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.
I guess now you can really plan accordingly.
Tuesday, it was reported — after it was reported two years earlier, our pals at FBSchedules.com gently reminded us in a tweet — that Boise State and Florida State would open the 2019 season in Jacksonville. A day later, it was officially confirmed that the game will be played at TIAA Bank Field on Labor Day Weekend 2019 and will be nationally televised.
The exact date, time and broadcast network will be announced at a later date.
“I commend [FSU athletic director] Stan Wilcox and the JAXSPORTS Council for creating this tremendous opportunity for Florida State University,” said FSU president John Thrasher in a statement. “We are excited to play in Jacksonville and give our alumni and fans the opportunity to enjoy a game in one of the premier athletic venues in the South.”
“The neutral site venue and national television exposure that comes with playing Boise State at TIAA Bank Field will be invaluable to our program,” a statement from Wilcox read.
The 2019 game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Boise State last faced a team from the ACC in the regular season in 2017, a 42-23 loss to Virginia on the smurf turf. FSU’s last regular-season matchup with a Mountain West Conference member came in 2013, a 62-7 romp over Nevada in Tallahassee.
Boise State and Florida State will meet in Jacksonville on the opening weekend of the 2019 season, according to a tweet Tuesday from Brett McMurphy.
McMurphy reports the game will be formally announced on Wednesday. Boise State has not formally announced the game, but it is listed on the 2019 schedule on the Broncos’ official website.
The game would be the first meeting between the two programs.
While the Broncos and the Seminoles have never met on the field, they have dabbled in neutral site opening games.
Boise State has been especially effective in winning neutral site games that are essentially road games. The Broncos knocked off Virginia Tech in Landover, Md., to open the 2010 season, then went to Atlanta and beat Georgia on the first Saturday of the 2011 season. Boise State opened 2014 with a loss to Ole Miss in Atlanta.
Jacksonville, in case you didn’t know, is much closer to Tallahassee than Boise.
Florida State beat Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas, to open 2014, defeated Ole Miss in Orlando on Labor Day in 2016, and opened last season with a loss to Alabama in Atlanta, a game billed as the biggest opening game in college football history.
Though Jacksonville does not have its own major college football team, the city has a long history of hosting neutral site games through the the annual Florida-Georgia game, the Gator Bowl and the occasional ACC Championship. Florida State is 13-2-1 all-time in Florida’s largest city, not including a vacated win over Alabama in 2007.
Drake Beasley was expected to be a contributor, perhaps a significant one, in Boise State’s running game this coming season. Instead, he’ll look to continue and contribute somewhere other than on the blue turf.
According to multiple media outlets in the area, Beasley has abruptly and unexpectedly left the Broncos football program. There was no specific reason given for the running back’s departure, with the exclamation point on the development being Beasley’s name no longer appearing on the football program’s official website even as the team hasn’t publicly addressed his status.
Beasley was a three-star member of the Broncos’ 2017 recruiting class. He was the only running back signed by the Broncos in their class that year.
Tony Lashley may have left Idaho, but, as it turns out, he’s not leaving the state.
Following up on speculation that surfaced earlier in the day, Boise State confirmed that Lashley (pictured, left) has transferred to BSU and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Broncos. The linebacker had spent the first four years of his career with the Vandals of Idaho.
As a graduate transfer, Lashley is eligible to play immediately in 2018. The upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
What the Broncos are welcoming is one of the most productive players on the defensive side of the ball in the Sun Belt Conference.
After finishing the 2017 season second in the conference in tackles with 123 and tied for fifth in tackles for loss with 14, Lashley, who started all 12 games for the Vandals, was named first-team All-SBC. In leading the Vandals in tackles (107) and tackles for loss (10) the previous season, he earned honorable mention All-SBC honors.
According to his Idaho bio, Lashley, a Missouri native, is married and has four children.