College Football Week 1 Picks: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Auburn Tigers
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Auburn Tigers
Saturday, 8/30/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Auburn -21.5
Current Betting Line: Auburn -20.5
Opening Total: 58.5
Current Total: 57.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Arkansas will play the toughest schedule in the nation in 2014, as its opponents compiled a 103-54 SU record last season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the Week 1 college football odds page. Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema is 8-0 SU all-time in season-opening games over the course of his career. It’s important to point out that this particular program has proven victorious in 15 of its last 16 lid lifters. Saturday marks the first time the squad has opened its season on the road against a top 25 opponent since 1980.
Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen has had success in season openers, completing 19 of 29 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in the first game of the season in 2012 and 2013. Arkansas and Wisconsin are the only two teams nationally that return two running backs who ran for at least 900 yards in 2013, with Alex Collins, Korliss Marshall and Jonathan Williams combining to gain 2,288 yards on the ground.
Auburn is the defending Southeastern Conference champion, which has stirred the fan base into a frenzy, as the school sold out its entire season ticket allotment for 2014. The Tigers are 95-15-3 SU all-time in home openers, which is important to consider when making your college football picks. The program owns a 12-10-1 SU record in this series, including a 5-5-1 mark when playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s important to point out that the last 13 games of the series have featured 10 games decided by 17 points or more.
The Tigers have opened the season against a conference opponent 15 times—posting a 10-5 record in those games. Auburn has scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games, which is a very important number, as it has compiled a 305-5 SU record when accomplishing that feat in its history. Offensively, the squad is one of just eight schools in the country to boast at least one 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last five seasons.
Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 8-4 ATS mark as a favorite since 2012.
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