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Early betting lines for 77 of 2017’s biggest college football games

From Week 1 through Rivalry Weekend in November.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

During the college football season, gambling lines for individual games don’t come out until the Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon beforehand. Players get hurt, teams get better and worse, and Las Vegas doesn’t like to pick its horses too early. But if you’re up for it, you can bet on some extra early lines before the season even starts.

Early game lines give us a sense of where oddsmakers think teams will stack up during the season. (Another indicator is over/under win totals, many of which are here.)

Here are some game odds for the first few weeks of the regular season, via Odds Shark. The biggest ones are below, along with some early lines for some of the most anticipated games of the rest of the year, via the South Point Casino in Vegas.

College football game betting lines, 2017

Date Favorite Line Underdog
Date Favorite Line Underdog
Aug. 31 Ohio State -20 Indiana
Sept. 1 Colorado -8 Colorado State
Sept. 2 Michigan -3 Florida
Sept. 2 South Carolina -4 NC State
Sept. 2 North Carolina -8 Cal
Sept. 2 Alabama -6.5 Florida State
Sept. 2 LSU -12.5 BYU
Sept. 2 Georgia -14 Appalachian State
Sept. 2 Boise State -11 Troy
Sept. 2 Louisville -21.5 Purdue
Sept. 2 Texas -17.5 Maryland
Sept. 2 Notre Dame -15.5 Temple
Sept. 9 Iowa -2 Iowa State
Sept. 9 Oregon -4 Nebraska
Sept. 9 TCU -6 Arkansas
Sept. 9 Clemson -7 Auburn
Sept. 9 Ohio State -8 Oklahoma
Sept. 9 Penn State -19 Pitt
Sept. 16 Oregon -1 Wyoming
Sept. 16 Louisville -2 Clemson
Sept. 16 Oklahoma State -4.5 Pitt
Sept. 16 Stanford -5 San Diego State
Sept. 16 Florida -5 Tennessee
Sept. 16 USC -12 Texas
Sept. 23 Notre Dame -4 Michigan State
Sept. 23 Texas A&M -10 Arkansas
Sept. 30 UCLA -4 Colorado
Oct. 6 BYU -6 Boise State
Oct. 7 Wisconsin -8 Nebraska
Oct. 7 Alabama -10.5 Texas A&M
Oct. 7 Michigan -15 Michigan State
Oct. 7 Navy -15.5 Air Force
Oct. 14 LSU -4.5 Auburn
Oct. 14 San Diego State -6.5 Boise State
Oct. 14 Oklahoma -8 Texas
Oct. 21 Colorado -1 Washington State
Oct. 21 Florida State -6.5 Louisville
Oct. 21 USC -6.5 Notre Dame
Oct. 21 Boise State -7 Wyoming
Oct. 21 Penn State -14 Michigan
Oct. 28 Tennessee/Kentucky 0 Tennessee/Kentucky
Oct. 28 Georgia -3 Florida
Oct. 28 Oklahoma State -5 West Virginia
Oct. 28 Ohio State -8.5 Penn State
Oct. 28 Washington -15 UCLA
Nov. 4 Oklahoma -1 Oklahoma State
Nov. 4 Army -3 Air Force
Nov. 4 TCU -5 Texas
Nov. 4 Alabama -11 LSU
Nov. 4 Georgia -14 South Carolina
Nov. 11 Clemson -5 Florida State
Nov. 11 Kansas State -7 West Virginia
Nov. 11 Baylor -7 Texas Tech
Nov. 11 Miami -8 Notre Dame
Nov. 11 Wisconsin -17 Iowa
Nov. 18 Northwestern -6 Minnesota
Nov. 18 USC -13 UCLA
Nov. 18 Washington -21 Utah
Nov. 18 Stanford -22 California
Nov. 23 Mississippi State -4 Ole Miss
Nov. 24 Nebraska -3 Iowa
Nov. 24 Virginia Tech -6 Virginia
Nov. 24 Houston -7 Navy
Nov. 25 UNLV/Nevada 0 UNLV/Nevada
Nov. 25 Colorado -1 Utah
Nov. 25 Oregon -2 Oregon State
Nov. 25 Alabama -3.5 Auburn
Nov. 25 Florida State -5 Florida
Nov. 25 Georgia -5 Georgia Tech
Nov. 25 Ohio State -8 Michigan
Nov. 25 Louisville -8.5 Kentucky
Nov. 25 Tennessee -8.5 Vanderbilt
Nov. 25 Wisconsin -10 Minnesota
Nov. 25 Arizona State -10 Arizona
Nov. 25 Stanford -11 Notre Dame
Nov. 25 LSU -12 Texas A&M
Nov. 25 Washington -20 Washington State
South Point Casino

Some lines of particular interest:

  • Penn State is a huge favorite (-14) against Michigan on Oct. 21. The Nittany Lions have a lot more of their production returning than the Wolverines, but that looks steep to me. Does anyone think Michigan won’t have a really good defense by the middle of October? That’s going to be a hard team to beat by two touchdowns. With that in mind, the Nittany Lions should be favored to win, if not by so many points.
  • The Iron Bowl’s in Auburn this year, and the Tigers are +3.5 against Alabama. That assessment, that Bama is about a touchdown better than Auburn on a neutral field, looks good to me. It also means the oddsmakers like the Tigers as the No. 2 team in the SEC West, given that Alabama is a double-digit favorite against both Texas A&M and LSU. The Jarrett Stidham Hype Train might be a real thing, and for good reason.
  • Tennessee and Kentucky, who play in Lexington on Oct. 28, have a zero-point spread between the two of them. I choose to present this news without commenting about how much lower expectations are for Tennessee this season than they were last year.
  • San Diego State lost an all-time player in running back Donnel Pumphrey, but the oddsmakers think the Aztecs will be a top-of-the-line Group of 5 team. They’re only five-point underdogs against Stanford on Sept. 16. That’s a home game for SDSU, and we can figure that adds about three points in their favor. Still, though.
  • Louisville’s favored by two at home against Clemson on Sept. 16, in one of the early season’s best games. That’s also a tossup, more or less. Last year’s meeting between the two teams was a classic, with Clemson’s win pushing the Tigers toward an ACC title and their eventual national championship.