College Football Betting Checks Out Opening DayPosted by: Charlie Smith
The college football betting season is days away. Pretty soon, our Saturdays will consist of nothing other than betting on college football.
Saturday, August 26th marks the start of this year’s college football season, and the NCAA is making sure to pull out all the stops by offering a total of 5 contests to kick off the season.
One of those contests includes the matchup between Oregon State and Colorado State. Neither team had a phenomenal season, but there’s no denying that the Rams are coming off a slightly better year. Let’s see if NCAA sportsbooks are taking that into account when throwing together odds for this matchup.
Oregon State vs. Colorado State – Saturday, August 26th
When: 2:30 pm ET
Where: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, Colorado
TV: Local Broadcasts, CBS
College Football Betting Odds:
Oregon State +3 ½ (-110) – +150
Colorado State -3 ½ (-110) – -170
The Beavers are coming off a 4-8 (3-6 in Pac-12 play) that saw the program tie for fourth place in the North Division. This game gives Oregon State the opportunity to prove to both their fans and themselves that this will be a season for improvement.
Gary Anderson returns in his third year to lead Oregon State. He is joined alongside offensive coordinators Kevin McGiven (3rd year with Oregon State) and TJ Woods (3rd season with the program). Kevin Clune will reprise his role as defensive coordinator, marking his second year with the school.
Oregon state enters this contest as college football betting underdogs, but the 3 ½ point spread is still giving them a fox in this fight.
The Rams finished the 2016 season with a 7-6 record (5-3 in Mountain West Conference play). That record led to a tie for fourth place in the Mountain Division. Colorado State performed well enough to earn an invitation to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, where they suffered a loss to Idaho 61-50. Colorado State will be looking to deliver another winning record this time around and this upcoming contest gives the Rams the opportunity to start the season off on the right foot.
Colorado State will be led by 3rd year head coach Mike Bobo. Bobo is joined by offensive coordinator Will Friend who is in his 3rd year with the program. Marty English will once again be calling the shots on defense, marking his 5th year as the defensive coordinator.
“The concern of mine is depth on this football team,” Bobo told reporters when looking ahead to this upcoming season. “We don’t have a lot of depth. I think we’re decent with the [starters], so we have to improve our depth with the guys we have here in summer conditioning and fall camp.”
“Our freshman that we signed, I think will play a big part in our season next year.”
The game of college football is mostly dependent on your ability to bring in new talent and have them ready to go once the college football betting season comes around. This year, we’ll get to see just how good Bobo is at the given task.