College Football 2017: It’s finally here

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Updated: August 25, 2017

 

College Football 2017:  It’s finally here 

It’s that time of year.   You’ve been waiting for months, trying to find that perfect time to get excited about football returning.   That time is now, as we’re well into August and less than one week away from the Colorado State Rams opening up there brand new $220 million-dollar stadium to host the Oregon State Beavers  (Saturday, 8/26 at 2:30 ET) in the opening game of the 2017-2018 college football season.  Oregon State opened as a -2.5 favorite with line currently pushing to Colorado State now being favored by -3.5.   This is one of five games on the slate for a sort of 1st course opening weekend with Stanford(-31) and Rice concluding things at 10:00 p.m. ET live from Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

If Saturday the 26th is an appetizer, than the following week (the official week 1) is the main course.  Five straight days of games kicking off Thursday, August 31st that concludes with a nice ACC vs SEC matchup on Monday as Georgia Tech hosts the Tennessee Vols(-4) as a special Labor Day kickoff.   Some headline-grabbing matchups with national implications line the schedule in what is sure to be a monster opening weekend with enough football for even the most diehard fanatic.    In week 1 there are several matchups you want to watch and a few you don’t want to miss.

Tennessee Vs Ga Tech:  September 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET. 

This should be a fun ACC vs SEC matchup with this Labor Day special, as Tennessee travels down to take on Georgia Tech at the Mercedes-Benz stadium.  Butch Jones will have to hope his Volunteers run defense has improved as he faces Paul Johnson’s triple option attack from Georgia Tech.   The game opened with the Vols as -3.5 point favorites and has remained relatively consistent around that number with some -4s scattered around the board.

Michigan vs Florida:  September 2nd 3:30 p.m. ET

Live from Jerry World in Arlington, Texas, we have this neutral-site matchup of two teams really looking to set the tone early in a SEC vs Big 10 battle.  After narrow misses to close out last year, Michigan will look to fire out of the gate and prove they are ready to contend this year.  Hoping to improve on offense  under 3rd-year coach Jim McElwain, Florida will have to decide who is going be the quarterback leading the offense.  Reports are showing as many as 3 quarterbacks getting snaps in the game.   The line opened with Michigan as a -4.5 favorite and has bounced around between -2 to -4 following Florida suspension announcements for seven players including star wide receiver Antonio Callaway.

Alabama vs Florida State: September 2nd, 8 p.m. ET

In what some are calling the biggest season opener of all time, this heavyweight matchup has all the goods to be able to deliver on the preseason hype.  The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Florida State Seminoles in the Chic Fil A kickoff classic in a matchup of preseason top 5 contenders.   Nick Saban takes on his former protégé Jimbo Fisher with the winner taking the early position in the driver seat for a college football playoff spot.  Big name coaches, excellent defenses, and athletes lining both rosters,  it doesn’t get any bigger or better than this.  Alabama opened as a -7 point favorite and that line continues to hold across most the board.