National Champion: Georgia (+900)
In the recently released Coach’s Poll Georgia sits 3rd behind only Clemson and Alabama and as a gambler for me to get 9:1 odds on the third best team in the country is just too juicy to pass up. Since Kirby Smart became head coach in 2015 the Bulldogs have had no shortage of talent and 2019 will be no different. Heisman hopeful Jake Fromm returns at quarterback along with his 30:6 touchdown to interception ratio. Deandre Swift shouldn’t have a problem leading the SEC in rushing this season. The Philadelphia product should be able to build on his 1000 plus rushing yards and 10 touchdowns from 2018, especially while running behind first team all American offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. In total the Bulldogs have 11 preseason all SEC nominations. I fully expect them to outclass Florida for the SEC East crown and finally take down Alabama in the SEC title game to assure themselves a spot in the College Football Playoff.
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Heisman Trophy Winner: Jake Fromm (+1800)
18:1 odds for what I feel is the best pocket quarterback in the country is a great way to pay for those last minute Christmas gifts come mid-December. Fromm enters his junior season after throwing for 3,000 plus yards, 30 touchdowns, and just 6 interceptions as a sophomore. I also expect the Georgia to play with a huge chip on their shoulder after an embarrassing loss in last year’s Sugar Bowl as double digit favorites to Texas. The Heisman Trophy has basically become the award for the best quarterback in the nation. Since 2000 only three Heisman recipients have been non quarterbacks making all non-quarterbacks nominees sucker bets. Ride that midnight train to Georgia all season long!
Big 12 Champion: Iowa State (+800)
Remember the name of Iowa State starting quarterback Brock Purdy. He’s the reigning Big 12 freshman of the year and should be able to build on a his 2,250 passing yards and 16 touchdown freshman campaign this season. Despite being labeled a pocket passer Purdy added 300 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns 2018. Purdy looks like a player, but defense is at the root of my 2019 Iowa State optimism. The Cyclones looked poised to have the best defense in the Big 12 and the unit features 5 first team Big 12 selections. No doubt outlasting Oklahoma and highly touted Texas will be a challenge, but I really like this value at 8:1.
Penn State: Under 8.5 Wins (-110)
Sorry Penn State fans but I think Happy Valley will endure quite a bit of sadness this fall. The Saquan Barkley/Trace McSorley era is officially dead a buried and offensive mastermind Joe Morehead is entering his second season as Mississippi State head coach. Can James Franklin pull the wagon alone? My answer is no! From a schedule standpoint I see stone losses to Iowa, Ohio State, and Michigan leaving almost no wiggle room to get to nine victories. Maryland, Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota will also be challenges for Penn State this season.
Washington: Over 9 Wins (Even)
As it stands in early August the Huskies will be favored in every game in what looks to be a weak Pac 12 conference. Their only true competition looks to be Utah and Oregon. Washington gets both teams at home this season. Even if they were to lose both games Washington would finish 10-2 making this over bet a winner. The Huskies are also led by Head Coach Chris Pederson who, at least in my opinion, is a top five coach in America. This bet should have no problem cashing.
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