston. TCU will play it safe and drive its skill talent to a great win. Choice: TCU -8 — Shehan Jeyarajah

Which college football choices can you make with confidence in Week 1, and which big favorite is going down hard? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the spread—all from a tried-and-true computer model that’s brought in nearly $3,600 in profits over the past six seasons—and find out.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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