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As another sign of summer winding to a close as of this weekend, college football is officially back. Johnny Covers is here with this three-leg plus money parlay. Read on to see his parlay.

College Football Parlay (+705): Cash In With This 3-Leg Plus Money Week 1 College Football Parlay

As another sign of summer winding to a close as of this weekend, college football is officially back with a full slate of week one games kicking off on Thursday evening. While there is plenty of great action on Thursday, this weekend offers no shortage of value and I’m keyed in on three games, beginning Friday, that is still sitting at playable numbers.

Here are my top parlay picks for this week’s college football action.

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Week 1 College Football Parlay Predictions

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Illinois ML (+130)

I had a feeling Illinois might roll in week zero and after a 17-3 start heading into the half, they exploded for 21 in the second to finish 38-6 as 14-point favorites. Led by transfer quarterback Tommy DeVito, the Fighting Illini will now get their first taste of Big Ten action as they had to Indiana for this one. 

As for Indiana, a strong 2020 was followed up with a 2-10 2021, and this year’s schedule is equally as challenging with a trip to Cincinnatti looming in a few weeks. While Indiana still has a lot of unknowns starting at the quarterback position, I like what I saw from Illinois in week one, and expect another heavy dose of running back Chase Brown who already has three touchdowns on the season. 

North Carolina ML (-120)

Much has been made about the Tar Heels needing the fourth quarter to pull away from Florida A&M in week zero, but I’m not so sure I’m buying it. Quarterback Drake Maye threw for a debut-record five touchdowns for the Tar Heels, as they likely showed few if any real-season looks against FCS opponent Florida A&M.

Then there’s the line movement.

Opened up as 3-point favorites in May, the Tar Heels reached as high as +1.5 on Monday before swimming back to -1.5 favorites. While no doubt the Mountaineers could steal this one at home, especially with a stud quarterback of their own in Chase Brice, I think the Tarheels are the rightful favorite.

While the Tar Heels will have to replace two lethal running backs this season, they won’t have to replace an offensive coordinator as Appalachian State has in Kevin Barbay. Though I do think they find success in-conference, I think the Mountaineers are outmatched in this one despite being the trendy pick as this one approaches. 

San Diego State -6 (-110)

After finishing last season with a record of 1-11, the Arizona Wildcats weren’t done any favors in their early scheduling as they’ll head to San Diego to take on an Aztecs team playing their first game in a new stadium. Coming off a 12-2 season, expectations are still sky high, but they’ll have to meet them with a new quarterback at the helm as Braxton Burmeister transfer in from Virginia Tech.

On the defensive side of the ball, however, is where the difference lies for SDSU, as one of the best safeties in America returns in Patrick Morris. While I think the Wildcats find some success later in the season with sophomore transfer quarterback (Washington State) Jayden de Laura, I don’t think it’s in game one. 

Aztecs roll. 

Week 1 College Football Parlay @+705 (Bet $100 to win $750)

  • Leg 1: Illinois ML (+130)
  • Leg 2: North Carolina ML (-120)
  • Leg 3: San Diego State -6 (-110)

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Johnny has been covering the sports betting markets and handicapping games for the better part of the past decade. Along the way, he has written for publications such as All-In Magazine, Blitz Predict, FantasyPros, Betting Pros, Sportsbook Review, and most recently, OddsChecker. In addition to giving out picks on Twitter, Johnny is the host of the podcast The Daily Sports Bet -- a 10 minute or less listen with actionable insights and no fluff or BS. Starting the podcast in June, he closed out 2021 up 26 units with a winning percentage of 55%.


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