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Virginia Betting Odds Preview

Virginia has done the yo-yo thing in its three seasons under head coach Mike London. The Cavaliers went 4-8 in his debut in Charlottesville in 2010, then jumped to 8-5 with a bowl berth in 2011. But last year UVA fell back to 4-8.

This year the Cavaliers have plenty of returning starters and can use the products of three straight top-25 recruiting classes to fill holes and upgrade overall talent. However, they'll also have to deal with a fairly nasty schedule, so a return to a bowl is by no means a good bet.

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Oklahoma State vs Mississippi State Pick

Is the best the Big 12 has to offer better than a middle-of-the-pack SEC team?

Oddsmakers certainly think so and have installed Oklahoma State as a 12 ½-point favorite over the Bulldogs in a neutral-field matchup to be played at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

The Cowboys, picked to win the Big 12, are expected to put up huge offensive numbers once again. They averaged 45.7 points last season in coach Mike Gundy’s up-tempo, no-huddle scheme.

Mississippi State is picked to finish last in the SEC West and returns only five starters on defense. The Bulldogs have failed to cover in six straight games as underdogs away from home.

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Rams vs Buffaloes Preview

Colorado BuffaloesColorado State Rams
Sep 1, 6:00 PM | Grass of Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Colorado Buffaloes vs Colorado State Rams Odds

1-11TEAM RECORD4-8

In the now-annual Rocky Mountain Showdown game the Colorado Buffaloes take on the Colorado State Rams Sunday evening on a neutral field at Mile High Stadium in Denver (6 pm ET).

In the early NCAA football betting the Rams, who beat the Buffs last year 22-17, were favored by three points over Colorado, which will be playing its first game under new head coach Mike McIntyre.

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Golden Bears open as underdog vs Wildcats

Northwestern WildcatsCalifornia Golden Bears
Aug 31, 10:30 PM | Turf of California Memorial Stadium

Northwestern Wildcats vs California Golden Bears Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD3-9

Northwestern went 12-1 against the spread last season, tied for the best single-season ATS mark of the BCS era.

Fifteen starters return from that squad, led by versatile QB Kain Colter. But regression, at least against the spread, seems likely.

Cal, however, is young and banged-up. First-year head coach Sonny Dykes has named true freshman Jared Golf as starting quarterback.

Both teams will feature versions of hurry-up, wide-open offenses, so expect a high-scoring affair. Northwestern opened as high as an 8 ½-point favorite. The line was sitting at -6 earlier in the week. The total is set at 58 ½.

The Bears are 3-8 as home underdogs over the last 10 seasons.

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Huskies home to Broncos in NCAAF betting action

Boise State BroncosWashington Huskies
Aug 31, 10:00 PM | Turf of Husky Stadium

Boise State Broncos vs Washington Huskies Odds

11-2TEAM RECORD7-6

A rematch of last season’s Las Vegas Bowl, the Huskies will be looking to avenge a 28-26 loss to the Broncos.

Washington is the favorite this time. With Boise State returning just nine starters, the Huskies are the more experienced team and will be playing in front of an energized crowd at newly renovated Husky Stadium.

Washington star TE Austin Seferain-Jenkins is questionable after surgery on a broken finger. He’s a major weapon for senior quarterback Keith Price, who has been interception prone throughout his career. Boise State has covered the spread in its last five games as an underdog and is 7-1 ATS as an underdog during coach Chris Petersen’s tenure.

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Bruins battle Wolf Pack in Week 1 odds

Nevada Wolf PackUCLA Bruins
Aug 31, 10:00 PM | Grass of Rose Bowl

Nevada Wolf Pack vs UCLA Bruins Odds

7-6TEAM RECORD9-4

The UCLA Bruins, after a great first season under Coach Jim Mora, Jr., will try to get 2013 off to a winning start when they take on the offensive-minded Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday night at the Rose Bowl (10 pm ET).

UCLA, which nearly beat Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game last year, was an early 19-point favorite over the Pack, who averaged 38 PPG last year but are now in their first season under new head coach Brian Polian.

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Panthers take on Aztecs in Week 1 contest

Eastern Illinois PanthersSan Diego State Aztecs
Aug 31, 8:00 PM | Grass of Qualcomm Stadium

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs San Diego State Aztecs Odds

0-1TEAM RECORD9-4

The Aztecs will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium in Week 1 action.

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Game Preview - Roadrunners underdogs vs Lobos at New Mexico

UTSA RoadrunnersNew Mexico Lobos
Aug 31, 8:00 PM | Grass of University Stadium

UTSA Roadrunners vs New Mexico Lobos Odds

8-4TEAM RECORD4-9

The New Mexico Lobos host UTSA on Saturday, looking to build on their 6-5-1 ATS mark against the 8-4 Roadrunners in NCAAF action at University Stadium.

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NCAAF Matchup - Longhorns Aggies Odds Preview

New Mexico State AggiesTexas Longhorns
Aug 31, 8:00 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

New Mexico State Aggies vs Texas Longhorns Odds

1-11TEAM RECORD9-4

The Texas Longhorns, who have 19 starters back from a team that went 9-4 last year, kick-off their 2013 campaign as monster favorites when they host the Aggies of New Mexico State Saturday night in Austin (8 pm ET).

In the early betting the 'Horns, who are ranked No. 15 in the preseason polls, were favored by 42 points over the Aggies, who will be playing their first game under new head coach Doug Martin.

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Cowboys visit Cornhuskers in Week 1 battle

Wyoming CowboysNebraska Cornhuskers
Aug 31, 8:00 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

Wyoming Cowboys vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds

4-8TEAM RECORD10-4

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, who would like to put the last two games of last season behind them, begin this season when they host the Cowboys of Wyoming Saturday night in Lincoln (8 pm ET).

Big Red, which gave up 115 point in losing to Wisconsin and Georgia late last season, was an early 28-point favorite over the Cowboys, who are coming off a 4-8 campaign.

Nebraska has been good to bettors in this role, going 6-0 ATS past 6 games as chalk of 20+ points (vs Wyoming at -29).

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