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THURSDAY, AUGUST 31

GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

FIU at UCF 06:00 PM

UCF -17.0

O 56.0


BUFF at MINN 07:00 PM

BUFF +24.0

O 50.0


TLSA at OKST 07:30 PM

OKST -17.5

U 69.5


UND at UTAH 07:30 PM

UTAH -20.5

OSU at IND 08:00 PM

IND +20.5

O 56.0


ULM at MEM 09:00 PM

ULM +25.0

O 63.0


NMSU at ASU 10:30 PM

NMSU +22.5

O 70.0
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Henderson, Memphis run past Louisiana Monroe 37-29
August 31, 2017


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Darrell Henderson rushed for 169 yards and two long touchdowns, and Tony Pollard returned a kickoff 99 yards to lead Memphis to a 37-29 win over Louisiana Monroe in the season opener on Thursday night.

Henderson, who had just 12 carries, scored from 55 and 63 yards. Patrick Taylor had a 66-yard touchdown and finished with 131 yards on 15 carries. Both backs were at 106 yards at halftime, the first time either sophomore has topped 100 yards.

Henderson, Taylor and quarterback Riley Ferguson had rushing touchdowns for a 20-7 halftime lead before Pollard opened the second half with his school record third kickoff return. It was the second-longest in school history after his 100-yarder last year.

Memphis finished with 416 total yards, 319 on the ground but just 72 in the second half.

Warhawks quarterbacks Caleb Evans and Garrett Smith each threw for a late fourth-quarter touchdown but after each one, Memphis recovered the onside kick to run time off the clock and squelch the comeback.

Memphis picked up its fourth straight season-opening win on the ninth birthday of the Bengal Tiger mascot Tom III.

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No. 2 Ohio State pulls away to beat Indiana 49-21
August 31, 2017


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) J.K. Dobbins wanted to give his fans back in Texas something to cheer about.

His Ohio State teammates and Buckeyes fans jumped right on board.

The freshman broke a 15-year-old school record by rushing for 181 yards in his college debut, J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and No. 2 Ohio State managed to pull away in the second half for a 49-21 victory over Indiana on Thursday night.

''I'm probably the only good thing going on in my town right now, so I just thought of it as bringing my city up,'' Dobbins said after spending the past week watching the flooding in the Houston area. ''That's why I came out and played hard like that.''

This was more than just a coming-out party.

Dobbins carried 29 times and broke Maurice Clarett's previous debut mark of 175 yards set in 2002. Afterward, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer even compared Dobbins to former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott.

That's a pretty good start for the guy who missed all but one play last season at LaGrange High school and started in place of Mike Weber, the Buckeyes' top runner in 2016, who sat out with a hamstring injury.

''Not surprised at all,'' Meyer said. ''I had kind of tempered my emotions with you guys early on, but we've seen that since spring practice.''

Dobbins didn't just put up numbers.

His long runs in the second quarter finally got the slow-starting Buckeyes moving and his ability to sustain those runs in the second half helped Ohio State score the last 28 points to put away their 23rd consecutive win in the series.

He also ruined Indiana's big plans for what had been billed as the biggest opener in school history - a nationally televised game with ESPN's ''College GameDay'' crew in town.

The Hoosiers controlled most of the first half and led 21-20 late in the third quarter. But they couldn't finish the upset in Tom Allen's first home game as the Hoosiers head coach.

''The bottom line is that for 2 1/2 quarters, we went toe-to-toe with them,'' Allen said. ''We were leading and weren't able to finish, so that's on me. We can talk about breaking through and I'm not going to quit talking about it because breaking through is not one game.'''

Barrett overcame a slow start to finish 20 of 35 for 304 yards. He added 61 yards rushing and another score to move within two touchdowns of matching Drew Brees' Big Ten career record for total touchdowns (106).

But Ohio State didn't reach the end zone until Antonio Williams' 1-yard plunge with 5:17 left in the first half and couldn't retake the lead until Barrett's 2-yard scoring run midway through the third quarter. Parris Campbell's 74-yard TD reception form Barrett made it 27-21 and, thanks to Dobbins, the Buckeyes never trailed again.

''I kind of knew I was going to do what I did,'' Dobbins said.

Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow was 40 of 65 with 410 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also broke Ben Chappell's school record for pass attempts of 64 set in 2010 against Michigan, and finished with the school's second-highest completions total in one game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes avoided a double dose of danger - winning a rare conference opener in Week 1 and getting a road win, too.

Indiana: No, the Hoosiers didn't end the losing streak. But it wasn't a total loss. They sold out Memorial Stadium and were competitive on an entertaining night.

KEY NUMBERS

Ohio State: Meyer is 16-0 all-time in season openers. The Buckeyes finished with 596 total yards, 292 on the ground, and forced three turnovers. Campbell had six catches for 136 yards.

Indiana: The biggest problem was rushing, where the Hoosiers had 27 carries for 17 yards. Receiver Simmi Cobbs Jr. had a career-high 11 catches for 149 yards and one TD. Luke Timian had 10 receptions for 72 yards.

CORSO HOISTED

ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso got a lift, literally, from his former players after receiving Indiana's Bill Orwig Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the university by a non-alum.

After a video played and he was presented with a plaque, the players gathered round and hoisted him on their shoulders. Corso coached the Hoosiers from 1973-82 and led the Hoosiers to their first bowl win - 38-37 over No. 9 Brigham Young in the 1979 Holiday Bowl. He was inducted into school's Hall of Fame in 2010.

UP NEXT

Ohio State: Heads home Sept. 9 for an even tougher matchup against No. 7 Oklahoma.

Indiana: Travels to Virginia on Sept. 9.
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Rudolph leads Okie State past Tulsa
August 31, 2017


STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Mason Rudolph launched his Heisman campaign with a nearly flawless performance.

The senior quarterback passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score to help 10th-ranked Oklahoma State beat Tulsa 59-24 on Thursday night. He was 20 of 24 with no interceptions.

''We knew we had a good game plan going in,'' Rudolph said. ''They brought a lot of pressure, and I think we combated it well.''

Rudolph joined Brandon Weeden as the only Cowboys quarterbacks to surpass 9,000 yards in career passing.

Preseason AP All-American James Washington caught six passes for 145 yards, including touchdown receptions of 77 and 40 yards.

Justice Hill ran for 132 yards and a touchdown, J.D. King had 95 yards and a score and LD Brown added 92 and a touchdown for the Cowboys, who are in the preseason Top 10 for the third time in school history.

''We have a long ways to go, but we had a good start,'' Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.

Oklahoma State led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and 38-17 at halftime. The Cowboys gained 640 total yards.

''Scoring early, scoring often is something we haven't done in the past,'' Rudolph said. ''We would kind of sputter in the first quarter. I was happy with the way we jumped on them quick, I don't think it could have started any better.''

Tulsa's Chad President got the start over Luke Skipper and passed for 178 yards and ran for 69. Corey Taylor II ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. D'Angelo Brewer, who ran for more than 1,400 yards last season, finished with 33 yards on 22 carries.

Tulsa gained 432 total yards, but much of that damage came in the second half and didn't lead to points.

''I'm proud of our guys continuing to fight and grind,'' Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. ''You know, we're young, but that's not an excuse. We've got to step up and be ready to play. We'll go back and look at this tape and get an opportunity to correct those mistakes.''

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TAKEAWAYS

TULSA: The Golden Hurricane are down several notches from the squad that went 10-3 last season and beat Central Michigan 55-10 in the Miami Beach Bowl. Neither quarterback is ready to replace Dane Evans, but President showed good pocket presence and created problems with his speed.

OKLAHOMA STATE:

The Cowboys, wary of home upsets after last year's stunning loss to Central Michigan, were never in danger in this one. Oklahoma State rushed for 332 yards on 37 carries to balance its dynamic passing attack.

POLL IMPLICATIONS


The Cowboys did nothing to hurt their standing. They were a solid favorite, and they handled business against an overmatched opponent.

OOPS MOMENT


Early in the second quarter, Oklahoma State's Jalen McCleskey fielded a punt inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line. Rob Riederer forced him to fumble, and Adam Higuera recovered in the end zone for Tulsa's first touchdown.

''McCleskey knows better than that,'' Gundy said. ''His ball security was absolutely terrible, and that's something that we'll continue to work on.''

NITPICKING


Rudolph made one mistake, and it was costly. Tulsa's Kolton Shindelar hit him and he fumbled at the 50-yard line. Petera Wilson, Jr., recovered and ran it back 26 yards. Tulsa got a field goal out of it.

''He has to stay in his world,'' Gundy said. ''That's not in his world. Just play in your world and throw the ball away. We have three more downs with seven good receivers.''

GREAT AWARENESS


In the third quarter, President fumbled and Oklahoma State's Kenneth Edison-McGruder ran it back 82 yards for a touchdown. It was the fourth-longest fumble return in school history.

MILESTONE


Washington surpassed 3,000 career yards receiving. He now has 3,068 and remains in fourth place on the school list behind Rashaun Woods, Justin Blackmon and Hart Lee Dykes.

UP NEXT

TULSA: The Golden Hurricane host Louisiana on Sept. 9.

OKLAHOMA ST: The Cowboys play at South Alabama on Sept. 8. Oklahoma State will play its first Saturday game in Week 3 at Pittsburgh.
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Minnesota wins, but Buffalo cashes
August 31, 2017


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) P.J. Fleck led his players in a pregame sprint out of the tunnel , with a vintage late-summer evening sky framing his first game as Minnesota's coach.

The Gophers started fast, too, with Tyler Johnson's 61-yard reception from Conor Rhoda - one of two first-quarter touchdowns.

The rest of the game was a slow drag to the finish, which was just fine with Fleck.

Johnson had 141 yards on six catches, all in the first half to match his 2016 season total, and the Gophers grinded out a 17-7 victory over Buffalo in the season opener and Fleck's debut on Thursday night.

''You better always appreciate a win,'' Fleck said, ''no matter how you get it.''

Rhoda started the game and went 12 for 21 for 176 yards, but he threw an interception in the end zone in the second quarter. Croft rushed six times for 32 yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 63 yards. Neither quarterback stood out from the other in spring or fall practice. The tandem will remain in place for now.

''How they managed and ran the game, I was proud of them,'' said Fleck, who vowed not to make emotional decisions about who was in or out and stick to the prescribed plan for splitting playing time between the two.

Emmit Carpenter missed two of his three field-goal tries for the Gophers, but Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks were able to find enough running room to wear down the Bulls and run out the clock. Brooks scored on a short run near the end of the first quarter.

''It was really just a stalemate up front,'' Croft said.

JOHNSON EMERGES

After playing quarterback at Minneapolis North High School, Johnson switched to wide receiver as a freshman and showed some flashes of promise. Fleck and wide receivers coach Matt Simon have raved about his progress this year.

''The kid comes to play when the lights are on,'' Rhoda said.

BULLISH

Anthony Johnson gave the Gophers secondary trouble with 11 grabs for 140 yards, including a 50-yard completion that set up his 16-yard touchdown catch from Tyree Jackson on the next play for the Bulls to tie the game late in the first quarter.

The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Jackson finished 22 for 42 for 211 yards and one interception. Khalil Hodge had 20 tackles, the most by a Buffalo player in nine years. The Bulls dropped to 0-8 in their history against Big Ten teams.

''We're all upset in the locker room,'' Jackson said. ''We didn't come here to show up and play against Minnesota. We came here to win.''

WINFIELD SHINES

The Gophers have relied heavily on their defense this decade, and that could be the case again this year despite the departure of several starters. The Gophers forced eight punts and held the Bulls to 51 yards on 22 rushes, with seven tackles, a sack, a blocked field goal and two pass breakups by safety Antoine Winfield Jr.

''Gosh, is he special,'' Fleck said.

FOR STARTERS

Fleck became the first Gophers head coach to win his first game with the program since John Gutekunst beat Bowling Green on Sept. 13, 1986. Jim Wacker (1992), Glen Mason (1997), Tim Brewster (2007), Jeff Horton (2010 interim), Jerry Kill (2011) and Tracy Claeys (2015 interim) all lost.

THE TAKEAWAY

Buffalo: After finishing 2-10 in coach Lance Leipold's second season with a freshman quarterback in Jackson, the Bulls are bound to be better this year. For a team that has produced only two winning seasons in 18 years at the FBS level, a competitive display like this can't be discounted.

''We took a big step forward as a program in what we're hoping to develop, as far as playing with a relentless type of attitude,'' Leipold said.

Minnesota: The Gophers just needed to win this game and get it out of the way, to reduce the pressure on their inexperienced quarterbacks and make sure Fleck wasn't embarrassed with a loss against a lower-tier opponent in his Big Ten debut . Starting with the blocking up front, the offense has a lot of work to do.

UP NEXT

Buffalo: The Bulls play at Army next weekend. The Black Knights are coming off an 8-5 season, their first winning record since 2010.

Minnesota: The Gophers ought to have a tougher time next weekend in their first visit to Oregon State in program history. The Beavers are 11-25 over the last three years but they played a competitive game in Minnesota last season, losing 30-23.
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Huntley leads Utah to 37-16 win over North Dakota
August 31, 2017


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Zack Moss has seen this before.

The sophomore running back started in the Utah backfield alongside sophomore quarterback Tyler Huntley, his Hallandale (Fla.) high school teammate, and the pair shined in the Utes' season opener on Thursday night.

Huntley threw for 227 yards, rushed for 70 and accounted for three touchdowns as the Utes overwhelmed FCS North Dakota 37-16.

''It was great, bringing back some memories,'' Moss said. ''We've been doing it since high school, so it was kind of familiar to me.''

Utah debuted its new fast-paced, pass-first, spread offense with first-year offensive coordinator Troy Taylor and the difference was apparent from the start.

''Oh no, no nerves,'' Huntley said with a smile. ''We all just had to adjust at the beginning and then we started playing from there.

''During practice (Darren Carrington and I) had a lot of plays set up where we were connecting together. We just came out and performed today.''

Huntley had his mistakes with some bad decisions and some errant throws, but he repeatedly made plays with his arms and legs and posted career-highs in passing and rushing yards. Moss finished with a career-high 128 yards rushing and a touchdown on 22 carries. Oregon transfer Darren Carrington had 10 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.

''I liked the play-calling,'' Whittingham said. ''Thought the play selection was very good, was very balanced. That's Troy's deal. He's a guy that's going to take what the defense gives him. Our O-line pushed them around a bit in the run game.''

The Utes scheme is designed to throw early and often, but Taylor has insisted the run game will be a big component. Utah ran for 272 yards.

North Dakota quarterback Keaton Studsrud threw for 175 yards and a touchdown. The run game was bottled up for 51 yards.

''One thing I ask our team to do is play hard for 60 minutes and I think our guys did that tonight,'' North Dakota coach Bubba Schweigert said. ''We can execute better. On the defensive side, we obviously had a tough matchup with Carrington. He hurt us.

''We always want to tackle better. ... Then, offensively, we wanted to run the ball with more consistency, but we knew that would be a challenge coming into the game.''

TAKEAWAYS

NORTH DAKOTA: The Fighting Hawks simply didn't have the speed or the size to really threaten Utah, but they were hung around into the fourth quarter when they trailed by just 11 in the final 15 minutes. Coaches should be pleased with the overall effort against a more talented and deeper team.

''You got to be mentally sound when you're going up against guys like that, being bigger and faster,'' Studsrud said. ''You've got to out-execute them.''

''It was tough. They've got those guys up front that are (going to be) playing in the NFL on Sundays.''

UTAH: Gone was the grind-it-out rushing attack that has been a staple of 13-year coach Kyle Whittingham as the Utes were in three- and four-receiver sets much of the game. Taylor picked Huntley to start his first game and direct the scheme over returning senior starter and two-time captain Troy Williams due to the sophomore's dual-threat ability - which was on display. There remains plenty of room to grow as several would-be touchdown drives stalled and turned into field goals.

''It showcases, not just me very well,'' Carrington said about the offense. ''With Zack and Tyler, it's just too many weapons. All the defenses are going to have to pick their poison on which one to stop.''

INJURY UPDATE

Utah running back Armand Shyne was seen on the sideline with a cast covering his left forearm and wrist. Whittingham announced during camp that Shyne was out for a significant amount of time with an undisclosed injury. The junior was in competition to be the starter before the injury.

Chase Hansen started at strong safety and played throughout the game despite being a game-time decision with an undisclosed injury. The Utes do not typically announce injury details unless it is season ending.

SLOPPY

Utah had the 12th most penalty yards in school history with 139 yards on 11 flags.

HURRY UP

The Pac-12 has instituted a test program during nonconference games to help speed up the game. Thursday's game implemented three of four of those measures. There were reduced breaks in between the first and second quarters and the third and fourth quarters. The game featured adjusted commercial breaks aimed at reducing four minutes of time. Kickoff was mandated to be one minute after the scheduled start of the game. The final measure is to reduce halftime from 20 minutes to 15 minutes, but both teams must agree. Utah officials said North Dakota did not agree to that adjustment.

UP NEXT

North Dakota returns to FCS action when it hosts Missouri State on Sept. 9.

Utah travels to face rival BYU on Sept. 9. The Utes have won six straight against the Cougars.
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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

08/31/2017 9-4-0 69.23% +23.00

08/26/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50

Totals:..............14 - 9........60.86%....+20.50
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Friday’s six-pack

— Celtics sent Cleveland a 2nd-round pick in 2020 to complete the Kyrie Irving trade, so that is official now.

— All nine hitters who started for the Texas Rangers Wednesday night have 15+ homers.

— Brandon Phillips banked a $500K bonus when he got traded to the Angels last night.

— Angels moved Cameron Maybin to Houston today, then acquired Justin Upton from Detroit, before acquiring Phillips.

— Florida Gators have 10 players suspended for its football season opener against Michigan that is being played in Dallas Saturday afternoon.

— Ironic that Matt Harvey is pitching for the Mets in Houston Saturday, after Hurricane Harvey devastated Harris County and much of the gulf coast this week.

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Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here……..

13) JJ Watt is a great American; his fundraising efforts for the people in Houston have gone over the $13M mark. He is setting an example for other public figures on how to deal with a tragedy.

12) There are many images from Texas that are very sad, but the clip on the Interweb of the man playing the piano in his flooded home is just unspeakably sad. It is on CNN’s website and other places. You wonder how long it’ll take for these people’s lives to return to some kind of normalcy.

11) Astros acquired Justin Verlander from Detroit last night for three minor leaguers. Houston desperately needed a top-flight starting pitcher.

10) Ohio State 49, Indiana 21- Hoosiers led 21-20 in third quarter, before reality set in.

Indiana fired Lee Corso as its football coach after the 1982 season; last night was the first time since then that coach Corso saw the Hoosiers play in person.

9) Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton made a game-ending, HR-robbing catch over the CF fence to end the Brewers’ 6-5 win over St Louis Wednesday. If Milwaukee makes the playoffs, that catch is going to be a big reason why.

7) Joey Votto recently walked eight times in two games, making him only the second player since 1984 to do that— Bryce Harper is the other.

6) San Jose State basketball transfer Brandon Clarke (17 pts, 8 reb/game LY) bolts to Gonzaga, because nowaways, thats where all the transfers on the west coast go. Gonzaga or Nevada.

5) White Sox traded P Miguel Gonzalez to Texas last night.

4) Blue Jays 11, Orioles 8— Kendrys Morales hit three homers for Toronto.

3) I’m surprised/disappointed that Jeff Fisher hasn’t surfaced as a TV analyst. He doesn’t need the money but would be curious to hear what he has to say.

2) There are already 1,855 entries to this year’s SuperContest at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas; the previous record for entries was 1,854, set last year. Deadline is September 9, so it is likely that first place this season will be over $1M.

1) RIP to coach Rollie Massimino 82, who won the last college basketball game played without a shot clock, Villanova’s upset of Georgetown in the 1985 national title game.
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Friday, September 1

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CHARLOTTE (4 - 8) at E MICHIGAN (7 - 6) - 9/1/2017, 6:30 PM
Top Trends for this game.
E MICHIGAN is 22-40 ATS (-22.0 Units) in non-conference games since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
E MICHIGAN is 1-0 against the spread versus CHARLOTTE over the last 3 seasons
E MICHIGAN is 1-0 straight up against CHARLOTTE 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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WASHINGTON (12 - 2) at RUTGERS (2 - 10) - 9/1/2017, 7:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
RUTGERS is 8-23 ATS (-17.3 Units) as an underdog of 21.5 to 31 points since 1992.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 1-0 against the spread versus RUTGERS over the last 3 seasons
WASHINGTON is 1-0 straight up against RUTGERS 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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NAVY (9 - 5) at FLA ATLANTIC (3 - 9) - 9/1/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
NAVY is 160-119 ATS (+29.1 Units) in all games since 1992.
NAVY is 160-119 ATS (+29.1 Units) in all lined games since 1992.
NAVY is 77-39 ATS (+34.1 Units) in road games since 1992.
NAVY is 77-39 ATS (+34.1 Units) in road lined games since 1992.
NAVY is 22-10 ATS (+11.0 Units) against Conference USA opponents since 1992.
NAVY is 71-40 ATS (+27.0 Units) in road games in games played on a grass field since 1992.
NAVY is 77-42 ATS (+30.8 Units) in road games in non-conference games since 1992.
FLA ATLANTIC is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 2-10 ATS (-9.0 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
FLA ATLANTIC is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in games played on a grass field 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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UTAH ST (3 - 9) at WISCONSIN (11 - 3) - 9/1/2017, 9:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

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BOSTON COLLEGE (7 - 6) at N ILLINOIS (5 - 7) - 9/1/2017, 8:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
N ILLINOIS is 1-0 against the spread versus BOSTON COLLEGE over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON COLLEGE is 1-0 straight up against N ILLINOIS 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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COLORADO ST (7 - 6) vs. COLORADO (10 - 4) - 9/1/2017, 8:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
COLORADO ST is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO ST is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
COLORADO ST is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.

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

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Friday, September 1

6:00 PM
FORDHAM vs. ARMY
Fordham is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Fordham is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Army is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Army is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

6:30 PM
CHARLOTTE vs. EASTERN MICHIGAN
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Charlotte's last 7 games
Charlotte is 6-13-3 ATS in its last 22 games
Eastern Michigan is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Eastern Michigan's last 11 games

7:00 PM
CEN. CONNECTICUT ST vs. SYRACUSE
No trends available
Syracuse is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Syracuse's last 7 games

8:00 PM
COLORADO STATE vs. COLORADO
Colorado State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado State's last 9 games when playing Colorado
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado's last 10 games
Colorado is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

8:00 PM
NAVY vs. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Navy's last 10 games
Navy is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida Atlantic's last 6 games at home

8:00 PM
WASHINGTON vs. RUTGERS
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 5 games
Rutgers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Rutgers is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home

9:00 PM
UTAH STATE vs. WISCONSIN
Utah State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Utah State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games
Wisconsin is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

9:30 PM
BOSTON COLLEGE vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Boston College is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Boston College is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northern Illinois's last 5 games at home
Northern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

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Friday

Eastern Michigan was 7-6 LY, after being 7-41 the previous four years; Eagles have a senior QB with 23 starts but its whole OL has only 26 starts returning. Since 2007, EMU is 3-10 vs spread as a home favorite- they’ve got 16 starters back overall. Charlotte is 5-6-1 as a road underdog, 2-5 in last seven non-league games. 49ers have a junior QB with seven starts, an OL with 47 returning starts. Charlotte has 12 starters back overall. Last two years, MAC teams are 10-3-1 vs spread when facing teams from C-USA.

Washington is +35 in turnovers in its last 41 games; their OL has 97 returning starts- since 2014, they’re 6-3 as a road favorite. Huskies have a junior QB with 26 starts. Washington does not have a Pac-12 game for three weeks. Rutgers is 4-6 vs spread in its last ten games as a home underdog; their OL has 42 returning starts. Scarlet Knights have two QB’s with some experience to choose from. Since 2013, Big 14 teams are 15-10-1 vs spread when playing Pac-12 teams.

Lane Kiffin makes his Florida Atlantic home debut against 15-point road favorite Navy, which is 5-1 vs spread in last six games as a road favorite. Middies have only 4 starters back on offense, 8 on defense; their junior QB has two career starts. FAU has 17 starters back; their OL has 83 returning starts, Owls covered once in their last seven games as a home underdog. Kendall Briles is FAU’s offensive coordinator; Owls are going to throw the ball a lot.

Wisconsin has a soph QB (9 starts) but has an experienced OL with 4 starters back (90 career starts). Since 2014, Badgers are 8-10-1 vs spread as a home favorite- they’ve got 15 starters back overall. Utah State has only 10 starters back but their senior QB has 25 career starts. Aggies are 5-9 vs spread as road underdogs under Wells. USU has only ten starters back, five on both sides of the ball. Let four years, Big 14 teams are 12-9 vs spread when playing a team from the Mountain West.

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Friday, September 1

Charlotte @ Eastern Michigan

Game 141-142
September 1, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Charlotte
68.201
Eastern Michigan
73.041
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Eastern Michigan
by 5
64
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Eastern Michigan
by 14
56 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Charlotte
(+14); Over

Washington @ Rutgers


Game 143-144
September 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Washington
106.396
Rutgers
79.883
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Washington
by 26 1/2
47
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Washington
by 28
52
Dunkel Pick:
Rutgers
(+28); Under

Navy @ Florida Atlantic


Game 145-146
September 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Navy
89.194
Florida Atlantic
63.131
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Navy
by 26
75
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Navy
by 10
68
Dunkel Pick:
Navy
(-10); Over

Utah State @ Wisconsin


Game 147-148
September 1, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Utah State
73.777
Wisconsin
108.475
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Wisconsin
by 34 1/2
50
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Wisconsin
by 27
52
Dunkel Pick:
Wisconsin
(-27); Under

Boston College @ Northern Illinois


Game 149-150
September 1, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Boston College
87.312
Northern Illinois
78.900
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Boston College
by 8 1/2
48
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Boston College
by 3
52
Dunkel Pick:
Boston College
(-3); Under

Colorado State @ Colorado


Game 151-152
September 1, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Colorado State
90.352
Colorado
102.676
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Colorado
by 12 1/2
69
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Colorado
by 5
66
Dunkel Pick:
Colorado
(-5); Over

Fordham @ Army


Game 233-234
September 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Fordham
63.604
Army
81.374
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Army
by 18
54
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Army
by 14
63
Dunkel Pick:
Army
(-14); Under

Central Connecticut @ Syracuse


Game 235-236
September 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Dunkel Rating:
Central Connectic
42.568
Syracuse
81.423
Dunkel Team:
Dunkel Line:
Dunkel Total:
Syracuse
by 39
59
Vegas Team:
Vegas Line:
Vegas Total:
Syracuse
by 41
62 1/2
Dunkel Pick:
Central Connectic
(+41); Under
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RILEY RESET: Huskers' fresh start begins with Arkansas St.
September 1, 2017


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Even though Mike Riley is beginning his third year at Nebraska, there's a sense around the program that 2017 represents a new start.

Riley finally has the pro-style quarterback he prefers in Tanner Lee . He has a new defense, with first-year coordinator Bob Diaco switching from the 4-3 to 3-4 base alignment. Besides Diaco, there are two other new assistants.

What haven't changed are the expectations. Riley won six games in 2015 and nine last season, and he knows backsliding in the quest to overtake Wisconsin in the Big Ten West would test the fan base's patience.

''There are a lot of new things on the horizon,'' Riley said. ''We are excited and optimistic and feel good about all the preparation, and now we have to go out and prove it week by week.''

The Cornhuskers open Saturday night against Arkansas State, which has won two straight Sun Belt Conference titles and is the only FBS program with five league championships over the last six years. The Red Wolves bounced back from an 0-4 start to win eight of their last nine, including a Cure Bowl victory over UCF. They bring back Sun Belt defensive player of the year Ja'Von Rolland-Jones and quarterback Justice Hansen among nine starters.

''They are pretty dynamic on offense, their quarterback is really talented,'' nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg said. ''Their offensive line is rebuilt but we've heard good things about them. It's definitely not someone we are going to overlook.''

Nebraska has won 19 straight night games at Memorial Stadium and come in as a 16-point favorite.

''There's a reason why they have those (point) spreads. That's someone's opinion,'' said Trooper Taylor, Arkansas State's assistant head coach and cornerbacks coach. ''You still have to play the game... You've seen their size on defense, on offense, in the line position. You'll be wondering why we came out of the tunnel, because they're huge. But we look forward to the challenge.''

Some things to watch in the third meeting of the teams since 2009:

TOUGH AT HOME


Nebraska was one of five FBS teams to go 7-0 or better at home last season, and its seven-game home win streak is tied for fifth nationally. The Huskers have won 30 of 31 season openers, the only loss coming to BYU on a last-play Hail Mary in 2015.

THESE GUYS CAN CATCH

Stanley Morgan Jr. and De'Mornay Pierson-El are the Huskers' top returning receivers. Tight end Tyler Hoppes and slot receiver JD Spielman are new names to know. Hoppes transferred from Division II Wayne State in northeast Nebraska and originally was a defensive end for the Huskers. Mostly a special teams player in 2016, he blossomed in the spring and became one of Lee's favorite targets. Spielman redshirted last season and established himself as a scout-team playmaker as a receiver and return man.

SACK MAN


Arkansas State's Rolland-Jones, who lines up as the weakside defensive end, has a Sun Belt-record 30.5 career sacks and is within 13.5 of tying the FBS record held by Terrell Suggs of Arizona State (2000-02). Rolland-Jones and Chris Odom, now with the Atlanta Falcons, were a formidable pass-rush duo last year, combining for 25.5 sacks.

''I want my senior year to be just like his or better,'' Rolland-Jones said. ''I think I exceeded what I thought my career would be. I didn't think I was going to get all these records.''

GOING FOR 3 IN A ROW


Nebraska won the two previous meetings with the Red Wolves. The Huskers never trailed in the first two games, winning 38-9 in 2009 and 42-13 in 2012.

RALLYING AROUND COACH'S WIFE

Red Wolves coach Blake Anderson tweeted Thursday that his wife, Wendy, is cancer-free. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in April and had surgery in Memphis, Tennessee, on Monday.

Taylor had asked for players and staff members to stop what they were doing at 12:30 that afternoon to say a prayer for the Andersons. A school spokesman said Wendy hoped to make the trip to Lincoln.
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August 29, 2017


There are six lined games set for Friday of Week 1 in college football. Washington begins its quest to get back to the College Football Playoff by heading across the country into New Jersey. Wisconsin is at home looking to avoid an upset bid from Utah State that nearly resulted in a shocking loss at Camp Randall five years ago.

We’ll tackle those two games before touching on the others in Bonus Nuggets.

**Washington at Rutgers**

-- As of Tuesday, most betting shops had Washington installed as a 27.5-point road favorite with a total of 52 for ‘over/under’ wagers. The Huskies opened as 31-point ‘chalk’ at most books in late June, but the number was heavily adjusted Monday morning.

-- When these schools met last season in the opener at Husky Stadium, Washington raced out to a 48-3 third-quarter lead en route to a 48-13 spread-covering victory as a 25-point home ‘chalk.’ The 61 combined points slipped ‘over’ the 56-point total thanks to RU’s 10-yard TD run from Janarion Grant with 5:53 remaining. The Scarlet Knights committed three turnovers and allowed the Huskies to score a pair of touchdowns on special teams. UW’s Jake Browning completed 18-of-27 throws for 287 yards and three TDs with one interception. Dante Pettis had a 68-yard punt return for a score. Grant had nine catches for 56 yards in the losing effort. He combined for 160 all-purpose yards on 18 total touches.

-- Washington went 12-2 straight up and 7-7 against the spread last season. The Huskies made the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history, losing 24-7 to Alabama in the semifinals as 14-point underdogs at the Ga. Dome in Atlanta. They beat four ranked teams, including a 41-10 win as 7.5-point ‘chalk’ over Colorado at the Pac-12 Championship Game. Chris Petersen’s only other defeat came at home to Southern Cal by a 26-13 count. UW had notable scalps vs. Stanford (44-6), at Utah (31-24) and at Washington State (45-17).

-- Washington returns seven starters on offense and six on defense. With the exception of leading receiver John Ross, Petersen’s squad brings back all of its skill players on offense. Browning, a junior who has already started 26 games and garnered fourth-team All-American honors in 2016, completed 62.1 percent of his passes last year for 3,430 yards with a 43/9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Pettis also returns after hauling in 53 receptions for 822 yards and 15 TDs. Junior RB Myles Gaskin earned first-team All Pac-12 honors by rushing for 1,373 yards and 10 TDs while averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Gaskin also had 19 catches for 137 yards and one TD. Senior RB Lavon Coleman provided excellent depth, rushing for 852 yards and seven TDs with a 7.5 YPC average.

-- Washington’s defense gave up merely 17.7 points per game in 2016. This unit is led by two senior linebackers in Keishawn Bierria and Azeem Victor and a pair of junior defensive tackles, Greg Gaines and Vita Vea. There’s also a true sophomore safety in Taylor Rapp, who was a second-team Freshman All-American after recording 53 tackles and four interceptions. Bierria had 70 tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, and two passes broken up, while Victor produced 67 tackles and three TFL’s. Vea had 39 tackles, five sacks, 1.5 TFL’s, two PBU and two QB hurries, and Gaines tallied 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 4.5 TFL’s.

-- UW announced Monday a one-game suspension for Victor and a two-game suspension for reserve CB Austin Joyner, who had 10 tackles and one interception in 12 games as a freshman last year. Also, starting sophomore LB D.J. Beavers is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Beavers started four games in ’16, contributing 40 tackles, 0.5 TFL’s, one interception and one PBU.

-- Washington owns a 6-3 spread record in nine games as a road favorite during Petersen’s first three years at the school. The Huskies are just 2-3 versus the number in five games as double-digit road ‘chalk’ under Petersen. This is their biggest road favorite spot since Petersen took over.

-- Rutgers limped to a 2-10 SU record and a 4-8 ATS mark in its first season under head coach Chris Ash, who came to RU after two seasons of serving as co-DC at Ohio State under Urban Meyer. The Scarlet Knights got their only wins of ’16 at home over Howard (52-14) and New Mexico (37-28). They finished the year on a nine-game losing streak, dropping six of those nine (and seven total) by double-digit margins, including losses of 58-0 at Ohio State, 78-0 vs. Michigan, 49-0 at Michigan State and 39-0 vs. Penn State. RU was -2,010 net yards for the season with a minus-five turnover margin.

-- Rutgers brings back six starters on offense and eight on defense. The new starting QB is Kyle Bolin, a grad transfer from Louisville who was stuck on the bench behind last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson. In three years at U of L that included six starts under center, Bolin completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,104 yards with a 13/10 TD-INT ratio.

-- Grant is RU’s best player who went down with a season-ending injury in the fourth game last year. He is a three-time All-Big Ten selection as a return specialist. Before getting injured in ’16, he had already produced 20 catches for 210 yards. Also, Grant had rushed for 138 yards and three TDs on just 16 attempts for an 8.6 YPC average. He also had two TDs on special teams.

-- When Bolin isn’t targeting Grant, his next-favorite target will be sophomore Jawuan Harris, who had a team-high 39 receptions for 481 yards and three TDs in ’16. RU also returns its leading rusher in senior Robert Martin, who had 625 yards for two TDs with a 5.2 YPC average.

-- After RU’s offense averaged an abysmal 15.7 PPG last season, Ash hired former Minnesota and No. Illinois head coach Jerry Kill as his new offensive coordinator. This is the eighth different OC at RU in eight years.

-- RU’s defense surrendered 37.5 PPG in ’16. This unit brings back its top two tacklers, junior LB Trevor Morris (102, 1 sack) and junior LB Deonte Roberts (95, 1 INT).

-- Fox Sports 1 will provide the telecast at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.

**Utah State at Wisconsin**


-- As of Tuesday, most books had Wisconsin favored by 27.5 points with a total of 52. The Aggies were 35/1 on the money line at 5dimes.eu (risk $100 to win $3,500).

-- Wisconsin finished ’16 with an 11-3 SU record and a stellar 10-3-1 ATS mark. The Badgers’ losses came against teams that were ranked second, fourth and eighth in the nation at the time. They covered the spread in losses at Michigan (14-7 as 10.5-point underdogs) and vs. Ohio State (30-23 in overtime as 10.5-point ‘dogs), and the other defeat came to Penn State (38-31) at the Big Ten Championship Game. Wisconsin had three victories over top-10 teams at the time they played, winning 30-6 at eighth-ranked Michigan State in Week 4. The Badgers also knocked off fifth-ranked LSU (16-14) in the season opener at Lambeau Field and beat seventh-ranked Nebraska 23-17 in overtime.

-- Wisconsin won a 24-16 decision over previously-undefeated and 12th-ranked Western Michigan at the Cotton Bowl, hooking up its backers as a 7.5-point favorite.

-- Paul Chryst’s team is 21-6 SU and 17-9-1 ATS since he took over for Gary Andersen in 2015. He was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator from 2005-11 when the school set offensive records galore. Chryst was the head coach at Pitt from 2012-14, taking the Panthers to three bowl games while going 19-19.

-- Wisconsin owns a 5-4-1 spread record with one outright loss in nine games as a double-digit home favorite during Chryst’s tenure.

-- Wisconsin already lost All-American candidate Jack Cichy to a season-ending ACL tear a few weeks ago. In seven games before getting injured last season, Cichy had 60 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5.5 TFL’s, two PBU and three QB hurries. Now sophomore LB Zack Baun (foot) is out for the season. Baun had 15 tackles and 3.5 TFL’s last year. Reserve RB Taiwan Deal is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Deal rushed 32 times for 164 yards last year, averaging 5.1 YPC.

-- Wisconsin returns eight starters on offense and six on defense. The defense gave up merely 15.6 PPG and had 34 sacks. This unit was led by rising junior LB T.J. Edwards, who produced 89 tackles, three sacks, 5.5 TFL’s, three interceptions, three QB hurries, two PBU and one forced fumble despite missing the first two games of the year. Senior safety D’Cota Dixon is another standout player, registering 60 tackles, four interceptions, four QB hurries, four PBU, one sack, 1.5 TFL’s, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in ’16.

-- As a redshirt freshman last year, Alex Hornibrook started nine games at QB. The southpaw completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,262 yards with a 9/7 TD-INT ratio. The Badgers are hoping he can make a big jump in improvement in ’17. Hornibrook will have his two favorite targets back, senior WR Jazz Peavy and senior TE Troy Fumagalli, a second-team All Big-Ten pick last season. Peavy had 43 receptions for 635 yards and five TDs, while Fumagalli hauled in 47 catches for 580 yards and two TDs.

-- Utah State missed out on the postseason last season for the first time since 2010. The Aggies finished a second straight campaign with a losing record after winning 19 games in the first two years of Matt Wells’s tenure. They went 4-8 ATS in ’16, going 1-3 ATS in four outings as road underdogs. Utah State is 5-9 versus the number in 14 games as a road ‘dog on Wells’s watch.

-- Utah State brings back 10 of 22 starters, five on each side of the ball. The Aggies went winless in six road assignments last season, limping to an atrocious 1-5 spread record.

-- Utah State led 14-3 at intermission in its last trip to Camp Randall in 2012. However, when the Aggies missed a short field goal on the game’s final play, Wisconsin won a 16-14 decision despite never threatening to cover as a 14-point home favorite. During that banner campaign, Utah State finished 11-2 with its lone defeats coming at Wisconsin and at BYU by a 6-3 score.

-- Utah State senior QB Kent Myers has started 25 career games. He has a 31/14 TD-INT ratio in those three seasons, but he only had 10 TD passes and eight interceptions during 12 starts in 2016. Myers completed a career-low 58.0 percent of his passes for 2,389 yards. Myers rushed for 449 yards and six TDs last season. Myers has his favorite target back in the mix. Ron’quavion Tarver had 46 catches for 602 yards and three TDs. Tonny Lindsey also returns after rushing for a team-best 763 yards and six TDs with a 5.2 YPC average.

-- Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**

-- The Lane Kiffin Era in Boca Raton will get started Friday night when Florida Atlantic plays host to Navy at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU. As of Tuesday, most spots had the Midshipmen listed as a 10.5-point road ‘chalk’ with a total of 68.5 points. The Owls were +300 on the money line (risk $100 to win $300). Ken Niumatalolo’s squad went 9-5 both SU and ATS last year, ending the season on a three-game losing streak, including a 48-45 loss to La. Tech at the Armed Forces Bowl. The Middies took the cash, however, as seven-point underdogs against the Bulldogs. Navy brings back four starters on offense and eight on defense. FAU went 3-9 SU and 3-8-1 ATS in ’16. The Owls return nine starters on offense and eight on defense. WR Kalib Woods “is not on our football team,” according to recent remarks from Kiffin. Woods was arrested for his part in a fight during the summer and charged with two felony battery counts, though his lawyers have made a motion to have the charges dismissed. Woods led FAU with 68 catches for 934 yards and one TD in ’16.

-- Colorado and Colorado State will square off in Denver at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on the Pac-12 Network. According to recent reports, this rivalry will move back to being play on campus rather than in the Mile High City after this encounter. One reason for this is CSU’s new stadium that opened last Saturday with the Rams thumping Oregon State by a 58-27 count as 3.5-point home ‘chalk.’ The 85 combined points soared ‘over’ the 60-point total. Nick Stevens threw for 334 yards and three TDs compared to just one interception. Michael Gallup had 11 receptions for 134 yards, while Tre Thomas had a 44-yard pick-six as one of five turnovers forced by the CSU defense. CSU has lost back-to-back games to Colorado and three of the last four, including a 44-6 beatdown in ’16. Mike MacIntyre’s squad is coming off a breakout campaign, as it won the Pac-12 South and finished with a 10-4 record. The Buffaloes return nine starters on offense and three on defense. As of Tuesday, most spots had the Buffaloes favored by 5.5 points with a total of 66. The Rams were +180 on the money line (risk $100 to win $180).

-- Eastern Michigan is a 14-point home favorite vs. Charlotte for Friday’s 6:30 p.m. Eastern kick of a non-televised affair. The total is 57 points, while the 49ers are +450 to win outright.

-- As of Tuesday, Boston College was favored by three (with some extra -115 or -120 juice) or 3.5 for its opener at Northern Illinois. The total was in the 51-52 range. These schools met at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill in ’15, with BC capturing a 17-14 victory. However, the Huskies covered the number as five-point road underdogs. BC went 7-6 both SU and ATS last season and returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense. Keep an eye on the Eagles’ senior DE Harold Landry, a fourth-team All-American last year when he had 51 tackles, 16 sacks, 5.5 TFL’s, seven forced fumbles, seven QB hurries, four PBU and one interception. The Eagles are 3-4 ATS as road favorites during Steve Addazio’s tenure. NIU won at least 11 games in five consecutive seasons from 2010-14, but it has gone 8-6 and 5-7 over the last two campaigns. The Huskies, who are 0-2 ATS as home ‘dogs on Rod Carey’s watch, bring back five starters on offense and seven on defense. They lost four one-possession games in ’16. This game will kick at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on the CBS Sports College Network.

-- Baylor starting safeties Davion Hall and Henry Black have been injured since the start of training camp. Now sophomore CB Grayland Arnold is out for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery Sunday on his broken arm. In addition, senior DB Travon Blanchard has transferred to Texas A&M-Commerce and will play right away. In fact, he practiced with the FCS Lions this past Friday and will play this week vs. North Alabama. Blanchard was a second-team All Big-12 selection last year when he recorded 73 tackles, 7.5 TFL’s, 1.5 sacks, five PBU, one interception and one QB hurry. And finally, RB Terrence Williams is out indefinitely for undisclosed reasons. Williams rushed for 1,048 yards and 11 TDs in ’16, averaging 5.7 YPC. Fortunately for the Bears, they open with cupcake home games vs. Liberty and UTSA.
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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

08/31/2017 9-4-0 69.23% +23.00

08/26/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50

Totals:..............14 - 9........60.86%....+20.50



FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

CHAR at EMU 06:30 PM

CHAR +14.0

U 59.5


WASH at RUTG 08:00 PM

RUTG +27.0

U 52.5


CSU at COLO 08:00 PM

CSU +3.5

NAVY at FAU 08:00 PM

NAVY -10.0

U 66.5

USU at WIS 09:00 PM

USU +27.5

BC at NIU 09:30 PM

NIU +4.0
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Friday, September 1


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Friday's NCAAF Game of the Day: Colorado State at Colorado
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Colorado State Rams at Colorado Buffaloes (-3.5, 66.5)

Fresh off one of the more surprising turnarounds of 2016, Colorado kicks off a new season Friday in its annual Rocky Mountain Showdown contest against Colorado State in Denver. The Rams, meanwhile, don’t look to be the 44-7 pushover they were a year ago in this matchup, having opened their season with a 58-27 thumping of the Pac-12’s Oregon State in Fort Collins on Saturday.

The Buffaloes jumped from 4-9 in 2015 to 10-4 a season ago, going 8-1 in conference play en route to the Pac-12 South Division title. The season, dubbed by the program as “The Rise,” didn’t exactly have a storybook ending, though, as Colorado was crushed by Washington 41-10 in the conference championship game and routed by Oklahoma State 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl. Entering 2017, the Buffaloes are predicted to finish fourth in South by conference media members, and coach Mike MacIntyre - winner of several 2016 national coach-of-the-year honors - says it’s on his team to quiet the "one-season wonder" chatter. “We have a lot to prove,” MacIntyre said last month during his Pac-12 Media Days news conference. “We’re still a team that people don’t believe in, and we’d like for people to believe in us. The only way you do that is put back-to-back (strong seasons) together, and that’s what we plan on doing.”

TV:
8 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network.

LINE HISTORY:
Colorado opened as eight-point favorites and that number has been bet way down to -3.5. The total hit the betting boards at 66.5 and has yet to move.

INJURY REPORT:


Colorado State - OL Ben Knox (Doubtful, undisclosed), LB Deonte Clyburn (Out For Season, Calf), WR E.J. Scott (Out For Season, Knee), S Braylin Scott (Out Indefinitely, Personal)

Colorado - RB Kyle Evans (Probable, Hip), RB Donovan Lee (Out Indefinitely, Leg), WR Jaylon Jackson (Out For Season, Ankle), DB Anthony Julmisse (Out Indefinitely, Suspension)

ABOUT COLORADO (2016: 2016: 10-4 SU, 10-4 ATS, 5-9 O/U):
Sophomore quarterback Steven Montez has the difficult task of replacing the school's all-time passing yards leader, Sefo Liufau, after throwing for 1,017 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games (three starts) last season. He’ll have plenty of help with the Buffaloes returning their top four wide receivers, four starting offensive linemen and second-team All-Pac 12 tailback Phillip Lindsay, but there are questions on defense as Colorado must replace eight starters, including a trio of NFL draft picks in the secondary.

ABOUT COLORADO STATE (2016: 7-6 SU, 6-6-1 ATS, 7-6 O/U):
The Rams opened their new and sold-out on-campus stadium in style Saturday, outscoring the visiting Beavers 34-7 in the second half. Quarterback Nick Stevens threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, the ground game produced 191 yards and three TDs and the defense forced five turnovers, which directly led to 27 of the Rams’ 57 points. Wide receiver Michael Gallup got a good start after his preseason All-Mountain West Conference First Team recognition, hauling in 11 passes for 134 yards to post his sixth straight 100-yard receiving performance dating to last season.

TRENDS:

* Rams are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win.

* Under is 4-0 in Rams last 4 games in September.

* Under is 8-2 in Buffaloes last 10 games overall.

* Under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings.

CONSENSUS:
The home chalk Buffaloes are picking up 61 percent of the action from Covers users and the Over is picking up 62 percent of the totals wagers.
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September 2, 2017

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Dante Pettis woke up No. 8 Washington just before halftime with his sixth career punt return for a touchdown and Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes in a tougher-than-expected 30-14 victory over rebuilding Rutgers on Friday night.

Pettis' blistering 61-yard return gave the Huskies their first lead at 10-7 with 3:50 left in the half. He tied former California star DeSean Jackson's Pac-12 career record for punt returns for scores.

Pettis actually set up the Huskies' first three scores this season. His 51-yard catch set up the first of three field goals by Tristan Vizcaino and his catches of 10 and 24 yards ignited an early third-quarter drive that Browning capped with a 7-yard swing pass to Lavon Coleman for a 17-7 lead.

Browning was 17 of 30 for 284 yards. He also found halfback Kyle Gaskin on an 18-yard TD pass on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 27-7 lead.

Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Janarion Grant on Rutgers' first possession for a 7-0 lead and a 34-yarder to Dacoven Bailey with the game pretty much decided. Bolin finished 24 of 34 for 178 yards and had two passes intercepted by Byron Murphy.

Rutgers has lost 10 straight under second-year coach Chris Ash, but showed a lot of improvement, especially against Washington. The Huskies beat the Scarlet Knights 48-13 last year in the opener in Seattle en route to a 12-2 record, Pac-12 title and a trip to the college football playoffs.

NO. 9 WISCONSIN 59, UTAH STATE 10

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Alex Hornibrook threw three touchdown passes, Wisconsin forced four turnovers, and the Badgers recovered from a miserable start with a dominating second half to beat Utah State.

Freshman Jonathan Taylor ran for 87 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the opener. Star tight end Troy Fumagalli had the go-ahead touchdown catch early in the third quarter, and Zander Neuville and Quintez Cephus made highlight-reel scoring grabs.

Wisconsin outgained Utah State 251-43 in the Badgers' 28-point third quarter, rushing for 130 yards. Safety Joe Ferguson entertained the hardy fans who stayed for the fourth by returning an interception 99 yards for a score. The Badgers asserted their dominance after struggling early. They trailed 10-0 late into the second quarter before taking off in the second half.

Utah State's Kent Myers was 25 of 41 for 219 yards with three interceptions.

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Colorado tops CSU 17-3 in flag-ridden game
September 1, 2017


DENVER (AP) Phillip Lindsay ran for 140 yards on 19 carries and Colorado capitalized on a flurry of debatable judgment calls by the Pac-12 officiating crew in a 17-3 victory over Colorado State on Friday night in the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

''I'll have to watch it on film,'' Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. ''But calls go either way, no doubt about it.''

All of these ones went against the Rams (1-1), who were whistled for three pivotal offensive pass interference flags after making key catches either in the end zone or close to it and a hands-to-the-face foul.

Altogether, the calls negated two touchdown throws from Nick Stevens to go with catches at the Colorado 5- and 15-yard lines.

''We don't make excuse or let other people make them for us,'' Rams coach Mike Bobo said. ''We didn't win a ballgame, so we didn't do what we came here to do.''

The Rams, who opened their season and new on-campus stadium with a 58-27 win over Oregon State last week, lost to the Buffaloes (1-0) for the third straight time.

The Rams were rocked by the offensive pass interference call on Olabisi Johnson's 21-yard catch at the 5 on Colorado State's opening drive, quickly surrendering 17 points before settling down.

In the second half, the Rams watched two long touchdown throws nullified in a three-play span to the chagrin of the team and its green-clad fans.

First, Detrich Clark's 27-yard TD grab was negated by offensive pass interference. Two plays later, Johnson's 40-yard touchdown catch was wiped off by a hands-to-the-face flag on offensive lineman Jeff Taylor.

Lastly, a 33-yard grab at the 15 by Michael Gallup was wiped off by yet another questionable offensive pass interference flag, this one drawing an especially loud rebuke from Rams supporters in the crowd of 73,932 at the Denver Broncos' stadium while Bobo stared on in disbelief.

After the first offensive pass interference call pushed the Rams back and eventually forced a punt, the Buffaloes scored on three consecutive possessions.

Lindsay started it with a 45-yard rumble up the middle and Shay Fields caught a 31-yard TD pass from Steven Montez sandwiched around a 39-yard field goal by James Stefanou.

Wyatt Bryan's 31-yarder pulled the Rams to 17-3 at the half.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Colorado State cornerback Kevin Nutt had a pair of interceptions on passes Montez threw to Devin Ross. The first one at midfield was bobbled by Ross and wrested away by Nutt, whose second interception came in the end zone.

DOUBLE TROUBLE II: Stevens was sacked on his final two snaps of the first half - his only sacks in 49 drop-backs. After freshman Jacob Collier dumped him for an 8-yard loss, the Buffaloes ran off the field toward their tunnel. But the Rams called timeout to give Stevens a chance at a Hail Mary on fourth-and-23 from the Buffs' 46.

Stevens was smothered by linebacker Rick Gamboa for a 10-yard loss as time expired.

THE TAKEAWAY

COLORADO STATE: The Rams will try to rebound like they did last year, when the lost to the Buffs 44-7 to open their season but bounced back to go 6-5 and earn their second straight bowl berth.

COLORADO: The Buffs are hoping to show their 10-4 season last year wasn't a fluke and a big win over their in-state rival is a good way to start.

UP NEXT

COLORADO STATE: The Rams host Abilene Christian next weekend before their big game at Alabama on Sept. 16.

COLORADO: The Buffaloes' next three games - against Texas State, Northern Colorado and Washington - are all at Folsom Field.
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— CC Sabathia complained that Eduardo Nunez bunted in the first inning Thursday; Jim Rice shredded Sabathia for complaining on the NESN postgame show.

— Cubs acquired OF Leonys Martin from Seattle just before the calendar turned to September.

— Tigers will pay $8M of Justin Verlander’s $28M salary in each of the next two years.

— Texas 3B Adrian Beltre has a strained hamstring, could miss the rest of the season.

— Boston College 23, Northern Illinois 20— Best game of the day, in either sport

— NFL rosters have to be at 53 by 4:00 Saturday, which means 1,184 players will have been cut in the last 48 hours. Busy time for front offices of the lesser teams, searching for free agents that can help improve their squads.

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Saturday’s List of 13: Trends for the first college football Saturday

13) In 2013-15, Michigan State was +14/+19/+13 in turnovers, for an amazing total of +46. Spartans went 36-5 in those three seasons.

Last year, MSU was -5 in turnovers and slumped to an abysmal 3-9 record, with 14 senior starters. This year with only 8 returning starters, they’re one of youngest teams in country.

12) Kent State football coach Paul Haynes has taken a medical leave of absence for a few weeks and will not be on the sidelines when the Golden Flashes visit Clemson Saturday.

11) Wyoming is 25-12 vs spread in its last 37 games as a road underdog.

10) Cal Golden Bears covered only twice in their last 10 games as a road underdog.

9) Underdogs are 21-9-2 vs spread in Florida Atlantic’s last 32 games.

8) Penn State coach James Franklin is 18-11 vs spread in his last 29 non-league games.

7) Joe Flacco’s brother Tom is a quarterback at Western Michigan.

6) Arkansas State is 1-8 vs spread in last nine games as a non-league road underdog.

5) Ball State covered nine of its last 11 games when visiting a Big 14 team.

4) South Alabama is 3-10 vs spread in its last 13 games as a road underdog.

3) Boise State is 12-27 vs spread in last 39 games as a home favorite.

2) Georgia Tech is 10-5 vs spread in last 15 games as an underdog.

1) UCLA covered only three of its last thirteen home games.
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Saturday, September 2

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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
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

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WYOMING (8 - 6) at IOWA (8 - 5) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
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MIAMI OHIO (6 - 7) at MARSHALL (3 - 9) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
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AKRON (5 - 7) at PENN ST (11 - 3) - 9/2/2017, 12:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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
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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
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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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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
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

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

TBA
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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Saturday’s top 13 games
Colorado State had 525 TY, 31 FD in 58-27 win over Oregon State last week. Colorado is 7-3 in its last ten games with State; they crushed the Rams 44-7 LY, outgaining CSU 578-225. Buffs lost 8 starters on defense; they’ve got 9 starters back on offense but their QB has only 3 career starts. Since 2013, Colorado is 11-4 vs spread as a favorite. State is 8-3 as an underdog under Bobo; they’ve got 8 starters back on defense, and a senior QB wth 21 starts. Underdogs are 5-2-1 vs spread in last eight series games. Last two years, Pac-12 teams are 14-8-1 vs spread when facing a Mountain West squad.

Wyoming has a future NFL QB in Allen (15 college starts); since 2009, they’re 24-11 vs spread as a road underdog. Cowboys’ OL has 87 returning starts- Wyoming is 10-7 vs spread in last 17 non-league games. Since 2012, Iowa is just 10-20 vs spread as a home favorite; they’ve got an OL with 99 returning starts but have a new QB- they play rival Iowa State next. Last four years, Big 14 teams are 12-9 vs spread when playing Mountain West teams. Both teams have eight starters back on defense.

Cal has a new coach, an offensive line with only 25 returning starts and a new QB- tough way to start on the road. Golden Bears are 2-6 vs spread in last eight games as a road underdog- they’re 7-2-1 vs spread in last ten non-league games. Cal has 8 starters back on defense. UNC is 8-4 vs spread in last 12 games as a home favorite; they’ve got a new QB with Trubisky in NFL— their offensive line has 73 returning starts, they’ve got 7 starters back on defense. ACC teams are 6-2 vs spread in last eight games vs Pac-12 squads. .

Boston College opened up +2 at Northern Illinois, now they’re -3. Eagles (-5) beat NIU 17-14 at home in 2015; they outgained Huskies 326-153 that day. Since 2007, Eagles are 5-11 vs spread as a road favorite; they’re 9-5 vs spread in last 14 non-ACC games- they open ACC play with Wake Forest next. NIU is 9-12 vs spread in its last 21 home games; they’re 12-17 vs spread in last 29 non-MAC games. Huskies have an OL with 46 returning starts- their junior QB has started 8 games. BC’s offensive line has 88 returning starts.

Since 2013, Temple is 12-4 vs spread as a road underdog, 10-7 in non-league games. Owls and Notre Dame both have new QB’s this year. Temple also has a new coach- they lost 7 starters on defense- their offensive line has 62 returning starts. ND had 76 returning starts on its OL; under Kelly, they’re 15-18-3 vs spread as a home favorite. Since 2012, Notre Dame is 10-17 vs spread when laying double digits. Irish play Georgia next, could easily be looking ahead to that.

Appalachian State has a senior QB with 36 career starts, an offensive line with 96 career starts- they’re 21-5 the last two years. Since 2013, ASU is 5-4-1 vs spread as a road underdog. Last two years, Sun Belt teams are 8-3 vs spread when facing an SEC opponent. Georgia plays Notre Dame next; they’ve got a soph QB with 12 starts, an OL with 45 starts. Dawgs are 11-19 vs spread in last 30 games as a home favorite- since ’12, they’re 11-13 in non-SEC games. Georgia has 10 starters back on defense.

Kentucky played in its first bowl since 2010 LY; Wildcats are on favored on road here for first time in six years. Wildcats have a senior QB with 9 starts, an OL with 73 returning starts- they’re 9-6 vs spread in last 15 games as a favorite, but just 2-7 vs spread in last nine non-SEC games. Southern Miss’s QB has started only 2 games; their OL has 44 returning starts. Since 2008, Golden Eagles are 5-8 vs spread as home underdogs, 15-21 in non-league games. Over last five years, C-USA teams are 17-12-1 vs spread when playing SEC teams.

Two years ago, Michigan (-4.5) hammered Florida 41-7 in the Citrus Bowl. Wolverines are very young team this year (#127 out of 130 in experience), with only one starter back on defense- their offensive line has 54 returning starts, their junior QB has 12 starts. Florida has a new QB; their OL has 63 returning starts. Gators covered 6 of last 8 games on neutral fields. Michigan is 11-10 as a favorite under Harbaugh; they’re 1-4-2 vs spread in last seven games on neutral fields. Last couple years, SEC teams are 6-2 vs spread when playing Big 14 teams.

South Carolina covered its last four games on neutral fields; they’ve got 16 starters back. Since 2015, they’re 6-9 vs spread as an underdog. Gamecocks’ soph QB started 7 games LY. NC State has 17 starters back; they’re 13-6 vs spread in last 19 non-ACC games. Wolfpack is 16-10 vs spread as a favorite under Doeren; since ’08, they’re 5-3 vs spread on a neutral field. State’s OL has 89 returning starts; their junior QB has 13 starts. Last two years, ACC teams are 14-9 vs spread when facing SEC opponents.

Florida State-Alabama both have sophomore QB’s who played all of last year; since 2012, FSU is 3-1 vs spread as an underdog- they don’t get points very often. Seminoles are 6-7 vs spread in non-ACC games under Fisher. FSU’s offensive line has 57 retuning starts. Since ’09, Alabama is 14-7 vs spread on neutral fields; they’re 12-8-1 vs spread in last 21 games when favored. Crimson Tide has only 11 returning starters and a soph QB who is a suspect passer. Bama’s OL has 67 returning starts.

Virginia Tech has a new QB; their offensive line has 72 returning starts. Since 2011, Hokies are just 19-34-1 vs spread when favored. Since ’10, they’re 13-20-1 in non-ACC games. Tech has only 5 starters back on offense. West Virginia lost 8 starters on defense, 6 on offense; since ’12, they’re 7-12 vs spread outside the Big X. WVU is 7-9 vs spread in last 16 games when getting points. Mountaineers’ OL has only 46 returning starts. ACC-Big X don’t meet often; last five years, ACC teams are 6-5 vs spread when facing a Big X squad.

Pac-12-SEC games don’t happen much; since 2011, SEC teams are 7-3 vs spread when they play a Pac-12 opponent. Under Sumlin, Texas A&M is 12-13 vs spread out of conference; since 2013, they’re 3-7 vs spread when getting points. Aggies lost 6 starters on offense; they’ve got a new QB, their OL has only 48 returning starts. UCLA has 9 starters back on offense; their OL has 85 returning starts. Since 2014, Bruins are 5-10 vs spread as a favorite; they’re 1-8-1 vs spread in last 10 non-conference games.

Prepping for the option can be tough, but Tennessee has had more time, seeing as this is their opener. Vols’ offensive line has 111 returning starts, #2 experienced OL in country. Tennessee is 13-16 vs spread when favored under Jones- they’ve got 7 starters back on both sides of ball. Georgia Tech has 8 starters back on both sides, but has a new QB; Jackets are 9-5 vs spread in last 14 non-league games, 9-11 in last 20 games when getting points. Last two years, ACC teams are 14-9 vs spread when facing SEC opponents.
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NCAAF Week 1 opening line report: Several high-profile battles highlight opening weekend

There were a handful of lesser-lights college football games last weekend, but this week truly kicks off the season, with dozens of games, including a couple very high-profile matchups. We check in on the opening lines and early action for four of those games, with insights from Dave Mason, sportsbook brand manager for offshore shop BetOnline.ag.

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

These perennially strong teams open the season Saturday with a neutral-site contest at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, in prime time with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff.

Alabama has played in the last two national championship games, earning a split against Clemson in both cases. Last season, the Crimson Tide rolled up a 13-0 SU record in the regular season (9-4 ATS), then bounced Washington 24-7 as a 12.5-point favorite in the College Football Playoff semifinals. But it was a bitter end to the season, as ‘Bama gave up a last-second touchdown to lose the final to Clemson 35-31 giving 6.5 points.

Florida State had a bumpy first eight weeks of the 2016 season, going 5-3 SU (4-3 ATS), but the Seminoles didn’t lose the rest of the way, finishing 10-3 SU (8-4 ATS). Florida State capped the year with a thrilling 33-32 victory over Michigan in the Orange Bowl.

“This line is currently exactly where we opened – Alabama 7-point chalk,” Mason said, noting this game first went up on the board back in June. “Not too much movement one way or another. No surprise this game is getting more early action than any other. Action so far has been pretty even, with 52 percent of the early bettors backing ‘Bama.”

No. 16 Florida Gators vs. No. 9 Michigan Wolverines (-5)

It’s another big neutral-site non-conference game on opening weekend, with both these teams looking to make a big early splash in this 3:30 ET kickoff on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Michigan got out of the gate 9-0 SU (5-4 ATS) in 2016, but lost three of its last four, including the aforementioned 33-32 Orange Bowl setback to Florida State to finish at 10-3 SU (6-7 ATS). Florida went 9-4 SU (5-7-1 ATS) in 2016, ending the regular season with a loss at Florida State, followed by a 54-16 blowout setback to Alabama in the SEC title game. But the Gators got it back together for the Outback Bowl, drubbing Iowa 30-3 as a 1.5-point favorite.

“This game is shaping up to be our biggest decision of the weekend,” Mason said, noting the line is now Michigan -3.5. “Sixty-nine percent of the early bettors are on the Wolverines. Michigan is taking on more bets than any other team on the betting board so far.”

Florida will be without star wideout Antonio Callaway, who was among seven Gators suspended for this game a couple of weeks ago.

Louisiana State Tigers vs. Brigham Young Cougars (+12)

This neutral-site game, set for 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday, took on more intrigue Monday when it was moved from Houston’s NRG Stadium to New Orleans’ Superdome, due to Hurricane Harvey. That forced BetOnline.ag to take it off the board for the moment to reassess.

LSU is coming off an 8-4 SU campaign (6-6 ATS) that included the firing of Les Miles, who was replaced by interim coach Ed Orgeron, who now heads up the program. The Tigers capped the season with a 29-9 victory over Louisville laying 3 points in the Citrus Bowl.

BYU won its last five games and eight of its last nine in 2016 to finish 9-4 SU and ATS. The Cougars edged Wyoming 24-21 giving 10 points in the Poinsettia Bowl.

“Some significant movement since opening LSU as 12-point favorites, with BYU currently getting 14.5,” Mason said, just before the game was taken down. “This one is getting very lopsided action from the public, with 81 percent on the Tigers minus the points.”

Texas A&M Aggies at UCLA Bruins (-3)

UCLA is coming off a dumpster-fire season in which it went 4-8 SU and ATS. The Bruins lost six of their last seven games, including the last two to Pac-12 rivals Southern California (36-14 at home getting 13 points) and California (36-10 laying 3 points on the road).

Texas A&M had a better 2016, but hit the skids after a stout 6-0 SU start (4-2 ATS), finishing the season 8-5 SU (4-9 ATS) and failing to cash in its final nine games. That included a 33-28 loss to Kansas State as a 4-point favorite in the Texas Bowl.

“After opening as a field-goal favorite, UCLA is currently - 3.5 (-118),” Mason said of action on this 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday night kickoff at the Rose Bowl. “About 57 percent of early bettors are on the Bruins so far.”
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NCAAF's biggest betting mismatches: Week 1

Each week, Monty Andrews breaks down some of the underlying betting mismatches on the college football slate, giving you an inside edge when handicapping the schedule and setting your daily fantasy lineup.

Florida State Seminoles vs Alabama Crimson Tide (-7, 49.5)

Seminoles' unimpressive TO margin vs. Crimson Tide's ball-hawking prowess

There is no bigger game on the opening-week calendar than Saturday's tilt between the No. 3 Seminoles and the top-ranked Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And while the game is expected to be a tightly-contested affair - at least, relative to the rest of Alabama's schedule - both teams have advantages they will look to exploit in the season opener. One of the biggest ones, based on last year's performances, could put Florida State in a bad position this weekend.

The Seminoles were merely ordinary at taking care of the football last season, averaging 1.7 turnovers for and 1.6 turnovers against for a net differential of +0.1 - good for 51st in Division I. Florida State was even worse at taking care of the football late in the campaign, recording a net turnover differential of -4 over its last three games of the season. And while those miscues didn't prevent the Seminoles from an Orange Bowl victory, the story could be much different against the relentless Crimson Tide.

Alabama's regular-season turnover differential was elite - at 1.9 turnovers forced and 1.3 turnovers allowed, the Crimson Tide's +0.6 differential ranked 19th nationwide - but it was down the stretch when the Crimson Tide really flexed their muscles. 'Bama was sensational at ball control over the final three games of last season, forcing eight turnovers while committing zero. And if the turnover battle skews that way on Saturday night, the Crimson Tide should cruise.

Florida Gators vs Michigan Wolverines (-3.5, 45)

Gators' road third-down woes vs. Wolverines' stout D

Oddsmakers are expecting a low-scoring defensive showdown at AT&T Stadium this weekend in college football's other marquee matchup between the 16th-ranked Gators and No. 9 Wolverines. Florida's offense is in flux - surprise, surprise - and with question marks at quarterback and on the offensive line, there's no telling how well the Gators will be able to move the ball. If last season is any indication, Florida's punter might see a lot of screen time Saturday.

The Gators have struggled to find consistency at quarterback since Tim Tebow became a pro; four different quarterbacks have at least 100 pass attempts in two years with Jim McElwain at the helm. Florida's offensive struggles last season were summarized in how poorly the team performed on third down, converting at a pedestrian 41.7-percent clip. That rate drops even lower if you only count road games, with Florida making good on just 33.6 percent of third downs away from Gainesville.

That won't play well at all against Michigan. The Wolverines are set to build upon last year's promising start to the season - and atone for last year's crushing loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The Wolverines were the stingiest team in the nation last year when it came to third-down conversion, allowing opponents to make good at an absurd 21 percent clip.

LSU Tigers at BYU Cougars (+14.5, 47.5)

Tigers' red-zone struggles vs. Cougars' downfield dominance

Coming off a solid showing in SEC play and a decisive win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl, LSU opens its 2017 campaign as more than a two-touchdown favorite over a BYU team that kicked off its season last weekend with a one-sided victory over Portland State. Yet, while the Cougars aren't expected to put up much of a fight, they do own a decided advantage in red-zone play based on last year's results - and that could keep things closer than fans and oddsmakers expect.

The Tigers were slightly below average last season when it came to converting trips inside the opposition's 20-yard line into touchdowns or field goals, scoring points on five out of every six visits in games against fellow FBS opponents. It was a slight decrease from the 84.8-percent conversion rate LSU posted a season earlier. The 13th-ranked Tigers averaged 27.8 points per game last season, and will need to be sharper in the red zone if they hope to finish among the leaders in that category.

Perhaps LSU can learn a thing or two from its weekend opponent. The Cougars were one of the best teams in the country last season at turning red-zone trips into digits on the scoreboard, converting at a 95.9-percent rate; only Florida State was better. That is nothing new for BYU, which converted at a 93.6-percent clip in 2015. The Cougars are also elite at preventing red-zone scores, limiting teams to a 73.5-percent success rate - the eighth-best mark in Division I.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Virginia Tech Hokies (-4, 51.5)

Mountaineers' ordinary pass protection vs. Hokies' sack-happy home D

This hotly anticipated matchup features two teams ranked in the top 25 who haven't faced each other in 12 years - and much of the focus will be on new Mountaineers' quarterback Will Grier, who last played with the Florida Gators in 2015. Grier looked good in Gainesville, but he had better hope his offensive line is better than it was last year. The Hokies boasted one of the best defenses in the nation in 2016.

The Mountaineers were an average pass-protection unit last season, ranking 63rd out of 128 qualifying teams in sacks allowed per game (2.1) in games against other FBS foes. They were worse down the stretch, giving up eight sacks over their final three games of the season - and now have to deal with the loss of All-American center Tyler Orlosky to the NFL. Grier will need to work fast or risk winding up on his back more than a couple of times Sunday night.

The Hokies defense will be licking its chops after putting together one of the most dominant showings in the nation last season. With a secondary ranked in the top five in Division I coming into the season, the Hokies are in great position to make life miserable for Grier and the rest of the West Virginia passing game.
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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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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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September 1, 2017


The first full Saturday of college football action each year is like Christmas morning to CFB bettors as it begins the months-long grind of tracking scores of 50+ games each Saturday.

If you aren't particularly used to all the action a college football Saturday can bring, I'd suggest breaking down the day into time slots to help with your handicapping. Doing that allows you to focus only on a handful of games every few hours and it helps you avoid over-exposure with your bankroll.

Lessons like that can be especially important during the Week 1 excitement, as bettors have been waiting for these games to kick off for months and with all that time to research, prognosticate, and project, anxiousness could get the better of you.

With that being said, there are definitely some marquee games on the first Saturday of the year in 2017 and they'll be getting the bulk of the attention from bettors and media outlets.

This year we've got Michigan/Florida and Florida State/Alabama headlining the card and I'm sure many of you have already digested numerous opinions on those games.

So instead, I've gone elsewhere for three games I consider some of the best bets on the board on Saturday, and hopefully we can all get through the early part of the first Saturday of the 2017 College Football season with a few more units in our betting bankroll.

Game #1: Kent State vs. Clemson (-39.5); Total set at 51 – 12:00 p.m. ET

Odds per - BetOnline.ag

Best Bet: Kent State +39.5


The defending National Champions from Clemson begin a new era in 2017 as QB Deshaun Watson has moved onto the NFL, and two straight years in the title game clearly puts the target on their backs. The Tigers still have plenty of talent returning to defend their crown this year, but this is just a brutal spot for them to be trotting out a new starting QB.

Bettors have to be concerned about a potential championship “hangover,” and not to mention the fact that Clemson has a huge game on deck with Auburn the following week. That's definitely not a spot I want to even consider laying that kind of chalk as the Tigers could very well “shut things down” once they get up big and either not have enough to win by 40+, or leave the backdoor open late for a Kent State team that can put up points if given the opportunity.

Game #2: Maryland vs Texas (-18.5); Total set at 56 – 12:00 p.m. ET

Odds per - BetOnline.ag

Best Bet: Maryland +18.5

It's a new regime in Texas, as former Houston HC Tom Herman gets to hopefully reap the benefits of former HC Charlie Strong's strong recruiting classes at Texas the past few years. Strong could never get the desired results on the field though, and while many believe that Texas is primed to be a significant player in the Big 12 this year, I've got no problem waiting on that thought until the Longhorns can actually prove it to me on the field. They have been perennial under achievers the past few years, and a coaching change doesn't always fix everything.

Meanwhile, Maryland enters 2017 knowing their season is going to be a tough one from start to finish. They've got the worst of it in terms of schedule when Big 10 play begins as they play nearly every single good-to-great team in the conference, and knowing how tough that could end up being, they are viewing this game vs. Texas as one where they could win SU. I wouldn't necessarily go that far, but they'll be more then enough for this Longhorns team to deal with in Week 1 as the Longhorns probably top out with a 14-point victory.

Game #3: UTEP vs Oklahoma (-43); Total set at 63 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Odds per - BetOnline.ag

Best Bet: UTEP +43


Seeing all these huge double-digit point spreads in Week 1 is commonplace every single year, and typically it's the recreational bettors that prefer to side with the “brand name” schools no matter what the number they are laying. But similar to Clemson on Saturday, Oklahoma has national title hopes in 2017 and are in a bad look-ahead spot with their showdown against Ohio State looming in a week. Although the Buckeyes got the ATS win vs. Indiana on Thursday night, Ohio State was actually losing SU at half and benefitted from some careless Indiana turnovers and miscues on defense to run away and hide in the 2nd half.

Oklahoma won't be losing this game come halftime and they'll have likely already run away from UTEP, but this is simply too many points to pass up. Oklahoma isn't going to show their hand to Ohio State, and with new HC Lincoln Riley (former OC) getting his feet wet as the head man, the Sooners are going to get in and get out with a comfortable victory. How comfortable that victory ends up being remains to be seen, but with a 1-5 ATS run in their last six non-conference games for Oklahoma, I'm betting that this is a few too many points for them to surpass in Week 1 with the 2nd ranked team in the land on deck.
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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

09/01/2017 6-3-0 66.67% +13.50

08/31/2017 9-4-0 69.23% +23.00

08/26/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50

Totals:..............20 - 12........62.50%....+34.00
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Saturday, September 2


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Saturday's NCAAF Game of the Day: Alabama vs Florida State
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Alabama Crimson Tide vs Florida State Seminoles (+7, 49.5)

Two national championship contenders kick off the season in one of the most anticipated openers of all-time when top-ranked Alabama faces third-ranked Florida State on Saturday at Atlanta. The Crimson Tide have won four national titles under Nick Saban and Florida State has claimed one under Jimbo Fisher and both squads are forecasted to be in the title hunt this season.

Alabama lost 35-31 to Clemson on a last-second touchdown in last season's College Football Playoff title game and Saturday's contest -- the first football game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- is billed as perhaps the biggest opener in college history. "There is probably more hype because we've had longer to talk about it as a season opener. That has a lot to do with it in my opinion," Fisher told reporters. "But it's the first time two top-three teams have played to open up a season, so I understand where that comes from." Meanwhile, Saban is eager to put last season behind him and focus on the 2017 campaign. "The identity of this team is going to be created by what this team does, not what happened last year, not what happened on the last play of the game," Saban told reporters. "None of that is going to matter to how this team develops their identity and their ability to conquer adversity."

TV:
8 p.m. ET, ABC.

LINE HISTORY:
The losing team from the 2017 FBS Championship game opened as 7.5-point, but bettors brought that number down almost immediately to 6.5 and the line has come back up a bit to an even 7. The total hit the betting board at 49 and is up a half-point to 49.5.

WEATHER REPORT: Dome.

WHAT SHARPS SAY:
‘These are two of the best teams in the nation, so it is a shame that one will have a loss after the first week. I currently have both squads in my Top 3 rankings. The pointspread has been sitting steady on the key number (-7) with very little movement so far. Florida State should improve on defense with 9 returning starters after allowing 25.0 points per game last season. Alabama is younger with only 5 returning defensive starters, but they will likely just reload and still be dominant after allowing only 13.0 points per game last season when they also returned five starters. Both defenses will be tested on Saturday night against offenses that averaged 35.1 ppg (FSU) and 38.8 ppg (Bama) last season.’ - Steve Merril.

WHAT BOOKS SAY:
'The FSU-Bama matchup is easily our biggest handle of Week 1 college football. It’s drawing the interest of seemingly every square bettor, and some of the sharp contingent. The pros are siding with Florida State for now, but they really like the under. We have 75 percent of the tickets on the over, but 65 percent of the money on the under. The public likes the Tide to cover.' - Scott Cooley of Bookmaker.eu

INJURY REPORT:

Alabama - RB Bo Scarbrough (Probable, Leg), WR Robert Foster (Probable, Back), RB Najee Harris (Probable, Hamstring), RB Joshua Jacobs (Questionable, Hamstring), WR Cam Sims (Questionable, Shoulder), DL Raekwon Davis (Out Indefinitely, Leg), LB Keith Holcombe (Out Indefinitely, Shoulder)

Florida State - LB Matthew Thomas (Probable, Academics), DB Trey Marshall (Probable, Suspension), OL Brady Scott (Out Indefinitely, Foot), WR Da’Vante Phillips (Out Indefinitely, Suspension), WR George Campbell (Out Indefinitely, abdominal).

ABOUT ALABAMA (2016: 14-1 SU, 10-5 ATS, 7-8 O/U):
Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts stood out last season as an all-around force as he passed for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns and added 954 yards and 13 scores on the ground. Senior wideout Calvin Ridley (72 catches in 2016) is etching his name in the Crimson Tide record books and ranks fourth in school history with 161 receptions. The defense lost a lot of star power, but preseason first-team All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick - a junior strong safety - is back after intercepting six passes last season, while sophomore defensive end Raekwon Davis is doubtful after being shot in his right leg last Sunday.

ABOUT FLORIDA STATE (2016: 10-3, 8-4 ATS, 6-8 O/U):
Sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois will be looking to take a step forward after a stellar 2016 in which he passed for 3,350 yards and 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. The big issue is replacing all-everything back Dalvin Cook and junior Jacques Patrick (350 rushing yards last season) will get the first crack. Sophomore free safety Derwin James is healthy after playing just two games last season due to a knee injury, but senior linebacker Matthew Thomas (77 tackles) is in jeopardy of missing the game after not practicing the past three weeks.

TRENDS (Dating back to last season):


* Alabama is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games overall.
* Florida State is 4-0 ATS in its last four games overall.
* Over is 4-0-1 in Alabama's last five games vs. ACC opponents.
* Over is 6-0 in Florida State's last six neutral site games.

CONSENSUS:
The chalk Crimson Tide are getting 54 percent of the action from Covers users and the Over is getting 59 percent of the totals wagers.
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DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

09/01/2017 6-3-0 66.67% +13.50

08/31/2017 9-4-0 69.23% +23.00

08/26/2017 5-5-0 50.00% -2.50

Totals:..............20 - 12........62.50%....+34.00



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS

WYO at IOWA 12:00 PM

WYO +12.5


AKR at PSU 12:00 PM

PSU -30.5

O 65.0

BGSU at MSU 12:00 PM

U 56.0

BALL at ILL 12:00 PM

BALL +6.0

MD at TEX 12:00 PM

U 56.5

KENT at CLEM 12:00 PM

U 51.5

CAL at UNC 12:20 PM

UNC -13.0
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