Vegas Releases Odds for their ‘College Football Games of the Year’: We Help You Find the Value!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 7:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 2, 2015 7:39 PM UTC

The Golden Nugget Las Vegas released odds for 166 College Football games for the coming 2015/16 season on Friday, and, as expected, there was some significant movement on some of the games. Let’s look at some numbers and make a couple of picks from this buffet of College Football lines for the coming season.

<p><strong>Introduction</strong><br /> For a ninth straight year, the Golden Nugget Hotel &amp; Casino in Las Vegas released its College Football Games of the Year odds, this season's numbers on a total of 166 NCAA contests, as usual, steadfastly put together by Sportsbook Director Tony Miller, his Assistant Aaron Kessler and Gold Sheet Executive Editor Bruce Marshall. Bettors into this fairly unique and niche lid-lifting College Football betting marketplace—which officially opened at 1:30 p.m. PT on Friday (June 26)—were able to bet a maximum of $1,100 (to win $1,000) per game on up to 5 games before then having to move to the back of one of three lines at the historic downtown Sin City casino. And, as expected, there was some significant movement on some of the games. Whether an actual market that Early Birds and Wiseguys make $1,100 max wagers on (over and over if they wish), or just a tool for the common College Football bettor to get an early gauge on the coming College Football season, the Golden Nugget’s NCAA College Football opening odds—like the Westgate Las Vegas Hilton’s <a href="" target="_blank" title="NFL Odds: Best Picks on the Betting Board Right Now">NFL Games of the Year</a> already released in the spring—have now become perennial traditions anticipated both by professional and recreational gamblers in Sin City as well as the sports gambling media. Let’s look at the opening numbers released from the Golden Nugget week by week and make some picks from this buffet of College Football Division I FBS lines for the coming season which gets into swing only 65 days from today on Thursday, September 3rd. Note, all HOME TEAMS below listed in CAPS.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 1—Thursday, September 3</strong><br /> UTAH -4 Michigan</p> <p>TCU -18 MINNESOTA</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 1—Friday, September 4</strong><br /> BOISE ST. -13 Washington</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 1—Saturday, September 5</strong><br /> Alabama -10 Wisconsin (Arlington, Texas)</p> <p>Auburn -11½ Louisville (Atlanta)</p> <p>Texas A&amp;M -3 Arizona State (Houston)</p> <p>UCLA -17 Virginia</p> <p>NEBRASKA -6 BYU</p> <p>NOTRE DAME -7½ Texas</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 1—Monday, September 7</strong><br /> Ohio State -16 VIRGINIA TECH</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 2—Saturday, September 12</strong><br /> LSU -3 MISSISSIPPI STATE</p> <p>UCLA -32 UNLV</p> <p>TENNESSEE -3 Oklahoma</p> <p>Notre Dame -9 VIRGINIA</p> <p>MICHIGAN -14 Oregon State</p> <p>Iowa -4½ IOWA STATE</p> <p>Marshall -3½ OHIO</p> <p>Boise State -6 BYU</p> <p>MICHIGAN ST. -1 <a href="" target="_blank" title="Biggest Test For Oregon's New Quarterback">Oregon</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 3—Thursday, September 17</strong><br /> Clemson -3 LOUISVILLE</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 3—Saturday, September 19</strong><br /> LSU -4 Auburn</p> <p>MICHIGAN -33 Unlv</p> <p>ALABAMA -9½ Mississippi</p> <p>GEORGIA -11 South Carolina</p> <p>NOTRE DAME -2 Georgia Tech</p> <p>MIAMI-FLA PK Nebraska</p> <p>USC -4 Stanford</p> <p>UCLA -14 Byu</p> <p>Colorado -1½ Colorado State (Denver)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 4—Thursday, September 24</strong><br /> MEMPHIS -2 Cincinnati</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 4—Friday, September 25</strong><br /> Boise State -9 VIRGINIA</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 4—Saturday, September 26</strong><br /> LSU -20 SYRACUSE</p> <p>ARIZONA PK UCLA</p> <p>USC -1 ARIZONA STATE</p> <p>OREGON -14 Utah</p> <p>TEXAS -2½ Oklahoma State</p> <p>MICHIGAN -7 Byu</p> <p>Arkansas -6½ Texas A&amp;M (Arlington)</p> <p>AUBURN -8 Mississippi State</p> <p>Tennessee -2½ FLORIDA</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 5—Thursday, October 1</strong><br /> CINCINNATI -2½ Miami-Fla</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 5—Saturday, October 3</strong><br /> NEVADA -14 UNLV</p> <p>Mississippi -6 FLORIDA</p> <p>GEORGIA PK <a href="" target="_blank" title="How Will Books Adjust to New Alabama QB? Look 'Under' With your Early Season College Football Picks">Alabama</a></p> <p>MISSOURI -11 South Carolina</p> <p>TENNESSEE -1 Arkansas</p> <p>TEXAS A&amp;M -6½ Mississippi State</p> <p>VIRGINIA TECH -9 Pitt</p> <p>STANFORD -7½ Arizona</p> <p>UCLA -6 Stanford</p> <p>Oregon -16 Colorado</p> <p>PENN STATE -28 Army</p> <p>OKLAHOMA -10 West Virginia</p> <p>OKLAHOMA STATE -4 Kansas State</p> <p>TCU -21 Texas</p> <p>CLEMSON -3½ Notre Dame</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 6—Thursday, October 8</strong><br /> USC -19 Washington</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 6—Saturday, October 10</strong><br /> LSU -8 SOUTH CAROLINA</p> <p>CLEMSON -3 Georgia Tech</p> <p>ALABAMA -7½ Arkansas</p> <p>MISSOURI -10 Florida</p> <p>TENNESSEE PK Georgia</p> <p>FLORIDA STATE -14½ Miami-Fla</p> <p>PITT -6 Virginia</p> <p>Boise State -12 COLORADO STATE</p> <p>TCU -11 KANSAS STATE</p> <p>OKLAHOMA -6½ Texas (Dallas)</p> <p>WEST VIRGINIA -5 Oklahoma State</p> <p>Wisconsin -1 NEBRASKA</p> <p>NOTRE DAME -14 Navy</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 7—Thursday, October 15</strong><br /> STANFORD -4½ UCLA</p> <p>Auburn -9 KENTUCKY</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 7—Friday, October 16</strong><br /> FRESNO STATE -12 UNLV</p> <p>Boise State -9½ UTAH STATE</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 7—Saturday, October 17</strong><br /> LSU -14 Florida</p> <p>UTAH -2 Arizona State</p> <p>NOTRE DAME PK USC</p> <p>Oregon -15 WASHINGTON</p> <p>FLORIDA STATE -12 Louisville</p> <p>GEORGIA TECH -14 Pitt</p> <p>MIAMI-FLA -6 Virginia Tech</p> <p>GEORGIA -8½ Missouri</p> <p>Alabama -7 TEXAS A&amp;M</p> <p>BAYLOR -17 West Virginia</p> <p>TCU -29 Iowa State</p> <p>Oklahoma -3 KANSAS STATE</p> <p>Michigan State -4½ MICHIGAN</p> <p>OHIO STATE -19 Penn State</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 8—Saturday, October 24</strong><br /> USC -7 Utah</p> <p>TEXAS -2 Kansas State</p> <p>ALABAMA -10 Tennessee</p> <p>ARKANSAS -6½ Auburn</p> <p>MISSISSIPPI -4 Texas A&amp;M</p> <p>Clemson -4½ MIAMI-FLA</p> <p>GEORGIA TECH PK Florida State</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 9—Thursday, October 29</strong><br /> Oregon -5 ARIZONA STATE</p> <p>TCU -20 West Virginia</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 9—Saturday, October 31</strong><br /> Boise State -28½ UNLV</p> <p>CINCINNATI -6 Central Florida</p> <p>Georgia Tech -10 VIRGINIA</p> <p>AUBURN -4 Mississippi</p> <p>GEORGIA -12 Florida (Jacksonville)</p> <p>TEXAS A&amp;M -10 South Carolina</p> <p>UTAH -16 Oregon State</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 10—Tuesday, November 3</strong><br /> TOLEDO -3 Northern Illinois</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 10—Thursday, November 5</strong><br /> MISSOURI -6 Mississippi State</p> <p>Baylor -12 KANSAS STATE</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 10—Saturday, November 7</strong><br /> ALABAMA -9 LSU</p> <p>MISSISSIPPI -1 Arkansas</p> <p>Auburn -1½ TEXAS A&amp;M</p> <p>TCU -11 OKLAHOMA STATE</p> <p>Michigan State -6 NEBRASKA</p> <p>CLEMSON -2 Florida State</p> <p>MIAMI-FLA -6½ Virginia</p> <p>USC -7½ Arizona</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 11—Thursday, November 12</strong><br /> GEORGIA TECH -9½ Virginia Tech</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 11—Friday, November 13</strong><br /> USC -12 COLORADO</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 11—Saturday, November 14</strong><br /> LSU -1½ Arkansas</p> <p>ARIZONA -3 Utah</p> <p>STANFORD PK Oregon</p> <p>AUBURN PK Georgia</p> <p>ALABAMA -9 Mississippi State</p> <p>SOUTH CAROLINA -2½ Florida</p> <p>BAYLOR -13 Oklahoma</p> <p>MISSOURI -12 Byu (Kansas City)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 12—Saturday, November 21</strong><br /> San Diego State -16 UNLV</p> <p>MISSISSIPPI PK LSU</p> <p>BYU -18 Fresno State</p> <p>TCU -5 OKLAHOMA</p> <p>Baylor -10 OKLAHOMA STATE</p> <p>OHIO STATE -14 Michigan State</p> <p>PENN STATE -3½ Michigan</p> <p>ARKANSAS -10 Mississippi State</p> <p>MISSOURI -2½ Tennessee</p> <p>Georgia Tech -6 MIAMI-FLA</p> <p>ARIZONA STATE -3 Arizona</p> <p>OREGON -6½ USC</p> <p>UCLA -1 UTAH</p> <p>STANFORD -13 California</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 13—Friday, November 27</strong><br /> TCU -6 Baylor</p> <p>OREGON -22½ Oregon State</p> <p>WASHINGTON -4½ Washington State</p> <p>NEBRASKA -7 Iowa</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 13—Saturday, November 28</strong><br /> LSU -7½ Texas A&amp;M</p> <p>Kansas State -24 KANSAS</p> <p>Oklahoma -3 OKLAHOMA STATE</p> <p>UTAH STATE PK BYU</p> <p>Ohio State -16 MICHIGAN</p> <p>MICHIGAN STATE -12 Penn State</p> <p>USC -3 UCLA</p> <p>UTAH -13½ Colorado</p> <p>STANFORD -3 Notre Dame</p> <p>NC STATE -6 North Carolina</p> <p>Virginia Tech -4 VIRGINIA</p> <p>ARKANSAS -7 Missouri</p> <p>Alabama -3½ AUBURN</p> <p>Florida State -4 FLORIDA</p> <p>Georgia -1 GEORGIA TECH</p> <p>Louisville -2½ KENTUCKY</p> <p>MISSISSIPPI -2 Mississippi State</p> <p>Clemson -3 SOUTH CAROLINA</p> <p>TENNESSEE -17 Vanderbilt</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 14—Saturday, December 5</strong><br /> BAYLOR -18 Texas</p> <p>KANSAS STATE -5 West Virginia</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Week 15—Saturday, December 12</strong><br /> Navy -13 Army (Philadelphia)</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Conclusions and BYU, Auburn Movement</strong><br /> According to various reports last week, BYU and Auburn received their fair share of early betting handle in the 2015/16 College Football Games of the Year at the Golden Nugget. After opening as 6-point underdogs against Boise State, BYU received enough early action at the Golden Nugget in the game in Provo in Week 2 against the highly regarded Broncos to move the line a remarkable 5 points all the way down to Boise State -1. There was also <a href="" target="_blank" title="Compare available College Football odds ">college football odds</a> movement away from BYU from money bet on the Cougars for games against Nebraska (BYU +6 to +4); UCLA (BYU +7 to +6); Missouri (BYU +12 to +7½); and, Utah State (Pick to BYU -4). Auburn saw the 6½ points it was getting as a Road Underdog against Arkansas in Fayetteville in Week 8 when the lines were posted on Friday afternoon plummet 5 points down to just +1½. The Auburn Tigers also saw significant line movements away from them (money bet on Auburn) in the Mississippi game (Auburn -4 to -6); the Georgia game (Auburn PK to -2½); and, in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 28 against intrastate rival Alabama (Auburn +3½ to +2½). On the opening Friday (September 4) of the NCAA College Football season on the famous blue turf of Boise State, the host and MWC-representing Broncos went from 13-point favorites over <a href="" target="_blank" title="Positives &amp; Negatives For Each Pac-12 Team">Pac-12</a> reps Washington all the way down to Boise State -8½, one of the biggest moves of the day. Two seasons ago in 2013 in the season opener, Washington thumped Boise State, 38-6 at Husky Stadium in Seattle as 4-point Underdogs.</p> <p><strong>Golden Nugget College Football Game of the Year Picks:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="How to Bank on Jim McElwain, Florida, and First-Year SEC Head Coaches">Florida</a> +2 over Tennessee (Week 4), Alabama Pick over Georgia (Week 5), Penn State -28 over Army (Week 5), Auburn -9 over Kentucky (Week 7), Arkansas +1 over Mississippi (Week 9) (Golden Nugget Las Vegas).</p>
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