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Best college football bets for Week 1

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Michigan-Notre Dame showdown a pick 'em for bettors (1:15)

No. 14 Michigan heads to take on No. 12 Notre Dame in South Bend and Doug Kezirian breaks down why it's a pick 'em despite FPI favoring the Irish. (1:15)

It's the opening week of the college football season, so our Vegas betting experts are back for another season of bringing you the best value picks each week. Every Thursday, Phil Steele, Chris Fallica and "Stanford Steve" Coughlin will pick their top plays from some of the week's best matchups.

Here are the best bets for Week 1 of the college football season.

Note: Lines from Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Wednesday night. As always, shop for the best price.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-24.5) vs. Louisville Cardinals

8 p.m. ET, Saturday, Orlando, Florida

Coughlin: All summer I said I was going to take