Sean Pendergast

Five 2022 College Football Season Win Total Best Bets

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are one of the best season win total bets of the 2022 season.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are one of the best season win total bets of the 2022 season. Screen grab from YouTube
The 2022 college football season is not only upon us, but technically it's already begun, with a slew of Week 0 games last weekend, the most notable being a Northwestern upset of Nebraska in Ireland. The schedule really kicks in this weekend, with a bunch of great Week 1 matchups, highlighted by Notre Dame traveling to Ohio State.

You can bet your bottom dollar that I will be betting my bottom dollar on a boatload of games this weekend and every weekend, but if you want a slower burn and more responsible way to bet college football, I always recommend season win total bets. It's a good way to garner a rooting interest in certain teams without the wild swings of betting single games.

With that said, here are five season win total bets that I've already placed, and you should too:

TEXAS TECH Over 5.5 wins
Last season's Red Raider squad was going to ride the arm of Oregon transfer Tyler Shough at quarterback, but unfortunately, he broke his clavicle in September and was done for the season. The silver lining is that it kept Though from turning pro, and now he's back, teamed up with offensive coordinator Zach Kittley, who was the architect of some high octane offenses at Houston Baptist and Western Kentucky. New head coach Joey McGuire brings a good energy to the program, and he has been very complementary of Though in the preseason. A .500 record gets you to the pay window!

PITT Under 8.5 wins
I think Kedon Slovis, the USC transfer, is one of the more interesting quarterbacks in the country, having gone from likely first round pick before last season at USC to exiled transfer with the Trojans' hire of Lincoln Riley as head coach. Still, I have a hard time backing a team that lost an ACTUAL first round pick at quarterback (Kenny Pickett) and lost a Biletnikoff Award candidate at wide receiver to the transfer portal (Jordan Addison). This feels like a 7-8 win team, at most.

ARIZONA Over 2.5 wins
Last season was the first season under new head coach Jedd Fisch, and the Wildcats went just 1-11, with the only win an uninspiring 10-3 win over Cal, in a game where Cal was missing a bunch of its players. However, I think Arizona should have a much better offense this season, led by transfer QB Jayden De Laura, the 2021 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. They only need to find three wins on the entire schedule, come on!

IOWA Over 7.5 wins
The Iowa Hawkeyes have only failed to win seven games in a full season (read; non-COVID season) four times in the last two decades, so they appear to be a lock to get into position for an OVER. The 2021 iteration of Hawkeye football won ten games, and they were actually pretty sucky offensively. The defense was really good, and should be good again, so fi they improve even slightly offensively, they should be in good shape. They get home games against Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Nebraska and Northwestern.

NC STATE Over 8.5 wins
NC State is very much in play to compete for a conference title in the ACC, which means getting over 8.5 wins would be a virtual given, if they're able to hang in that race. The key cog for the Wolfpack is junior QB  Devin Leary. As a sophomore, Leary threw for 3,433 yards with 35 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

NC State returns 10 starters on defense, from a group that finished 21st nationally in total defense in 2021. The non-conference schedule is always something to examine when you bet an OVER, and the Wolfpack go against East Carolina, Charleston Southern, and Connecticut. Three cupcakes, and we love cupcakes!

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts the morning drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the pre-game and post game shows for the Houston Texans.
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