2013 college football betting lines: Mountain West games among those released

Andy Lyons

The Golden Nugget released 248 betting lines for the upcoming college football season.

We have been teased with a handful of betting lines here and there, but now the Golden Nugget has unleashed 248 lines that encompass the entire college football season.

Here are the initial Mountain West odds from the Golden Nugget:

UNLV
MINNESOTA -13

NEVADA
UCLA -15

COLORADO @DENVER
COLO. ST. -3½

BOISE ST.
WASHINGTON -2

SAN DIEGO ST.
OHIO ST. -21½

ARIZONA -17
UNLV

NEVADA
FLORIDA ST. -26

CENTRAL MICHIGAN
UNLV -4

OREGON ST. -6½
SAN DIEGO ST.

COLORADO ST.
ALABAMA -41

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
BOISE ST. -21½

BOISE ST.
BYU -1

NOTRE DAME -18
AIR FORCE

BYU -7½
NEVADA

There are some interesting lines among this group. The most absurd goes to Colorado State being a whopping 41-point underdog to defending national champion Alabama. Crimson Tide. Alabama is no doubt going to win the game, but being almost a six touchdown underdog seems a bit too much.

The other could go to San Diego State being 21-point underdogs to Ohio State. The Aztecs could give good ol' Urban Meyer's defense a run with Adam Muema carrying the ball. Actually, the San Diego State line that is more perplexing is how the Aztecs can be a 6.5-point underdog to Oregon State, and at home no less.

Also, anyone who puts Air Force as a double-digit underdog is a bit foolish. Not that Air Force will beat Notre Dame, but an 18-point line is too much for a run-first and ball-control style offense that the Falcons run.

Nevada also is getting little to no respect from the oddsmakers. UCLA and Florida State are quality opponents, but being a 15- and 26-point underdog is high, even for a road game. Also being a touchdown underdog at home to BYU doesn't seem correct. The Cougars have the potential for a very good offense, it all depends on quarterback Taysom Hill, and Nevada's weakness is their defense. Despite that, BYU's defense is going to take a step back and Nevada has a very good quarterback in Cody Fajardo.

Chime in down in the comments section about these early odds.

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