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College football Week 1 betting trends

The number of opening-week mismatches in college football soared last season.

Since 2007, there have been 49 Week 1 games with pointspreads of 28 or greater. Twenty-six of those games were played last season. There are only eight games that qualify this week.

But bettors looking for glaring trends when it comes to dealing with mammoth favorites in Week 1 are out of luck. Data from the OddsShark.com database indicates little advantage when it comes to backing or fading big favorites in Week 1 of college football.

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Rice vs UCLA Betting Matchup

The UCLA Bruins begin the Jim Mora, Jr. era with a trip to Texas to take on the Rice Owls Thursday night in Houston.

UCLA, coming off a 6-8 season in which it lost the inaugural Pac-12 championship game, then changed head coaches, is favored by 15.5 points over Rice, which is looking to improve upon back-to-back 4-8 campaigns.

View UCLA vs Rice Odds and Stats.

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Vanderbilt vs South Carolina Odds Preview

The South Carolina Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores jump right into SEC play when they hook up Thursday night in Nashville.

South Carolina, coming off an 11-2 season in which it went 6-2 in SEC play, is a seven-point road favorite over Vandy, which is looking to make it back-to-back bowls for the first time in program history this season.

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Best road bets in college football

Lines are up, and college football is three weeks away.

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College football: Best over under bets

Whether it’s coaching philosophy, scheme or simply the type of talent a program is regularly attracting, some teams consistently produce higher or lower scoring games than expected.

Rice has been the perfect example. The Owls have been involved in 49 Overs and 24 Unders over the past six seasons, despite going 4/8 over/under last year. Coach David Baliff has been on the sidelines for five of those years, following Todd Graham.

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College football best home underdogs

America supposedly loves underdogs, yet the betting public generally gravitates toward favorites. 

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Bears vs Mustangs Preview

Southern Methodist MustangsBaylor Bears
Sep 2, 6:30 PM | Turf of Floyd Casey Stadium

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Baylor Bears Odds

8-5TEAM RECORD10-3

Floyd Casey Stadium features a battle between the host Baylor Bears and the visiting Southern Methodist Mustangs in betting action Sunday.

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Wildcats take on Cardinals in Week 1 contest

Kentucky WildcatsLouisville Cardinals
Sep 2, 3:30 PM | Turf of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

Kentucky Wildcats vs Louisville Cardinals Odds

5-7TEAM RECORD7-6

In an in-state rivalry game that brings to mind the hardwood rather than the gridiron the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals clash Sunday afternoon at Papa John's Stadium.

The 'Ville, with 15 starters back after going 7-6 last year, are favored by 13.5 points over the 'Cats, who had beaten the Cardinals four times in a row until last year.

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Aztecs visit Huskies in Week 1 battle

San Diego State AztecsWashington Huskies
Sep 1, 10:30 PM | Turf of CenturyLink Field

San Diego State Aztecs vs Washington Huskies Odds

8-5TEAM RECORD7-6

Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Aztecs on Saturday when they take on the Huskies at CenturyLink Field in Week 1 action.

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Ducks battle Red Wolves in Week 1 odds

Arkansas State Red WolvesOregon Ducks
Sep 1, 10:30 PM | Turf of Autzen Stadium

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Oregon Ducks Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD12-2

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Saturday when the Ducks host the Red Wolves at Autzen Stadium in Week 1 action.

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