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Four safe college football win total picks for 2014

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As we inch closer and closer to the start of a new college football season, we et little morsels of gambling goodness dropped in front of us like a bread crumb trail leading us to the first kickoffs of the new year. Award watch lists are one thing, but gambling numbers are something else. Just the other day we got to look over a number of win totals to review.

5Dimes set the over/under numbers for a good number of schools this fall, and Kegs ‘n Eggs shared them with the public. You can review the full list available to see if your school is listed (Florida State is not, for example), but here are five you can probably feel pretty good about, keeping in mind these numbers are strictly based on the regular season.

BYU: 8.5 (Over -160, Under +120)

BYU has won eight game sin each of the past two seasons, but this 2014 season looks to be a tad more difficult than you might think. To beat the over, BYU is going to probably need to get off to a good start. That would mean winning games at Texas and at home against a talented Houston team. BYU also plays Utah State, at Boise State and at UCF. Can BYU win nine games? Yes, probably, but if you have to go one way on this the under seems like a safer bet.

Maryland: 7.5 (Over +100, Under -140)

Maryland joins the Big Ten this season and will be placed in the same division as Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State. The Terps may have the most talented group of wide receivers in the conference, but getting to eight wins looks to be a tall order in 2014. Maryland has non-conference games against West Virginia and Syracuse as well, and neither of those games should be considered automatic wins by any stretch of the imagination. The Under seems safe, as the numbers surely indicate.

Miami: 7.5 (Over -160, Under +120)

Miami won nine games last season but the Hurricanes could have some quarterback issues facing them in 2014. Miami gets road games at Louisville and Nebraska in September, not to mention division games with Duke and Georgia Tech. Cincinnati could also be a challenge in non-conference play and the Hurricnaes have a rough stretch in the second half of the season including a Thursday night game at Virginia Tech and home games against UNC, Florida State and Pittsburgh. There may only be three sure wins on this schedule, and just getting to eight is going to be a battle. That over seems risky, and I am as big an Al Golden fan you may find.

Nebraska: 7.5 (Over -130, Under -110)

Nebraksa could very well be entering October with five wins with games against Northwestern, Rutgers, Purdue and Minnesota all still to be played. Personally, this over seems almost too easy to hit, but this is Nebraska we are talking about. Even if the Huskers take a loss in September, or two, getting to eight wins should be realistic given the track record (at least eight regular season wins each season since 2008).

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8 Responses to “Four safe college football win total picks for 2014”
  1. thefiesty1 says: May 24, 2014 9:11 PM

    BYU and others may be surprised this year by Texas STRONG.

  2. youcantmakemepickausername says: May 24, 2014 9:38 PM

    Kevin, im a penn state fan, I know you are either an alum or very connected to the program, but I clicked the link and they have their total at 8.5. There is NO WAY they win 9 games this year. Things are going to get better in the future, but this is the year the scholarship limits really kick in, they have zero depth on an o-line that isnt all that good anyway.

    if they win 9 games this season, james franklin should be named coach of the century.

  3. dmvtransplant says: May 24, 2014 9:40 PM

    Doesn’t Bo @ Nebraska win 9 games every year no matter what?

    I still think that Maryland one has to be a lock

  4. youcantmakemepickausername says: May 24, 2014 9:48 PM

    And just as an fyi kevin, I wasnt implying you left PSU off that list due to any homer issues, not at all, I just cant believe their number is 8.5

  5. 35longmiles says: May 25, 2014 7:41 AM

    God chance that this will be the year that instead of defining mediocrity, UM simply disintegrates into a 2-4 win team. The writing is on the wall.

    “… and I am as big an Al Golden fan you may find.”
    Sorry to hear that. This guy is 100% breeding a boy scout mentality down there. Zero nasty. The number of touted players continues to hover or slip. Al Golden talks a great game and has a great hair cut and tie. But if you look at his RECORD, he screams 2nd tier. The majority of the Miami fan base (oxymoron) realizes that this guy is all fluff. But there is a segment of them that is star struck by this guy.

    Bottom line is that UM football is basically a marionette show with Shalala pulling the strings. She came in and just dismantled the culture of that football program. It’s just gone. Cane fan can blame this coach or that coach all they want, it doesn’t matter, the halls of the football facility were gutted long ago.

  6. bonerchamp says: May 25, 2014 10:20 AM

    I don’t know any Miami fans who are star struck by Golden. But the facts are that outside of an all time melt down he will be in CG for another 2 years minimum. The rational U fans realize this and would rather support what we have instead of campaigning for something that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

    I still do think he can be successful but I just want to see the finished product and stop with the “process” nonsense.

  7. bballnut50 says: May 25, 2014 11:06 PM

    Nebraska will not win 9 games with that coach, Would like them to do well because they are BIG10 but not happening with Bo…dead man walking…just saying

  8. beardown2489 says: May 25, 2014 11:08 PM

    Except Nebraska has won 9 games every year since Bo loved to Lincoln.

    You sir, are ignorant and a terrible sports fan

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