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When: 11:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Where: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona

Preview: Northern Arizona at Arizona
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Aug 29, 2017

Nick Wilson, J.J. Taylor and Zach Green each had 100-yard rushing performances for Arizona last season, and the Wildcats will be counting on the trio to contribute when they open the season against visiting Northern Arizona on Saturday. Wilson was a 1,300-yard rusher as a freshman three years ago, but his numbers dropped off to 725 as a sophomore and 320 last season as injuries continued to mount.

Anu Solomon moved on to Baylor as a graduate transfer, leaving the quarterback competition at Arizona down to Brandon Dawkins and Khalil Tate. Dawkins filled in for the injured Solomon in each of the past two seasons, throwing for 1,348 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016, while also running for a team-leading 944 yards and 10 touchdowns. Tate, a sophomore, brings similar duel-purpose skills and will likely see action in this game as well. Northern Arizona also opened camp with a quarterback battle, but Case Cookus appears to have beat out Hunter Correll and will look to prove himself early after missing the final seven games last season with a broken collarbone.

TV: 11 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network. LINE: OFF.

ABOUT NORTHERN ARIZONA (2016: 5-6): The Lumberjacks saw a big chunk of their team graduate or move on to other schools, but they return some talented players, namely the three who were named to the preseason all-Big Sky Conference team; wide receiver Emmanuel Butler, offensive lineman Tyler Shank and kicker Griffin Roehler. Butler is closing in on the school record for receiving yards and touchdowns after posting 69 receptions for 1,003 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Cookus figures to look his way early and often against the Wildcats, who ranked second-to-last in the Pac-12 in pass defense last season, but return most of their main players.

ABOUT ARIZONA (2016: 3-9): Tate showed what he could contribute when thrown into the mix against UCLA last season, passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 237 yards in the 45-24 loss, the second of eight straight defeats. Defensively is where the most questions need to be answered, as the top five tacklers for Arizona last season have departed the program. At least three former walk-ons are expected to get significant playing time up front and Arizona might need to rely on a couple of true freshmen at middle linebacker.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Wildcats have won 16 consecutive home openers at Arizona Stadium.

2. Arizona returning offensive linemen have combined for 89 career starts.

3. Northern Arizona was picked to finish third in the Big Sky by both the league coaches and media.

PREDICTION: Arizona 42, Northern Arizona 13
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Preview: Western Carolina at Hawaii
When: 11:59 PM ET, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Overall Team Offense

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are ranked 11 on offense, averaging 503.0 yards per game. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 112.0 yards rushing and 391.0 yards passing so far this season.
Western Carolina Catamounts offensive statistics will be available following the first regular season game.

Home and Away

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are 0-0 at home this season, 0-0 against conference opponents and 1-0 against non-conference opponents.
At home the Rainbow Warriors are averaging 0.0 scoring, and holding teams to 0.0 points scored on defense.
The Western Carolina Catamounts have not played any road games yet this season.
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Trend of the Week: USC vs Western Michigan


No. 4 USC will kick off the season Saturday at home against the Broncos of Western Michigan. This is the first time the Trojans are facing a team from the MAC. The team to beat in the Pac-12 opened as 26-point favorites but the smart bet is on the total. Should you bet the OVER or UNDER?


We know weather can impact scoring. Games with high temperature and little wind lead to more points. This is amplified in non-conference games because teams are less familiar with one another. The total opened at 58.5 and the play is on the OVER.


This Pro System has gone 226-144 (61.1%) ATS, +66.2 units since 2005.



Our Pick

At the time of publication, the weather forecast for Los Angeles on Saturday calls for highs in the upper 90s with little wind. The majority of bets are on the OVER and the total could climb higher. Act now and bet the OVER before the line moves in this non-conference game.
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Top 25 Teams at Neutral Sites: Who Prevails?



There are a handful of games this week at neutral sites, some of which are being played in NFL stadiums. The two biggest and most bet on games of the week — FSU vs. Alabama and Michigan vs. Florida — will be played at AT&T Stadium and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, respectively. Since home field advantage is such an important factor, especially in college, who has the upper hand at a neutral site?

Two ranked teams don’t face off in neutral locations very often — just 55 times since 2005 — but the higher ranked teams have reigned supreme, going 32-20-3 ATS and 38-17 straight up. This has been especially true in recent years, with the higher ranked team going 24-12 ATS since 2010.

Last season, three of four higher ranked teams covered with the only exception being the 13-point underdog Houston team upsetting Oklahoma 33-23.

This week, Alabama (#1) is of course higher than Florida State (#3) and Michigan (#11) is six spots higher than Florida (#17).

Lines have been open for these big ticket games for over two months now so there has been plenty of time for books to take action. At the moment, we’ve tracked almost twice as many bets on the Alabama game than the Michigan game, which is the second highest-bet of the week. Bettors are currently backing Alabama and Michigan, but both lines are down half a point since they opened.

Alabama had reached -6.5 earlier in the week, but they’re back up to -7 at both Bookmaker and Pinnacle. They’re getting 57% of spread bets at the time of publication.

Michigan had reached -4.5 a couple of weeks ago, but the line has been bet down to a field goal since then despite 66% of tickets being on the Wolverines.
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128 Key Betting Notes For 128 College Football Teams - Part I

Summer is coming to an end and that means the college football season is upon us. To celebrate, we bring you one essential betting tidbit for each of the 128 FBS programs for the upcoming season.

If you need some key betting info – and need it now – we have the hurry-up offense you’re looking for, offering a key betting tidbit for all 128 FBS college football programs.

American Athletic Conference

USF Bulls (2016: 11-2 SU, 7-5-1 ATS)

With expectations, the marketplace will adjust accordingly and thus it’s quite likely we’ll find USF “overvalued” on a game-by-game basis. Furthermore, the architect of the program (Willie Taggart) departed for Oregon. The cupboard is by no means bare for first year head man Charlie Strong, but there is a learning curve with a first year coach. Plus, Strong’s track record as a head coach isn’t all that great. USF should win the AAC, but don’t be surprised if they break their backers along the way.

Temple Owls: (2016: 10-4 SU, 12-2 ATS)

It was this team, not USF, that represented the East Division in last year’s AAC Title Game (they won it). For the first time in program history, the Owls are coming off back to back 10-plus win seasons where they also won a bowl. Last year, they were by far and away the most dominant team in AAC play, outgaining their foes by almost 209 yards per game in conference play.

UCF Golden Knights (2016: 6-7 SU, 8-5 ATS)

I hate to sound like a broken record here, but the prospect of dealing with increased expectations should prove difficult for the top three teams in the AAC East. Also, when a team makes a jump like the Knights did last year, you typically see regression in the win column the following year. They will have to play Temple (road) and USF (home) in the final two games of the regular season, in a six-day span.

UConn Huskies (2016: 3-9 SU, 3-8-1 ATS)

Well, it can’t go much worse than it did last season, right? Randy Edsall, who guided the program to a Fiesta Bowl appearance back in 2010, returns to Storrs after a failed experience at Maryland. They will be a home dog quite a bit as the likes of USF, Memphis, Tulsa and Missouri all come calling to Rentschler Field. The offense was actually quite a bit better than its paltry 14.8 PPG scoring average last year and with Edsall installing a faster pace scheme, the Huskies will score plenty more in 2017.

Cincinnati Bearcats (2016: 4-8 SU, 3-9 ATS)

This team was a massive disappointment in 2016, which led to the ousting of Tommy Tuberville. So that makes it FOUR first year head coaches in this division! Luke Fickell (former DC at Ohio State) may not be walking into the most stocked cupboard, but he’s also coached against far more elite talent than what he’ll see on a weekly basis here in the AAC. The schedule is also somewhat friendly as the top three teams in the West are not on it. I have this team improving far more than most might think.

East Carolina Pirates (2016: 3-9 SU, 3-8-1 ATS)

Incredibly, Scottie Montgomery joins UCF’s Scott Frost as elder statesmen of the AAC East Coaching fraternity. That means all six head coaches are either in their first or second seasons at the current job. So why can’t the Pirates compete? Yes, there was a sizable gap between the top and bottom three a year ago, but I look for that gap to close here in 2017. The ECU offense put up at least 400 total yards in every game but the final one. Last year’s horrid turnover margin of -16 should be improved upon. Before falling apart, ECU actually beat NC State last year (at home).

Houston Cougars (2016: 9-4 SU, 4-8-1 ATS)

Last year’s team was “this year’s USF” in the sense that they were expected to blow through the AAC and possibly play in a New Year’s Six Bowl Game. Neither of those things happened, so with expectations somewhat “down” for 2017, we may be able to take advantage. There are two Power 5 teams on the non-conference schedule (Arizona, Texas Tech), but both are winnable, leaving a late season visit to USF as the only remaining question mark. Greg Ward Jr, a two year starter at QB, may be gone. But Kyle Allen, a transfer from Texas A&M is ready to take over the starting gig,

Navy Midshipmen (2016: 9-5 SU, 9-5 ATS)

In his 10th year on the job, head coach Ken Niumatalolo is by far and away the most experienced coach in the conference. He’s the only one with more than three years logged at his current school. That kind of continuity is huge. The Middies are 10-4 ATS the last four seasons as underdogs and upset Notre Dame, at home, last season. The team is more experienced than last year, although only four starters are back on offense.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2016: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS)

This team was a surprise last year and will probably regress. They lose an insane amount of talent, including the all-time leader in passing yardage, two 1,000 yard receivers and RB James Flanders (1629 yards). After watching them go 8-5 against the spread in back to back seasons, you have to figure they’ll give some back this year, but that also depends on how quick the market is to react.

Memphis Tigers (2016: 8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS)

Two years ago, the Tigers started 8-0 and were ranked in the top 15 (beat Ole Miss). But they didn’t finish well and after having to replace both the coach and QB, last year’s group struggled a bit. But still, they finished only a game worse and now figure to be better in the second season under Mike Norvell. They are the most experienced team in the AAC and should have the best offense.

SMU Mustangs (2016: 5-7 SU, 8-4 ATS)

There’s a good chance they start 4-1 straight up and that could take away some value down the stretch. The defense is still pretty bad as allowing 453 yards and 36.3 points per game last year actually marked a three-year LOW! Let’s not forget that with a bowl berth hanging in the balance in the regular season finale last year, they gave up 75 points to Navy – at home!

Tulane Green Wave (2016: 4-8 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Well, they are the worst team in the conference. They have won just twice on the AAC road in their last 12 tries. Looking at last year’s four wins, one was against a FCS foe (Southern) while another required four overtimes. This team is probably not as close to getting to a bowl as it might think.


Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College Eagles (2016: 7-6 SU, 6-6-1 ATS)

Quarterback is a big time question mark no matter who wins the job. The wide receiver group isn't that great either, so the defense will be in a lot of tight, low-scoring battles if they do their job. There are several tough games to start the schedule, especially in the first game with an interesting matchup at Northern Illinois.

Clemson Tigers (2016: 14-1 SU, 8-7 ATS)

There will be a target on the national champ's backs, so we'll see how they handle being the hunted. The signal caller has yet to be decided and there will be growing pains trying to replace Deshaun Watson. Clemson gets Auburn and Louisville in the first three weeks of the season, so the new QB will not be eased into action. The team also has a tough road game at Virginia Tech at the end September.

Florida State Seminoles (2016: 10-3 SU, 8-4 ATS)

Much like Clemson, Florida State's defense is led by their front line. The Seminoles do have one of the best corners in the conference in Tavarus McFadden. He had eight interceptions last year. Deondre Francois flashed some brilliance as quarterback in 2016 and will be a year older. He's a threat to leave the pocket.

Louisville Cardinals (2016: 9-4 SU, 5-7-1 ATS)

Plain and simple, when you have Lamar Jackson you are going to win a lot of ballgames. The Heisman Trophy winner accounted for over 5,000 yards and 51 touchdowns in 2016. Reggie Bonnafon is a former quarterback that converted nicely to wide receiver. The team's secondary figures to be a strength led by Jaire Alexander.

NC State Wolfpack (2016: 7-6 SU, 9-4 ATS)

Ask almost any NC State fan about how their team performs with expectations. The Pack has consistently fallen short when people expect them to do well. For as good as the front seven will be, the secondary could be a weak point. Only Shawn Boone is back. They have a tough four-game stretch against Louisville, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Clemson.

Syracuse Orange (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-7 ATS)

Experience is huge with 19 starters back and an offense that is capable of keeping up with almost anyone. When healthy, Eric Dungey is a game changer with the ability to beat you on the ground and through the air. Amba Etta-Tawo had a great 2016 season at wide receiver so Steve Ishmael and Ervin Phillips could be busy.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2016: 7-6 SU, 8-5 ATS)

Kendall Hinton and John Wolford are alright at quarterback, but their biggest problem is staying healthy. There is not much in the way of depth behind them. The defense has only five starters back so it might take time for them to gel. They've got four games on the road over a six-week stretch which includes a bye week.

Duke Blue Devils (2016: 4-8 SU, 7-5 ATS)

The skill positions on offense are solid, but unspectacular. There are a lot of question marks on defense especially in the secondary. Some of those early home games are against Northwestern, Baylor, Miami and Florida State, so wins will be tough. Duke is still trying to build a consistent fan base when it comes to football.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2016: 9-4 SU, 7-4-1 ATS)

Special teams could be a struggle with a couple of freshmen in the mix at kicker and punter. The front seven is rather young, so getting to the quarterback might be an issue. They play UCF, Miami and Clemson on the road and none of those games will be easy. Conference opponents are becoming more familiar with defending the triple-option each season.

Miami Hurricanes (2016: 9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS)

There are some tricky games out of conference with a trip to Arkansas State before a big matchup in Tallahassee against Florida State. They also host Toledo who will not be an easy out. The quarterback position is undecided since Brad Kaaya left. Malik Rosier and N'Kosi Perry are both highly touted, but are unproven on the field.

North Carolina Tar Heels (2016: 8-5 SU, 8-5 ATS)

QB Mitchell Trubisky's departure was softened a bit by the pickup of Brandon Harris out of LSU. He has good experience and Austin Proehl out wide. Larry Fedora will do good things with this offense, especially if his preferred fast pace tires out the opposing defenses.

Pittsburgh Panthers (2016: 8-5 SU, 5-8 ATS)

The defense took a pair of hits in the offseason when the coaching staff suspended Jordan Whitehead for three games and kicked defensive lineman Rori Blair off the team. They were two of the four returning starters from a group that allowed 35.2 points per game in 2016. Chris Blewitt is gone, so a new kicker has to step up.

Virginia Cavaliers (2016: 2-10 SU, 4-7-1 ATS)

In a conference of talented defenses, the Cavaliers have Andrew Brown, Micah Kiser and Quin Blanding to rely on. It's nice to have a really good player on each level of the stop unit. Kurt Benkert provides some consistency at quarterback and the team hopes to use Olamide Zaccheaus more.

Virginia Tech Hokies (2016: 10-4 SU, 8-6 ATS)

Bud Foster's defense will be strong once again with arguably the best secondary in the ACC. Brandon Facyson and Greg Stroman will be playing on Sundays and Adonis Alexander provides good depth. The linebackers should flow nicely to the ball led by Andrew Motuapuaka. Joey Slye is a good kicker to have in close games.


Big 12 Conference

Oklahoma Sooners (2016: 11-2 SU, 7-6 ATS)

From a value standpoint, Oklahoma is the prohibitive favorite to win their third consecutive Big 12 title. With inexperience across their front seven on defense and a challenging road slate, the Sooners aren’t ‘bargain priced’ in the markets and they’ll need to get stops in order to cover consistently inflated pointspreads.

Oklahoma State Cowboys (2016: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS)

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield gets all the hype, but it’s Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph who wins my "Preseason QB of the Year" award in the Big 12. Rudolph had a 28-4 TD-INT ratio as a junior and he enters the season as the No. 2 active leader in career passing yards in the country. Wide receiver James Washington averaged more than 19 yards per catch last year, which was tops in the country.

Texas Longhorns (2016: 5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Tom Herman walks into a "the cupboard is full" situation in Austin, as Charlie Strong left a loaded roster, capable of contending for Big 12 supremacy. Herman’s track record is nothing short of outstanding. Dating back to his tenure as the Ohio State offensive coordinator and including his time as the Houston Cougars head coach, Herman’s teams are 48-8 SU including a ridiculous 11-0 SU mark as underdogs.

Kansas State Wildcats (2016: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS)

Fade 26-year-head coaching veteran Bill Snyder at your own risk. Last year, Kansas State was an underdog or pick ‘em in more than half of their games, yet they finished with a 9-4 record. This year, Snyder has a returning senior starter at quarterback in Zack Ertz; exactly the type of dual threat QB that he’s had in seasons where the Wildcats have contended for a Big 12 title.

TCU Horned Frogs (2016: 6-7 SU, 3-10 ATS)

Gary Patterson’s squad went 23-3 SU in 2014 and 2015 before taking a major step backwards in what was expected to be a rebuilding season last year. New play caller Sonny Cumbie has 10 starters back on offense to work with, including senior signal caller Kenny Hill. Hill was victimized by a whopping 38 dropped passes last year, a number that should decline precipitously in 2017.

West Virginia Mountaineers (2016 10-3 SU, 5-8 ATS)

West Virginia finished tied for second place in the Big 12 last year in large part due to the best defense in the conference, particularly in the secondary. But most of those defenders graduated in the offseason, leaving coordinator Tony Gibson a tall task – replacing his entire starting defensive line and both starting cornerbacks; bad news in an ‘offense first’ conference like this one.

Baylor Bears (2016: 7-6 SU, 4-9 ATS)

Rhule is installing a new ‘blended’ offense, using his power running schemes from Temple as well as the spread option attack that Baylor has been running (and recruiting for) in recent seasons. That doesn’t sound like an ideal gameplan on paper, especially with the holes on defense from a squad that has suffered MAJOR attrition on the roster and with recruiting since former head coach Art Briles was forced out of town.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (2016: 5-7 SU, 8-4 ATS)

Texas Tech is replacing the best QB in school history, Patrick Mahomes, a first round draft choice by the Kansas City Chiefs. Iowa transfer Nic Shimonek doesn’t have that level of upside, and the offensive line protecting him is loaded with question marks. That’s bad news for an ugly looking defense that has allowed more than 40 points per game in each of the last three seasons.

Iowa State Cyclones (2016: 3-9 SU, 7-5 ATS)

Matt Campbell guided Iowa State to only three victories last season, his first on the job. But Iowa State was competitive in defeat, week after week, hanging tough with the likes of Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas State. Georgia transfer Jacob Park looked impressive down the stretch, primed for continued success as the full time starter in 2017.

Kansas Jayhawks (2016: 2-10 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Kansas hasn’t been the worst team in the Big 12 for the past decade by accident. They are behind the curve at nearly every position; unable to recruit well enough to compete with even the middling teams from this conference. They were outscored by 17 points per game last year; better than the 31 ppg they were outscored by in 2015 but still a long, long way from respectability.


Big Ten Conference

Ohio State Buckeyes (2016: 11-2 SU, 6-7 ATS)

Motivation. Ohio St. made it to the College Football Playoff last season but was embarrassed 31-0 by eventual champion Clemson. Going 11-1 during the regular season meant nothing because of that loss to the Tigers and the Buckeyes will be out to return by going 13-0. They bring back quarterback J.T. Barrett and possess one of the best offensive lines in the country so the offense will thrive under new offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. Ohio St. is again strong on defense and the schedule is on its side with three of its four toughest games taking place at home.

Penn St. Nittany Lions (2016: 11-3 SU, 10-3-1 ATS)

That trip to Ohio St. could be a season killer as a loss there could make things tougher the next week when they travel to Michigan St. The offense was great last season but they had to play catch up on numerous occasions and not because of the defense but because the Nittany Lions were one of the slowest starting teams on offense in the nation. That put pressure on the defense which this year has to replace key pass rushers so that defense could not be as strong late in games. The Nittany Lions also have other tough road games at Iowa and Northwestern.

Michigan Wolverines (2016: 10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS)

While the talent is there, it is very raw. Michigan is returning only five starters this season, which is the fewest in the country. Of this, only one starter is back on the defense which finished No. 1 in the nation in total defense and No. 2 in scoring defense. That is a lot to replace and success will not happen overnight. The Wolverines will be tested right away with an opening game against Florida in Arlington and must take on Penn St. and Wisconsin on the road later in the season. This could be the best team in the country, but not until 2018.

Michigan St. Spartans (2016: 3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Michigan St. is coming off its worst season even under head coach Mark Dantonio and its first losing season since 2009. The three wins were the fewest since 1994 and this coming after a berth in the CFP in 2015 but all of this means we can buy low. Both offense and defense were dreadful last season as the offense had too many turnovers and the defense could not get off the field. The Spartans return only nine starters overall so this can be considered a rebuild by some but this is more of a reload as top programs do not stay down long.

Indiana Hoosiers (2016: 6-7 SU, 6-7 ATS)

While the pieces are in place, the loss of Wilson is big considering he was forced to resign over philosophical differences. The coaching switch should be seamless but how much improvement will there actually be? This team was very solid last season yet still finished 6-7 for a second straight year and now they are being asked to up that this season. Lagow had solid numbers but to go along with his 19 touchdowns, he also threw 17 picks. Opening the season against Ohio St. seems unfair and could put the Hoosiers in a bad place before the season has barely started.

Maryland Terrapins (2016: 6-7 SU, 4-9 ATS)

The rebuilding process is taking shape at Maryland as head coach D.J. Durkin got the Terrapins back into a bowl game in his first season and he brought in a loaded recruiting class for this season. 14 starters are back, seven on each side of the ball, and both units are in good position. The offense has solid playmakers and quarterback Kasim Hill comes in as one of the most highly touted recruits in a very long time. The defense has plenty of experience back even beyond the starters and they should improve upon their No. 77 total defense ranking from last season.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2016: 2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Rutgers is coming off its worst season since 2002 as it won just two games and one of those was against Howard of the FCS. The offense was so bad within the conference as it scored seven points or less in six of nine Big Ten games including getting shutout four times. Johnathan Lewis is a four-star recruit at quarterback which is a position that has been desolate for years. He may not have success right away but paves the way for a bright future. Defensively, 10 of the top 13 tacklers are back which given them hope to slow some teams down and stay competitive.

Wisconsin Badgers (2016: 11-3 SU, 9-4-1 ATS)

Even though the offense returns a bulk of the starters from last season, it was a bad unit as the Badgers were No. 89 in total offense and No. 67 in scoring offense. Wisconsin scored 23 or fewer points seven times and two of those were overtime games. A year later, it will be better but how much better is the question as they relied on their defense too much. Wisconsin must replace another defense coordinator as Justin Wilcox left for the California head coaching job and in comes unproven Jim Leonhard. The defense needs some of the pressure taken off it.

Northwestern Wildcats (2016: 7-6 SU, 8-5 ATS)

The Wildcats defense last season was a bend-don’t-break unit as they finished No. 24 in points allowed and did not give up more than 29 points in any game. And this was with a secondary that was decimated with injuries. Northwestern brings back eight starters so the chance for improvement is there. The offense was far from strong however as it scored 21 points or less six times, all resulting in losses. Eight starters return on this side as well including running back Justin Jackson, a 1,500-yard rusher, and quarterback Clayton Thorson.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (2016: 9-4 SU, 6-5-2 ATS)

Nebraska has won at least nine games in eight of the last nine years but are projected well below that this season which creates some value. Neither the offense nor the defense all great enough to carry the team but both are adequate enough to keep the Cornhuskers in games. The loss of quarterback Tommy Armstrong is a blow but transfer Tanner Lee showed he is capable to make the offense better. The defense should be more physical with the hiring of former Connecticut head coach Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator and the return of six key starters.

Iowa Hawkeyes (2016: 8-5 SU, 6-7 ATS)

Coming up with a downfield passing attack is easier said than done. The Hawkeyes have struggled with this for years and the offense has not been able to generate much to help the defense. Iowa was on the field for only 27 minutes per game last season on offense and that will be a problem again. The schedule is not easy with crossover games against Ohio St. and Penn St. and the three toughest games from the West Division coming on the road.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (2016: 9-4 SU, 5-5-3 ATS)

Minnesota has won eight or more games in consecutive seasons only twice since 1962 and it will have to do it again to surpass the Vegas win total. The defense was surprisingly good last season but there is a new defensive coordinator as well with Robb Smith so that could cause some issues. That means the offense has to get better and with two unproven quarterbacks battling for the starting spot, that may not happen for a while. The back end of the schedule is brutal with the last five games against teams that went bowling a season ago.

Illinois Fighting Illini (2016: 3-9 SU, 5-7 ATS)

The best news coming into the offseason was the signing of JUCO quarterback Dwayne Lawson which was considered a savior for the inept offense. Unfortunately, he had academic issues and he did not enroll so the Illini are stuck at the quarterback position with little talent. Defensively, the Illini lost their entire front four and that is not good considering the defense allowed over 219 ypg on the ground. It is going to be at least another year until the rebuild starts to take shape and with the lack of talent on both sides, surpassing the win total from last year will be tough.

Purdue Boilermakers (2016: 3-9 SU, 5-7 ATS)

Purdue has not been relevant since the Joe Tiller days as Danny Hope and Darrell Hazell could not turn things around with Hazell winning just nine games in his four years. Enter Jeff Brohm who led Western Kentucky to success and produced the top ranked scoring offense last season. Quarterback David Blough will fit well into this system and the offense will no doubt improve upon its No. 101 ranking in points scored. The Boilermakers were even worse on defense but they will improve there as well but the total rebuild will take some time.


Conference USA

Charlotte 49ers (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-7 ATS)

The team is 1-9 against FBS opponents that finished above .500. The running back group is a mess. Larry Ogunjobi and Brandon Banks are gone so the defensive line will probably get pushed around which puts more pressure on the rest of the defense. Charlotte has to go to Kansas State, Western Kentucky, Old Dominion and Southern Miss this season.

Florida Atlantic Owls (2016: 3-9 SU, 2-9-1 ATS)

Lane Kiffin and Kendal Briles give legitimacy to this team especially on the offensive side of the ball. New head coach Kiffin has stepped up recruiting, so there's some talent in Boca Raton. De'Andre Johnson comes over after briefly being at Florida State to play quarterback. He's got Devin Singletary and Buddy Howell at running back and they combined for nearly 1,900 rushing yards in last year.

FIU Panthers (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-6-1 ATS)

An intriguing hire with Butch Davis taking over as the new head coach. If Alex McGough can cut down on his turnovers this offense should flourish with Alex Gardner at running back and Thomas Owens out wide. Nine starters are back on defense and Brent Guy is a good coordinator to get them playing well.

Marshall Thundering Herd (2016: 3-9 SU, 4-7-1 ATS)

Outside of Yurachek, it is going to take some time to find WR and RB talent. Both of those groups are relatively young which means they'll be inconsistent. Marshall needs to find a kicker after missing six of their 10 field goal attempts last year. They've got three road games over the first five weeks.

MTSU Blue Raiders (2016: 8-5 SU, 6-6-1 ATS)

The offensive line will need to almost be completely rebuilt with just Chandler Brewer back as starter. The defense has eight starters back, but they allowed nearly 36 points per game in 2016. The front four needs to be completely replaced although Walter Brady comes in from Missouri.

Old Dominion Monarchs (2016: 10-3 SU, 8-4-1 ATS)

Confidence is high surrounding this team after they finished last year with six straight wins including a bowl victory over Eastern Michigan. They return 15 starters including running backs Ray Lawry and Jeremy Cox. Head coach Bobby Wilder has pieces to keep the offensive momentum going. Jonathan Duhart and Travis Fulgham will try to replace Zach Pascal who went to the pros.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2016: 11-3 SU, 7-7 ATS)

Nicholas Norris, Taywan Taylor and Forrest Lamp all graduated so they have to be replaced in the lineup. The defense brings back five starters from a group that was 2nd in the nation against the run. Mike Sanford is only 35 years old, so we'll see how he handles being the head coach after being an assistant for so long.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2016: 9-5 SU, 8-6 ATS)

Skip Holtz has done good things at the school in his fifth season. He was able to bring over Teddy Veal from Tulane and Adrian Hardy who was once an Oklahoma signee to sure up the wide receiver corps. Jarred Craft and Boston Scott form a solid running back duo. Jaylon Ferguson is back at defensive end and he had 14.5 sacks in 2016.

North Texas Mean Green (2016: 5-8 SU, 7-5-1 ATS)

The switch to a spread offense saw some success at times in 2016. Mason Fine got a lot of work as a freshman and was able to throw for almost 1,600 yards in 10 games. Jeffery Wilson is back for his senior season and he's rushed for almost 2,000 yards in his three-year career. The team is also in the second year of their 3-3-5 defensive scheme so there should be more improvement there.

Rice Owls (2016: 3-9 SU, 6-5-1 ATS)

Three different candidates are vying for the quarterback job with two of them being sophomores J.T. Granato and Jackson Tyner. The defense last year allowed 30 points or more nine times and gave up over 500 yards per game on average. They are scrapping the 4-2-5 defensive format for multiple fronts which they hope will confuse opposing offenses. Special teams is weak. The Owls open with three straight games away from home.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (2016: 7-6 SU, 4-8-1 ATS)

The offense has the pieces in place to be as strong as they were last year. Virtually everyone who caught or ran the ball in 2016 is back led by Ito Smith at running back and Allenzae Staggers out wide. The defense was 10th against the pass in 2016 and three of the five starters return this year.

UAB Blazers (2016: 0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)

Bill Clark was able to extract six wins from his first UAB team back in 2014. He's the right man to take over a program built almost completely from scratch. Shaq Jones played for the team and was the third leading tackler that year. He decided to stay on campus and will be counted on as a senior.

UTEP Miners (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-6-1 ATS)

Aaron Jones was such a big part of the offense and now the running back position is left to Joshua Fields and Walter Dawn. The team was hoping Quadraiz Wadley would take over, but he got hurt in the spring and is out for the season. They are also looking for a kicker after making just five field goals last year.

UTSA Roadrunners (2016: 6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Both sides of the ball experienced fantastic improvement last year which should continue with 13 total starters back this season. Marcus Davenport was second team all-conference in 2016 with 6.5 sacks. He's back along with four others in the front-six of the 4-2-5 defensive alignment. They avoid both Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee on the schedule.

Mid-American Conference

Miami (Ohio) Redhawks (2016: 6-7 SU, 9-4 ATS)

Miami is loaded on the offensive side of the ball, led by surprising QB Gus Ragland. As a sophomore last season Ragland basically saved the Redhawks’ season, taking the controls after an 0-6 start and leading Miami to six consecutive victories and a berth in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Ragland had only one interception in 179 passing attempts, and if he can even come close to duplicating that feat, then Miami will be a big factor in the conference.

Ohio Bobcats (2016: 8-6 SU, 8-6 ATS)

The QB spot is a problem and the receivers have a lot of improving to do. That limits what Ohio will be able to do, and puts great pressure on both the running game and the entire defense. Speaking of the defense, it was very good last year but will be missing a lot of the top performers this time around. There is talent, but bettors might want to take a long look and see how things come together before they put down money down. The lack of playmakers will be a real concern heading into camp.

Bowling Green Falcons (2016: 4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Bowling Green was a little shell-shocked after a 1-8 start in 2016. The offense was going nowhere, the passing game was non-existent and fans couldn’t even give their tickets away. But the Falcons made a mid-course correction, switching to a running game, and the result was three straight wins and a huge boost in confidence for the program heading into this season. RB Josh Cleveland was a hammer down the stretch, averaging more than nine yards a carry in the final three games. And all that should make QB James Morgan more effective this time around.

Akron Zips (2016: 5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS)

One thing you can say about Akron – it can find a way to put the ball in the end zone. Assuming QB Thomas Woodson is sufficiently recovered from shoulder surgery, the Zips should be able to continue to light up the scoreboard. In anticipation of Woodson coming back, Akron has moved reserve QB Tra’Von Chapman to wideout, where the Zips are somewhat depleted. How that turns out is anyone’s guess, but one thing’s for sure – the QB will have time to throw because the O-line features four returning starters.

Kent State Golden Flashes (2016: 3-9 SU, 6-6 ATS)

There’s no getting around the fact that the numbers are not impressive. Kent State has limped to 3-9 seasons in each of the last two years, and in 2015 ranked dead last in the country in offense. But if you are looking for a bright spot and reason to consider wagering on the Flashes, consider that they were competitive in several games last season and in three losses were one possession away from winning. QB Nick Holley moved from slot receiver last season and was a threat throwing (868 yards) and rushing (873). So there’s that.

Buffalo Bulls (2016: 2-10 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Buffalo’s regression to 2-10 after being competitive (5-7) in 2015 was a sobering experience for the entire program, and with the rest of the MAC looking improved, it could spell trouble for gamblers. There is a lot of experience returning on the defensive side of the ball, but these are the same players who gave up the most yards in the conference a year ago. Maybe they’re better this time around; maybe not. Caveat emptor.

Western Michigan Broncos (2016: 13-1 SU, 10-4 ATS)

There are concerns any time a team has to plug in a new quarterback, and Western Michigan has bid adieu to four-year starter Zach Terrell. Tom Flacco has the pedigree (his brother Joe is the man in Baltimore) but still has to win the job. Lester will be looking for a game manager-type QB who can hand off and at minimum keep defenses honest. Word out of Kalamazoo is that the receiving corps wasn’t all that impressive in spring practice, so expect other teams to stack the defense to stop the Bronco running game until Western Michigan proves it can move the ball through the air. The first two games (at USC, at Michigan State) are brutal tests.

Toledo Rockets (2016: 9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Lots of reasons, actually. Toldeo has most of its core back from a team that won nine games last year and looks ready to cause of lot of damage this time around. Most of the offense, including senior QB Logan Woodside, and seven defensive starters return. Woodside threw an eye-popping 45 touchdown passes last season as the Rockets marched up and down the field to the tune of 38 points and 518 yards per game. With so many returning players, expect more of the same.

Northern Illinois Huskies (2016: 5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS)

The old adage “when you have more than one quarterback, you don’t any quarterback” applies here. Due to injuries, five different QBs have started for NIU over the last 26 games, and that can only mean trouble. The Huskies gave up one point for every one they scored last season, which is a huge letdown considering the success of the program over the last decade. It’s tough to be in patch mode before pre-season practices even start, but that’s what’s facing the Huskies as they try to right the program and return it to the elite status it enjoyed just a few seasons ago.

Eastern Michigan Eagles (2016: 7-6 SU, 5-8 ATS)

Head coach Chris Creighton has to be happy with the direction of the program. Last season the Eagles played in a bowl game for the first time in three-decades, and 16 starters are back this time around. Lots to like, especially at the quarterback slot where Brogan Roback returned from a suspension and tossed for 2,694 yards and 18 touchdowns in 10 games. EMU is also stacked in the backfield, which should give coaching staff time to straighten out things in an inexperienced O-line.

Central Michigan Chippewas (2016: 6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS)

Sometimes it all comes down to the quarterback, and CMU is still searching for one to replace four-year starter Cooper Rush as pre-season nears. Add in the fact that the Chippewas will be employing a new spread offense, and there could be some problems – especially in the early going. Finally, problems on special teams cropped up last season and CMU will have to spend practice time fixing those issues.

Ball State Cardinals (2016: 4-8 SU, 7-5 ATS)

They’re just not “there” yet. There is inexperience everywhere, and on a team with just 12 seniors, trouble is around every corner. Besides the offensive problems inherent on a team without a top-flight QB, the defense gave up the most yards in the league last season and created the fewest turnovers. Ball State is a year or two away from being a factor in the conference.
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128 Key Betting Notes For 128 College Football Teams - Part II

FBS Independents

BYU Cougars (2016: 9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS)

As is the case every year for BYU since becoming an Independent, the schedule is not easy. It has tough early three-game stretch against LSU, Utah and Wisconsin although none of those are true road games. The Cougars also face Boise St. to close out the first half. They need playmakers to emerge on offense as they lost their top three receivers as well as their top running back so the tough schedule early on could pose problems. Defensively, they were fortunate to hold teams to just 19.5 points per game because they could not stop anyone through the air, allowing 252.2 yards per game passing.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2016: 4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS)

After winning at least eight games in the first six years under Brian Kelly, the Irish went just 4-8 which was their worst season since 2007. Top programs do not stay down for long so a resurgence in South Bend can be expected. Notre Dame has to replace starting quarterback DeShone Kizer but Brandon Wimbush is smart and athletic and has a slew a talent at wide receiver. He will be protected by a strong and experienced offensive line as well. Defensively, the Irish were okay and now they have a new defensive coordinator in Mike Elko who turned Wake Forest around.

Army Black Knights (2016: 8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Good things are happening at West Point as Army won eight games for the first time since 1996 including a thrilling victory over North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. While Army could not pass the ball, it did not need to as it finished No. 2 in the country in rushing offense at 339.6 ypg. Better numbers may be on the way in 2017 as the Black Knights bring back their top nine rushers including senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw. Additionally, four starters are back on the offensive line. They also the No. 4 defense and the schedule this year is easier.

Massachusetts Minutemen (2016: 2-10 SU, 7-5 ATS)

After winning two games last season, the Minutemen need just one additional victory to push the Vegas total and the schedule includes five games they have a shot to win. While they did lose 10 games last season, four of those were by eight points or less including two games against SEC teams and another loss against Florida was by a respectable 17 points. The passing game was strong at the time and while the defense was a disaster in almost every area, 10 starters are back so the experienced stop unit has a chance to improve.

Mountain West Conference

Air Force Falcons (2016 10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS)

The Falcons defense is going to have their work cut out for them after graduating 12 of their top 13 tacklers from last year, a completely decimated stop unit. As recently as 2013, the Air Force stop unit allowed 40 points per game after replacing most of their defense. They went 2-10 SU, 3-9 ATS that year.

Boise State Broncos (2016 10-3 SU, 3-10 ATS)

The Broncos won ten games last year, but covered only three pointspreads, a clear illustration of how the betting markets have overvalued this squad. They just 2-10 ATS at home over the past two seasons, no longer one of the strongest home fields in college football and the Broncos created only nine turnovers all season last year – this D might not have the type of playmakers that we’re used to seeing at Boise.

Colorado State Rams (2016 7-6 SU, 10-3 ATS)

After starting the season 0-2 ATS last year, Mike Bobo’s squad proceeded to cover the spread at a 10-1 clip in their final eleven ballgames, consistently undervalued by the betting markets. With a returning senior QB n Nick Stevens and a defense primed for improvement with eight starters back, the Rams are poised to make a run at the conference title if Boise State has a hiccup or two.

Fresno State Bulldogs (2016 1-11 SU, 7-4-1 ATS)

The Tim DeRuyter era at Fresno did not end well, a squad that has ranked in the bottom half of the conference in recruit ratings in recent seasons. In other words, the reason this program has declined so quickly is because the talent on hand isn’t very good. Expect Tedford to get his recruits on the field rather quickly, which means ample playing time for the youngsters on this rebuilding squad.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (2016: 7-7 SU, 6-7-1 ATS)

After five straight years of uncertainty at the QB position, the Warriors have a returning starter at QB in Dru Brown this season. While Brown may not be able to match the elite numbers posted by former Warriors QB’s Colt Brennan or Timmy Chang (both of whom went on to the NFL), he is most assuredly primed for a breakout sophomore season, with solid skill position talent surrounding him.

Nevada Wolfpack (2016: 5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS)

The Wolfpack is changing defensive schemes from a 3-3-5 to a 4-3. They’re changing offensive systems too, moving from a run first attack with star back James Butler to a more passer friendly offense – Norvell has been running an ‘Air Raid’ type offense for the better part of the last decade. Nevada’s current pieces don’t seem to fit what the coach wants to implement.

New Mexico Lobos (2016: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS)

When Bob Davie got fired at Notre Dame and went into the broadcast booth for a decade, few pundits expected him to ever get back into coaching, let alone at a second tier program like New Mexico. But Davie has succeeded against the odds, turning a squad that went 3-33 SU in the three years before he arrived into a bowl team in both 2015 and 2016. Returning senior QB Lamar Jordan is quite capable of getting them back to a bowl again this year.

San Diego State Aztecs (2016: 11-3 SU, 7-6-1 ATS)

The Aztecs aren’t built to win games by big margins, a team that tends to play conservatively on offense and relies on their strong stop unit to win games. That’s why, despite back-to-back conference titles, they’ve only gone 13-13 ATS in those two seasons (not counting bowls). And all three units on defense lost their best player to graduation in the offseason; a stop unit that might not be quite as good as it was in 2016.

San Jose State Spartans (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-6-1 ATS)

The Spartans entered fall camp still looking for a starting quarterback. Their skill position talent is as weak as any in the conference and their defense is changing schemes and short on impact players. Non-conference games against USF, Texas and Utah are likely to leave this team battered and bruised before conference play even starts.

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (2016: 4-8 SU, 6-6 ATS)

If you’re looking for a deep sleeper in the Mountain West, the Rebels have that potential upside. Head coach Tony Sanchez is now in his third season on the job trying to build this long moribund program. Sanchez has his recruits in place to make a move, with nine returning starters on offense and a redshirt frosh QB in Armani Rodgers who has been turning heads in practice.

Utah State Aggies (2016: 3-9 SU, 3-9 ATS)

None of that offensive skill position talent will excel unless the offensive line can block. Yes, the Aggies brought in four JUCO transfers for the OL, but they return only one starter, a unit with big holes to fill. It’s a similar story on the defensive line, replacing all three starters from last year without a ‘sure thing’ recruit to help fill the void.

Wyoming Cowboys (2016: 8-6 SU, 9-5 ATS)

When Craig Bohl got hired in Laramie prior to the start of the 2014 campaign, I had several good sources tell me to ‘watch out for the Cowboys, they’re going to win for this guy’. And, after two mediocre seasons, that’s exactly what Wyoming did last year, making it all the way to the MWC Championship Game. Their QB, Josh Allen, is solid, and their offensive line is loaded with four quality returning starters.

Pac-12 Conference

Cal Bears (2016: 5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS)

One can't avoid the fact that this is truly a rebuilding year, so matching last year's five-win total highly unlikely. Cal lost all five of its road games last season (won neutral site game vs. Hawaii) and will take an eight-game road losing streak into its season-opener at North Carolina. If Cal can somehow 'steal' a road win, four or five wins is possible. However, I don't see that happening.

Oregon Ducks (2016: 4-8 SU, 2-9-1 ATS)

The Ducks draw both Washington and Stanford on the road but do have just five road contests against seven home ones in 2017. Still, there could easily be an adjustment period for Taggert (huge step up in class for him). Yes, Oregon's defense returns nine starters but this unit allowed 37.5 PPG in 2015 and then 41.4 PPG last season. The team's 2-9-1 ATS record last year should shout caution! Oregon hosts Southern Utah and Nebraska, then plays at Wyoming and Arizona St, before hosting Cal. Anything less than a 4-1 start will make getting to nine wins too much of a hill to climb. Seven or eight wins seems about right and I don't want to count on a bowl victory to reach eight (push) or nine wins (cha-ching).

Oregon State Beavers (2016: 4-8 SU, 9-3 ATS)

Oregon St draws Washington and Stanford at home, which basically means the Beavers only have four winnable chances at home. That bodes poorly when one considers OSU is 0-11 SU on the road the last two seasons and will take a 13-game road losing streak into its season-opener at Colorado St.

Stanford Cardinal (2016: 10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Jim Harbaugh began the turnaround and David Shaw has continued it in Palo Alto. Shaw's teams have averaged 10.7 wins per season and captured four of six bowl games under his tenure. The team's best offensive player is gone (RB McCaffrey) and so is its best defensive player (DT Thomas) but 16 starters return. The team's OL is strong and defensively, Stanford's LBs and DBs may be the best units in the entire Pac-12.return.

Washington Huskies (2016: 12-2 SU, 7-7 ATS)

Chris Peterson led the Huskies to the Pac-12 championship last season in his third season in Seattle (remember that Year-3 'rule?'). Washington couldn't handle Alabama's defense in the CFP semis but finished 12-2. QB Jake Browning (43/9 ratio) is back as is RB Gaskin (1373 rush yards), so expect more fireworks for an offense that averaged 41.8 PPG. The defense followed a 2015 season when it allowed 18.8 PPG but allowing only 17.7 PPG last season and while a modest six starters return, four of the team's top-four tacklers are back. Washington has just five road games this season (again) but went a perfect 5-0 away from home last season (only Standford on Nov. 10 looms as a possible loss).

Washington State Cougars (2016: 8-5 SU & 6-7 ATS)

The team will finish with five away games in its last seven and while Leach brings an exciting offense to each contest, one just gets the feeling he can't be trusted. Case in point was they way WSU ended last season. On an eight-game losing streak, WSU lost 38-24 at Colorado, then 'laid a huge egg' in the Apple Cup (lost 45-17 at home to Washington) plus ) then the Cougars lost 17-12 against a Minnesota team depleted by suspensions in the Holiday Bowl.

Arizona Wildcats (2016: 3-9 SU, 2-10 ATS)

Arizona will be better in 2017 but a .500 team? The Wildcats will open the season having lost seven straight road games and only UTEP and Cal seem like possible (likely) wins. After losing eight of their last nine games in 2016, a fast start is almost a must. However, after opening at home against Northern Arizona, the Wildcats will likely be underdogs in their next four games until they host Oregon St on Nov. 11

Arizona State Sun Devils (2016: 5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Todd Graham led ASU to four straight bowls from 2012-2015, winning 10 games in both '13 and '15. The Sun Devils opened 5-1 last season but lost their final six games. However, the team's top-two RBs plus QB Wilkins (3rd-leading rusher) are all back (among seven offensive starters). ASU gets seven home games which is good news, as under Graham, they are 25-8 SU in Tempe. In Graham's previous 11 seasons as a head coach, none of his teams have failed to win five games, with nine of the11 winning six or more (five of those teams had double-digit wins).

Colorado Buffs (2016: 10-4 SU, 10-4 ATS)

Two of the team's six home games will be against Washington and USC, contests Colorado is unlikely to win. What's more, UCLA and Arizona St, two teams with losing records last year, figure to be much better in 2017, making visits to the Rose Bowl and Tempe tough venues. MacIntyre did wonders with last year's defense but this year's team returns just t three starters.

UCLA Bruins (2016: 4-8 SU, 4-8 ATS)

UCLA's season was already a disappointing 3-3 with QB Seth Rosen was lost for the season. The Bruins lost the game in which Rosen got hurt, beginning a 1-6 slide. However, Rosen in back healthy, one of nine offensive starters are back. Few don't expect UCLA to rebound, considering that Mora's first five teams at UCLA have averaged 8.6 wins per season.

USC Trojans (2016: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS)

Sam Darnold got the start in USC's fourth game of the season, a 31-27 loss at Utah. However, the true freshman then led USC to nine straight wins, including a wild comeback win over Penn St. in the Rose Bowl. Clay Helton's team enters 2017 as the Pac-12 favorite and rightly so. Darnold (31-9 ratio) may have just one season left in LA but it is expected to a be a memorable one. USC gets seven home games (went 6-0 SU at home in 2016) and will be favored in all five road games. The Trojans avoid Washington during the regular season and the team's toughest opponents all will visit the Coliseum.

Utah Utes (2016: 9-4 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Only nine returning starters in this highly-competitive conference spells trouble. Road games at USC and Washington are 'killers' plus visits to BYU and Oregon will be no "walk in the park." Besting Stanford and Colorado at home won't be easy and home games against Arizona St. and Washington St. are no gimmes.

Southeastern Conference

Florida Gators (2016: 9-4 SU, 5-7-1 ATS)

Callaway may be suspended for the opener against Michigan due to some offseason issues. While Randy Shannon is a solid defensive coordinator, there are still only three starters back and a lot of inexperience on the stop unit. The offense needs to improve after averaging 24 points per game or less in three of the past four seasons.

Georgia Bulldogs (2016: 8-5 SU, 6-7 ATS)

The wide reciever group other than Terry Godwin and Javon Wims is rather unimpressive. Rodrigo Blankenship struggled from long range as kicker for the Bulldogs and wasn't very good at kickoffs either. They have tough trips to Notre Dame, Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Kentucky Wildcats (2016: 7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Kentucky may have gained a little bit of a winner's mentality after last year's dash to make a bowl. They beat Louisville at their place and return 16 starters overall. Freshman All-American Benny Snell ran for over 1,000 yards in 2016 and should be able to alleviate some pressure on Stephen Johnson under center. Several weapons also are on the team at wide receiver.

Missouri Tigers (2016: 4-8 SU, 5-7 ATS)

Yikes, the defense was pretty bad last year allowing nearly 500 yards per game. Only three starters are back and one of those is in the front seven. There will be some growing pains in the secondary with both Aarion Penton and John Gibson III graduating. Tucker McCann was pretty bad at kicker as a freshman. Finishing out the year with Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Arkansas is tough.

South Carolina Gamecocks (2016: 6-7 SU, 6-6-1 ATS)

Jake Bentley is probably the best quarterback returning in the SEC East. He had just four interceptions in 190 attempts in 2016. Deebo Samuel is worth building around out wide. The offensive line is pretty much intact so there's no excuse for any slow start from the offense. Skai Moore is coming back from an injury after missing last season.

Tennessee Volunteers (2016: 9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS)

Depth is an issue at some key positions. As mentioned above, the wide receivers aren't great behind Jennings. The running backs behind Ty Kelly need some work as well. Defensively, they have to replace Derek Barnett who went to the Eagles. Injuries kept a lot of the first-team defense off the field during spring practice.

Vanderbilt Commodores (2016: 6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Zach Cunningham isn't leaping over offensive lines anymore as he took his talent to the NFL. Shurmur threw nine touchdown passes to 10 interceptions. He obviously needs to pick it up if the offense hopes to use their weapons. Alabama and Georgia both come to Nashville, but the Commodores don't exactly have a strong home field advantage.

Alabama Crimson Tide (2016: 14-1 SU, 10-5 ATS)

An angry Tide team coming off a national championship game loss should be a motivated team this year. Jalen Hurts is showing improvement and he has Tua Tagovailoa right behind him. The ground game will be strong with Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough who punish their opponents. Calvin Ridley had 72 receptions last season and is back this year.

Arkansas Razorbacks (2016: 7-6 SU, 5-8 ATS)

Austin Allen put up some good numbers in this offense and could be one of the better signal callers in the SEC West. Devwah Whaley should be able to find holes with four of five offensive linemen back for the Hogs. Jared Cornelius is both a good wide receiver and punt returner helping with field position.

Auburn Tigers (2016: 8-5 SU, 9-4 ATS)

Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat right now as the team put talent in place for him to win. They lost Carl Lawson, Montravius Adams and Rudy Ford so it may take some time for the defense to gel. Unfortunately, the punting could be an issue with Ian Shannon being a question mark. They play at LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M in a row in mid-October to November.

LSU Tigers (2016: 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS)

Once again, a strong LSU running back may see a stacked box consistently. Danny Etling doesn't scare anyone and his best receivers from 2016 are gone. The team will have to replace eight starters on defense with Tre'Davious White gone from the secondary. The kicker is a freshman which is a worry in big conference games.

Mississippi Rebels (2016: 5-7 SU, 4-8 ATS)

Shea Patterson is producing a ton of headlines this offseason and giving Rebels fans hope. Many think A.J. Brown, Van Jefferson and D.K. Metcalf will be one of the best trios in the league at wide receiver. Marquis Haynes has 24.5 career sacks and should play well with his NFL Draft status looming. Gary Wunderlich was a semi finalist for the Lou Groza Award.

Mississippi St. Bulldogs (2016: 6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS)

Grantham becomes the fourth defensive coordinator over the last four years. Three starters are gone from the offensive line while the team's skill positions also seem lean. Donald Gray had five touchdowns last year, but now he's going to have to be the number one wide receiver. Playing in the SEC West will be tough for these kids.

Texas A&M Aggies (2016: 8-5 SU, 4-9 ATS)

Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat and he's dragging out his quarterback decision. Jake Hubenak is holding off Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond in that race. While there aren't a ton of true road games, they are at UCLA, Florida, Ole Miss and LSU which will not be easy. The defense will have to play better if they hope to win any of those games.

Sun Belt Conference

Appalachian St. Mountaineers (2016: 10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS)

This team knows how to win. The Mountaineers have won 27 of their last 32 games since mid-2014 with two of those losses coming against Miami (Fla) and Clemson. They are again favored to win the conference and both offense and defense will be rock solid. Appalachian St. quarterback Taylor Lamb will be in his fourth year as a starter and he has a great running game behind him as well as a strong offensive line in front of him while the defense finished No. 17 in the country last season. The Mountaineers miss both Troy and Arkansas St. from the conference.

Troy Trojans (2016: 10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS)

The Trojans two toughest games within the conference are both on the road and they must deal with Boise St. and LSU in nonconference action on the highway. Four losses right there and they cannot reach their win total considering the Sun Belt does not have a conference championship game. The defense that finished No. 34 overall has some major holes to fill in the front seven and that is not a good thing when facing a lot of strong rushing teams. The Trojans were picked near the bottom of the conference last season so they will not be sneaking up on anyone this year.

Arkansas St. Red Wolves (2016: 8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS)

Momentum. The Red Wolves opened last season 0-4, including a bad loss at home against Central Arkansas of the FCS, but went on to finish 8-1 with the only loss coming by just five points against UL-L. The numbers were not great on offense as Arkansas St. was No. 74 in scoring offense but they averaged 32 ppg over that nine-game closing stretch after averaging 16.8 ppg in that 0-4 start. The schedule opens with Nebraska and Miami but after that, it is very tame. The Red Wolves miss Appalachian St. and catch Troy at home in the season finale.

Georgia Southern Eagles (2016: 5-7 SU, 3-9 ATS)

2016 was a very disappointing season for the Eagles. After a 3-0 start, they would go on to lose seven of their last nine games which came after a combined 18-7 record over their first two seasons in the FBS. Most of losses were competitive however which means those can get turned around this season. Georgia Southern averaged 381 and 363 ypg in its first two years in the FBS but fell to just 225 ypg last season which is the main reason for the dropoff. They are expected to improve in that area in 2017 which could significantly increase their win total.

UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (2016: 6-7 SU, 8-5 ATS)

Getting into the postseason will be made difficult with the way the Sun Belt schedule has been made as the four easiest games are at home while the four hardest are on the road. The non-conference schedule includes SE Louisiana which is a sure season opening win but it also includes three road games at Tulsa, Texas A&M and Mississippi and those are sure losses. The offense needs to carry some of the load and take the pressure off the defense but that will not be easy after the scoring offense ranked No. 109 and the total offense ranked No. 107 last season.

Idaho Vandals (2016: 9-4 SU, 9-4 ATS)

Idaho matched a school record for victories with nine while making it to its third ever bowl game so there is plenty of momentum heading into the new season. There will also be plenty of motivation as this will be the last season in the FBS for the Vandals which are dropping down a level next year and playing out of the Big Sky Conference. That means this season they could be playing in their last bowl game ever. The offense will be a potent unit led by senior quarterback and four-year starter Matt Linehan. The defense held its own and should do so again.

South Alabama Jaguars (2016: 6-7 SU, 3-10 ATS)

The passing attack was lackluster so breaking in a new group of receivers may take some time. They also must move on without the services of tight end Gerald Everett, a second-round pick in the NFL draft. The health of Davis is a big concern as he was banged up last season and he missed spring ball with a shoulder injury. While the offensive line comes back intact, it was not very good last season as the Jaguars were ranked No. 102 in rushing offense while allowing 31 sacks. Of their six road games, only two of those look to be winnable.

New Mexico St. Aggies (2016: 3-9 SU, 7-5 ATS)

New Mexico St. has not been relevant for years as it has not had a winning season since 2002 and has not been to a bowl game since 2002. Those streaks look to come to an end this season as the Aggies return 15 starters which is tied for the second most in the conference. The offense was explosive at times last season but was way too inconsistent to even be competitive in most of their games. They were No. 64 in total offense but just No. 97 in scoring offense and it will be up to the redzone offense to get right. The defense has nowhere to go but up.

Georgia St. Panthers (2016: 3-9 SU, 7-5 ATS)

While the Panthers return 14 starters from last season, they returned 16 last year and the results were obviously not good. Experience is a good thing if the experience is talented and there are questions about some of the spots coming back. Namely, the offensive line. Georgia St. has never been a good rushing team as it has averaged over 100 ypg only once in four years at the FBS level but last season was a disaster as it averaged 87.7 ypg, third worst in the country. This area has to improve for the offense as a whole to get better but this could be too much to ask.

ULM Warhawks (2016: 4-8 SU, 6-6 ATS)

The defense was so bad that even serious improvements may not be enough. ULM finished No. 119 in total defense and No. 122 in scoring defense as it regressed from what was a bad defense the year before. The Warhawks allowed over 400 yards on the ground three times and that cannot be fixed in one season. While the offense will be a notch better, the stop unit must go up several notches to produce more victories. The schedule is brutal with hardly any breathing room as they have no back-to-back home games.

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (2016: N/A)

It is a big risk backing a team jumping up a level. While the winning attitude is there, the talent Coastal Carolina will have to face will be a challenge even if it is just the Sun Belt Conference. While the defense should be able to hold its own, the offense returns only five starters and they will be breaking in a new quarterback which is not an ideal situation for a team stepping up to the FBS. The Chanticleers have to play the top three teams in the conference including back-to-back road games at Arkansas St. and Appalachian St.

Texas St. Bobcats (2016: 2-10 SU, 5-7 ATS)

Texas St. upset Ohio in the season opener but then it was all downhill from there. The Bobcats did pick up another victory along the way against Incarnate Word of the FCS but of the 10 losses, only one was competitive. That gives Texas St. some value heading into this season as it will be on no one’s radar so it could pull a few surprises. The Bobcats have Mississippi St. transfer Damian Williams to take over at quarterback and he has the playmaking ability to keep defenses honest. The schedule is difficult but there are spots where they can have success.
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Dunkel


Week 1


Saturday, September 2


Bowling Green @ Michigan State


Game 153-154
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Bowling Green
74.642
Michigan State
89.529
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Michigan State
by 15
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Michigan State
by 17 1/2
53 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Bowling Green
(+17 1/2); Under


Wyoming @ Iowa


Game 155-156
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Wyoming
87.995
Iowa
92.164
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Iowa
by 4
63
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Iowa
by 11 1/2
49
Dunkel Pick:
Wyoming
(+11 1/2); Over


Miami of Ohio @ Marshall


Game 157-158
September 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Miami of Ohio
79.127
Marshall
63.567
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Miami of Ohio
by 15 1/2
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Marshall
by 2 1/2
45
Dunkel Pick:
Miami of Ohio
(+2 1/2); Over


Kent State @ Clemson


Game 159-160
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Kent State
76.642
Clemson
113.461
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Clemson
by 37
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Clemson
by 40
51
Dunkel Pick:
Kent State
(+40); Under


Massachusetts @ Coastal Carolina


Game 161-162
September 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Massachusetts
72.235
Coastal Carolina
67.216
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Massachusetts
by 5
63
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Massachusetts
by 2 1/2
56 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Massachusetts
(-2 1/2); Over


Akron @ Penn State


Game 163-164
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Akron
66.351
Penn State
111.606
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Penn State
by 45
62
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Penn State
by 30 1/2
66
Dunkel Pick:
Penn State
(-30 1/2); Under


Louisville @ Purdue


Game 165-166
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Louisville
102.585
Purdue
75.247
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Louisville
by 27 1/2
74
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Louisville
by 24 1/2
67 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Louisville
(-24 1/2); Over


Arkansas St @ Nebraska


Game 167-168
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Arkansas St
80.357
Nebraska
97.101
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Nebraska
by 17
44
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Nebraska
by 14 1/2
47
Dunkel Pick:
Nebraska
(-14 1/2); Under


Nevada @ Northwestern


Game 171-172
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Nevada
77.329
Northwestern
98.016
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Northwestern
by 20 1/2
56
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Northwestern
by 24 1/2
60 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Nevada
(+24 1/2); Under


Ball State @ Illinois


Game 173-174
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Ball State
71.462
Illinois
76.626
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Illinois
by 5
48
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Illinois
by 7
55
Dunkel Pick:
Ball State
(+7); Under


UTEP @ Oklahoma


Game 175-176
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
UTEP
70.179
Oklahoma
111.512
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Oklahoma
by 41 1/2
67
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oklahoma
by 43
62 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
UTEP
(+43); Over


California @ North Carolina


Game 177-178
September 2, 2017 @ 12:20 pm


Dunkel Rating:
California
84.158
North Carolina
103.562
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
North Carolina
by 19 1/2
62
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
North Carolina
by 12
55
Dunkel Pick:
North Carolina
(-12); Over

South Alabama @ Mississippi


Game 179-180
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
South Alabama
63.539
Mississippi
94.423
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Mississippi
by 31
51
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Mississippi
by 23 1/2
57 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Mississippi
(-23 1/2); Under


Western Michigan @ USC


Game 181-182
September 2, 2017 @ 5:15 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Western Michigan
92.730
USC
120.470
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
USC
by 27 1/2
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
USC
by 26
58
Dunkel Pick:
USC
(-26); Over


Maryland @ Texas


Game 185-186
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Maryland
77.574
Texas
92.138
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Texas
by 14 1/2
61
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Texas
by 19
56
Dunkel Pick:
Maryland
(+19); Over


Temple @ Notre Dame


Game 187-188
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Temple
95.845
Notre Dame
96.687
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Notre Dame
by 1
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Notre Dame
by 18 1/2
55
Dunkel Pick:
Temple
(+18 1/2); Under


Georgia Southern @ Auburn


Game 189-190
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Georgia Southern
72.975
Auburn
103.017
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Auburn
by 30
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Auburn
by 34 1/2
60
Dunkel Pick:
Georgia Southern
(+34 1/2); Under


Appalachian St @ Georgia


Game 191-192
September 2, 2017 @ 6:15 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Appalachian St
89.464
Georgia
96.934
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Georgia
by 7 1/2
53
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Georgia
by 14 1/2
45 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Appalachian St
(+14 1/2); Over


Kentucky @ Southern Miss


Game 193-194
September 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Kentucky
88.553
Southern Miss
77.803
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Kentucky
by 12 1/2
52
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Kentucky
by 10
57 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Kentucky
(-10); Under


Houston @ TX-San Antonio


Game 195-196
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Houston
92.283
TX-San Antonio
79.880
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Houston
by 12 1/2
59
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Houston
by 10 1/2
51 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Houston
(-10 1/2); Over


South Carolina @ NC State


Game 197-198
September 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
South Carolina
86.869
NC State
89.954
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
NC State
by 3
65
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
NC State
by 5 1/2
52 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
South Carolina
(+5 1/2); Over


Michigan @ Florida


Game 201-202
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Michigan
108.178
Florida
100.721
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Michigan
by 7 1/2
53
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Michigan
by 4
43
Dunkel Pick:
Michigan
(-4); Over


Vanderbilt @ Middle Tennessee St


Game 203-204
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Vanderbilt
90.167
Middle Tennessee
73.063
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Vanderbilt
by 17
57
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Vanderbilt
by 3
59
Dunkel Pick:
Vanderbilt
(-3); Under


Florida State @ Alabama


Game 205-206
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Florida State
111.925
Alabama
113.661
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Alabama
by 1 1/2
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Alabama
by 7
49
Dunkel Pick:
Florida State
(+7); Over


Troy @ Boise State


Game 207-208
September 2, 2017 @ 3:45 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Troy
79.049
Boise State
87.139
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Boise State
by 8
56
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Boise State
by 11
62 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Troy
(+11); Under


Missouri St @ Missouri


Game 237-238
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Missouri St
57.291
Missouri
83.849
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Missouri
by 26 1/2
67
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Missouri
by 28 1/2
62
Dunkel Pick:
Missouri St
(+28 1/2); Over


Bethune Cookman @ Miami-FL


Game 239-240
September 2, 2017 @ 12:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Bethune Cookman
47.300
Miami-FL
105.279
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Miami-FL
by 58
58
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Miami-FL
by 51 1/2
61
Dunkel Pick:
Miami-FL
(-51 1/2); Under

South Alabama @ Mississippi


Game 179-180
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
South Alabama
63.539
Mississippi
94.423
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Mississippi
by 31
51
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Mississippi
by 23 1/2
57 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Mississippi
(-23 1/2); Under


Western Michigan @ USC


Game 181-182
September 2, 2017 @ 5:15 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Western Michigan
92.730
USC
120.470
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
USC
by 27 1/2
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
USC
by 26
58
Dunkel Pick:
USC
(-26); Over


Maryland @ Texas


Game 185-186
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Maryland
77.574
Texas
92.138
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Texas
by 14 1/2
61
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Texas
by 19
56
Dunkel Pick:
Maryland
(+19); Over


Temple @ Notre Dame


Game 187-188
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Temple
95.845
Notre Dame
96.687
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Notre Dame
by 1
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Notre Dame
by 18 1/2
55
Dunkel Pick:
Temple
(+18 1/2); Under


Georgia Southern @ Auburn


Game 189-190
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Georgia Southern
72.975
Auburn
103.017
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Auburn
by 30
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Auburn
by 34 1/2
60
Dunkel Pick:
Georgia Southern
(+34 1/2); Under


Appalachian St @ Georgia


Game 191-192
September 2, 2017 @ 6:15 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Appalachian St
89.464
Georgia
96.934
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Georgia
by 7 1/2
53
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Georgia
by 14 1/2
45 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Appalachian St
(+14 1/2); Over


Kentucky @ Southern Miss


Game 193-194
September 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Kentucky
88.553
Southern Miss
77.803
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Kentucky
by 12 1/2
52
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Kentucky
by 10
57 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Kentucky
(-10); Under


Houston @ TX-San Antonio


Game 195-196
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Houston
92.283
TX-San Antonio
79.880
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Houston
by 12 1/2
59
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Houston
by 10 1/2
51 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Houston
(-10 1/2); Over


South Carolina @ NC State


Game 197-198
September 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
South Carolina
86.869
NC State
89.954
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
NC State
by 3
65
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
NC State
by 5 1/2
52 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
South Carolina
(+5 1/2); Over


Michigan @ Florida


Game 201-202
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Michigan
108.178
Florida
100.721
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Michigan
by 7 1/2
53
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Michigan
by 4
43
Dunkel Pick:
Michigan
(-4); Over


Vanderbilt @ Middle Tennessee St


Game 203-204
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Vanderbilt
90.167
Middle Tennessee
73.063
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Vanderbilt
by 17
57
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Vanderbilt
by 3
59
Dunkel Pick:
Vanderbilt
(-3); Under


Florida State @ Alabama


Game 205-206
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Florida State
111.925
Alabama
113.661
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Alabama
by 1 1/2
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Alabama
by 7
49
Dunkel Pick:
Florida State
(+7); Over


Troy @ Boise State


Game 207-208
September 2, 2017 @ 3:45 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Troy
79.049
Boise State
87.139
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Boise State
by 8
56
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Boise State
by 11
62 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Troy
(+11); Under


Missouri St @ Missouri


Game 237-238
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Missouri St
57.291
Missouri
83.849
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Missouri
by 26 1/2
67
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Missouri
by 28 1/2
62
Dunkel Pick:
Missouri St
(+28 1/2); Over


Bethune Cookman @ Miami-FL


Game 239-240
September 2, 2017 @ 12:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Bethune Cookman
47.300
Miami-FL
105.279
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Miami-FL
by 58
58
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Miami-FL
by 51 1/2
61
Dunkel Pick:
Miami-FL
(-51 1/2); Under

Liberty @ Baylor


Game 271-272
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Liberty
63.189
Baylor
89.314
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Baylor
by 26
52
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Baylor
by 28 1/2
58
Dunkel Pick:
Liberty
(+28 1/2); Under


SE Missouri St @ Kansas


Game 273-274
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
SE Missouri St
55.201
Kansas
79.383
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Kansas
by 24
47
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Kansas
by 26
45
Dunkel Pick:
SE Missouri St
(+26); Over


Hampton @ Ohio


Game 275-276
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Hampton
39.082
Ohio
85.170
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Ohio
by 46
46
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Ohio
by 37 1/2
47 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Ohio
(-37 1/2); Under


SE Louisiana @ LA-Lafayette


Game 277-278
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
SE Louisiana
60.285
LA-Lafayette
79.647
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
LA-Lafayette
by 19 1/2
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
LA-Lafayette
by 15 1/2
52
Dunkel Pick:
LA-Lafayette
(-15 1/2); Over


Houston Baptist @ Texas State


Game 279-280
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Houston Baptist
38.812
Texas State
61.572
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Texas State
by 23
52
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Texas State
by 18 1/2
54
Dunkel Pick:
Texas State
(-18 1/2); Under


Central Arkansas @ Kansas State


Game 281-282
September 2, 2017 @ 7:10 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Central Arkansas
71.586
Kansas State
105.477
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Kansas State
by 34
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Kansas State
by 28 1/2
50 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Kansas State
(-28 1/2); Over


Cal Poly @ San Jose St


Game 283-284
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Cal Poly
65.713
San Jose St
69.086
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
San Jose St
by 3 1/2
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
San Jose St
by 10 1/2
62 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Cal Poly
(+10 1/2); Under


Abilene Christian @ New Mexico


Game 285-286
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Abilene Christian
53.394
New Mexico
79.794
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
New Mexico
by 26 1/2
72
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
New Mexico
by 28 1/2
68
Dunkel Pick:
Abilene Christian
(+28 1/2); Over


Jackson State @ TCU


Game 287-288
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Jackson State
32.928
TCU
93.118
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
TCU
by 60
60
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
TCU
by 51
61
Dunkel Pick:
TCU
(-51); Under


Northern Iowa @ Iowa State


Game 289-290
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Northern Iowa
76.708
Iowa State
93.561
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Iowa State
by 17
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Iowa State
by 13
51 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Iowa State
(-13); Over


Grambling @ Tulane


Game 291-292
September 2, 2017 @ 8:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Grambling
63.315
Tulane
79.308
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Tulane
by 16
46
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Tulane
by 18
52 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Grambling
(+18); Under


Southern Utah @ Oregon


Game 293-294
September 2, 2017 @ 8:15 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Southern Utah
74.510
Oregon
90.131
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Oregon
by 15 1/2
81
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Oregon
by 29 1/2
75 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Southern Utah
(+29 1/2); Over


UC-Davis @ San Diego St


Game 295-296
September 2, 2017 @ 8:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
UC-Davis
60.422
San Diego St
87.923
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
San Diego St
by 27 1/2
62
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
San Diego St
by 35
55
Dunkel Pick:
UC-Davis
(+35); Over


Howard @ UNLV


Game 297-298
September 2, 2017 @ 9:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Howard
35.953
UNLV
69.342
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
UNLV
by 33 1/2
50
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
UNLV
by 43
67 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Howard
(+43); Under


Incarnate Word @ Fresno State


Game 299-300
September 2, 2017 @ 10:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Incarnate Word
40.840
Fresno State
71.373
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Fresno State
by 28 1/2
36
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Fresno State
by 24
54
Dunkel Pick:
Fresno State
(-24); Under


Montana St @ Washington St


Game 301-302
September 2, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Montana St
62.746
Washington St
99.168
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Washington St
by 36 1/2
63
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Washington St
by 34 1/2
57
Dunkel Pick:
Washington St
(-34 1/2); Over


Northern Arizona @ Arizona


Game 303-304
September 2, 2017 @ 11:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Northern Arizona
66.764
Arizona
80.326
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Arizona
by 13 1/2
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Arizona
by 15 1/2
68 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Northern Arizona
(+15 1/2); Under


Western Carolina @ Hawaii


Game 305-306
September 2, 2017 @ 11:59 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Western Carolina
52.618
Hawaii
75.481
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Hawaii
by 23
66
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Hawaii
No Line
N/A
Dunkel Pick:
Hawaii
N/A


Brigham Young @ LSU


Game 307-308
September 2, 2017 @ 9:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Brigham Young
90.882
LSU
108.930
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
LSU
by 18
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
LSU
by 16
47
Dunkel Pick:
LSU
(-16); Over


Dayton @ Robert Morris


Game 529-530
September 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Dayton
48.427
Robert Morris
42.425
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Dayton
by 6
36
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Dayton
by 10 1/2
38
Dunkel Pick:
Robert Morris
(+10 1/2); Under


Villanova @ Lehigh


Game 535-536
September 2, 2017 @ 12:31 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Villanova
72.881
Lehigh
69.111
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Villanova
by 4
69
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Villanova
by 6 1/2
51
Dunkel Pick:
Lehigh
(+6 1/2); Over


Valparaiso @ Montana


Game 537-538
September 2, 2017 @ 2:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Valparaiso
28.718
Montana
68.266
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Montana
by 39 1/2
62
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Montana
by 36
59 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Montana
(-36); Over


Lafayette @ Monmouth


Game 541-542
September 2, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Lafayette
44.381
Monmouth
53.720
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Monmouth
by 9 1/2
52
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Monmouth
by 6
56
Dunkel Pick:
Monmouth
(-6); Under


Miss Valley St @ North Dakota St


Game 543-544
September 2, 2017 @ 3:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Miss Valley St
15.106
North Dakota St
89.293
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
North Dakota St
by 74
74
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
North Dakota St
by 51 1/2
58 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
North Dakota St
(-51 1/2); Over


Morgan St @ Towson


Game 549-550
September 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Morgan St
30.811
Towson
63.359
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Towson
by 32 1/2
48
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Towson
by 28 1/2
51
Dunkel Pick:
Towson
(-28 1/2); Under


Stetson @ Sacred Heart


Game 551-552
September 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Stetson
33.223
Sacred Heart
42.392
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Sacred Heart
by 9
56
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Sacred Heart
by 11 1/2
52
Dunkel Pick:
Stetson
(+11 1/2); Over


NC A&T @ Gardner-Webb


Game 557-558
September 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
NC A&T
59.827
Gardner-Webb
57.719
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
NC A&T
by 2
45
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Gardner-Webb
by 6
51 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
NC A&T
(+6); Under


Marist @ Bucknell


Game 559-560
September 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Marist
41.560
Bucknell
46.926
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Bucknell
by 5 1/2
55
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Bucknell
by 10 1/2
47 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Marist
(+10 1/2); Over


Furman @ Wofford


Game 561-562
September 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Furman
62.836
Wofford
70.276
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Wofford
by 7 1/2
36
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Wofford
by 13
45 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Furman
(+13); Under


South Dakota @ Drake


Game 567-568
September 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
South Dakota
68.657
Drake
44.405
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
South Dakota
by 24 1/2
65
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
South Dakota
by 23
61
Dunkel Pick:
South Dakota
(-23); Over

Butler @ Illinois State


Game 573-574
September 2, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Butler
25.165
Illinois State
74.248
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Illinois State
by 49
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Illinois State
by 32 1/2
51
Dunkel Pick:
Illinois State
(-32 1/2); Under


Prairie View @ Texas Southern


Game 581-582
September 2, 2017 @ 9:00 pm


Dunkel Rating:
Prairie View
44.550
Texas Southern
39.850
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Prairie View
by 4 1/2
49
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Prairie View
by 9 1/2
59
Dunkel Pick:
Texas Southern
(+9 1/2); Under
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BOWLING GREEN (4 - 8) at MICHIGAN ST (3 - 9) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MICHIGAN ST is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
MICHIGAN ST is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in a home game where the total is between 56.5 and 63 since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
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WYOMING (8 - 6) at IOWA (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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MIAMI OHIO (6 - 7) at MARSHALL (3 - 9) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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KENT ST (3 - 9) at CLEMSON (14 - 1) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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MASSACHUSETTS (2 - 10) at COASTAL CAROLINA (10 - 2) - 9/2/2017, 7:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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AKRON (5 - 7) at PENN ST (11 - 3) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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LOUISVILLE (9 - 4) vs. PURDUE (3 - 9) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
PURDUE is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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ARKANSAS ST (8 - 5) at NEBRASKA (9 - 4) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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NEVADA (5 - 7) at NORTHWESTERN (7 - 6) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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BALL ST (4 - 8) at ILLINOIS (3 - 9) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BALL ST is 71-49 ATS (+17.1 Units) in road games since 1992.
BALL ST is 71-49 ATS (+17.1 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 12-26 ATS (-16.6 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 122-159 ATS (-52.9 Units) in all games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 122-159 ATS (-52.9 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-88 ATS (-36.8 Units) in home games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-88 ATS (-36.8 Units) in home lined games since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 60-86 ATS (-34.6 Units) in home games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
ILLINOIS is 80-122 ATS (-54.2 Units) in games played on turf since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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UTEP (4 - 8) at OKLAHOMA (11 - 2) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
UTEP is 1-9 ATS (-8.9 Units) in road games against Big 12 conference opponents since 1992.
UTEP is 12-27 ATS (-17.7 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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CALIFORNIA (5 - 7) at N CAROLINA (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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S ALABAMA (6 - 7) at OLE MISS (5 - 7) - 9/2/2017, 7:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
S ALABAMA is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.
S ALABAMA is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games in September games since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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W MICHIGAN (13 - 1) at USC (10 - 3) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
W MICHIGAN is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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BYU (9 - 4) vs. LSU (8 - 4) - 9/2/2017, 9:30 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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MARYLAND (6 - 7) at TEXAS (5 - 7) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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TEMPLE (10 - 4) at NOTRE DAME (4 - 8) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
TEMPLE is 35-19 ATS (+14.1 Units) as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points since 1992.
TEMPLE is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
TEMPLE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
TEMPLE is 9-0 ATS (+9.0 Units) when playing on a Saturday over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
TEMPLE is 1-0 against the spread versus NOTRE DAME over the last 3 seasons
NOTRE DAME is 1-0 straight up against TEMPLE over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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GA SOUTHERN (5 - 7) at AUBURN (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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APPALACHIAN ST (10 - 3) at GEORGIA (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 6:15 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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KENTUCKY (7 - 6) at SOUTHERN MISS (7 - 6) - 9/2/2017, 4:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
SOUTHERN MISS is 1-0 against the spread versus KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
SOUTHERN MISS is 1-0 straight up against KENTUCKY over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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HOUSTON (9 - 4) at UTSA (6 - 7) - 9/2/2017, 7:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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S CAROLINA (6 - 7) vs. NC STATE (7 - 6) - 9/2/2017, 3:00 PM
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Head-to-Head Series History
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MICHIGAN (10 - 3) vs. FLORIDA (9 - 4) - 9/2/2017, 3:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
MICHIGAN is 26-47 ATS (-25.7 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points since 1992.
FLORIDA is 81-57 ATS (+18.3 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday since 1992.
FLORIDA is 35-20 ATS (+13.0 Units) in games played on a neutral field since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
MICHIGAN is 1-0 against the spread versus FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
MICHIGAN is 1-0 straight up against FLORIDA over the last 3 seasons
1 of 1 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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VANDERBILT (6 - 7) at MIDDLE TENN ST (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
VANDERBILT is 2-0 against the spread versus MIDDLE TENN ST over the last 3 seasons
VANDERBILT is 2-0 straight up against MIDDLE TENN ST over the last 3 seasons
1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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FLORIDA ST (10 - 3) vs. ALABAMA (14 - 1) - 9/2/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
ALABAMA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in road games when playing on a Saturday over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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TROY (10 - 3) at BOISE ST (10 - 3) - 9/2/2017, 3:45 PM
Top Trends for this game.
BOISE ST is 132-97 ATS (+25.3 Units) in all games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 132-97 ATS (+25.3 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
BOISE ST is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.
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12:00 PM
MISSOURI STATE vs. MISSOURI
Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri's last 5 games
Missouri is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games

12:00 PM
KENT STATE vs. CLEMSON
Kent State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Kent State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Clemson's last 22 games at home
Clemson is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

12:00 PM
BALL STATE vs. ILLINOIS
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Ball State's last 22 games
Ball State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games

12:00 PM
WYOMING vs. IOWA
Wyoming is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Wyoming is 3-19 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Iowa is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Iowa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

12:00 PM
BOWLING GREEN vs. MICHIGAN STATE
Bowling Green is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bowling Green's last 5 games
Michigan State is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Michigan State is 4-9-1 ATS in its last 14 games

12:00 PM
AKRON vs. PENN STATE
Akron is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Akron is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Penn State
Penn State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games at home

12:00 PM
MARYLAND vs. TEXAS
Maryland is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Maryland is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 5 games

12:20 PM
CALIFORNIA vs. NORTH CAROLINA
California is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of California's last 7 games on the road
North Carolina is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
North Carolina is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games

12:30 PM
BETHUNE-COOKMAN vs. MIAMI
Bethune-Cookman is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Bethune-Cookman is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami's last 6 games

1:00 PM
YOUNGSTOWN STATE vs. PITTSBURGH
Youngstown State is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games
Youngstown State is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games

2:00 PM
PORTLAND STATE vs. OREGON STATE
Portland State is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games
Portland State is 2-15 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Oregon State is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games
Oregon State is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games at home

2:05 PM
VMI vs. AIR FORCE
VMI is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
VMI is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Air Force's last 10 games at home
Air Force is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home

3:00 PM
SOUTH CAROLINA vs. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
South Carolina is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina State's last 6 games

3:30 PM
ALABAMA A&M vs. UAB
Alabama A&M is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Alabama A&M is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
UAB is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games

3:30 PM
NEVADA vs. NORTHWESTERN
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nevada's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Nevada's last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Northwestern's last 9 games at home

3:30 PM
MICHIGAN vs. FLORIDA
Michigan is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Michigan's last 21 games
Florida is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida's last 7 games

3:30 PM
WILLIAM & MARY vs. VIRGINIA
William & Mary is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
William & Mary is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Virginia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
TEXAS EL PASO vs. OKLAHOMA
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas El Paso's last 7 games
Texas El Paso is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma's last 6 games
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

3:30 PM
TEMPLE vs. NOTRE DAME
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Temple's last 5 games on the road
Temple is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Notre Dame is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Notre Dame is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

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NC CENTRAL vs. DUKE
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke's last 5 games at home
Duke is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games at home

3:45 PM
TROY vs. BOISE STATE
Troy is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Troy is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Boise State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boise State is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games

4:00 PM
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Charleston Southern is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Charleston Southern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Mississippi State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Mississippi State's last 7 games

4:00 PM
EASTERN WASHINGTON vs. TEXAS TECH
Eastern Washington is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Washington's last 5 games
Texas Tech is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Texas Tech's last 22 games

4:00 PM
STONY BROOK vs. SOUTH FLORIDA
Stony Brook is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Stony Brook is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of South Florida's last 8 games
South Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

4:00 PM
KENTUCKY vs. SOUTHERN MISS
Kentucky is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky's last 9 games on the road
Southern Miss is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Southern Miss is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games

5:15 PM
WESTERN MICHIGAN vs. SOUTHERN CAL
Western Michigan is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
Western Michigan is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games
Southern Cal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern Cal's last 9 games

6:00 PM
N.C. CENTRAL vs. DUKE
N.C. Central is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
N.C. Central is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing N.C. Central
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against N.C. Central

6:00 PM
ALBANY, N.Y vs. OLD DOMINION
No trends available
Old Dominion is 7-1-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Old Dominion is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games

6:00 PM
JAMES MADISON vs. EAST CAROLINA
James Madison is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games
James Madison is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of East Carolina's last 7 games
East Carolina is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games

6:15 PM
APPALACHIAN STATE vs. GEORGIA
Appalachian State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 6 games
Georgia is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Georgia's last 20 games

6:30 PM
MIAMI (OHIO) vs. MARSHALL
Miami (Ohio) is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
Miami (Ohio) is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Marshall is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Miami (Ohio)
Marshall is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Miami (Ohio)

7:00 PM
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN vs. SOUTHERN METHODIST
Stephen F. Austin is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Stephen F. Austin is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
Southern Methodist is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
MASSACHUSETTS vs. COASTAL CAROLINA
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Massachusetts's last 7 games
Massachusetts is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Coastal Carolina is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

7:00 PM
LIBERTY vs. BAYLOR
Liberty is 3-20 SU in its last 23 games
Liberty is 3-20 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Baylor is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Baylor is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home

7:00 PM
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE vs. KANSAS
Southeast Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Southeast Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Kansas's last 11 games

7:00 PM
NORTHWESTERN STATE vs. LOUISIANA TECH
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern State's last 7 games
Northwestern State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisiana Tech's last 9 games
Louisiana Tech is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

7:00 PM
HOUSTON BAPTIST vs. TEXAS STATE
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas State's last 5 games
Texas State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
LAMAR vs. NORTH TEXAS
Lamar is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Lamar's last 5 games
North Texas is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of North Texas's last 9 games at home

7:00 PM
HAMPTON vs. OHIO
No trends available
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ohio's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ohio's last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA vs. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Southeastern Louisiana is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Southeastern Louisiana is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
EASTERN KENTUCKY vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY
Eastern Kentucky is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games at home
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

7:00 PM
HOUSTON vs. UTSA
Houston is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UTSA's last 6 games
UTSA is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

7:10 PM
CENTRAL ARKANSAS vs. KANSAS STATE
Central Arkansas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
Central Arkansas is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Kansas State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games at home

7:30 PM
LOUISVILLE vs. PURDUE
Louisville is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Louisville's last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Purdue's last 5 games
Purdue is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

7:30 PM
SOUTH ALABAMA vs. MISSISSIPPI
The total has gone OVER in 4 of South Alabama's last 5 games
South Alabama is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Mississippi is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Mississippi's last 5 games

7:30 PM
CAL POLY vs. SAN JOSE STATE
Cal Poly is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Cal Poly is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Jose State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
San Jose State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games

7:30 PM
GA SOUTHERN vs. AUBURN
Ga Southern is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games
Ga Southern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Auburn is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Auburn is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
ALABAMA vs. FLORIDA STATE
Alabama is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Florida State's last 9 games
Florida State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

8:00 PM
VANDERBILT vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home

8:00 PM
NORTHERN IOWA vs. IOWA STATE
Northern Iowa is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games
Northern Iowa is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Iowa State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Northern Iowa
Iowa State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Northern Iowa

8:00 PM
GRAMBLING STATE vs. TULANE
Grambling State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Grambling State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tulane is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Tulane is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
ARKANSAS STATE vs. NEBRASKA
Arkansas State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arkansas State's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Nebraska's last 5 games at home
Nebraska is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:00 PM
JACKSON ST vs. TCU
Jackson St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Jackson St is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
TCU is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
TCU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games

8:00 PM
ABILENE CHRISTIAN vs. NEW MEXICO
Abilene Christian is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Abilene Christian is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New Mexico is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

8:15 PM
S. UTAH vs. OREGON
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of S. Utah's last 5 games
S. Utah is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Oregon is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Oregon is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

8:30 PM
UC DAVIS vs. SAN DIEGO STATE
UC Davis is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
UC Davis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
San Diego State is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games at home
San Diego State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

9:00 PM
HOWARD vs. UNLV
Howard is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Howard is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of UNLV's last 19 games
UNLV is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games at home

9:30 PM
LSU vs. BYU
LSU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of LSU's last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of BYU's last 9 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

10:30 PM
MONTANA STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
Montana State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Montana State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Washington State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games at home

11:00 PM
NORTHERN ARIZONA vs. ARIZONA
Northern Arizona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Northern Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Arizona is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home
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Akron Zips at Penn State Nittany Lions (-30.5, 66) -- 12 p.m. ET

Penn State covered in each its final nine games last season, finishing the season with a 10-3-1 ATS record. Only Temple was better against the number than the Nittany Lions.

The over hit in 10 of Penn State's 14 games last season. This will mark the first game with an over/under in the 60s for the Nittany Lions under James Franklin.

Wyoming Cowboys at Iowa Hawkeyes (-11.5, 49.5) -- 12 p.m. ET

Wyoming is 7-1 ATS as an underdog in games started by quarterback Josh Allen, winning five of those outright.

Iowa is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games as a double-digit favorite.

Maryland Terrapins at Texas Longhorns (-18.5, 56) -- 12 p.m. ET

Maryland was 1-6 ATS in road and neutral games in D.J. Durkin's first year as head coach last season.

NC State Wolfpack (-5, 52.5) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks -- 3 p.m. ET (Charlotte)

North Carolina State is 13-6 ATS in non-conference games under head coach Dave Doeren.

In Will Muschamp's head coaching career, the total has gone under in 13 of the 19 games with an over/under of 50-plus.

Michigan Wolverines (-5, 43) vs. Florida Gators -- 3:30 p.m. ET (Arlington)

The total has gone over in 17 of Michigan's last 21 games.

Temple Owls at Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-18.5, 55) -- 3:30 p.m. ET

Temple has gone 10-1 ATS as an underdog since 2015, winning seven of those outright.

Troy Trojans at Boise State Broncos (-11, 62.5) -- 3:45 p.m. ET

Troy has covered in each of its last five games as a double-digit underdog.

Western Michigan Broncos at USC Trojans (-26.5, 57) -- 5:15 p.m. ET

USC went 6-0 ATS as a double-digit favorite last season. The Trojans also went 5-1 ATS at home.

Appalachian State Mountaineers at Georgia Bulldogs (-14.5, 45.5) -- 6:15 p.m. ET

Georgia has gone 2-7 as a double-digit favorite since 2015.

Appalachian State went 6-1 ATS in road and neutral games last season.

Louisville Cardinals (-24.5, 68) vs. Purdue Boilermakers -- 7:30 p.m. ET (Indianapolis)

Since Bobby Petrino returned as head coach in 2014, Louisville has gone 10-3 ATS in games played in September.

Bobby Petrino's teams have covered in each of their last five season openers.

Florida State Seminoles vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (-7, 49.5) -- 8 p.m. ET (Atlanta)

Under Nick Saban, Alabama has gone 9-1 ATS (10-0 straight up) in season openers.

Alabama is favored for the 98th time in its last 99 games. The Crimson Tide have gone 30-19 ATS in road and neutral games during that span.

BYU Cougars vs. LSU Tigers (-15.5, 47) -- 9:30 p.m. ET (New Orleans)

BYU went 5-0 ATS as an underdog in Kalani Sitake's first year as head coach last season.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (-4, 51.5) -- Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET (Landover, MD)

West Virginia has gone 1-7 ATS in its last eight neutral-site games.

In his head coaching career, Justin Fuente's teams have gone 6-2 ATS in games against ranked teams.

Texas A&M Aggies at UCLA Bruins (-3.5, 56.5) -- Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Under Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M has gone 16-6 ATS in games played in August or September.

Tennessee Volunteers (-3, 56) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -- Monday at 8 p.m. ET (Atlanta)

Under Butch Jones, Tennessee has gone 5-0 ATS in neutral-site games.
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Saturday's Week 1 NCAAF Top 25 betting cheat sheet and odds

It's finally back. The first real Saturday of college football season is here and there are plenty of intriguing Top 25 matchups on the schedule, culminating with an epic showdown in Atlanta between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State. We break down each matchup in Top 25 betting cheat sheet to help you handicap all of Saturday's best action.

Kent State Golden Flashes at No. 5 Clemson Tigers (-39.5, 51)

* Golden Flashes quarterback Nick Holley was forced into action last season after Kent State's first four QB options faltered. Holley, who played quarterback in high school, responded with 16 total touchdowns while throwing for 868 yards and passing for 920 more.

* Clemson was a defensive juggernaut last season, with the base defense - the 4-3 Over - resulting in the Tigers leading the nation in tackles for a loss for the fourth year in a row. The Tigers also limited FBS opponents to a 28.4% conversion rate on third down, the fourth-best mark in Division I.

LINE HISTORY: The defending champs my have lost Deshaun Watson, but that hasn't stopped the public from backing the Tigers. Oddsmakers opened Clemson at -38.5 and they were bet up to -40, before being bought back to the current number of -39.5. The total opened at 51.5 and has been bet down a half-point to 51.

TRENDS:

* Kent State is 2-7 ATS in its last nine games on grass.
* Clemson is 4-0 ATS in its last four non-conference games.
* Under is 4-1 in Kent State's last five games vs. ACC opponents.
* Under is 6-0 in Clemson's last six games in September.


Akron Zips at No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions (-30.5, 66)

* Akron's offense will receive a boost with the return of senior quarterback Thomas Woodson (2,079 yards, 18 touchdowns, six interceptions), who was limited to seven games due to injury but is now 100 percent. The Zips' defense allowed 6.1 yards per play, good four 94th in Division I.

* Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (3,614 yards, 28 passing TDs, nine interceptions, seven rushing TDs), was responsible for 13 TDs in the Nittany Lions' last three games of 2016. A much-improved offensive line was a major catalyst, limiting foes to 1.7 sacks per game after giving up three per contest a season earlier.

LINE HISTORY: Penn State opened as high as -35 for this matchup at some books, but bettors brought that number down almost immediately. The line has moved 4.5-points to the current number of Penn State -30.5. The total on the other hand has gone up significantly, moving 2.5-points from the opening number of 63.5 to the current number of 66.

TRENDS:

* Akron is 1-4 in its last five meetings.
* Penn State is 5-0-1 ATS in its last six home games.
* Over is 4-0 in Akron's last four non-conference games.
* Over is 5-0 in Penn State's last five games in September.


Maryland Terrapins at No. 23 Texas Longhorns (-19, 56)

* The Terrapins have had a quarterback hold the starting job for an entire season just twice in the past 13 seasons. Last year's QB see-saw led to inconsistent results through the air, with Maryland ranked 77th in yards per completion (12.0), 83rd in QB rating (123.0) and 114th in third-down conversion rate (32.5%).

* The Longhorns' defense will need to see dramatic improvements after struggling in 2016. Last year's group underachieved, leading to Texas giving up 23 first downs per game (89th-best in Division I) and allowing a collective opposing passer rating of 138.1 (85th).

LINE HISTORY: The Longhorns opened as 17-point favorites for their matchup with the Terrapins and bettors are backing head coach Tom Herman in his first game as head football coach, moving the line to Texas -19. The total has not moved off the opening number of 56.

TRENDS:

* Maryland is 0-6 ATS in its last six road games.
* Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last five vs. Big Ten opponents.
* Under is 4-1-1 in Maryland's last six non-conference games.
* Under is 7-0 in Texas' last seven games overall.


UTEP Miners at No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners (-43, 63)

* A bigger contribution from star quarterback Ryan Metz is at the top of the Miners' agenda in 2016. Metz (64.7% completion rate, 1,375 yards, 14 touchdowns, four interceptions) fared well overall, but his performance couldn't prevent UTEP from finishing in the Conference USA basement in attempts (327), completions (195) and total passing yards (2,204).

* The Sooners racked up 7.4 yards per offensive play in 2016; that number didn't waver depending on the location, with Oklahoma gaining 7.4 yards per play at home and 7.3 on the road. But the Sooners allowed opponents to convert 42.6% of their third downs in FBS action last season - ranking them 85th nationally.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Sooners as massive 45 point favorites at some books, but bettors are a little weary with a number so big and it being the first game with no Bob Stoops, moving the line to Sooners -43. The total is up a half-point from the opening number of 62.5 to 63.

TRENDS:

* UTEP is 4-12 in its last 16 games vs. Big 12 opponents.
* Oklahoma is 5-0 ATS in its last five home games.
* Over is 5-2 in UTEP's last seven games overall.
* Under is 5-0 in Oklahoma's last five home games.


No. 17 Florida Gators vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (-4.5, 43)

* The Wolverines led Division I in fewest yards allowed per game last season (216.7), but lost Taco Charlton, Ryan Glasgow and Chris Wormley, who combined for 19 1/2 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for loss. The loss of Jake Butt, Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson forces Michigan to account for 138 receptions, 1,908 yards and 13 touchdowns.

* A handful of 2016 starters have departed a Florida defense that limited opponents to a Division I-best 92.9 passer rating. Struggles on the other side of the football persisted, with the Gators finishing 79th in the nation in passing yards per game (215.8).

LINE HISTORY: This line has seen plenty of action. The Wolverines opened as about a 3-point favorite, were bet as high low as -2 and as high as -5.5. They are currently 4.5-point favorites. The total hit the board at 45 and has been bet down 2-points to the current number of 43.

TRENDS:

* Florida is 1-7 ATS in its last eight non-conference games.
* Michigan is 4-1 ATS in its last five games in September.
* Under is 4-0 in Florida's last four non-conference games.
* Over is 5-0 in Michigan's last five non-conference games.


Western Michigan Broncos at No. 4 USC Trojans (-26.5, 58)

* The Broncos ranked 11th in the NCAA in points per game (39.3), largely in the strength of two players - quarterback Zach Terrell and receiver Corey Davis - who have moved on. Look for an even greater emphasis on a run game that produced nearly 219 yards per game in 2016.

* The Trojans' success hinges on quarterback Sam Darnold, who had a 67.2% completion rate, more than 3,000 passing yards, 31 TDs and just nine interceptions. The USC rushing game was also robust in 2016, averaging 5.1 yards per carry - well ahead of the 4.5 YPC mark it posted in 2015.

LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Trojans as about 26-point favorites for their opener and bettors backed USC up to -27.5. But since then, the number has come back down to USC -26.5. Most books opened the total around 58, which is where the number currently sits.

TRENDS:

* Western Michigan is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games in September.
* USC is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games overall.
* Over is 4-1 in Western Michigan's last five games on grass.
* Under is 5-1 in USC's last six home games.


Appalachian State Mountaineers at No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs (-14.5, 45.5)

* The Mountaineers boasted a rushing attack that finished eighth in Division I in rushing yards per game (256.9) and sixth in yards per attempt (5.9). The centerpiece of that vaunted ground assault, junior Jalin Moore, will look to build upon his 1,402-yard, 10-touchdown showing from last year.

* The Bulldogs have a clear strength coming into the 2017 season, and that's on defending the run. Georgia has nine returning linemen on a defense that was borderline-elite in 2016, ranking in the top 30 in both rushing and passing S & P+.

LINE HISTORY: Early on bettors were on the always upset-minded Mountaineers, moving the line from +14.5 all the way down to +12. But since then, bettors have bought back the Bulldogs, with the current number at Georgia -14.5.

TRENDS:

* Appalachian State is 13-3 ATS in its last 16 road games.
* Georgia is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.
* Under is 6-1 in Appalachian State's last six games on grass.
* Over is 8-1 in Georgia's last nine games vs. Sun Belt opponents.


Georgia Southern Eagles at No. 12 Auburn Tigers (-34, 59.5)

* The Eagles were one of the most run-heavy teams in the nation last season (67.1% rush rate) but only ranked 35th in rushing yards per game (207.0). Redshirt freshman QB Shai Werts will look to improve upon Georgia Southern's 119.1 proficiency rating from a year ago.

* Auburn averaged seven yards per play and 513 yards per game from Sept. 24 to Nov. 5 of last season, while limiting opponents to 4.8 yards per play and 334 yards per contest in that span. Returning running back Kamryn Pettway amassed 1,224 yards on 5.9 YPC and seven rushing scores despite playing just nine games.

LINE HISTORY: The Tigers hit the board as 35-point favorites and have been bet as low as -33.5 at some places. The total on the other hand, has seen plenty of action. Since opening at 53, it has sky-rocketed up six and a half points to the current number of 59.5.

TRENDS:

* Georgia Southern is 5-0 ATS in its last five vs. SEC opponents.
* Auburn is 5-1 ATS in its last five non-conference games.
* Over is 4-1 in Georgia Southern's last five non-conference games.
* Under is 5-0 in Auburn's last five overall.


No. 16 Louisville Cardinals at Purdue Boilermakers (+25, 68)

* Returning QB Lamar Jackson racked up more than 5,100 combined yards while throwing for 30 touchdowns and rushing for 21 more in 2016. Louisville was a top-10 offensive unit in yards per game (532.7), fourth-down conversion rate (68.8%), yards per rush (6.0) and yards per play (6.9).

* Purdue surrendered an obscene 39.5 points per game in 2016 while allowing opponents to convert more than 49 percent of their third-down situations. The Boilermakers threw the ball nearly 63 percent of the time but averaged just under 300 yards per game, barely inside the top 20 nationally.

LINE HISTORY: The Cardinals opened as high as -27 at some shops, but it has been the Boilermakers seeing most of the action. The number got as low as Louisville -24, before getting bought back to the current number of -25. The total hit board at 68.5 and just bounced around that number, currently at 68.

TRENDS:

* Louisville is 0-4 ATS in its last four games overall.
* Purdue is 1-4 ATS in its last five non-conference games.
* Over is 4-0 in Louisville's last four games in September.
* Over is 4-1 in Purdue's last five games overall.


No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 3 Florida State Seminoles (+7, 49.5)

* Quarterback Deandre Francois (3,350 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, seven interceptions) will need more help this season from an offensive line that allowed a 7.88% sack rate. The Seminoles were flagged an average of 7.8 times for 74 yards per game in 2016, ranking them among the worst offenders in the nation.

* The Crimson Tide led the nation in fewest yards per carry allowed (2.0) and fewest yards per game against (63.9). The offense will see six returning starters, including standout quarterback Jalen Hurts (2,780 yards, 23 passing TDs, 13 rushing TDs) and leading rusher Damien Harris (1,040 yards, 7.2 YPC).

LINE HISTORY: The Crimson Tide opened favored by a converted touchdown at most book, with the number bouncing back-and-forth between -7 and -7.5. It is currently 'Bama -7. The total opened at 49 and has moved up a half-point to 49.5. Check out the complete line history here.

TRENDS:

* Alabama is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games in Week 1.
* Florida State is 4-0 ATS in its last four non-conference games.
* Over is 4-0-1 in Alabama's last five vs. ACC opponents.
* Over is 6-0 in Florida State's last six neutral site games.


No. 13 LSU Tigers vs. BYU Cougars at (+14.5, 47)

* Hot on the heels of a terrific ground effort in 2016, the Cougars picked up where they left off, piling up 171 rushing yards in last week's 20-6 drubbing of Portland State. BYU ranked second in the nation last year in red-zone conversion rate (95.9%), and led Division I in turnovers forced per game (2.5).

* The Tigers' ground game is in great hands with junior running back Derrius Guice (1,387 yards, 15 touchdowns, 7.2 YPC). Senior Danny Etling (2,123 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions) will get first crack at elevating an LSU passing game that finished 93rd in the nation in yards per contest (195.8).

LINE HISTORY: The Ed Orgeron era at LSU beings and most bettors have liked the change. The Tigers opened at -13.5 and were bet as high as -16, before getting bet back to the current number of -14.5. The total hit the board at 47.5 and has bounced back-and-forth between that and 47, where it currently sits.


No. 22 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. No. 21 Virginia Tech Hokies (-4, 51.5)

* The Mountaineers called a run on nearly 57 percent of their plays last season, but that should shrink with the addition of former Florida Gators quarterback Will Grier. That said, West Virginia will still lean on a run game that ranked 25th in the nation in yards per game (227.8) and 28th in yards per carry (5.2).

* The Hokies boasted a top-30 scoring offense last season (34.9 points per game) but are replacing quarterback Jerod Evans (3,552 passing yards, 846 rushing yards, 41 total TDs) with redshirt freshman Josh Jackson. The Hokies allowed foes to convert on third down just 28.6 percent of the time (fifth-best nationally).

LINE HISTORY: Oddmakers think this will be one of the closest games this weekend opening with the Hokies favored by a field goal. They have since been bet up one point to the current number of Virginia Tech -4. The under has seen some action here, with the number hitting the board around 54.5, it is currently down to 51.5.

TRENDS:

* West Virginia is 0-4 ATS in its last four neutral site games.
* Virginia Tech is 4-0 ATS in its last four games overall.
* Over is 4-1 in West Virginia's last five neutral site games.
* Over is 13-3 in Virginia Tech's last 16 non-conference games.
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