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Alabama (still) a massive favorite over Louisville, other Week 1 lines

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It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.

And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.

After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.

Other lines of note:

  • UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
  • Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
  • Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
  • San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
  • Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
  • Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
  • Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
  • Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
  • Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
  • Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
  • Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
  • West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
  • North Carolina (+6) at California
  • Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
  • Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
  • Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
  • Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State

Check out the entire list of lines here.

Texas Tech and Oregon State schedule home-and-home series in 2025-2026

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The Big 12 requires its members to schedule at least one game each season against another power conference opponent. Texas Tech is filling that requirement in 2025 and 2026 with the addition of a home-and-home series with Oregon State of the Pac-12.

Texas Tech will host Oregon State on September 13, 2025 in Lubbock, Texas. Oregon State will host the Red Raiders the following season on September 12, 2026 in Corvallis. The two schools have not faced each other since 1959.

Texas Tech now has at least one power conference opponent scheduled for non-conference play each season through 2020 and from 2022 through 2029. The 2021 season currently has a need for a power conference opponent to go with a home game against FCS Lamar and a road game at Houston. Of course, by the time 2021 rolls around, maybe the AAC will actually qualify as a power conference. You never know, right?

Other future power conference opponents for Texas Tech include Ole Miss (2018), Arizona (2019-2020), NC State (2022, 2027), Oregon (2023-2024), and Mississippi State (2028-2029).

Oregon State has its share of power conference foes lined up on upcoming schedules as well. This year the Beavers open the season on the road against Ohio State and next year they begin a home-and-home deal with another OSU, Oklahoma State. Oregon State also has a future home-and-home deal with Purdue (2021, 2024).

RB Demarcus Felton to transfer from Texas Tech

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Add Texas Tech to the growing list of FBS teams that have experienced the annual rite of post-spring roster attrition.

“After much consideration and conversations with my family,” Demarcus Felton wrote on his personal Twitter account, “I have decided to graduate from Texas Tech University and transfer to compete in my final season of eligibility at another institution.” As a graduate transfer, the fifth-year senior running back would be eligible to play immediately at another FBS school in 2018, his final season of eligibility.

Felton, a three-star 2014 signee, played in 35 games for the Red Raiders the past three seasons, with 12 of those appearances coming this past season. He started a pair of games during his time in Lubbock, with both of those coming in 2016.

In those three seasons, Felton ran for 529 yards and four touchdowns while catching nine passes for another 44 yards. His best season statistically came in 2016 when he ran for 354 yards, a total that was second on the team that year.

Texas lands commitment from Cal grad transfer Tre Watson

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Earlier this month, Cal graduate transfer Tre Watson narrowed his choice of potential landing spots to LSU, Texas and Texas Tech.  A couple of days later, Watson whittled down those choices to the schools from the Lone Star State.

Sunday evening, the running back revealed his next collegiate destination.

On his personal Twitter account, Watson announced that he would be enrolling at UT and continuing his playing career for the Longhorns.  The move to Austin comes a little over three months after Watson revealed on the same social media website that he was going to be leaving Cal as a graduate transfer.

In a Week 2 win over Weber State this past season, Watson sustained a serious knee injury and didn’t play the rest of the year. Prior to the injury, Watson’s 83 yards in less than five quarters worth of work this season were leading the team.

In 2016, Watson was second on the Bears in rushing yards with 709 and led the team with four rushing touchdowns.  Eleven of those yards and six of his 143 carries that season came in the Golden Bears’ Week 3 win over… the Longhorns.

Watson finished the Cal portion of his playing career with 1,390 yards and eight touchdowns on 274 carries.

Cal grad transfer RB Tre Watson narrows list to Texas, Texas Tech

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The list of suitors for Cal graduate transfer running back Te Watson is down to two.

Watson posted a message on his Twitter account Friday saying that he wasn’t announcing his commitment that day — as was planned — but he had decided he’d spend his final collegiate season in the state of Texas. Watson originally considered LSU along with Texas and Texas Tech, meaning the Bayou Bengals are out of the hunt.

A native of Corona, Calif., Watson put together a nice career before suffering a season-ending lower body injury two games into the 2017 campaign. He carried 232 times for 1,213 yards (5.23 a pop) and seven touchdowns in the 2015-16 seasons, but managed just 17 attempts in his abbreviated 2017 campaign.

Whichever Lone Star State school Watson uses can use him. Texas is still looking for a feature back after quarterback Sam Ehlinger led the team in rushing a year ago with a measly 381 yards. Texas Tech is looking for a replacement for the graduated Justin Stockton; Stockton led the Red Raiders with 797 yards on a team-leading 132 carries in 2017.