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College football expert picks, predictions, parlay for Week 1, 2022: Barrett Sallee's three best bets

CBS Sports analyst Barrett Sallee shares his three college football best bets with SportsLine
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When it comes to college football, there are few who deserve the "expert" tag quite like Barrett Sallee. The CBS Sports writer and analyst hosts shows on SiriusXM College, writes for CBSSports.com and appears regularly on CBS Sports HQ as well as countless radio shows across the nation as a guest.

Sallee debuted with SportsLine in 2017 and has delivered in a BIG way. Over the past three-plus years, he is 107-90 in his popular best bets column, including going 2-1 in Week 0! Anybody who has been following him is WAY UP.

Now, he's turned his attention to the Week 1 odds from Caesars Sportsbook (see the latest college football lines for each game this week on our college football odds page) and is revealing his three top plays for Saturday. A parlay of these three picks would return around 6-1. 

We can tell you Sallee is going Under 52.5 in the matchup between No. 3 Georgia and No. 11 Oregon at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

"This one boils down to two things -- Georgia's defense won't take a big step back and Oregon quarterback Bo Nix is a liability," Sallee said. "The mass exodus in Athens was a big story during the NFL Draft, but coach Kirby Smart is just fine with Jalen Carter up front, Nolan Smith at linebacker and an ultra-talented secondary. Nix completed 56.4% of his passes, only threw on touchdown and was picked twice in three games vs. Georgia when he was at Auburn. Is that going to change? Nope. Georgia will jump out to a lead and then deflate the football for an easy Under."

Sallee has also found two other college football picks he loves, including a spread he says is too small because a coach is going to run up the score in a BIG way. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before locking in any college football picks.

What are the three best bets for Week 1 in the 2022 college football season? And which favorite is going to roll to a HUGE cover? ... Join SportsLine right now to see Barrett Sallee's best bets, all from one of the top college football analysts in the nation who has crushed his picks for SportsLine!

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