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Ridiculously early point spreads have ‘Bama by 24, FSU by 11.5 in openers

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With just over four months until the 2014 season begins, apparently it’s time for some early betting lines. And while Alabama hasn’t settled on a quarterback yet, no matter: Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide at 24-point favorites over West Virginia for the teams’ Aug. 30 curtain-lifter in Atlanta (via

For the 36th straight game, Florida State is favored — this time by 11.5 over Oklahoma State at AT&T Stadium.

Just scanning this, a few lines jump out, like Tennessee only giving 5.5 points to Utah State at home (Utah State, remember, was actually a pretty good team last year and should get QB Chuckie Keeton back for the 2014 season). Ole Miss is 8.5-point favorites over Boise State, and South Carolina is favored by nine for its Thursday opener against Texas A&M.

Of course, it’s still April and these lines certainly will do some changing between now and Aug. 28/Aug. 30. Case in point: In the hour or so since we published these, the Tennessee line jumped from -5.5 to -6.5, and the Bama line went from -24 to -23.5.

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6 Responses to “Ridiculously early point spreads have ‘Bama by 24, FSU by 11.5 in openers”
  1. woebegong says: Apr 24, 2014 11:16 AM

    It would seem to me to wait until fall practice begins. There is still the summer ahead and injuries also that might change the landscape.
    You can sure tell football depravity has set in. The season can’t get here soon enough for me.

  2. dhardy8207 says: Apr 24, 2014 12:34 PM

    woebegong says;

    “You can sure tell football depravity has set in. The season can’t get here soon enough for me.”

    AMEN… Me either!!…..

  3. chunkala says: Apr 24, 2014 2:30 PM

    You can place bets now, right?
    It seems like an overvalued stock, pick WV and put your money in now before the line becomes more realistic.

  4. musketmaniac says: Apr 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    yea the bama,-wvu line should finish around 18

  5. mcjon22 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:56 PM

    Ok State lost 16 starters…and they open up against FSU…and Jameis Winston…on a neutral field….and it’s not even a 2 touchdown spread?!?

    I’m going to go make a large wager now, goodbye

  6. jtbsteeler says: Apr 30, 2014 1:28 PM

    Alabama defensive players are duds in the league.

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