Week 1 of the 2019 college football season is still over six months away, but projections are already coming in. On Wednesday we got the first look at what the betting line could look like for some early non-conference games.
According to college football insider Brett McMurphy, projected point spreads have been calculated for the early-season games. Among the games that have been projected are LSU at Texas, Clemson at Texas A&M, and Notre Dame at Georgia.
The Clemson Tigers will host the Texas A&M Aggies just over a week after their opener against Georgia Tech. The Tigers are projected to be be favored by 20.5 points against Jimbo Fisher’s side.
As for the LSU-Texas game, the Tigers are projected to open as road favorites with an eight-point spread. The game will be the first regular season matchup between the two teams since 1954.
Collin Wilson of the Action Network and The Athletic projected the Week 1 lines.
Projected spreads via @_Collin1 for non-conference games:
LSU -8 at Texas
Clemson -20.5 A&M
UGA -10.5 ND
Michigan -28 Army
OhioSt -18 Cincinnati
PennSt -7.5 Pitt
OU -12 at UCLA
Stanford -3 at UCF
FSU -5.5 Boise
UF -8.5 Miami
Auburn -1.5 Oregon
WashSt -14 UH
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) February 20, 2019
Georgia and Notre Dame will face off for only the third time ever, but the second time in three years. As the hosts, the Bulldogs are projected to be favored by 10.5 points.
In the Big Ten, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State will all be favored in games against Army, Cincinnati and Pitt respectively. All of them are favored by more than a touchdown.
The Oklahoma Sooners, the defending Big 12 champions, will play first road game of the season against UCLA. They will be favored by 12 in that game.
Finally, UCF – which has not lost a regular season game in two seasons – will be home underdogs against the Stanford Cardinals on September 14.
Wilson was also asked specifically about the early season Nebraska-Colorado game. He likes the Huskers.
Any 🌽 lookahead number is going to take massive steam this spring/summer https://t.co/nKegkoSMKH
— Collin Wilson (@_Collin1) February 20, 2019
We’ll see how close he is to the lines when they are released.