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Golden Nugget College Football Odds: Picking Games Against the Spread

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 12, 2012

Golden Nugget College Football Odds: Picking Games Against the Spread

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    Before the 2012 college football season kicks off, even before experts around the nation begin to dive into season previews, the college football bettor can get excited about the season right now.

    As they've done for the previous five years, the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas is posting its game-of-the-year lines. 

    That means that 111 different lines (via covers.com) are available for the public to wager on.

    Lucky for you, I have a prediction for every single one of them.

    Here's an early look at predicting all 111 Golden Nugget games of the year against the opening line.

Boise State at Michigan State (-6)

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    When: Friday, August 31

    Opening Line: Michigan State (-6)

    Both teams will have different looks under center with successful quarterbacks Kellen Moore and Kirk Cousins moving on.

    Boise State has been in this situation before, opening the season on the road against a tough opponent. I see no reason why they won't get it done again.

    My Prediction: Boise State (+6)

Marshall at West Virginia (-20)

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    When: Saturday, September 1

    Opening Line: West Virginia (-20)

    The last time we saw the Mountaineers, they were in the Big East Conference and putting up 70 points on a very good Clemson team in the Orange Bowl.

    The second time around for Geno Smith in Dana Holgorsen's offense should produce big results, and West Virginia should get the season started in a big way.

    My Prediction: West Virginia (-20)

Michigan vs. Alabama (-12)

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    When: Saturday, September 1

    Opening Line: Alabama (-12)

    The defending champs open up with a tough test in a Michigan team that won 11 games during Brady Hoke's first season.

    Nick Saban's defense has lost a lot and will be tested by Heisman Trophy contender Denard Robinson. I look for this one to be much closer than the 12 that the Crimson Tide is laying.

    My Prediction: Michigan (+12)

Auburn vs. Clemson (-2)

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    When: Saturday, September 1

    Opening Line: Clemson (-2)

    Dabo Swinney's team was embarrassed the last time they took the field. But Tajh Boyd and the Tigers could be in for a big season.

    This will be a tough opening test against a well-coached Auburn team that won eight games last season, a year after losing a ton of key parts to their 2010 championship team.

    I look for this one to be close, but I'll lean towards the more experienced quarterback.

    My Prediction: Clemson (-2)

Navy vs. Notre Dame (-13.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 1

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-13.5)

    One of these years the Irish have to come strong out of the gate and play to their potential.

    I don't know if this is the year for that, but they will get off to a good start against the Midshipmen.

    My Prediction: Notre Dame (-13.5)

Kentucky at Louisville (-11.5)

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    When: Sunday, September 2

    Opening Line: Louisville (-11.5)

    I look for Teddy Bridgewater to have a big sophomore season, and with a nice recruiting class, the Cardinals could be in the running for the Big East championship.

    Yet opening with an in-state rival, anything can happen. Give me the Wildcats and the points.

    My Prediction: Kentucky (+11.5)

Colorado vs. Colorado State (+6.5)

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    When: Sunday, September 2

    Opening Line: Colorado (-6.5)

    The inaugural season in the Pac-12 didn't go so good for the Buffaloes, only winning three games. 

    Colorado State wasn't much better in 2011, though, so these are a pair of teams looking for a fresh start in 2012. 

    Rams running back Chris Nwoke rushed for over 1,100 yards a season ago, and Colorado wasn't very good stopping the run. 

    Take the dog in what could be a close game.

    My Prediction: Colorado State (+6.5)

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (-5)

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    When: Thursday, September 6

    Opening Line: Cincinnati (-5)

    This early-season game could go a long way in determining the Big East champion. 

    Both the Panthers and Bearcats were major disappointments in 2011. With new coach Paul Chryst and running back Ray Graham on pace to make a healthy return by opening day, I look for Pitt to at least keep this one close.

    My Prediction: Pitt (+5)

Oklahoma State at Arizona (+9.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Oklahoma State (-9.5)

    There's a new quarterback-wide receiver combo in Stillwater as Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon have moved onto the NFL, but the high powered offense should still be there.

    A trip to Tuscon early in the season could be tough, but I still like the Cowboys to put up a ton of points.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma State (-9.5)

Miami at Kansas State (-7)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Kansas State (-7)

    Kansas State caught lightning in a bottle for a bit last season and finished with 10 wins, including a 28-24 victory in Miami.

    Quarterback Collin Klein had a big season in 2011, and the Wildcats could be in store for a repeat performance. They have Miami at home this season, but it won't be easy as Al Golden's team should be much better in his second season as head coach.

    My Prediction: Miami (+7)

Iowa State at Iowa (-5)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Iowa (-5)

    This in-state rivalry usually turns out close games. Last year the Cyclones won 44-41 at home. This year I like the Hawkeyes to return the favor.

    My Prediction: Iowa (-5)

Washington at LSU (-21)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: LSU (-21)

    The Tigers find themselves laying three touchdowns to a pretty good Washington team early in the season.

    I have concerns about the LSU offense being able to score enough to cover the number, but Washington hasn't fared well against Top 25 teams, going 0-4 a season ago.

    The LSU defense will make sure they hit the number.

    My Prediction: LSU (-21)

Georgia at Missouri (+3)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Georgia (-3)

    Two pretty good teams here, but I expect big things from Mark Richt's team in 2012, so laying three on the road shouldn't be a problem.

    This also features a very good quarterback matchup in Aaron Murray vs. James Franklin.

    My Prediction: Georgia (-3)

Florida at Texas A&M (Pick)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Pick

    There's a ton of changes in Texas A&M, from a new coach to a new quarterback to a new conference.

    Things are more stable at Florida, and Will Muschamp should have a pretty good team during his second season. Take the Gators to win.

    My Prediction: Florida

Nebraska at UCLA (+7)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: Nebraska (-7)

    Are Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers one of the favorites in the Big Ten Conference? Quite possibly, and they won't have a problem on the road.

    I like Bo Pelini's team, and I like them big in this one.

    My Prediction: Nebraska (-7)

USC vs. Syracuse (+21)

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    When: Saturday, September 8

    Opening Line: USC (-21)

    Last year, the Trojans beat Doug Marrone's squad 38-17, but that was at home. I like the Trojans again this season, and if this game were being played in the Carrier Dome, I would take the Orange and the points.

    But being that it is a neutral-field game, I'm going with USC big.

    My Prediction: USC (-21)

Washington State at UNLV (+17.5)

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    When: Friday, September 14

    Opening Line: Washington State (-17.5)

    It's a matchup of a pair of struggling programs, and while Washington State won only four games last season, it was twice as many as the Rebels won.

    Having said that, over two touchdowns is a lot for a bad football team to lay on the road.

    My Prediction: UNLV (+17.5)

Alabama at Arkansas (+6.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 15

    Opening Line: Alabama (-6.5)

    The good news is that John L. Smith has inherited a very good football team.

    The bad news is that Nick Saban and the defending champs are coming to town. Roll Tide.

    My Prediction: Alabama (-6.5)

Notre Dame at Michigan State (-3)

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    When: Saturday, September 15

    Opening Line: Michigan State (-3)

    Until I see some consistency from Brian Kelly's team, it's awfully hard to give them the benefit of the doubt on the road. Costly turnovers came back to bite this team last year, and with the quarterback still unsettled, there's nothing that gives me confidence in the Irish.

    I have to stick with the Spartans here.

    My Prediction: Michigan State (-3)

USC at Stanford (+7.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 15

    Opening Line: USC (-7.5)

    Can the Cardinal get Andrew Luck back for this one?

    They may need him to defeat the high-powered Trojans offense this season. These two played a thriller last season, but I expect USC to win handily this season, even on the road.

    My Prediction: USC (-7.5)

Florida at Tennessee (+5)

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    When: Saturday, September 15

    Opening Line: Florida (-5)

    Tennessee won only one SEC game a year ago, but it's time that this program gets back on track.Tyler Bray can throw the rock, but for the Volunteers to start singing Rocky Top more often, it's going to take some wins over some good football teams.

    I'm calling upset here.

    My Prediction: Tennessee (+5)

LSU at Auburn (+10.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: LSU (-10.5)

    LSU won't go through the SEC unbeaten, and Auburn may once again be in the thick of the SEC race.

    This will turn into a very good matchup, and while LSU may win, I don't like them laying double-digits on the road. 

    Take the dog.

    My Prediction: Auburn (+10.5)

Clemson at Florida State (-8)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: FSU (-8)

    Was there any more disappointing team in the nation last season than Florida State?

    Look for a rebound year, since if the Seminoles will be pretty good if they stay healthy. The same can be said for Clemson, but on the road in a hostile environment, I will take Florida State.

    My Prediction: Florida State (-8)

Michigan at Notre Dame (-1)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-1)

    These two teams hooked up for a classic last season, partly due to the heroics from Robinson.

    He's back this season, and the Wolverines win again.

    Prediction: Michigan (-1)

Kansas State at Oklahoma (-14.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-14.5)

    Landry Jones is back at Oklahoma, and the Sooners have higher expectations than a season ago.

    Oklahoma destroyed the Wildcats 58-17 last year at their place, and with this game in Oklahoma, where the Sooners rarely lose, I look for Jones and company to roll over Kansas State.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma (-14.5)

Missouri at South Carolina (-5)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: South Carolina (-5)

    The Gamecocks were a different team after Marcus Lattimore went down last season, but I like their overall talent level better than the Tigers'.

    Missouri's first year in the SEC could be an eye-opening experience, and this won't be an easy one for them.

    My Prediction: South Carolina (-5)

California at USC (-24)

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    When: Saturday, September 22

    Opening Line: USC (-24)

    Cal was a seven-win team a season ago and should be a pretty tough team in 2012.

    I like this USC team a lot, but not every win will be a blowout. Cal had a Top 50 defense a season ago, and they should be able to keep it within three touchdowns.

    My Prediction: Cal (+24)

Mississippi at Alabama (-31)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Alabama (-31)

    I generally don't like laying more than four touchdowns to anyone, especially in conference, but Ole Miss got pasted by Bama 52-7 a season ago, and I don't see any reason why they will keep it any closer on the road in 2012.

    My Prediction: Bama (-31)

Tennessee at Georgia (-13.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Georgia (-13.5)

    I mentioned before that I felt Georgia was in for big things this season, and I feel they win this game, but I also feel the Vols start to compete a little more this season in the SEC.

    Bulldogs win but don't cover.

    My Prediction: Tennessee (+13.5) 

Ohio State at Michigan State (-5)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Michigan State (-5)

    Urban Meyer's team will be much improved this season as long as quarterback Braxton Miller gets better.

    However, the Buckeyes have a cupcake schedule the first four weeks of the season, and this will be their first real test.

    This is a road test that they won't pass.

    My Prediction: Michigan State (-5)

Wisconsin at Nebraska (-3)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Nebraska (-3)

    This promises to be a great game between Big Ten powers, and while the Badgers still have Montee Ball, who rushed for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns a season ago.

    But Wisconsin will ultimately miss quarterback Russell Wilson too much and likely won't come out of this one with a win.

    My Prediction: Nebraska (-3)

Texas at Oklahoma State (-3)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Oklahoma State (-3)

    Texas is a team that should be better than the past couple seasons, and Oklahoma State likely won't be as good as the 12-1 team we saw a year ago.

    But this is the first test of the season for Mac Brown's club, and it comes in a very tough place to play.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma State (-3)

Arkansas at Texas A&M (+2.5)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: Arkansas (-2.5)

    Here's a welcome-to-the-SEC present for the Aggies, a beatdown at home at the hands of the Razorbacks.

    Texas A&M blew a lead last year and ultimately lost 42-38, but this year it won't come to that as Arkansas is the better all-around team.

    My Prediction: Arkansas (-2.5)

Baylor at West Virginia (-11)

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    When: Saturday, September 29

    Opening Line: WVU (-11)

    Naturally, the Bears won't be as good without the Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, but they will get their first taste of playing at Milan Puskar Stadium, and the Mountaineers have too much firepower.

    Baylor competes but fails to cover.

    My Prediction: West Virginia (-11)

USC at Utah (+14)

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    When: Thursday, October 4

    Opening Line: USC (-14)

    I like primetime home dogs, and that's what we have as the Utes host what promises to be a very good USC team.

    Rice-Eccles Stadium is a very tough place to play, and the crowd should be rocking on a nationally-televised ESPN game.

    I like the Trojans to win, but Utah to keep it close.

    My Prediction: Utah (+14)

Arkansas at Auburn (+4.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Arkansas (-4.5)

    This game represents the second of back-to-back road games for the Razorbacks, and the Tigers could present a problem.

    But it's a stretch when Auburn sees LSU and then Arkansas in back-to-back games, and that's a rough two-game stretch.

    I like Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson a ton, and he will be the difference.

    My Prediction: Arkansas (-4.5)

LSU at Florida (+7)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: LSU (-7)

    I like the LSU defense anywhere, even The Swamp. 

    This one gives us two great defenses against two subpar offenses. At home, Florida could possibly pull off the upset, but without an established signal caller against this defense, I don't like their chances.

    My Prediction: LSU (-7)

Kansas at Kansas State (-20)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Kansas State (-20)

    Quite simple. Kansas isn't very good, and going on the road against a team they lost to by 38 a season ago isn't doing them any favors.

    My Prediction: Kansas State (-20)

Nebraska at Ohio State (-1)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Ohio State (-1)

    I like Nebraska a lot, but they are facing Wisconsin and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks, and going on the road to Columbus may be a tough chore.

    I like the Buckeyes in a close one.

    Prediction: Ohio State (-1)

Washington at Oregon (-20)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Oregon (-20)

    Speed, speed, speed.

    Oregon has a ton of it, and Washington won't be able to keep up.

    My Prediction: Oregon (-20)

Georgia at South Carolina (+2.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Georgia (-2.5)

    Tough matchup here for Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs. I like them to do some damage on the season, but here's a case where they face a very tough road test.

    A good SEC team getting points at home—well, I like those odds every day of the week.

    My Prediction: South Carolina (+2.5)

West Virginia at Texas (-4)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Texas  (-4)

    West Virginia is the better team, but they are going to have a couple bumps in the road along the way.

    Texas is the Mountaineers' first road game after three soft home games and a conference opener against Baylor. We will see how the Mountaineers do once the Big 12 competition gets tougher.

    My Prediction: Texas (-4)

Miami vs. Notre Dame (-9.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 6

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-9.5)

    It's Catholics vs. Convicts revisited as the Hurricanes travel to South Bend. Looking back on the the 1980s and '90s, who would have thought that these two would become nothing more than average programs?

    I give Notre Dame the edge at home, but that's a big number. The Irish may win, but they won't cover.

    My Prediction: Miami (+9.5)

Stanford at Notre Dame (-5)

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    When: Saturday, October 13

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-5)

    The Irish are going to have to earn their wins as they have a very tough schedule that includes Michigan State, Michigan, Miami and Stanford all in a row.

    That's a tough stretch for any team, and it would be understandable for any team to not be at its best through that.

    But playing that tough schedule will have the Irish much more tested than the Stanford team they will be facing.

    My Prediction: Notre Dame (-5)

Nevada at UNLV (+17.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 13

    Opening Line: Nevada (-17.5)

    The Wolfpack are a team that played in a bowl last season, while the Rebels are coming off a two-win season.

    Take the better team in Nevada.

    My Prediction: Nevada (-17.5)

Alabama at Missouri (+14)

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    When: Saturday, October 13

    Opening Line: Bama (-14)

    The Crimson Tide are faced with a few tough road games, and this is another one. Not all the games will be easy, and while I like the Tide to win this, this is an opportunity for the Tigers to make a statement that they belong in the SEC.

    Bama wins, but Missouri keeps it close.

    My Prediction: Missouri (+14)

USC at Washington (+19)

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    When: Saturday, October 13

    Opening Line: USC (-19)

    The Huskies lost to USC by 23 last year and, with a loud crowd behind them, can keep it closer this year.

    Winning is another issue altogether.

    My Prediction: Washington (+19)

Texas vs. Oklahoma (-5.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 13

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-5.5)

    It's Red River Rivalry time as Oklahoma and Texas hook it up again. Last season the Sooners pounded the Longhorns 55-17.

    It won't be that bad this time around, but the Sooners should cover the 5.5 pretty easily.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma (-5.5)

UNLV at Boise State (-35.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Boise State (-35.5)

    For a team that won only two games a season ago, UNLV is in a lot of these 111 big games.

    Boise State will be very good again, but without Kellen Moore, how good?

    I will take my chances with five touchdowns any day.

    My Prediction: UNLV (+35.5)

Stanford at Cal (+4)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Stanford (-4)

    Stanford won't be the same without Andrew Luck, but they shouldn't be a bad football team either. These are the type of games they will have to win on the road to contend in the Pac-12 Conference.

    My Prediction: Stanford (-4)

South Carolina at Florida (-3.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Florida (-3.5)

    The Old Ballcoach heads back to The Swamp.

    This is going to be exciting as usual but the Gamecocks play the Gators after playing Georgia and LSU. That's their toughest three game grind of the year and while I hate that half point, I'm taking the Gators to teach their old coach a lesson.

    My Prediction: Florida (-3.5)

Florida State at Miami (+9.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Florida State (-9.5)

    Wouldn't it be nice to see this be one of college football's best rivalries again?

    It may not be what it used to be, but I don't like either team laying close to 10 in the other team's stadium. Miami at home at least keeps it close.

    My Prediction: Miami (+9.5)

Michigan State at Michigan (-6)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Michigan (-6)

    The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 28-14 a season ago. This time it's in the Big House, and it will be a different story.

    My Prediction: Michigan (-6)

BYU at Notre Dame (-9)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-9)

    The Irish are a team that gets favored in a lot of games this time of year based on reputation, but this is a good BYU team who won 10 games a season ago.

    Right now, nine seems like a lot of points for Notre Dame to be laying against anyone. 

    My Prediction: BYU (+9)

Alabama at Tennessee (+17)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: Bama (-17)

    Tennessee may be improved, but they aren't in Alabama's class, no matter where the game is being played.

    Bama rolls into Neyland Stadium and wins big.

    My Prediction: Alabama (-17)

Baylor at Texas (-11)

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    When: Saturday, October 21

    Opening Line: Texas (-11)

    Texas is another team that looks like it's being favored in a lot of games right now based on reputation and not the fact that this team has won only 13 games combined the past two seasons.

    I have no doubt the Longhorns will be good, but having them lay double-digits to a conference foe before the season begins is foolish.

    My Prediction: Baylor (+11)

LSU at Texas A&M (+8)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: LSU (-8)

    For LSU, Texas A&M comes sandwiched in between South Carolina and Alabama, so the Aggies could be a trap game for the Tigers.

    Les Miles is usually good at keeping his team focused on the task at hand, but with the way the 2011 season ended, there's a good chance that by the time this game rolls around, LSU will be looking ahead to Round 3 vs. the Crimson Tide.

    My Prediction: Texas A&M (+8) 

Colorado at USC (-34)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: USC (-34)

    USC is a much better team, but five touchdowns is a lot to lay. I will take my chances with the points.

    My Prediction: Colorado (+34)

Kansas State at West Virginia (-7.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 20

    Opening Line: WVU (-7.5)

    Great quarterback battle between Smith and Klein,although I would like this at seven instead of 7.5. However, while I think WVU will have some bumps in the road in the Big 12, Kansas State won't be one of them.

    Take the Mountaineers.

    My Prediction: West Virginia (-7.5)

Mississippi State at Alabama (-24)

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    When: Friday, October 26

    Opening Line: Bama (-24)

    The Bulldogs underachieved a season ago, but they have a great defense and could turn this into a low-scoring game.

    They only lost to the defending champs by 17 a season ago and could keep it semi-close this season as well.

    My Prediction: Mississippi State (+24)

USC at Arizona (+14)

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    When: Friday, October 26

    Opening Line: USC (-14)

    It looks like Vegas is on the USC bandwagon as they've been favored by a lot in almost every game so far.

    Arizona played USC close last season, losing 48-41, but this season I think USC can go on the road and cover two scores.

    My Prediction: USC (-14)

Texas A&M at Auburn (-3.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Auburn (-3.5)

    This could turn into a good matchup of pretty good football teams.

    Both can run the football, and this could be close all the way through. Since I feel it will be tight, there's no point on playing with that half point.

    Give me A&M and the points.

    My Prediction: Texas A&M (+3.5)

Michigan at Nebraska (+2)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Michigan (-2)

    As much as I like Michigan this season, they will be coming off a potentially tough game against Michigan State, to play a game that could be for the Big Ten Legends division.

    In a big game, I like a home dog, so I will take the Huskers getting points.

    My Prediction: Nebraska (+2)

Notre Dame at Oklahoma (-11)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-11)

    One thing about a Bob Stoops team, they will be able to score. The Notre Dame secondary will be tested in this one.

    I've mentioned how tough the Notre Dame schedule is, but it doesn't get any easier with the Sooners on there. Yet Brian Kelly's team is going to pull off an upset or two, and while going into Oklahoma and coming out with a win won't be easy, 11 points is a lot and I'm going to ride the Irish here.

    My Prediction: Notre Dame (+11)

TCU at Oklahoma State (-9)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Oklahoma State (-9)

    I may like TCU to win this game if it weren't on the road, but both teams can score, and TCU's defense will keep it closer than people will think.

    Prediction: TCU (+9) 

Ohio State at Penn State (+3.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Ohio State (-3.5)

    I don't like the Buckeyes laying 3.5 on the road in a tough place to play against what is usually a very tough defense, but I don't like much about this Penn State team. If I'm betting, my money is going on Urban Meyer.

    My Prediction: Ohio State (-3.5)

Tennessee at South Carolina (-7.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: South Carolina (-7.5)

    This game is the fifth of a brutal six-game stretch for the Gamecocks, and it's very possible they have a letdown against the Vols as they could be looking ahead to Arkansas.

    I'm calling upset, but even if not, I got 7.5 points to play with.

    My Prediction: Tennessee (+7.5)

Michigan State at Wisconsin (-5)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Wisconsin (-5)

    There will be plenty of Montee Ball this season for the Badgers, and he will have to be big in this one for the Badgers to pull of this big conference win.

    There won't be a Kirk Cousins Hail Mary this year to wreck your bet. Take the Badgers at home.

    My Prediction: Wisconsin (-5)

Florida vs. Georgia (-4.5)

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    When: Saturday, October 27

    Opening Line: Georgia (-4.5)

    Any time Florida and Georgia gets together, it's good times for everyone involved. This could be a very physical game, but it come down to the fact that I think Georgia is more than 4.5 points better than most team in the country—Florida included.

    My Prediction: Georgia (-4.5)

Virginia Tech at Miami (+6.5)

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    When: Thursday, November 1

    Opening Line: Virginia Tech (-6.5)

    These two teams played a great game last season in which the Hokies scored late to beat the Canes 38-35.

    I like this to be close as well, and it could go either way, but again, it's hard to pass on a home dog during a primetime game. They come in more times than not.

    My Prediction: Miami (+6.5)

Missouri at Florida (-5.5)

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    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: Florida (-5.5)

    One thing that's going to be interesting for teams like Missouri is how they handle some of the tougher road destinations in the SEC.

    The first time in The Swamp will be something the Tigers won't forget for a very long time. Take the Gators, and take them big.

    My Prediction: Florida (-5.5)

Oklahoma State at Kansas State (-1)

73 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: Kansas State (-1)

    This could be a good game. If it's anything like last season when the Cowboys defeated the Wildcats 52-45m then this will be a treat to watch.

    No Blackmon. No Weeden, and this one is in Kansas State, so I'm giving the Wildcats a slight edge.

    My Prediction: Kansas State (-1)

Alabama at LSU (-2)

74 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: LSU (-2)

    Here we go.

    How many people have November 3 already circled on their calenders? At least two do, and they are Nick Saban and Les Miles.

    It's revenge time for LSU. With the amount of talent Alabama lost to the NFL and the fact that this one is in Tiger Stadium, I have to go with LSU.

    My Prediction: LSU (-2)

Nebraska at Michigan State (-5)

75 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: Michigan State (-5)

    The Spartans have Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska in three straight weeks, but Nebraska will be coming off playing the Wolverines the week before.

    This game could carry a lot of meaning as it results to the Big Ten standings. I look for a close one here, so taking the dog makes sense.

    My Prediction: Nebraska (+5)

Pittsburgh at Notre Dame (-12.5)

76 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-12.5)

    The Irish probably win this game, but I don't think the Panthers will be as bad as last season, and I don't think Notre Dame is double-digit favorites over anyone right now.

    My Prediction: Pitt (+12.5)

Oregon at USC (-6)

77 of 110

    When: Saturday, October 3

    Opening Line: USC (-6)

    A year ago around this time, Matt Barkley and company went into Oregon and crushed any BCS hopes the Ducks had with a 38-35 victory.

    Could Chip Kelly's team return the favor this season? It's possiblem and I'm looking forward to this one since, next to Alabama vs. LSU, this could be the next best game on the college football schedule.

    My Prediction: Oregon (-6) 

TCU at West Virginia (-6)

78 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 3

    Opening Line: West Virginia (-6)

    This promises to be a good matchup of two potentially explosive new Big 12 conference members.

    While West Virginia is usually very good at home, TCU is the type of well-coached football team that can go into Morgantown and come out with a win.

    I look for this to be close throughout and TCU to pull off an upset.

    My Prediction: TCU (+6)

Florida State at Virginia Tech (-1)

79 of 110

    When: Thursday, November 8

    Opening Line: Virginia Tech (-1)

    There seem to be some excellent Thursday night contests this year, and this is no exception.

    One thing I know for sure is that Lane Stadium will be absolutely rocking when the Seminoles come to town. 

    Cue Enter Sandman now and take the Hokies to win.

    My Prediction: Virginia Tech (-1)

Texas A&M at Alabama (-20)

80 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: Bama (-20)

    The Crimson Tide very well may be as good as last season, but for a team that lost Trent Richardson and half of the best defense I've ever seen, laying almost three touchdowns this early to a good Texas A&M team seems a bit silly this early.

    Maybe after I see these teams play it may make more sense, but for an early line, it seems quite high.

    My Prediction: Texas A&M (+20)

Georgia at Auburn (+6)

81 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: Georgia (-6)

    This could be a tough game with a lot of meaning this late in the season, but I'm going with the better quarterback, and I think Aaron Murray is ready to have a huge season.

    My Prediction: Georgia (-6)

Notre Dame at Boston College (+12)

82 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: Notre Dame (-12)

    I've been staying away from Notre Dame laying a lot of points, and I have to stick with that trend. This Eagles team only lost 16-14 at Notre Dame last season, and they have a great chance to keep it close at home this year.

    My Prediction: Boston College (+12)

Mississippi State at LSU (-17)

83 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: LSU (-17)

    Could it be letdown time for the Tigers after Alabama week?

    It makes sense to play it that way as 17 is a lot to lay to a good team like the Bulldogs.

    My Prediction: Mississippi State (+17)

Baylor at Oklahoma (-17)

84 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-17)

    No upset for the Bears this year. This one is in Norman, and I have a feeling that Bob Stoops' team will be out to prove a point every week this season.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma (-17)

West Virginia at Oklahoma State (-6.5)

85 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 20

    Opening Line: Oklahoma State (-6.5)

    Welcome backm Dana Holgorsen.

    However, I expect for him to get a rude reception from the Cowboys as the Mountains won't be leaving Stillwater with a win.

    But I don't like the 6.5, so I'm looking for WVU to keep it close.

    My Prediction: WVU (+6.5)

Arkansas at South Carolina (+2.5)

86 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 20

    Opening Line: Arkansas (-2.5)

    This could have meaning in the SEC and should be a big-time game for both schools.

    I usually like good teams getting points at home, but in this case I just think the Razorbacks are the better team.

    My Prediction: Arkansas (-2.5)

Kansas State at TCU (-3.5)

87 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 20

    Opening Line: TCU (-3.5)

    This could be one of the sleeper games of the season in the Big 12 Conference.

    Collin Klein is a winner, and he can at least make this a very close game. I'm all over the Wildcats to come in under the 3.5

    My Prediction: Kansas State (+3.5)

Missouri at Tennessee (-1)

88 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: Tennessee (-1)

    The oddsmakers show the Vols some love here, but ultimately I think Missouri is a much better team in every facet of the game.

    Take the Tigers on the road.

    My Prediction: Missouri (+1)

Arizona State at USC (-27)

89 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 10

    Opening Line: USC (-27)

    By this time, Sun Devils fans will be wondering why in the world they hired Todd Graham to be their new football coach. That is, if he sticks around that long. He didn't at his last job.

    Graham will be outclassed by Lane Kiffin, and the Trojans will roll over Arizona State.

    My Prediction: USC (-27)

Mississippi at LSU (-26)

90 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 17

    Opening Line: LSU (-26)

    The 26 points seems like a big number, but LSU should be at least that much better than the Rebels. LSU pasted Mississippi 52-3 last season, and this one could be equally ugly.

    My Prediction: LSU (-26)

Stanford at Oregon (-13)

91 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 17

    Opening Line: Oregon (-13)

    Pac-12 fans looked forward to this game all season last yearm and while it doesn't have the same hype around it without Andrew Luck, it should still be a good one.

    However, at Autzen Stadium, I have to give a big edge to the Ducks.

    My Prediction: Oregon (-13)

USC at UCLA (+16)

92 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 17

    Opening Line: USC (-16)

    Here's another rivalry that would be great if it were relevant again. Anything can happen in a rivalry game, so 16 points seems like a lot.

    My Prediction: UCLA (+16)

Ohio State at Wisconsin (-6)

93 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 17

    Opening Line: Wisconsin (-6)

    The Buckeyes beat the Badgers a year ago, but that's not happening this year in Wisconsin. Ohio State will be heading into the Michigan game on a losing streak.

    My Prediction: Wisconsin (-6)

Oklahoma at West Virginia (+4)

94 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 17

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-4)

    The Mountaineers possibly may have found out by now that they aren't in the Big East anymore as they can't count on a weak schedule to get to nine or 10 wins a year anymore.

    Instead of a team like Pitt or Syracuse coming into Morgantown this time of year, it's the Oklahoma Sooners. WVU will quickly find out the difference.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma (-4)

Arizona State at Arizona (-5.5)

95 of 110

    When: Friday, November 23

    Opening Line: Arizona (-5.5)

    The Wildcats disappointed in 2011, winning only four games, but they should be fine at home in this one. In the Pac-12 Conference, who knows, this could be meaningful.

    My Prediction: Arizona (-5.5)

Washington at Washington State (-3)

96 of 110

    When: Friday, November 23

    Opening Line: Washington State (-3)

    Washington State is getting better, but I don't think they are there quite yet, and Washington is a decent team that went to a bowl game last year.

    My Prediction: Washington (+3)

Auburn at Alabama (-18)

97 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Bama (-18)

    You have to love the Iron Bowl, and this could be huge for the Crimson Tide. But staying consistent, 18 is a lot of points right now for a tightly contested rivalry game.

    I doubt the Tigers win, but right now I like them to cover.

    My Prediction: Auburn (+18)

LSU at Arkansas (+3)

98 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: LSU (-3)

    Last season, this looked to be a big game on paper, but it didn't live up to the hype. This year it will also be a huge game with major SEC implications.

    This season will be different, and Arkansas gets the win.

    My Prediction: Arkansas (+3)

South Carolina at Clemson (-3.5)

99 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Clemson (-3.5)

    Another battle between heated rivals.

    The Gamecocks won big last year and will do so again.

    My Prediction: South Carolina (+3.5)

Florida at Florida State (-7.5)

100 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Florida State (-7.5)

    The Seminoles won 21-7 last season, and at home this year, something similar should be in store, especially if they find a way to stay healthy.

    My Prediction: Florida State (-7.5)

Mississippi State at Mississippi (+10)

101 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Mississippi State (-10)

    It's as simple as taking the better team here, and that's the Bulldogs.

    My Prediction: Mississippi State (-10)

Michigan at Ohio State (+2)

102 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Michigan (-2)

    Ohio State should be much better this season, and so will this game. Unfortunately for Buckeyes fans, they are going to come up short for the second consecutive year.

    My Prediction: Michigan (-2)

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma (-8)

103 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-8)

    Bedlam may not have as much riding on it as it did a season ago for Oklahoma State, but regardless, the Sooners will get some revenge.

    My Prediction: Oklahoma (-8)

Oregon at Oregon State (+16)

104 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Oregon (-16)

    It's Civil War time for the Ducks and Beavers, but while Oregon will win again, Oregon State keeps in under two touchdowns at home.

    My Prediction: Oregon State (+16)

TCU at Texas (-7)

105 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Texas (-7)

    There's no Texas A&M on the schedule for the Longhorns this year, but it gets no easier for Texas as they now get the Horned Frogs on their schedule.

    Count on this being close and TCU coming in under the seven-point line.

    My Prediction: TCU (+7)

Missouri at Texas A&M (-3)

106 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: Texas A&M (-3)

    Last year, the Tigers beat Texas A&M 38-31 in overtime. This year it's a little different as both teams are now in the SEC, but I like A&M at home in what could be a very good matchup.

    My Prediction: Texas A&M (-3)

Notre Dame at USC (-13)

107 of 110

    When: Saturday, November 24

    Opening Line: USC (-13)

    The Trojans hook up with Notre Dame in their annual meeting in Matt Barkley's last regular-season game in a USC uniform.

    Expect something special from Barkley, who could also be making a case for the Heisman Trophy.

    My Prediction: USC (-13)

Texas at Kansas State (+3)

108 of 110

    When: Saturday, December 1

    Opening Line: Texas (-3)

    This Big 12 Conference clash promises to be good and will likely have some impact on which bowl game each school heads to, so there will be a lot at stake.

    I like the improved Longhorns to get a road win here.

    My Prediction: Texas (-3)

Oklahoma at TCU (+9.5)

109 of 110

    When: Saturday, December 1

    Opening Line: Oklahoma (-9.5)

    This is the final regular season game for Landry Jones, and similar to the way it has been for some of his career, he won't play well on the road as TCU could possibly cost the Sooners a BCS opportunity here.

    My Prediction: TCU (+9.5)

Army vs. Navy (-4.5)

110 of 110

    When: Saturday, December 1

    Opening Line: Navy (-4.5)

    Army won only three games last season and lost to Navy once again, but 2012 will be different for the Black Knights as they get back in the winning column against the Midshipmen.

    My Prediction: Army (+4.5)

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