Stanford Steve and The Bear: College football picks and betting nuggets for Week 1

  • Lead researcher for “College GameDay” since 1996
  • Voter on ESPN CFB Selection Committee

  • Known as “Stanford Steve”
  • Played college football at Stanford
  • Producer for SportsCenter with SVP

“Stanford Steve” Coughlin and Chris “The Bear” Fallica cover the college football season as only they can, offering their top picks, betting nuggets and totals worth wagering on.

Note: All lines are from Caesars Sportsbook.

The Plays

No. 17 Indiana Hoosiers at No. 18 Iowa Hawkeyes (-3, 46 O/U)

Fallica: This number has come down some, and I’m happy it has. I’ve mentioned for a while how much I like the Hawkeyes in this spot. Indiana pretty much had everything go right last year, and its record was better than what their underlying numbers would have indicated. Can they repeat that without safety Jamar Johnson and defensive coordinator Kane Wommack? Iowa was very close to an undefeated 2020, and Kirk Ferentz’s program is built on just replacing upperclassmen with a new round of upperclassmen. In addition, these are the typically the kinds of games Iowa wins. Since 2015 when it reached the Big Ten title game, Iowa has been favored by less than six points 16 times. The Hawkeyes have won 15 of them. While that doesn’t guarantee anything, I’ll take my chances with the Hawkeyes at Kinnick.

Pick: Iowa -3

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