Week Zero college football action is underway now, but there are plenty of games left on the schedule this afternoon. And while there’s not much to write home about that impacts Washington state (none on the Cougars’ schedule are in action today), you’ll still see it because you’re a college football fan and FOOTBALL IS BACK.
You may also want to make it a bit more entertaining with a bit of action (in places where sports betting is legal, of course). Here’s your guide to the rest of Week Zero.
All lines through DraftKings. Odds are -110 unless otherwise noted. All time Pacific.
Idaho State Bengals (+21.5/-115) at UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (-21.5/-105)
12:30 | CBS Sports Network
UNLV’s total wagering winnings this year is… 4.5? That seems high for a show normally found in the lower Mountain West. That tells me the rebels are… decent this year. Meanwhile, Idaho State can’t seem to get anywhere near the top of the Big Sky. This is a great opportunity for UNLV to start the year with a resounding victory, and I think they will do so even though that hook at 21 is there. Take the rebels and place the points.
Wyoming Cowboys (+14/-105) in Illinois Fighting Illini (-14/-115)
13:00 | big ten network
The value game here can be Illinois -8 in the first half, if you so choose. The Illini improved this year, while Wyoming suffered a lot of attrition, mostly through trades. There’s a chance Bert’s guys get up early and bleed the clock in the second half, and the fact that this line has gone from 11 to 14 tells me the Treble loves Illinois. Place the points.
University of Connecticut Huskies at Utah St. Aggies (-24)
13:00 | FS1
Another chance to bet against Jim Mora? Where do I sign?! On the other hand, Utah State hasn’t won a first game in at least three years. I certainly don’t remember its opening in 2021! The Aggies leaned heavily into the transfer market this year, and Gary Anderson knows what he’s doing. Jim Mora… doesn’t. Aggies in a loss.
Duquesne Dukes in florida state Seminoles (-41.5)
14:00 | ACC Network
Crossroads season for Mike Norvell at Tallahassee as he really needs to turn things around before the hairpins come out. After this game, FSU doesn’t return home for another month, and might as well be 1-2 when it returns. The Pittsburgh Dukes were decent in 2021, even beating Ohio University. Did they also lose against the Sacred Heart? I’m not sure they’re ready for this game. Noles for at least 42.
charlotte 49ers in FAU Owls (-6.5)
16:00 | CBS Sports Network
The fact that I take nothing but favorites here is not a concern at all! Well, put on your seatbelt because here comes another one. This line has been shortened a bit, and since it’s below a key number, we add up. Besides, it’s always a good idea to side with Willie Taggart, right? RIGHT?! Owwwwwls to cover, hopefully with N’Kosi Perry at the helm, which would be a big help.
Florida A&M Rattlers at north carolina tar heels (-Four. Five)
17:15 | ACC Network
hi guy. I’m pretty surprised there’s even a line in this game. Shortly before boarding the bus, FAMU discovered that about 20 players are ineligible. Even though they only have seven offensive linemen, the Rattlers are making the trip anyway, to collect the big check that is apparently more important than player safety. I would be more inclined to take the Over 55.
North Texas Mean Green (-1.5) at UTEP Miners
18:00 | Stadium
This is a case of two teams going in different directions last season. Although much improved than it has been, UTEP went 1-5 down the stretch and finished 7-6. The Mean Green went the other way, finishing with five straight wins, including one over UTEP. We’re not playing on a streak. Meen Green to cover.
Nevada Wolf Pack (-7.5) in New Mexico St. Aggies
19:00 | ESPN2
WE HAVE A SALE AT AGGIE MEMORIAL STADIUM. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The crowd will be kidnapped! The players will be ready! The opponent is not good! The biggest event in Las Cruces since the Gadsden purchase! Take NMSU and gobble up that seven and a hook. Oh, and if you really want to cash out, grab the Aggies +230 on the money line.
Vanderbilt Commodore (-9) in Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
19:30 | CBS Sports Network
We have action on the island from the beginning! Too bad it’s not one of those famous midnight kicks. Hawaii has come out of the Todd Graham disaster down but not out, as show legend Timmy Chang took the reins after, call it a tumultuous coaching hunt. Like Rece Davis said, if you’re the road team in Hawaii and it’s closed late, don’t count on any friendly calls from the striped guys. We don’t think this will be closed late. ‘Dores by double digits. ANCHOR DOWN!
Enjoy opening Saturday to everyone!
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