College football Week 1 odds: Fighting Irish favorites at Texas

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Notre Dame’s quarterback drama has overshadowed the Fighting Irish’s relative inexperience, as well as their trouble covering on the road. The Fighting Irish are listed as 3.5-point favorites against the Texas Longhorns with a total of 60 points for their game in Texas on Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Notre Dame is just 5-8 straight-up and 6-7 against the spread in its last 13 road games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. That includes being 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS in September road games since 2010.

Irish quarterbacks DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire are seasoned, but the same cannot be said of the Irish depth chart. Notre Dame has turned over more than half of its lineup and has graduated six of its top seven receivers, meaning a young group will be running routes against Texas’ skilled secondary.

However, the Irish have a strong offensive line and Texas struggled at stopping the run last season. The Longhorns, who are starting true freshman QB Shane Buechele, are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 outings as an underdog.

The total has gone over in eight of Notre Dame’s last 12 road games, and in 14 of its last 21.

Elsewhere, Labor Day weekend includes four Top 25 matchups.

The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide are listed as 11.5-point favorites against the USC Trojans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, with a total of 53.5 points. The Crimson Tide, who are riding a 12-0 SU streak, are on a 4-1 both SU and ATS run in September games where they are favored by 14 or fewer points.

Coach Nick Saban should have another stout defense – including CB Marlon Humphrey – to get in the face of Southern Cal’s first-year starting QB Max Browne. The Trojans are 0-4 ATS in their last four outings as underdogs.

The Oklahoma Sooners are 11.5-point favorites against the No. 15 Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium, with a total of 68 points. The Sooners’ Baker Mayfield and the Cougars’ Greg Ward Jr. are each explosive, athletic QBs. Mayfield and his receivers are facing a Cougars secondary with four new starters. Since 2013, Houston is 7-0 ATS as an underdog of 7.5 points or more. The total has gone under in five of Houston’s last seven games.

In their debut under new coach Kirby Smart, the Georgia Bulldogs are 2.5-point favorites against the North Carolina Tar Heels, with a total of 56.5 points. Georgia is built around defense and RB Nick Chubb. North Carolina, 11-2 SU in their last 13 games, has high-scoring capability with junior QB Mitch Tribisky, but struggles in run defense.

Georgia is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. ACC teams. The total has gone over in five of the Tar Heels’ last six games.

The Florida State Seminoles are four-point favorites against the Mississippi Rebels for their Monday matchup in Orlando, with an over/under of 57 points. Star Seminoles RB Dalvin Cook is facing a defense that has been patched up with graduate transfers Detric Bing-Dukes and Rommel Mageo.

Florida State is 6-0 SU in its last six games after losing as a favorite, but Mississippi is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as an underdog.

Clemson’s road winning streak on the line as betting favorite at Louisville

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Defending national champion Clemson’s road winning streak, built with a quarterback who’s now in the NFL, could be on shaky ground against the Louisville Cardinals, who are a tough out on home turf.

Clemson, now with Kelly Bryant at quarterback, is listed as a three-point road favorite against Louisville with a 56 total in their Week 3 matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Clemson is 10-0 straight-up and 4-6 against the spread over its last 10 home games, with the over hitting in seven of those contests. Louisville, led by reigning Heisman Trophy-winning QB Lamar Jackson, is 9-1 SU in its last 10 home games as well as 7-1 ATS in its last eight Week 3 matchups.

The Florida Gators are 5.5-point favorites against the Tennessee Volunteers on the Week 3 college football odds with a 49 total. Tennessee is 1-11 SU and 4-6-2 ATS in its last 12 games against Florida. The total has gone over in seven of Florida’s last 10 games at home against teams with winning records.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 13.5-point road favorites against the Boston College Eagles, with a 51 total. The total has gone under in Notre Dame’s last seven games against Boston College. Boston College is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games at home.

The USC Trojans are 16.5-point favorites against the Texas Longhorns, with a 67 total. Southern Cal is 11-0 SU in its last 11 games. Texas is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games against the Pac-12 conference.

The LSU Tigers are seven-point road favorites against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, with a 51.5 total. LSU is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games against Mississippi State. The total has gone under in seven of Mississippi State’s last 10 games at home.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are 28.5-point favorites against the Colorado State Rams, with a 53.5 total. Colorado State is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games. The total has gone under in seven of Alabama’s last eight home games according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 30-point favorites against the Army Black Knights, with a 53 total. Army is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games in September. The total has gone under in five of Ohio State’s last seven games in September.

The Wisconsin Badgers are 17-point road favorites against the BYU Cougars, with a 41 total. Wisconsin is 8-0 SU and 4-4 ATS in its last eight road games as a favorite of 14 or more points. Brigham Young is 2-8 SU and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as the underdog.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 14-point road favorites against the Pittsburgh Panthers, with a 64.5 total. Oklahoma State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Pittsburgh is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games at home.

And the UCLA Bruins are three-point road favorites against the Memphis Tigers, with a 70.5 total. UCLA is 8-2 SU and 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. Memphis is 4-6 ATS in its last 10 home games.

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Must See: Is this the catch of the year in college football?

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Many players have tried to copy Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible one-handed touchdown grab against the Cowboys.

And many have failed.

But Georgia’s Terry Godwin put up one heck of an effort that would’ve made OBJ proud.

On a fade in the end zone, Godwin put up one hand and came down with the ball in impressive fashion to tie up the game against Notre Dame in the second quarter.

So what if there was a slight bobble. Godwin’s catch is one for the 2017 college football highlight reel.