There were about 100 time and broadcast updates last week (all of which I have updated, of course). But the more interesting stuff came out yesterday!
The Golden Nugget released opening lines for 111 of the biggest games of the year. Despite the sweltering Las Vegas summer heat, hundreds of my fellow football degenerates lined up to make their first bets of the year. The rules were somewhat draconian. You could make up to three bets for $1,000 each and then had to go to the back of the line 50 deep. It took hours for all the early bets to be made and with it a few lines actually moved.
And it appears that the public is into their second barrel of the Michigan Kool-Aid. The line for their opener against the defending champs – Alabama was pushed down from Bama -12.5 to -10. Hate to say it but I may be rolling tide over Labor Day.
But the biggest surprise line (to me at least) is the GO JUMBO line of Michigan -6 vs MSU. Are you kidding?? If that line holds I’ll be swearing off the points and going straight to the money line. At that kind of spread the money line should be around +200 (bet $100 win $200).
Some other interesting GO JUMBO weekend spreads are Texas -11.0 versus Baylor. Still liking that this is a revenge match for the Longhorns at home. Baylor has a lot of retooling to do this year.
Another one to watch is UNLV +35.5 @ Boise State. Last year the Broncos didn’t cover their usual massive spreads at home. Same should happen this year. That game will probably make it to the Point Whore Parlay card.
For all the GO JUMBO weekend spreads click here.
And for all the spreads, broadcast times and networks for every week so far click here.
Looking through the rest of the year I like so far –
Week 2 Iowa -5.0 vs Iowa State - revenge game for the Hawkeyes. Iowa usually does their best when overlooked
Week 3 MSU -3.0 vs Notre Dame - yet another revenge game at home. Sparty On
Week 4 Clemson +8.0 @ FSU - Clemson has owned FSU (against the spread that is) going 6-1. Now they get 8 too?
Week 5 Cal +24.0 @ Southern Cal - Similarly Cal is 6-1 ATS versus USC. USC will be coming off an emotional game against Stanford the week before. Pick should make Andrew happy!
Week 6 Utah +16 vs Southern Cal - Utah is underrated. They should cover at home against the Trojans.
Week 10 MSU -5.0 vs Nebraska - sticking with the revenge matchups at home.
Week 10 LSU -2.0 vs Bama – huge game. Actually I will wait for the over/under line and take the under again.
Week 13 South Carolina +4.0 @ Clemson – The Cocks will put their annual beat down on the Tigers.
Can’t figure out why they are getting the points.
Remember – it’s 4 months (and 1 week) until GO JUMBO.