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Ohio State heads to Oregon in Week 2 in one of the biggest early games of the college football season. Photo from Wiki Commons.

  • Opening lines for some of the biggest games of the upcoming 2020 college football season have been released
  • The Clemson Tigers are the biggest favorites on the board, but do they deserve to be after an underwhelming finish to the 2020 College Football Playoff?
  • Take a look at the full list of spreads and some early leans below

Looking for something to do with the sports world on pause?

Let us present you with a bevy of opening point spreads for a bunch of college football’s biggest games in the upcoming season.

Opening 2020 College Football Spreads

August 29th – Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland) Point Spread at Bovada
Navy Midshipmen +14.0 (-120)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish -14.0 (-120)
September 5th – Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, Utah) Spread
BYU Cougars +4.5 (-120)
Utah Utes -4.5 (-120)
September 5th – AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Spread
Alabama Crimson Tide -14 (-120)
USC Trojans +14 (-120)
September 12th – Husky Stadium (Seattle, WA) Spread
Michigan Wolverines PK (-120)
Washington Huskies PK (-120)
September 12th – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Spread
Texas Longhorns +6.5 (-120)
LSU Tigers -6.5 (-120)
September 12th – Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon) Spread
Ohio State Buckeyes -6.5 (-120)
Oregon Ducks +6.5 (-120)
September 12th – Memorial Stadium (Clemson, South Carolina) Spread
Louisville Cardinals +23.5 (-120)
Clemson Tigers -23.5 (-120)
September 19th – Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) Spread
Georgia Bulldogs +7.5 (-120)
Alabama Crimson Tide -7.5 (-120)
September 26th – Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Nebraska) Spread
Cincinnati Bearcats +4.0 (-120)
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4.0 (-120)
September 26th – Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Spread
Wisconsin Badgers +3.0 (-120)
Michigan Wolverines -3.0 (-120)
October 2nd – Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City, Utah) Spread
USC Trojans +1.5 (-120)
Utah Utes -1.5 (-120)
October 3rd – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Norman, Oklahoma) Spread
Baylor Bears +13.5 (-120)
Oklahoma Sooners -13.5 (-120)
October 3rd – Lambeau Field (Green Bay, Wisconsin) Spread
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +1.5 (-120)
Wisconsin Badgers -1.5 (-120)
October 3rd – Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Spread
Penn State Nittany Lions +3.0 (-120)
Michigan Wolverines -3.0 (-120)
October 10th – Sanford Stadium (Athens, Georgia) Spread
Auburn Tigers +4.5 (-120)
Georgia Bulldogs -4.5 (-120)
October 10th – Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, Florida) Spread
LSU Tigers +1.5 (-120)
Florida Gators -1.5 (-120)
October 10th – Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wisconsin) Spread
Minnesota Golden Gophers +9.5 (-120)
Wisconsin Badgers -9.5 (-120)
October 10th – Cotton Bowl Stadium (Dallas, Texas) Spread
Texas Longhorns +4.0 (-120)
Oklahoma Sooners -4.0 (-120)
October 24th – Beaver Stadium (University Park, Pennsylvania) Spread
Ohio State Buckeyes -5.5 (-120)
Penn State Nittany Lions +5.5 (-120)
October 31st – TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida) Spread
Florida Gators +2.5 (-120)
Georgia Bulldogs -2.5 (-120)
November 7th – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) Spread
Alabama Crimson Tide -2.5 (-120)
LSU Tigers +2.5 (-120)
November 7th – Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame, Indiana) Spread
Clemson Tigers -7.5 (-120)
Notre Dame Fighting Irish +7.5 (-120)
November 7th – Autzen Stadiu (Eugene, Oregon) Spread
USC Trojans +4.5 (-120)
Oregon Ducks -4.5 (-120)
November 28th – Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) Spread
Auburn Tigers +9.5 (-120)
Alabama Crimson Tide -9.5 (-120)
November 28th – Ohio Stadium (Columbus, Ohio) Spread
Michigan Wolverines +8.0 (-120)
Ohio State Buckeyes -8.0 (-120)
November 28th – Kinnick Stadium (Iowa City, Iowa) Spread
Wisconsin Badgers -2.5 (-120)
Iowa Hawkeyes +2.5 (-120)

All odds taken Mar. 17th

The 2021 College Football Playoff odds will need a major adjustment after these big-time games early in the schedule.

Where should you put your money? Here’s some early leans on the notable games.

Alabama Crimson Tide (-14) vs USC Trojans

This one is at a neutral site because, well, Alabama doesn’t play road games outside their mandated SEC schedule. Even still, I like the Trojans to cover the number here thanks in large part to rising sophomore QB Kedon Slovis.

He’s a sneaky Heisman Trophy candidate who tossed for 30 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions last year. He’ll benefit from continuity with USC deciding to keep both head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Alabama, however, faces some uncertainty at the quarterback position. Mac Jones looked okay when Tua Tagovailoa went down last year and is likely to get the first shot. I think #1 overall prospect Bryce Young will eventually take over, but much like Trevor Lawrence at Clemson they’ll likely make him watch a few games from the sideline before throwing him into the fire.

In the meantime, I’d place bets against Alabama as big dogs especially against a quality opponent like USC.

PICK: USC +14 (-120)

Louisville Cardinals vs Clemson Tigers (-23.5)

Clemson returns superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence and that’s enough for the oddsmakers to give the Tigers the biggest cushion on the board. They are favored by 23.5 over Louisville and I expect that number to rise considerably by the time this one kicks off September 12th.

Lawrence threw for 36 touchdowns and 8 interceptions last year, completing over 65% of his passes for the 2nd straight year. He lost the championship game by 17 points and many weren’t sure the Tigers deserved to escape their semifinal game against Ohio State. Those missteps will have the presumed first pick in the 2021 NFL draft ready to showcase his stuff early in the year.

PICK: Clemson -23.5 (-120)

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Ohio State Buckeyes (-6.5) vs Oregon Ducks

Follow the pattern, I like certainty at the quarterback position early in the year. That will become even more important this year with the likelihood of limited practise times due to the virus that’s put the sports world on pause. With that in mind, I’m taking Justin Fields from Ohio State over whomever Oregon settles on as Justin Herbert’s replacement.

Fields had 41 touchdowns and 3 interceptions last year and welcomes an abundance of talent alongside his returnees on the offensive side of the ball. The game is in Eugene, but I believe the Buckeyes will be strong enough to win by a touchdown or more.

PICK: Ohio State Buckeyes (-6.5)

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