College Football Odds: Openers
Oregon and Kansas State are now the favorites to reach the national championship game after a weekend that shook up the BCS. The Ducks and Wildcats vaulted to the top of the BCS standings after Texas A&M’s stunning upset of Alabama.
However, neither team can afford to go into coast mode just yet. Oregon hosts Stanford this week and is facing another potential showdown against USC in the Pac 12 Championship Game. The Ducks were holding steady as 21.5-point favorites over the Cardinal after opening higher at several shops.
Kansas State is a double-digit road favorite in its trip to Baylor on Saturday; the Wildcats opened at -10, but were up to -11.5 as of Monday morning.
Notable Line Movement
North Carolina (-3.5) at Virginia
Thursday night home dogs have been a profitable wager over the years, and bettors are hoping that’s again the case this week. The Tar Heels opened as 6.5-point favorites at UVa, but the line was quickly bet down to UNC -3.5 as of Monday morning. North Carolina is 5-12 against the spread in its last 17 meetings with the Cavs.
Indiana at Penn State (-17)
Bettors believe the Nittany Lions are poised to bounce back in a big way after a tough loss at Nebraska; Penn State had a go-ahead touchdown called back by a questionable call. The Nittany Lions opened as 14-point favorites, but were laying 17 as of Monday morning. 5Dimes had moved the line all the way to -17.5.
Utah State (-3) at Louisiana Tech
In a battle of ATS darlings, the host Bulldogs actually opened as 3-point favorites - but that line didn’t last long. Bettors jumped on the visiting Aggies, who are 9-0-1 ATS this season. Utah State was a 3-point favorite as of Monday. Louisiana Tech went 11-2 ATS last season and is 5-4-1 ATS this year.
BYU (-3.5) at San Jose State
BYU opened as 7.5-point road favorites against a Spartans team that is 8-2 straight-up and against the spread. The Cougars blasted Idaho 52-13 on Saturday behind quarterback Riley Nelson, who played his best game since returning from a mid-season injury. However, San Jose State is also hot, having bounced back from an October loss to Utah State with four straight wins. The Spartans put a scare into what’s turned out to be a good Stanford team in the opener.