2017 College Football: Week 2 Opening Line Report

2017 College Football: Week 2 Opening Line Report

Could Howard beat the Jets? Alright, probably not…

Week 1 was a wild start to the college football season. Will week 2 have any 45 point dogs win or 34 point comebacks?

Let’s take a look at some of the early line moves for the biggest games on the board and how they compare to the look-ahead lines from a couple months back from the Golden Nugget.

Bookmaker Current
Bookmaker Open
June 24
(Golden Nugget)
Nebraska @ OregonOregon -14Oregon -10Oregon -7
Pittsburgh @ Penn StPenn St -20.5Penn St -17Penn St -17.5
TCU @ ArkansasTCU -3Arkansas -2.5TCU -1
Auburn @ ClemsonClemson -6Clemson -6Clemson -5.5
Oklahoma @ Ohio StOhio St -7.5Ohio St -5.5Ohio St -7
Georgia @ Notre DameNotre Dame -6.5Notre Dame -6*Notre Dame -3
Stanford @ USCUSC -6.5USC -5.5USC -9
Utah @ BYUBYU -1.5BYU -1.5BYU -3
Boise @ Washington StWashington St -9Washington St -7.5Washington State -7.5

*Opened on 9/4

Oklahoma @ Ohio State (-7.5)

Even though the great Maurice Clarett left the program over a decade ago, Ohio State is still considered to be a pretty good football team. Early action on the Buckeyes caused their line to move from -5.5 to -7.5 within a half hour of opening. They were a touchdown favorite overnight, but are back up to -7.5. At the moment, this game is the second most bet of the week, slightly behind Auburn-Clemson.

Auburn @ Clemson (-6)

Speaking about Auburn and Clemson…the national champs opened at -6 against the #12 ranked Auburn squad. So far, Auburn is getting a bit more than 60% of both spread bets and dollars, but the line has not budged at Bookmaker…not even the juice. However, the line at Pinnacle opened at 6.5 yesterday and moved to 6 earlier this morning.

TCU (-3) @ Arkansas 

TCU and Arkansas will both have their first real tests of the season this week in a Big-12 vs. SEC showdown. The Horned Frogs beat Jackson State 63-0 in their first game, while the Razorbacks beat Florida A&M 49-7 (Florida has an A&M, who knew?). Early bettors jumped on the chance to get TCU plus the points last night. Early this morning, a steam move on the Horned Frogs caused them to take a leap of faith from +1.5 to -2, which is more in line with their look-ahead line from a couple of months ago. Since then, they have gone up to -3.

Nebraska @ Oregon (-14)

Hope you got your bets in on Oregon! The Ducks have seen some serious line movement this morning. When I began writing this article, they were -10, but in the span of about an hour, they’ve moved all the way to -14. They’re getting nearly 80% of the early bets.

One other thing to note is that Georgia will be starting Jake Fromm with Jacob Eason due to miss some time with a knee injury. Their game was off the board until Monday at about noon and opened with Notre Dame quickly moving from -6 to -6.5

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Mark Gallant

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