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College Football Point Spreads: Openers

We’re down to just a month left in the college football regular season and the lines are tightening - so pick and choose wisely.
There was still plenty of early line movement this week, though, including a little early money coming in against the No. 1 team in the nation.

Fresh off its dramatic comeback win at LSU, the Alabama Crimson Tide opened as 15.5-point favorites against Johnny “Football” Manziel and red-hot Texas A&M. Bettors grabbed the points, knocking the line under the key number of 14 and to -13.5 as of Monday morning.

Track all the opening line movements from a dozen online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes, Bovada, Sportsbook.ag, TopBet and BetOnline among others.

Early Line Movement

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas State (-6.5)

 

What in the world happened to Louisiana-Monroe last week? The Warhawks were blown out 40-24 at home by a very mediocre Louisiana-Lafayette team.

Well, they lost their quarterback for starters. Junior Kolton Browning left Saturday’s game on crutches. His status for Thursday night’s big Sun Belt clash at Arkansas State was not known. Judging by the giant line movement, bettors don’t think Browning will be able to go. The Warhawks are already without six starters.

Arkansas State opened as a 1.5-point favorite, but was giving 6.5 as of early Monday.

Georgia Tech at North Carolina (-9)

The host Tar Heels opened up as 5.5-point favorites but Powder Blue money poured in, pushing the line all the way up to 9 at some shops.
Georgia Tech has beaten the Tar Heels three straight times under Paul Johnson.

Maryland at Clemson (-31)

In another ACC game that saw significant early line movement, Clemson hosts the injury-ravaged Maryland Terrapins, who could be starting a refrigerator at quarterback this week.

The Terrapins have lost four QBs this season and started a converted linebacker under center in last week’s 31-13 loss to Georgia Tech. Shawn Petty started at QB, completing 9-of-18 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

Clemson’s defense is much better than Georgia Tech’s. Uh-oh. The Tigers opened as 27.5-point favorites, but were giving 31 as of Monday morning.

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