The final gun just sounded on the 2017 college football season. But already, there are some betting lines on 2018 college football games that you can bet on.
As always, caveats apply. This is for entertainment purposes only, and these odds come with low limits (books don’t want to take a lot of money on events this far in the future) and they are offered at -120 odds (a ripoff). All the lines are for opening weekend.
These odds come courtesy of 5Dimes Casino.
- Alabama -30 vs. Louisville (Orlando)
- Auburn -4 vs. Washington (Atlanta)
- West Virginia -8 vs. Tennessee (Charlotte)
- Texas -10 vs. Maryland (Landover)
- Miami -1 vs. LSU (Arlington)
- Michigan at Notre Dame -2
- BYU at Arizona -7.5
- FAU at Oklahoma -21
- North Carolina at Cal -4
- Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss (Houston) is a pick ’em
- Colorado -6 vs. Colorado State (Denver)
- Cincinnati at UCLA -13
- Northwestern at Purdue -1
- Oregon State at Ohio State -31
- Army at Duke -9
- San Diego State at Stanford -15
- Navy -12.5 at Hawaii
- Washington State -7.5 at Wyoming
Betting Alabama will be expensive in 2018
Right off the bat, It is very, very clear that bettors are going to pay a huge premium to bet on the Tide. THIRTY points against Louisville is wild. I know that Lamar Jackson is gone, as is much of the Cards’ defense, but still, 30!? This is what happens when Alabama has a dangerous offense to go with its defense.
Either Notre Dame or Michigan fans will begin the year angry
The spread of 2 on this contest suggests that both sets of fans will go into the game fully expecting to win. And one fan base will be crushed when that does not happen. Also, I wouldn’t want to bet on this game without first knowing if Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson will be immediately eligible for the Wolverines.
Miami vs. LSU could be a defensive battle
A ton of speed on defense? Major questions at quarterback? Opening weekend, which often sees defense ahead of offense? Check, check, and check.
Revenge games galore
Remember when San Diego State beat Stanford? Or when Maryland went to Austin and hung half a hundred on Texas? Bet the Cardinal and Longhorns do, and the lines suggest they’ll get their revenge.
FAU vs. Oklahoma intrigue?
OK, the Owls are probably going to get blown out by the Sooners, but there is a fun subplot here in that former OU QB Chris Robison is probably going to be the starter for FAU.
New coaches in their debuts
Tennessee faces a stiff test under new coach Jeremy Pruitt in a WVU squad that can really put up points. Chip Kelly takes over at UCLA and welcomes a dreadful Cincinnati team. Unless BYU can seriously bounce back, Kevin Sumlin should have an easy opening weekend to start his Arizona tenure.