College football gamblers can get a taste of the action this weekend before the full menu opens next week.
The season begins with five games, none of which feature ranked teams. In the marquee matchup, Nebraska is a 7-point road favorite against Illinois in the Big Ten opener.
According to Westgate SuperBook sports book director John Murray, the game has seen solid two-way action.
Murray said via text message, “They laid -612 and took 7.”
Scott Frost of Nebraska may be mentoring for his job after going 12-20 in his first three seasons. The NCAA is investigating the program for alleged improper use of staff analysts. Illinois will play its first game under new head coach Bret Bielema, who won 68-24 at Wisconsin but lost 29-34 at Arkansas. Since 2017, he has not served as a head coach.
Circa Sports dropped to 54 on Thursday, bringing the consensus total down from 55 to 5412.
In Saturday’s other marquee match, UCLA is a 1712-point favorite over Hawaii. Handicapper Paul Stone (@PaulStoneSports) stated that he took the Rainbow Warriors at +18 against the Bruins and coach Chip Kelly.
According to Stone, UCLA is 10-19 against the spread as a home favorite since the start of the 2014 season.
Circa went to 671 on Thursday, despite the consensus total of 681. Because it does not severely limit sharp bettors, Circa’s odds usually reflect the sharpest action in a game.
Saturday’s other games include:
At New Mexico State, Texas-El Paso is a 10-point favorite most brilliant (total 59). Murray stated that Westgate had taken decisive action against 56 earlier in the week. Right Angle Sports, a well-known betting syndicate and pick-selling service, issued UTEP -712 on Aug. 5, and the number quickly rose.
Fresno State is a 27½-point favorite at home against Connecticut (62½). The total has decreased from 64 on Thursday. Handicapper Brian Edwards (@vegasbedwards) is siding with Fresno State, citing that 15 of Connecticut’s last 26 losses have been by 30 points or more.
San Jose State is a 24½-point favorite hosting Southern Utah (56½).
The official Week 1 schedule for next week includes 84 games: one on Wednesday, 16 on Thursday, eight on Friday, 57 on Saturday, and one each on Sunday and Monday.
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