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Ryan’s Ramble: Week 0 Winners

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After a long and incredibly eventful offseason, college football is finally here!

In case you missed it, on the first episode of Ryan’s Ramble I broke down some of my favorite future bets for the 2021 season ranging from individual team over/under win total predictions to picking nearly every conference champion.

Now that football is here, there’s no need to focus on the future bets anymore. This is the real deal. On this week’s episode, I open up with a slight rant on what’s going on in college football right now such as an update on the conference realignment chaos and how crazy the NIL era truly is. After a short debriefing, I go game by game walking you through my best bets for the first official Saturday with college football.

The season gets started with Nebraska @ Illinois which happens to host my absolute favorite betting line for “Week 0” of college football. Aside from what should be a decently entertaining Big 10 matchup, the majority of games this Saturday will be played by FCS schools like Alcorn State and Wagner.

For that reason, I only have a few picks to run through. As electrifying as it might be to throw money on an FCS game you have absolutely no relation or fandom towards, I’d rather start the year off on a winning note.

Without further adieu, here are my best bets for Week 0:

All betting lines are pulled from DraftKings Sportsbook and are subject to change. The lowercase “u” is to represent units placed on the line. For example “2u” means I will be betting two units on that line.

Game 1: Nebraska @ Illinois

  • Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Spread: Nebraska -7, Illinois +7
  • O/U: 54.5
  • Money Line: Nebraska -270, Illinois +225

Pick: Illinois +7 - 2u, Under 54.5 - 1u

Game 2: Southern Utah @ San Jose State

  • Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. CST
  • Spread: SJSU -24.5, SUU +24.5
  • O/U: 56.5
  • Money Line: SJSU -2000, SUU +1400

Pick: San Jose State -13.5 (1H) - 1u

Game 3: Boise State @ UCF

  • Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. CST on Thursday
  • Spread: UCF -5.5, Boise St. +5.5
  • O/U: 69.5
  • Money Line: UCF -220, Boise St. +180

Pick: UCF -5.5 - 1u

Game 4: Ohio State @ Minnesota

  • Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CST on Thursday
  • Spread: tOSU -13.5, Minnesota +13.5
  • O/U: 64.5
  • Money Line: tOSU -575, Minnesota +410

Pick: Ohio State -6.5 (1H) - 2u ONLY IF AVAILABLE (if the line is set at -7.5 cancel this bet)

For more details as to why exactly I am making these picks check out the Ryan’s Ramble podcast!

From here on out, Ryan’s Ramble will be uploaded every Friday so you have plenty of time to fit your picks in before kickoff each week. Let’s start this season off with some winners!

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