The 2012 college football betting campaign is right around the corner, and today, we are giving an early look at some of the teams that could be putting some big time points on the board this year. Join our expert NCAA football handicappers as we look at some clubs that could be tabbed as massive ‘over’ teams this year.
USC Trojans – The Men of Troy seem to be the obvious pick for ‘overs’ this year, knowing that QB Matt Barkley, WR Robert Woods, and WR Marqise Lee are all back. However, what is forgotten is the fact that USC ranked #103 in the land in pass defense, and this year features a schedule that won’t be forgiving to that once again.
Yes, the likes of Andrew Luck and LaMichael James are gone from the Pac-12, but the Trojans are set to take over, and they could average over 40 points per game this year.
Troy Trojans – It is the other Trojans that might be the real surprise for ‘over’ bettors this year. This is a squad with a defense that just hasn’t improved any over the course of the last few years, but the real key is the play of QB Corey Robinson. He threw for 3,411 yards and had 21 TDs a year ago, and we expect to see him flirt with 30 TD passes this time around!
The team is still searching for a big time wide receiver to replace Jerrel Jernigan, who did it all for this squad in the past, but Robinson should do a good job getting the ball all over the place in 2012.
Toledo Rockets – Here’s another team with a lot of key players returning. Both Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens should have good numbers in the rotating quarterback system that has given loads of problems to opponents in the past. Eric Page is gone, but Bernard Reedy, who averaged 18.9 YPC last year, could step in and immediately be a 1,500+ yard receiver.
Oh, and did we mention that Toledo plays in the MAC, where it feels like defense is totally optional? The Rockets finished out the year scoring at least 44 points in six straight games in NCAA football betting action!
West Virginia Mountaineers – The Mountaineers are playing in the Big XII for the first time this year, and that means games against normally high-flying teams like Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma. Geno Smith is an early Heisman Trophy candidate thanks to the fact that he is coming off of a year in which he threw for 4,385 yards and 31 TDs against just seven picks.
WVU feels like a Big XII team with its big time passing attack, and now, there won’t be lousy offenses in the Big East to keep it down any longer. This all of a sudden could become a squad that features 65+ points in all of its games.
Ohio State Buckeyes – Are we crazy about this? The Buckeyes went just 6-7 last year SU and 6-7 for ‘over’ bettors, and now, they are playing without the hope of going to a bowl game. That’s good news for us as we see it though, as Head Coach Urban Meyer is going to want to take the time to install his crazy offense and do a lot of tinkering around this year. QB Braxton Miller has some real talent, and if Meyer can put him in more positions where he can succeed with his legs and with short throws, he could be a dangerous player to watch out for.
Thanks to this perception that OSU plays these tremendously low-scoring games in the 40s, especially early in the year, it might be worth backing for ‘overs’ until oddsmakers catch up.