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Conference USA Odds: 2012 Preview

Unlike many of the other Mid-Majors in college football, Conference-USA remains unchanged heading into this season with the same 12 schools as last season.

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

Next year will be a whole other story in this conference, but we will save that discussion for another time.

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Mountain West Odds: 2012 Football Preview

The changeover of teams in the Mountain West continues this season with the addition of Nevada, Fresno State, and Hawaii from the Western Athletic Conference and the departure of TCU for the Big 12.

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

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WAC Football Betting Preview: 2012 Odds

Of the 11 conferences that make up college football’s Division IA, which is formally known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, no one has been more affected by realignment then the Western Athletic Conference.

It has been a revolving door in the WAC in recent years and this season is no different.

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LSU odds: Tyrann Mathieu dismissal impact

LSU kicked star corner and punt returner Tyrann Mathieu off the team on Friday, but the Tigers remained among the top favorites to win the BCS title at the sportsbooks.

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College Football Independents: 2012

The ranks of the Division IA Independents has always been headlined by Notre Dame, but last season BYU decided forego aligning itself with a new conference after leaving the Mountain West in an effort to gain more national exposure.

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

The following is a brief preview of all four football programs that make-up the D-IA (Football Bowl Subdivision) Independents

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Sun Belt Football Odds Preview 2012

The Sun Belt Conference remained pretty much unscathed this season with the swinging doors that affected some other Division 1A football conferences this offseason in terms of realignment.

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

South Alabama is new to Sun Belt to 2012, which raises the total number of programs in the conference to 10.

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Auburn-Clemson line back up

The Auburn-Clemson pointspread began reappearing this week, after a brief stint off the board caused by the suspension of Clemson All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins’ worth to the spread? Maybe a half point.

 

Before Watkins’ suspension, Clemson was around a 3.5-point favorite over Auburn in the second of two SEC-ACC showdowns at the Georgia Dome in Week 1.  When the line went back on the board early this week, Clemson was a 3-point favorite at Bovada and most Nevada sportsbooks.
 

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MAC Odds: 2012 Betting Preview

The Mid-American Conference will remain basically unchanged from last season, despite the fact that many of the other Division IA mid-major football conferences have dramatically altered their make-up with additions and subtractions.

 

Editors Note: For 2013 conference preview, click here

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College football's best home bets

Oddsmakers do a good job of evaluating how much home-field advantage to figure into college football pointspreads.

If anything, they might overvalue home field slightly in an effort to sucker bettors into laying an extra point or two to take the home team.

According to the OddsShark.com database, home teams went 1,994-2,041-65 (49.41%) against the spread over the last six seasons. Home underdogs were 704-715-26 (49.61%) ATS, with home favorites going 1290-1326-39 (49.31%) against the number during that time period.

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Auburn-Clemson off board after suspension

Sportsbooks reacted quickly Friday after news broke that Clemson All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins would be suspended for the first two games of the season, most notably the Tigers’ opening showdown against Auburn in Atlanta.

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