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Barrett Sallee
Barrett Sallee
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A nationally known CBS Sports college football writer, Sallee 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 109-84-3 (plus $1,659) overall. Sallee hosts shows on SiriusXM College and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ. He is a regular on local, regional and national radio programs, including The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and the SEC Network. For Barrett Sallee media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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Arizona St. 17 @ BYU 27 | 09/19 | 2:15 AM UTC

BYU +4

WIN

ANALYSIS: Provo is a tough place to play, especially for Power Five opponents in a late night tilt. That’s exactly what the Sun Devils will be walking into. It’s almost impossible to replace Zach Wilson, but Cougars signal-caller Jaren Hall has five touchdown passes and, more importantly, zero interceptions in a season in which he’s also added 128 yards on the ground. This is a multi-dimensional rushing attack that is going to be tough for Arizona State to slow down for a full 60 minutes. Consider BYU and the moneyline, but definitely grab those points.

+190 3-1 IN LAST 4 BYU ATS PICKS

Georgia Tech 8 @ Clemson 14 | 09/18 | 7:30 PM UTC

OVER 52

LOSS

ANALYSIS: The Tigers will kick off the ACC slate on Saturday and, while Georgia Tech isn’t necessarily a threat, it will provide a nice test heading into games at NC State and vs. Boston College. Throw last week’s win against South Carolina State out the window. After all, it’s South Carolina State. The Tigers offense needs to develop their identity, and a game against a Yellow Jackets team that is wildly undermanned is the perfect chance to do so. This has 60-burger written all over it.

+280 5-2 IN LAST 7 CLEM O/U PICKS

Alabama 31 @ Florida 29 | 09/18 | 7:30 PM UTC

Alabama -14.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Turnovers get teams killed vs. Alabama, and Gators quarterback Emory Jones has thrown two picks in each of his first two games as the starter. Meanwhile, coach Dan Mullen seems reluctant to give Anthony Richardson too much run -- especially since he pulled a hamstring at the end of last week’s win over USF. The Crimson Tide will force the Gators into a shootout and there’s no way that they’ll be able to keep up. Honestly, 14.5 should be the halftime line, not the full game line.

+270 6-3 IN LAST 9 BAMA ATS PICKS
+167 5-3-1 IN LAST 9 FLA ATS PICKS

Nevada 17 @ Kansas St. 38 | 09/18 | 6:00 PM UTC

Nevada -2

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Get to know the name Carson Strong, because the Wolf Pack quarterback is going to be this year's Josh Allen -- the Group of Five prospect who flies up draft boards. In some instances, he already has. CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Ryan Wilson recently pegged him as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 draft, and he'll show the world why against the Wildcats. Kansas State's defense has been solid this year, but it hasn't faced anything like the aerial attack that the Wolf Pack will unleash on Saturday.

UCF 35 @ Louisville 42 | 09/17 | 11:30 PM UTC

UCF -6.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Don't sleep on the Knights getting back into the New Year's Six mix. They'll make another statement on Friday when they throttle Louisville by at least two touchdowns. UCF has a knack of getting teams into shootouts, and the Cardinals simply aren't built for that. Moving the ball against Ole Miss two weeks ago was like pulling teeth, and UCF's defense is light years ahead of where the Rebels are at the moment. This one will get sideways.

+180 4-2 IN LAST 6 UCF ATS PICKS