The 2008 NCAA college football season is finally here. This weekend — beginning Thursday night –features a plethora of gridiron action and Sportsbook.com has all your week 1 college football picks posted. So get ready to start your armchair quarterbacking as we head into the most exciting time of year — football season!
The feature game Thursday evening will take place at 8:00pm at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The Gamecocks will take on the Wolfpack of North Carolina State on ESPN. Steve Spurrier's squad, which finished at 6-6 last season, is a week 1 college football picks -14 home favorite. NC State is a +500 money line dog.
The biggest match up Saturday, and of the opening weekend, is a neutral site (Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO) battle between the sixth ranked Missouri Tigers and the 20th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini. Missouri finished 12-2 in 2007 and capped off their season with a 38-7 Cotton Bowl dusting of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Illinois shocked everyone last year by earning a Rose Bowl appearance. They will be led again this year by dynamic quarterback Juice Williams. The Tigers are a -9 favorite to take out Illinois.
Capping off the week 1 college football slate is a Monday night showdown between the SEC and PAC 10. The 18th ranked Tennessee Volunteers will travel to California to face the Bruins of UCLA. Phillip Fulmer's squad is a -320 money line favorite and a -7.5 favorite against the spread.
Alabama (+4.5) @ Clemson (-4.5) 8:00pm Saturday ABC
Utah (+3.5) @ Michigan (-3.5) 3:30pm Saturday ABC
USC (-19.5) @ Virginia (+19.5) 3:30pm Saturday ABC