The college football kickoff continues with a smattering of games Friday. We talk with online book Bet365.com about the biggest line moves on the board.
Texas Tech Red Raiders at SMU Mustangs – Open: +6, Move: +4
Action on the home side has moved this Lone Star State showdown as many as two points off the opening spread, with Texas Tech starting a redshirt freshman at quarterback due to an injury to No. 1 Michael Brewer. But that’s not the only thing pushing this line.
“Line moved for team news on TTU, but sharp money is on SMU as a live dog regardless of the info,” Aron Black of Bet365.com told Covers.
The total for this game has moved, jumping from 58.5 to 59.5 points.
Florida Atlantic Owls at Miami Hurricanes – Open: -32.5, Move: -31
Money on FAU is trimming this massive spread. Miami doesn’t enter this season as a notable favorite to win the ACC, and that shows with just 56 percent of Covers Consensus backing the Hurricanes in Week 1. The Owls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan State Spartans – Open: -26.5, Move: -28
Michigan State money has constantly flowed in on the favorite, knocking this spread up 1.5 points. The Spartans will hand the ball to QB Andrew Maxwell but will likely mix in sophomore Connor Cook in Week 1.
“This one just looks like natural move to strong favorite,” says Black. “No real recent updates to indicate anything more than money on Michigan State.”