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College football odds, Week 1 lines: The best games could be the closest

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The betting lines for college football’s first big weekend are out, with point spreads ranging from the close contests expected in Alabama-Florida State and Michigan-Florida to the more lop-sided expectations, like defending champion
Clemson Tigers
starting the season as more than a five-touchdown favorite against
Kent State Golden Flashes

Each week, we will look at the early game lines, courtesy of our friends at SportsLine. Here are the lines you need to know — and some to steer clear of — for Week 1 of the college football season.

Lines you need to know

No. 1
Alabama Crimson Tide
(-7) vs. No. 3
Florida State Seminoles
: It’s the Greatest Opener of All Time (GOOAT), and any movement on the one-touchdown spread should be watched carefully as we move closer to kickoff. Ultimately, the expectation here is that Alabama will win and Florida State will compete, but if you think the Seminoles can pull off the upset, there’s an opportunity waiting for you should the public hammer Bama hard and push this line to 7.5. 

No. 11
Michigan Wolverines
(-5) vs. No. 17
Florida Gators
: The
Antonio Callaway
suspension adjustment has already taken place, and given the instability at quarterback for Florida during spring practice and fall camp, it’s likely that the line is set no matter who ends up taking the first snap for the Gators. There are ton of new, talented faces that will be making their debut here, allowing fans to familiarize themselves with the next crop of playmakers at these powerhouse programs.  

No. 21
Virginia Tech Hokies
(-4.5) vs. No. 22
West Virginia Mountaineers
: Justin Fuente’s 10-win debut in Blacksburg has experts and the oddsmakers alike high on the Hokies’ 2017 outlook. Both teams will be breaking in new starting quarterbacks, with
Josh Jackson
taking over for
Jerod Evans
at Virginia Tech and former Florida quarterback
Will Grier
returning to the field for West Virginia. This Sunday night, FedEx Field hosted showdown between regional rivals could be one of the best games of the weekend.

No. 10
Oklahoma State Cowboys
(-18) vs.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
: The expectation for Thursday night in Stillwater is points, with an over-under currently sitting just north of 70. It shouldn’t take long for quarterback
Mason Rudolph
and wide receiver
James Washington
to stake their claim as the most dynamic duo in college football, as the big question for bettors regards faith in a new starting quarterback leading that dynamic Tulsa offense.  

No. 2
Ohio State Buckeyes
(-20.5) at
Indiana Hoosiers
:
A road Big Ten opener for a national title favorite is normally a stay-away game, but the Buckeyes might have some value as long as this line stays south of 21 considering its new offensive coordinator,
Kevin…


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