Chip Kelly at UCLA and Scott Frost at Nebraska were two of the biggest hires before the 2018 college football season. Both coaches have struggled, however, and now they are looking to get their pivotal fourth year off to a better start. Both have matchups on the Week 0 college football schedule, as UCLA is a 17.5-point home favorite against Hawaii, according to the latest college football odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Nebraska, meanwhile, is a seven-point road favorite as it travels to take on Illinois in Bret Bielema's debut in Champaign. Where are the best values in the college football lines for those games and others on Saturday? Before locking any college football bets for Saturday's action, be sure to see the top Week 0 college football expert picks, predictions and best bets from Barrett Sallee.
Sallee is a true insider -- a CBS Sports analyst, SiriusXM host, Heisman voter and consistently one of the top CBS Sports experts picking games against the spread -- and his best bets have helped bring in huge returns. He debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a big way.
Over the past two years, he went 79-55 (59 percent) in his popular best bets column and 109-84 (plus $1,659) overall on his college football picks at SportsLine. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, he has turned his attention to the Week 0 college football odds from Caesars and is sharing his top three best bets over at SportsLine. If you parlay them together, you could be looking at a return of around 6-1. Get his top college football picks now.
Top Week 0 college football expert predictions
One of Sallee's top college football picks for Week 0: He likes the under in Nebraska vs. Illinois, which is the only conference game of the week as it kicks at 1 p.m. ET. Sallee locked his pick in when the over-under was 55, and it has fallen to 52.5 since then. But there's still value.
That total is likely a reaction to the combined 64 points the teams scored when they faced off last November in a 41-23 win for Illinois. But Sallee sees this one playing out differently. Frost is clearly feeling the pressure entering Year 4 with a 12-20 mark at Nebraska and now dealing with an NCAA investigation. Expectations are high for Illinois as Bielema looks to replicate the success he had in a 68-24 seven-year run at Wisconsin from 2006-12.
"Nebraska's distractions and the new regime at Illinois under first-year coach Bret Bielema will lead to a feeling out process early during Saturday's matchup," Sallee told SportsLine. He sees these teams settling for field goals and some empty drives, saying "this will be a game of mistakes, not big plays."
How to make Week 0 college football picks
Sallee has also found two other college football picks he's high on, including a play on an underdog he believes will not only cover, but win outright. You can only see his picks at SportsLine.
What are the best bets for Week 0 of college football? And which line is way off? Visit SportsLine now to see Barrett Sallee's college football best bets, all from one of the top analysts in the nation who has crushed his picks for SportsLine.