2017 College Football Opening Weekend
Less than a week after Clemson defeated Alabama to win the 2016-17 College Football Title, 5Dimes opened lines for the upcoming season’s opening weekend. The marquee matchup is Alabama vs. Florida State, a game that will be played in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 2nd.
Here are some other opening lines and current lines from 5Dimes for the 2017 season (most juice is -120 on both sides except Bama/FSU which opened -110 on both sides):
|Matchup||May 13, 2017|
|Jan 15, 2017
|Alabama vs. Florida State (in Atlanta, GA)||Alabama -7.5||Alabama -4|
|Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia (in Landover, MD)||Virginia Tech -2.5||Virginia Tech -1.5|
|NC State vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte, NC)||NC State -3.5||NC State -7|
|Texas A&M at UCLA||UCLA -3.5||UCLA -2.5|
|Temple at Notre Dame||Notre Dame -15.5||Notre Dame -7.5|
|Maryland at Texas||Texas -16||Texas -15|
|California at North Carolina||North Carolina -7.5||North Carolina -10|
|Ohio State at Indiana||Ohio State -21||Ohio State -18.5|
|Washington at Rutgers||Washington -31.5||Washington -29.5|
|Colorado St vs. Colorado (in Denver, CO)||Colorado -8||Colorado -6.5|
|BYU vs. LSU (in Houston, TX)||LSU -14||LSU -14|
|Florida vs. Michigan (in Arlington, TX)||Michigan -6.5||Michigan -7.5|
|Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (in Atlanta, GA)||Tennessee -6||Tennessee -3.5|
|Stanford vs. Rice (in Sydney, Australia)||Stanford -33.5||Stanford -32.5|
|South Florida at San Jose State||South Florida -15||South Florida -9|
|Portland State at BYU||BYU -32||BYU -29.5|
Alabama and Florida State opened with the best odds to win the 2017-18 NCAAF Title at Westgate, with Alabama listed at +300 and Florida State at +800. Last season FSU suffered an early season defeat to Louisville and could never fully recover, losing home games to UNC and Clemson afterwards. Alabama went through the season undefeated before losing to Clemson in the title game.
Both Alabama and Florida State were popular picks to win the title last season and will be once again next season. As long as Nick Saban is head coach at Alabama, they don’t seem to be slipping up anytime soon. Florida State will return QB Deondre Francois despite losing RB Dalvin Cook to the NFL Draft, and the Seminoles are always loaded with talent at the skilled positions.
Even if you aren’t betting any of these games yet, are there any lines that catch your eye? Feel free to leave your comments and thoughts in the space below.