Several college football teams endured an unscheduled week off when hurricane Florence stormed ashore in the Carolinas last week. Smart handicappers will anticipate rustiness from all programs involved in those postponements or cancellations.

Why? Because an early-season break is the WORST possible time in the schedule in terms of developing rhythm, consistency, and confidence. Coaches learned this a few years ago. You long time bettors might recall that some coaches would delay the starts of their season thinking an extra week or practice would help. Others would take a break in Week Two or Week Three. What those coaches learned is…