It is May so we must dissect and over report every little piece of news and the nuggets that keep on giving in May and will continue with June is early college football lines.
5Dimes released a few more lines and some prior odds have actually changed within the first few weeks of being able to legally place money on these games.
The first game of the college football year is Hawaii vs. Cal in Sydney, Australia, and this game opened up with the Bears being a 22-point favorite but now that has actually moved even higher by giving the Berkley-based school a 23-point edge.
The line for Colorado vs. Colorado State started at a modest five-point edge for the Buffalos but people have been adding on to Colorado getting the win, and now they are a nine-point favorite.
This comes upon the heels of Colorado not landing graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb, who is now going to Cal instead of Colorado. This move in the line is quite curious but the betting public must think Colorado is that much better for some reason as the news that came out as only favored Colorado State.
Now onto the new odds.
Boise State takes on Louisiana-Lafayette and the Broncos are a huge 19.5-point road favorite. This line makes sense as ULL won just four games last year and were not very competitive in the Sun Belt.
Wyoming host Northern Illinois on Sept. 3 and the Huskies are a nine-point favorite, and with the Cowboys struggling as they did last year and NIU typically at the top of the MAC this is probably the correct line. The Cowboys will likely have the best player on the field in running back Brian Hill, but he may not be enough to help get Wyoming the victory.
Fresno State is getting next to no respect when they travel to the Midwest to take on Nebraska, and are a 29-point underdog. The Bulldogs have struggled the past two years, they are working on their quarterback play and have both new offensive and defensive coordinators.
While Nebraska was not great last year with a losing record but they had six games they lost by eight or fewer points.
San Jose State travels to Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricane and without their best offensive player in Tyler Ervin who is now in the NFL. The quarterback play for the Spartans is solid with Kenny Potter but who he will pass the ball to is not yet clear. With that known info, Tulsa is a touchdown home favorite.
Hawaii has another game where odds are not very favorable. After playing in Australia, they head to the Eastern time zone to face off against Michigan and are a whopping 40-point favorite. With the travel involved and the early start (6 a.m. local in Hawaii) and the talent difference this game likely will get out of hand but 40 points is a line that resembles playing an FCS team and not an FBS program.