NCAA Football Week 1 Picks: Boise State Broncos vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Boise State Broncos vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Thursday, 8/28/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ole Miss -10
Current Betting Line:  Ole Miss -10
Opening Total:  56.5
Current Total:  54
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Mississippi Rebels QB Bo Wallace is the SEC's top returning quarterback statistically
Mississippi Rebels QB Bo Wallace is the SEC’s top returning quarterback statistically

Boise State will open the season with a marquee match-up for the sixth straight season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA football odds page.  For the first time since 2008, the Broncos open the season unranked in both the Associate Press and Coaches Poll.  It’s important to point out that the program has produced a remarkable 155-26 SU record since 2000—the highest win percentage in the country over that span.

The Broncos will be playing their first game under former quarterback Bryan Harsin, who takes over for Chris Petersen after his departure to the University of Washington.  Harsin served on the school’s staff from 2001-10 and had a successful first year as a head coach at Arkansas State during the 2013 campaign.  Boise State is 1-4 against schools from the Southeastern Conference, with the lone victory coming against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.  Of the team’s initial 105 players during fall camp, 67 were either freshmen or sophomores.

Ole Miss has never lost a football game in August, which is important to consider when making your NCAA football picks Thursday night, especially since it has won all seven prior contests in that situation.  The Rebels are 88-26-5 SU all-time in season openers, including wins in 15 of its last 18.  Senior quarterback Bo Wallace is the main player to watch, as he’s the SEC’s top returning passer from a season ago—throwing for 3,346 yards.  He has started 26 games during his career in Oxford and has an opportunity to break numerous school records.

The Rebels will be playing their first football game at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, but just like every other SEC program—they hope to return for the championship game in December.  Ole Miss’ roster features nine players from the area and it’ll serve as a Homecoming of sorts.  The school welcomes back 30 lettermen and nine starters from a defense that put up solid numbers a year ago, with many believing it has one of the best lines in the country—anchored by preseason All-American Robert Nkemdiche.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rebels due to their 8-2 ATS record in non-conference games the last two-plus seasons.

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