2024-25 School Soccer odds: Early Week 1 greatest bets, together with Colorado to cowl

by Christina S. Brown
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Perhaps it’s my put up NFL Draft soccer mind spinning ahead, or perhaps I’ve been watching an excessive amount of UFL. 

Both method, I’m getting tremendous antsy wanting ahead to the beginning of the 2024 school soccer season, and I am able to make some wagers.

Fortunately, sportsbooks are on the identical web page and have launched some early strains for Week 1 of the upcoming season.

Listed below are three video games I’m throughout that first full weekend of school soccer. 

Let’s dive in.

Fresno State @ Michigan 

Sure, I am fading the Wolverines on this one, so let’s leap into the why.

First, let’s take a look at the starters on the sector. 

Fresno State ranks 52nd in general returning-starter manufacturing heading into 2024, which incorporates returning quarterback Mikey Keene. He is a stable athlete who runs the Jeff Tedford offense properly. Additionally, the Bulldogs return a number of beginning offensive linemen, their high two rushers and their second-most productive vast receiver. 

On the flip aspect, the protection is not returning many starters, however that unit was poor final season, in order that’s in all probability for the perfect. 

Now, let’s check out the Michigan aspect.

Michigan ranks 128th out of 134 FBS groups in returning manufacturing. That is no shock, because the nationwide title crew was back-loaded with tons of NFL gamers, together with a number of athletes who obtained chosen within the first three rounds. 

The Wolverines have to switch their quarterback and 6 offensive linemen. Their high two returning receiving targets had a complete of 35 catches final season. 

Thankfully, Michigan does return some energy on protection, with its inside defensive position and one in all its high corners coming again. Nonetheless, I feel the dearth of returning manufacturing is a priority, which is why I do not assume UM will cowl the unfold on this first sport. 

I’m nervous — and I feel Michigan can also be — about quarterback play after JJ McCarthy’s departure for the NFL. It would take some weeks for a starter to entrench himself in that place, in order a bettor, I might reap the benefits of that in Week 1.

We may see an emotional let-down on this sport as Michigan comes off its nationwide championship. The majority of the crew left, and the top coach is gone. 

No, I don’t imagine Michigan loses this sport; Huge Blue is extra gifted and may out-physical Fresno. However give me the factors.

PICK: Fresno State (+22) to lose by fewer than 22 factors (or win outright)

Expectations for Ohio State, Colorado this upcoming season

Expectations for Ohio State, Colorado this upcoming season

LSU Tigers vs. USC Trojans

USC goes via a roster rebuild, and the Trojans are having one other powerful season.

They’ve to switch star QB Caleb Williams, and whereas SC would not have a Williams-type stud on the roster, I do anticipate Lincoln Riley to get manufacturing from both Miller Moss or switch Jayden Maiava. 

My concern continues to be its offensive line, which is simply common. USC doesn’t have the talent place expertise that Riley had at Oklahoma and that limits the explosiveness of the offense now that Williams is not there. The Trojans are dealing with an LSU protection that was poor final season however returns numerous manufacturing, with some further depth that the Tigers obtained via the portal. LSU’s protection will make issues troublesome for USC’s offense on this sport.

So how does LSU cowl the landing on this sport? It does this with its offensive line. That unit is elite. 

It has two tackles that shall be drafted within the high 50 in 2025. Sure, they’ve to switch Jayden Daniels, Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr., however when your offensive line is that good, it makes the transition a lot simpler. 

Bear in mind, USC’s protection was embarrassingly dangerous final season. I do not assume it is going to be fairly as dangerous in 2024, because the Trojans have beefed up their employees and added gamers on the linebacker and defensive again positions via the portal. 

However SC’s defensive position continues to be small with no go rush. That won’t bode properly in opposition to a crew like LSU. 

I just like the Tigers to win by not less than a landing. 

PICK: LSU (-6) to win by greater than 6 factors

Ohio State, Michigan, Utah spotlight Joel Klatt’s put up spring high 25

Ohio State, Michigan, Utah highlight Joel Klatt’s post spring top 25

North Dakota State Bison @ Colorado Buffaloes

Loads of persons are going to make this their upset particular of Week 1, and I’m right here to throw water on that flaming take. 

A standard pattern is that FCS groups like North Dakota State beat FBS Energy 5 groups when the FBS crew is terrible on offense. 

Stanford misplaced to Sac State final season, Northwestern to Southern Illinois in 2022, Washington was embarrassed 13-7 at residence by Montana in 2021 and so forth. The recipe is often a lower-scoring sport managed by the FCS crew, whereas the FBS crew simply can’t get on the board. 

However Colorado can rating in opposition to North Dakota State. 

The Buffaloes are too gifted at quarterback and at their talent positions to have the Bison protection sluggish them down. There’s not a single individual on that protection who can observe Travis Hunter across the area. State returns 9 starters on protection, together with a number of defensive linemen who led them in sacks final season. However that will not be sufficient as a result of Shedeur Sanders is that good, and he alone will make it onerous for the Bison.

On the flip aspect, I do not know what Colorado’s protection shall be, however we all know that no matter that unit appears like, it is going to be extra athletic than the Bison offense. 

Give me the Buffs to cowl.

PICK: Colorado (-7) to win by greater than 7 factors

Geoff Schwartz is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports activities. He performed eight seasons within the NFL for 5 completely different groups. He began at proper sort out for the College of Oregon for 3 seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 choice his senior yr. Observe him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.

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