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South Point opens college football lines for Week 1

By Matt Youmans  (VSiN senior editor) 

May 25, 2017 03:05 PM
Jim Harbaugh leads Michigan against Florida on Sept. 2 at Arlington, Texas. The Wolverines opened as 3-point favorites.
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Three months before the season’s first game kicks off, college football lines for Week 1 are open for business at the South Point sports book.


“The bettors are lined up to play,” said book director Chris Andrews, who posted lines Thursday on 43 games, with an initial wagering limit of $1,000 per game. (The first two hours drew a handle of about $70,000, Andrews said.)


The numbers were announced on Brent Musburger's VSiN show, "My Guys in the Desert."


The season opens Aug. 26, when Colorado State is a 2-point home favorite over Oregon State, before powerhouse teams coached by Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer take the spotlight.


Alabama, a 35-31 loser to Clemson in the national championship game in January, is in action on Sept. 2, the season’s first full Saturday. The Crimson Tide open as 4-point favorites over Florida State on a neutral field in Atlanta.


Clemson, which lost quarterback Deshaun Watson as a first-round NFL Draft pick, raises the curtain on a new era. The Tigers open as 40-point favorites over Kent State.


“I have Ohio State rated No. 1, and Alabama No. 2,” Andrews said.


The Buckeyes open as 21-point favorites at Indiana on Aug. 31.


In a marquee Big Ten-Southeastern Conference matchup, Michigan is a 3-point favorite over Florida at Arlington, Texas.


Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is seeking to become the first Heisman Trophy winner in back-to-back years since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. The Cardinals are 27-point favorites over Purdue in Indianapolis.


Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold is the early Heisman favorite. The Trojans opened as 19-point favorites over Western Michigan, and early play on USC moved the line to 20.5.


After a 4-8 finish and a quarterback change, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly enters the season under pressure in South Bend. The Fighting Irish opened as 11-point favorites over Temple before the number was bet to 12.


Oklahoma, which returns star quarterback Baker Mayfield, is the biggest favorite on the board by laying 48 points to Texas-El Paso.

Oklahoma State and Boise State were the biggest movers after the first hour of betting. The Cowboys were bet from 10- to 17-point favorites over Tulsa. The Broncos were bet from 5- to 11-point favorites over Troy.

Hawaii, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, Utah State, Boston College, Iowa, Marshall, Akron, Nevada, Louisiana State and Maryland were other sides that attracted enough play to force minor line adjustments.


“Last year’s schedule in Week 1 was one of the best ever,” said Vinny Magliulo, VSiN oddsmaker. “The fact that these games are going up at the end of May will really jump-start the wagering handle. These games will see a lot of action today, through the weekend and throughout the summer.”


The South Point’s opening lines (home team in CAPS):

Saturday, Aug. 26

COLORADO STATE  2  Oregon State


South Florida  25  SAN JOSE STATE

Stanford  38  Rice @Sydney, Australia


Thursday, Aug. 31

Ohio State  21  INDIANA

MINNESOTA  31  Buffalo

MEMPHIS  23  Louisiana-Monroe

ARIZONA STATE  26  New Mexico State


Friday, Sept. 1

EASTERN MICHIGAN  12.5  Charlotte

Washington  33  RUTGERS


WISCONSIN  37  Utah State

NORTHERN ILLINOIS  2  Boston College

Colorado  Off  Colorado State @Denver

Saturday, Sept. 2

MICHIGAN STATE  18  Bowling Green

IOWA  11.5  Wyoming

Miami (Ohio)  8.5  MARSHALL 

CLEMSON  40  Kent State

Massachusetts  Off  COASTAL CAROLINA

PENN STATE  39  Akron

Louisville  27  Purdue @Indianapolis

NEBRASKA  19  Arkansas State

CENTRAL FLORIDA  21  Florida International


ILLINOIS  11  Ball State

OKLAHOMA  48  Texas-El Paso

NORTH CAROLINA  14  California

MISSISSIPPI  22.5  South Alabama

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  19  Western Michigan

Louisiana State  8  Brigham Young @Houston

TEXAS  23  Maryland

NOTRE DAME  11  Temple

AUBURN  36  Georgia Southern

GEORGIA  11  Appalachian State



North Carolina State  8  South Carolina @Charlotte


Michigan  3  Florida @Arlington, Texas

Vanderbilt  10.5  MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Alabama  4  Florida State @Atlanta



Sunday, Sept. 3

Virginia Tech  5  West Virginia @Landover, Md.

UCLA  4  Texas A&M


Monday, Sept. 4

Tennessee  3  Georgia Tech @Atlanta


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