2017 College Football Opening Weekend

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):

MatchupMay 13, 2017
Current
Jan 15, 2017
Opener
Alabama vs. Florida State (in Atlanta, GA)Alabama -7.5Alabama -4
Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia (in Landover, MD)Virginia Tech -2.5Virginia Tech -1.5
NC State vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte, NC)NC State -3.5NC State -7
Texas A&M at UCLAUCLA -3.5UCLA -2.5
Temple at Notre DameNotre Dame -15.5Notre Dame -7.5
Maryland at TexasTexas -16Texas -15
California at North CarolinaNorth Carolina -7.5North Carolina -10
Ohio State at IndianaOhio State -21Ohio State -18.5
Washington at RutgersWashington -31.5Washington -29.5
Colorado St vs. Colorado (in Denver, CO)Colorado -8Colorado -6.5
BYU vs. LSU (in Houston, TX)LSU -14LSU -14
Florida vs. Michigan (in Arlington, TX)Michigan -6.5Michigan -7.5
Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (in Atlanta, GA)Tennessee -6Tennessee -3.5
Stanford vs. Rice (in Sydney, Australia)Stanford -33.5Stanford -32.5
South Florida at San Jose StateSouth Florida -15South Florida -9
Portland State at BYUBYU -32BYU -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.


Dan McGuire

Dan McGuire is the Operations Manager and soccer specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached at dan.mcguire@sportsinsights.com.

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