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By Kelso Sturgeon

The sports ticker never stops as the National Football League plays catch-up after a five-month lockout that left both the players and the owners on the outside looking in, so let's take a deep breath and use this chaotic situation to focus a little on college football which opens its season with 15 games, Thursday night, September 1, six of which will be on the board.

The Golden Nugget sports book in downtown Las Vegas is giving college bettors a decent look-ahead by posting advance betting lines for the entire season on key games. On the opening Saturday of the season, the two biggest games on the schedule will both be played on neutral sites, a fact that makes the opening betting lines quite interesting.

Oregon, which went 12-1 last season and lost the national championship game to Auburn, 22-19, last season, is the 6-1 third choice behind Oklahoma and Alabama to win it all this season but finds itself a 1-point underdog to LSU (11-2 and 8-1 to win the BCS championship) in a game that will be played in Arlington, Texas, at Cowboys Stadium.

The other impact game finds Boise State (12-1 last season and 10-1 in the title betting) a 2 ½-point choice over Georgia (6-7 and member of the betting field at 50-1) in a game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

Here is a complete week-by-week list of the current early betting lines posted at the Golden Nugget with the home team in CAPS.

Saturday, Sept 3
OKLAHOMA -20 ½ over Tulsa
LSU -1 over Oregon (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX)
Boise State -2 ½ over GEORGIA (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
MISSOURI -21 ½ over Miami-OH

Sunday, Sept. 4
TEXAS A&M -14 over SMU

Monday, Sept. 5
Miami -4 ½ over MARYLAND

Friday, Sept. 9
ARIZONA STATE (-4 ½) over Missouri

Saturday, Sept. 10
Alabama (-8 ½) over PENN STATE
AUBURN pick'em vs. Mississippi State
South Carolina (-1 ½) over GEORGIA
Notre Dame (-4) over MICHIGAN
TEXAS (-6 ½) over BYU
TCU (-3) over AIR FORCE

Thursday, Sept. 15

Saturday, Sept. 17
Oklahoma (-3) over FLORIDA STATE
Oklahoma State (-7) over TULSA
NOTRE DAME (-6 ½) over Michigan State
West Virginia (-4) over MARYLAND
BYU (-6 ½) over Utah
FLORIDA (-8) over Tennessee
CLEMSON (-5 ½) over Auburn

Saturday, Sept. 24
OKLAHOMA (-15) over Missouri
ALABAMA (-10) over Arkansas
BOISE STATE (-22 ½) over Tulsa
TEXAS A&M (-4) over Oklahoma State
Notre Dame (-4 ½) over PITTSBURGH
MICHIGAN (-8 ½) over San Diego State
Florida State (-4 ½) over CLEMSON

Friday, Sept. 30
TCU (-10) over SMU

Saturday, Oct. 1
Alabama (-6) over FLORIDA
TEXAS A&M (-2 ½) over Arkansas (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX)
SOUTH CAROLINA (9 ½) over Auburn
GEORGIA (-6) over Mississippi State

Saturday, Oct. 8
Oklahoma (-8) over Texas (In Dallas)
LSU (-7 ½) over Florida
ARKANSAS (-9) over Auburn
VIRGINIA TECH (-6) over Miami
Arizona State (-3) over UTAH
WEST VIRGINIA (-11 ½) over Connecticut
NOTRE DAME (-10 ½) over Air Force
Georgia (-3 ½) over TENNESSEE
NORTHWESTERN (-2) over Michigan
TCU (-5 ½) over San Diego State

Thursday, Oct. 13
AIR FORCE (-4) over San Diego State

Saturday, Oct. 15
OREGON (-11) over Arizona State
TEXAS (-1) over Oklahoma State
Florida (-3) over AUBURN
MICHIGAN STATE (-7) over Michigan
South Carolina (-1 ½) over MISSISSIPPI STATE
PITTSBURGH (-6) over Utah
LSU (-7 ½) over TENNESSEE

Saturday, Oct. 22
LSU (-11 ½) over Auburn
MISSOURI STATE (-1 ½) over Oklahoma State
NOTRE DAME (-4 ½) over USC
FLORIDA STATE (-16) over Maryland
BOISE STATE (-20) over Air Force
ALABAMA (-18) over Tennessee
Penn State (-3) over NORTHWESTERN

Wednesday, Oct. 26
PITTSBURGH (-10) over Connecticut

Friday, Oct. 28
TCU (-2 ½) over BYU (Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX)

Saturday, Oct. 29
Stanford (-1) over USC
TEXAS A&M (7 ½) over Missouri
FLORIDA STATE (-14 ½) over N.C. State
NEBRASKA (-7 ½) over Michigan State
Georgia (-1) over Florida (In Jacksonville)
South Carolina (-5 ½) over TENNESSEE

Saturday, Nov. 5
OKLAHOMA (-9 ½) over Texas A&M
ALABAMA (-7) over LSU
ARKANSAS (-4) over South Carolina
NEBRASKA (-12) over Northwestern

Saturday, Nov. 12
Alabama (-8) over MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oregon (-2) over STANFORD
BOISE STATE (-14 ½) over TCU
FLORIDA STATE (-8 ½) over Miami
GEORGIA (-9) over Auburn
SOUTH CAROLINA (-6) over Florida
Nebraska (-2) over PENN STATE
MISSOURI (-2) over Texas
Notre Dame (-10) over MARYLAND (In Landover, MD, Fed-EX Field, Home Of Redskins)
ARKANSAS (-11) over Tennessee

Saturday, Nov. 19
OREGON (-11) over USC
ARKANSAS (-8) over Mississippi State
Nebraska (-4) over MICHIGAN
Boise State (-16 ½) over San Diego State
STANFORD (-11) over California

Thursday, Nov. 24
TEXAS A&M (-6) over Texas

Friday, Nov. 25
WEST VIRGINIA (-4) over Pittsburgh
LSU (-5 ½) over Arkansas

Saturday, Nov. 26
Alabama (-12) over AUBURN
STANFORD (-3 ½) over Notre Dame
FLORIDA pick'em vs. Florida State
N.C. STATE (-6 ½) over Maryland
Michigan State (-2 ½) over NORTHWESTERN
Georgia (-7 ½) over GEORGIA TECH
MISSISSIPPI STATE (-10) over Mississippi
SOUTH CAROLINA (-10) over Clemson
OREGON (-15) over Oregon State
USC (-7) over UCLA

Saturday, Dec. 3
Oklahoma (-3) over OKLAHOMA STATE

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