Defending Champion Alabama 12-Point Favorite Over Michigan In College Opener

Defending Champion Alabama 12-Point Favorite Over Michigan In College Opener
Early College Betting Numbers Say It Will Be A Long Season In SEC For Missouri
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By Kelso Sturgeon

The Golden Nugget Sports Book in Las Vegas has posted the first college football betting lines of the season-some accurate, some suspect and some ridiculous. With that said, defending champion Alabama is a 12-point favorite over Michigan in the marquee opener that will be played Saturday, September 1, at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

My observations after looking at the numbers:

Missouri and Texas A&M moved from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference this season and the early betting lines say both are in for long seasons in their new environs. For instance, Missouri is a 3-point home dog to Georgia, a 5-point dog at South Carolina and a 14 ½-point home dog to Alabama and that's before the season gets serious.

The numbers suggest Southern California-no surprise here-is going to dominate the PAC-12 Conference. LSU, as expected, also gets high marks and is a 2-point home favorite over Alabama November 1 in one of college football's most heated rivalries.

If the numbers are accurate, it is not going to be a good year and Auburn and Florida looks a little shaky.

My figures suggest South Carolina is the second-best team in the country-only behind Alabama-does not get any respect from the Golden Nugget sports book.

Here are advance betting lines on 111 games and you can bet them at the Golden Nugget right now.

Early College Betting Lines
(Home Team In CAPS)

WEEK 1:
August 31
MICHIGAN STATE (-6 ½) over Boise State
Sept. 1
WEST VIRGINIA (-20) over Marshall
Alabama (-12) over Michigan
(Played In Arlington Texas)
Clemson (-2 ½) over Auburn  (Played in Atlanta)
Notre Dame (-13 ½) over Navy (Played In Dublin, Ireland)
LOUISVILLE (11 ½ over Kentucky)
Colorado (-6) over Colorado State (Played in Denver)

WEEK 2
Sept. 6
CINCINNATI (-5) over Pittsburgh
Sept. 8
Oklahoma State (-9 ½) over ARIZONA
KANSAS STATE (-7) over Miami
IOWA (-5) over Iowa State
LSU (-21) over Washington
Georgia (-3) over MISSOURI
TEXAS A&M (-1) over Florida
Nebraska (-6 ½) over UCLA
USC (-21) over Syracuse (Played In East Rutherford, NJ)

WEEK 3
Sept. 14
Washington State (-17 ½) over UNLV
Sept. 15
Alabama (-6 ½) over ARKANSAS
MICHIGAN STATE (-3) over Notre Dame
USC (1-0) over STANFORD
Florida (-5) over TENNESSEE

WEEK 4
Sept. 22
LSU (-10 ½) over AUBURN
FLORIDA STATE (-8) over Clemson
NOTRE DAME (-1) over Michigan
OKLAHOMA (-16) over Kansas State
SOUTH CAROLINA (-5) over Missouri
USC (-24) over California

WEEK 5
Sept. 29
ALABAMA (-31) over Mississippi
GEORGIA (-13 ½) over Tennessee
MICHIGAN STATE (-4 ½) over Ohio State
NEBRASKA (-3) over Wisconsin
OKLAHOMA STATE (-3 ½) over Texas
Arkansas (-2 ½) over TEXAS A&M
WEST VIRGINIA (-11) over Baylor

WEEK 6
Oct. 4
USC (-16) over UTAH
Arkansas (-4 ½) over AUBURN
LSU (-7 ½ (over) FLORIDA
KANSAS STATE (-20) over Kansas
OHIO STATE (-2) over Nebraska
OREGON (-20) over Washington
Georgia (-2 ½) over SOUTH CAROLINA
TEXAS (-4 ½) over West Virginia
NOTRE DAME (-9 ½) over Miami

WEEK 7
Oct. 13
NOTRE DAME (-5) over Stanford
Nevada (-17) over UNLV
Alabama (-14 ½) MISSOURI
USC (-17) over Washington
OKLAHOMA (-6) over Texas (Played In Dallas)

WEEK 8
Oct. 20
BOISE STATE (-35 ½) over UNLV
Stanford (-4) over CALIFORNIA
FLORIDA (-4) over South Carolina
Florida State (-10) over MIAMI
MICHIGAN (-6) over Michigan State
NOTRE DAME (-10) over BYU
Alabama (-17) over TENNESSEE
TEXAS (-11) over Baylor
LSU (-8) over TEXAS A&M
USC (-36) over Colorado
WEST VIRGINIA (-7 ½) over Kansas State

WEEK 9
Oct. 26
LOUISVILLE (-3 ½) over Cincinnati
Oct. 27
ALABAMA (-24) over Mississippi State
USC (-14) over ARIZONA
AUBURN (-3) over Texas A&M
Michigan (-2) over NEBRASKA
OKLAHOMA (-12) over Notre Dame
OKLAHOMA STATE (-9) over TCU
Ohio State (-3) over PENN STATE
SOUTH CAROLINA (-7 ½) over Tennessee
WISCONSIN (-5) over Michigan State
GEORGIA (-4 ½) over Florida (Played In Jacksonville)

WEEK 10
Nov. 1
Virginia Tech (-6 ½) over MIAMI
FLORIDA (-5 ½) over Missouri
KANSAS STATE (-1) over Oklahoma State
LSU (-2) over Alabama
MICHIGAN STATE (-5 ½) over Nebraska
NOTRE DAME (-13) over Pittsburgh
USC (-6) over Oregon
WEST VIRGINIA (-7) over TCU

WEEK 11
Nov. 8
VIRGINIA TECH (-1) over Florida State
Nov. 9
Pittsburgh (-2 ½) over CONNECTICUT
Nov. 10
ALABAMA (-20) over Texas A&M
Georgia (-6) over AUBURN
Notre Dame (-12) over BOSTON COLLEGE
LSU (-17) over Mississippi State
OKLAHOMA (-17) over Baylor
OKLAHOMA STATE (-6 ½) over West Virginia
Arkansas (-3) over SOUITH CAROLINA
TCU (-3 ½) over Kansas State
TENNESSEE (-1) over Missouri
USC (-27) over Arizona State

WEEK 12
Nov. 17
LSU (-26) over Mississippi
OREGON (-13 ½) over Stanford
USC (-16) over UCLA
WISCONSIN (-7) over Ohio State
Oklahoma (-4) over WEST VIRGINIA

WEEK 13
Nov. 23
ARIZONA (-5 ½) over Arizona State
WASHINGTON STATE (-3) over Washington
Nov. 24
ALABAMA (-18) over Auburn
LSU (-3) over Arkansas
CLEMSON (-4) over South Carolina
FLORIDA STATE (-7 ½) over Florida
Mississippi State (-10) over MISSISSIPPI
Michigan (-3) over OHIO STATE
OKLAHOMA (-8) over Oklahoma State
Oregon (-16) over OREGON STATE
TEXAS (-7 ½) over TCU
TEXAS A&M (-3) OVER Missouri
USC (-14) over Notre Dame

WEEK 14
Dec. 1
Texas (-3) over KANSAS STATE
Oklahoma (-10) over TCU

WEEK 15
Dec. 9
Navy -4 ½) over Army (Played In Philadelphia)

FRIDAY NIGHT BETTING MENU

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