College football picks, schedules: predictions for spreads, odds for Friday’s major week 1 games

Week 1 action continues on Friday night with eight more games to whet your appetite before Saturday’s college football rundown begins. His second day of his five-day streak in college football saw fewer teams ranked, with only the preseason AP top 25 to No. 15 Michigan State being represented, but when it came to the national storyline. I still have a lot to follow.

Four of the five Power Five conferences will feature, but only Big Ten cross-division rivals Illinois and Indiana will meet in the conference. All in all, there’s enough football to occupy two, three, or four screens, given the 7pm kickoff slate is loaded. Night owls will be able to enjoy the broadcasts well past midnight, with TCU and Colorado running well into the early hours of Saturday morning.

For college football coverage from the opening kickoff onwards, tune in to CBS Sports all night long. Check out our expert picks for the best games of Friday Week 1.

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Featured game | | Michigan State Spartans vs. West Michigan Broncos

7 p.m. | ESPN, Hubo TV (Try it for free) – Michigan State was an interesting team to watch last season as they had an explosive offense with a phenomenal playmaker in Kenneth Walker and combined that with a secondary that nobody could cover. The offense should still be able to move the ball against the Broncos, leaving most of that secondary intact. So you may run into some problems.Sparty may get 45 by itself. Pick: 54.5 or higher — Tom Forneri

Featured game | | Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Virginia Tech Hawkeyes

7 p.m. | ESPNU, Hubo TV (Try it for free) – The Old Dominion, who won the final five games of the regular season and qualified for the bowl games last year, provide ample starting experience for a third year under Ricky Rahne. Virginia Tech is playing its first game under new coach Brent Prye, which doesn’t look like it’s going to rebuild anytime soon. Given that the Monarchs lost by just 14 in a road trip to the Hokies during their 1-11 season in 2019, now that the program is on a more solid foundation, they’re looking to take this closer to home until the end. It seems like a safe bet to keep. Pick: Old Dominion +6.5 — David Cobb

Illinois vs Indiana

Featured game | | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini

8pm | FS1, Hubo TV (Try it for free) – Each team has an advantage that we are trying to exploit in this game. Indiana has not announced a starting quarterback and has a new coordinator. , Illinois played last Saturday and had to prepare Wyoming’s game plan before returning for a short week to play a road game against the Hoosiers. I was ready for it and now have a game film that I can analyze. Of course, what Illinois is aiming for is having a game under its belt. It will be interesting to see how it affects the game. We’re not quite sure how this will turn out, but neither team will blow their opponents out of the water, so scoring points with the Illini is the most attractive option. Prediction: Illinois +3 — Tom Forneri

TCU vs. Colorado

Featured game | | Colorado Buffaloes vs. TCU Horned Toads

10 p.m. | ESPN, Hubo TV (Try it for free) – Horned Frogs is entering a new era under coach Sonny Dykes, but don’t expect too many speed bumps in his debut. Colorado is in his 2021 with two or more touchdowns and he’s lost seven games, with first-round potential receiver Quentin Johnston headlining a dynamic passing for what his game should be. We probably don’t have any answers as to what. TCU plays it safe and uses its skill prowess to explosive wins. Pick: TCU-8 — Shehan Jeyaraja

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