The Golden Nugget has posted its season win totals for 24 of the top college football programs. Four teams have their totals set at 10 wins: Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and Oklahoma. The "over/under" for defending National Champion Alabama is 9.5 wins. Below is the full list of college football win totals from Golden Nugget, as well as selected analysis and predictions. We will go down the list and highlight the teams we think are worth a bet.
College Football Win Totals
Clemson, 10 (Over -120)
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Florida State, 10 (Over -120)
Tennessee, 10 (Over -120)
Oklahoma, 10 (Under -130)
LSU, 9.5, (OVER -140)
The Tigers have 18 starters back from last year's nine-win team, and it's a stellar group. Among those returning are Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette and quarterback Brandon Harris in the offensive backfield, as well as the entire secondary. The Tigers get both Ole Miss and Alabama at home this season.
The Pick: Over
Michigan, 9.5 (Over -120)
Alabama, 9.5 (Over -110)
UCLA, 9 (Over -120)
Louisville, 9 (Over -110)
Baylor, 9 (Under -125)
NOTRE DAME, 9 (UNDER -125)
The Irish have a pair of quarterbacks that are proven winners at the level in DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, but they lost a ton of talent on offense, including first-round picks Ronnie Stanley and Will Fuller. Notre Dame will also be breaking in seven new starters on defense. The Irish open the season at Texas and close with a road game at USC. In between are tilts with Michigan State, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Miami. The Irish could get to nine wins for the push, but 10 would seem a stretch.
The Pick: Under
HOUSTON, 9 (UNDER -150)
The Cougars averaged 40.4 points per game and posted a 13-1 mark in their first season under head coach Tom Herman. Houston returns virtually all of its offensive weapons, which include last year's AAC MVP in quarterback Greg Ward Jr. The concerns are an offensive line that must replace four starters and a secondary that lost NFL talent. Still, the schedule shapes up favorably.AAC East foe South Florida is not on the schedule this season, and the Cougars get Louisville at home, which, outside of the season-opener against Oklahoma, would seem their biggest challenge.
The Pick: Over
Georgia, 8.5 (Over -145)
OHIO STATE, 8.5 (OVER -115)
Urban Meyer must replace a boatload of NFL-quality talent on both sides of the ball, but that's just what Meyer has always done in his prolific career. There are just three starters back on both offense and defense, but one of those is quarterback J.T. Barrett. He's big-time leader and plenty talented, as evidenced by finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy race two years ago. Barrett should only be better, but he'll need some of the highly-recruited, but unproven, offensive weapons to step up. The Buckeyes should get to nine wins if they at least split their road games at Penn State and Wisconsin, as well as their matchups with the two Michigan schools.
The Pick: Over
Oregon, 8.5 (Under -120)
TCU, 8.5 (Under -125)
Oklahoma State, 8.5 (Under -130)
Florida, 8 (Under -125)
Stanford, 8 (Under -125)
Michigan State, 8 (Under -135)
Southern California, 7.5 (Over -120)
OLE MISS, 7.5 (UNDER -115)
The Rebels boast the SEC's best quarterback in Chad Kelly and four receivers that caught at least 30 balls last season. Ole Miss also has several All-SEC-quality talents on the defensive side of the ball. It's a brutal opening to the schedule as the Rebels face Florida State, Alabama and Georgia in the opening month. But they could run the table after that, which would put leave them with at least eight wins.
The Pick: Over
Auburn, 7 (Over -120)
UNLV, 4.5 (Over -130)
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