The college football season has finally arrived. That means only one thing: the return of our Saturday Tradition weekly picks.

We kickoff the first week of picks with 13 games featuring spreads, with Idaho-Penn State being the only matchup that doesn’t have a line from Vegas. Typically, FCS vs. FBS matchups don’t have any lines, but South Dakota State-Minnesota and Howard-Maryland seem to be breaking that trend.

Sports Betting in Big Ten Country

There is big news coming to the upcoming 2022-23 Big Ten football season (and NFL season). Ohio online sports betting and Maryland sports betting are on the way.

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This year, we’ll have four expert staff members making our B1G picks on a weekly basis. The four are:

  • Connor O’Gara — Senior National Columnist (2018 picks champion)
  • Dustin Schutte — Managing Editor (2016, 2017 picks champion)
  • Paul Harvey — Staff Writer, News Desk
  • Kevin Cunningham — Staff Writer, News Desk

Connor is our reigning champion, and Paul and Kevin will make their picks debut this season. We’ll see who comes out on top 14 weeks from now.

But, for right now, let’s just get to our Week 1 picks:

Week 1 Games Connor Paul Kevin Dustin
SDSU vs. Minnesota (-12.5)  Minnesota  Minnesota  Minnesota  Minnesota
Purdue (-10) vs. Nevada  Nevada  Nevada   Purdue  Nevada
Tulsa vs. #18 Mich. St. (-22.5)  Tulsa  Tulsa  Mich. St.  Mich. St.
#19 Wisconsin (-13) vs. USF  USF  Wisconsin  USF  Wisconsin
UMass vs. Rutgers (-15)  UMass  UMass  UMass  Rutgers
FAU vs. #5 Ohio St. (-27.5)  Ohio St.  Ohio St.  Ohio St. Ohio St.
S. Bama vs. #24 Nebraska (-36.5)  S. Bama  Nebraska  S. Bama  S. Bama
Howard vs. Maryland (-30)  Maryland  Maryland  Howard  Howard
Akron vs. Illinois (-17)  Illinois  Akron  Akron  Illinois
Indiana (-17) vs, Ball State  Ball State  Indiana  Ball State  Indiana
N’Western vs. #25 Stanford (-6.5)  Stanford  N’Western  N’Western  N’Western
#20 Iowa (-21.5) vs. Miami (OH)  Iowa  Iowa  Miami  Iowa
MTSU vs. #7 Michigan (-34)  MTSU  Michigan  Michigan  Michigan