College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 1, 2020: Proven model gives best bets

Although the Power 5 college football programs are still a few weeks from kicking off, the first full week of FBS games is on tap during Labor Day weekend. Both Army and Navy will begin their 2020 seasons, while UAB and Southern Alabama both rolled to wins on Thursday night. Marshall, Texas State, North Texas, Memphis and UTEP are also at home over the weekend as part of the Week 1 college football schedule.

Army is giving Middle Tennessee State 3.5 points in the latest Week 1 college football odds from William Hill, while Navy is currently a two-point underdog against BYU in the latest Week 1 college football spreads after opening as favorites. Before locking in any Week 1 college football picks, be sure to see the college football predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,500 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also went a sizzling 8-2 on all picks against the spread during Championship Week last season. Anybody who has followed it is way up. 

Now, it has turned its attention to the latest college football odds for Week 1 and locked in picks for every FBS matchup. Head to SportsLine to see every pick.

Top Week 1 college football predictions 

One of the top Week 1 college football picks the model is recommending: SMU (-23.5) covers the spread at Texas State at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Mustangs are led by quarterback Shane Buechele, who passed for 3,929 yards and 34 touchdowns last season after transferring from Texas

A year after struggling to a 5-6 record in coach Sonny Dykes’ first season, SMU went 10-3 in 2019, the Mustangs’ sixth 10-win season in school history and first since 1984. That finish included whipping Texas State 47-17 as part of an 8-0 run to start the season.

The Bobcats went just 3-9 in 2019, with seven double-digit losses, and have endured five straight losing seasons. Texas State finished last in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing last season, gaining just 76.8 yards per game and 2.8 yards per carry.

The model is calling for Buechele to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, while four Mustang running backs combine for almost 200 yards. The Mustangs cover in almost 60 percent of simulations, while the under (69) also has plenty of value because that hits well over 60 percent of the time.

How to make Week 1 college football picks 

The model also has made the call on every other FBS matchup in Week 1, including the big BYU vs. Navy (+2) matchup that closes out the weekend. You can get picks for that game and every other over at SportsLine

So what college football picks can you make with confidence in Week 1? And who wins BYU vs. Navy? Check out the latest Week 1 college football odds below, and then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from a proven computer model that has returned over $3,500 in profit over the past four seasons, and find out.

Week 1 college football odds (via William Hill)

Middle Tennessee at Army (-3.5, 54.5)
SMU at Texas State (+23.5, 69)
Arkansas State at Memphis (-18.5, 73.5)
BYU at Navy (+2, 49.5)

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