Alabama touchdown favorite against Florida State to highlight college football slate

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The Alabama Crimson Tide typically get the job done in tough early-season tests, if not with much room to spare on the scoreboard.

In the most anticipated Week 1 game – preseason No. 1 against No. 3 – Alabama is listed as a seven-point favorite against the Florida State Seminoles with a 49.5-point total for their matchup in Atlanta, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

During the Nick Saban era, Alabama is 6-1 straight-up and 3-4 against the spread during games in September when it was favored by 10 or fewer points.

Alabama, led by sophomore QB Jalen Hurts, is however 8-1 ATS in its last nine games in Week 1. Florida State, which counters with its own sophomore QB in Deondre Francois, has had the total go over| 17 of its last 24 games as an underdog.

The Michigan Wolverines are favored by 3.5 points on the Week 1 college football odds against the Florida Gators, with a 45-point total in their matchup in Arlington. Michigan is 6-2 SU and ATS in its last eight games in Week 1. Florida is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games against the Big Ten.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are 21.5-point road favorites against the Indiana Hoosiers, with a 57.5-point total in their Thursday matchup. Ohio State is 0-6 ATS in its last six games against Indiana. The total has gone under in six of Indiana’s last seven games as an underdog.

The Navy Midshipmen are nine-point favorites against the Florida Atlantic Owls in a Friday matchup. Navy is 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS in its last six games in September. Florida Atlantic is 0-15 SU and 7-8 ATS in its last 15 games as an underdog of at least 7.5 points.

The USC Trojans are 27-point favorites against the Western Michigan Broncos, with a 58.5-point total. The total has gone under in seven of Southern Cal’s last nine games. Western Michigan is 6-0 ATS in its last six games as an underdog of 27.5 points or more.

The Louisville Cardinals are 24.5-point favorites against the Purdue Boilermakers with a 69-point total in their neutral-site matchup in Indianapolis. The total has gone over in eight of Louisville’s last 10 games as a favorite of 25 points or less. The total has gone over in 10 of Purdue’s last 12 games as an underdog.

The UCLA Bruins are 3.5-point favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies with a 56.5-point total in a Sunday matchup. Texas A&M is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games as an underdog of 3.5 points or less. UCLA is 0-5 ATS in its last five games against the SEC.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are four-point favorites against the West Virginia Mountaineers with a 51.5-point total in a Sunday matchup in Washington, D.C. The favored team is 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games in this matchup. Four of the last five games in this matchup have gone under.

And the Tennessee Volunteers are favored by three points against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at sports betting sites, with a 56-point total in their Monday matchup in Atlanta. Tennessee is 1-3 ATS in its last four games as a favorite of 3.5 points or less. The total has gone under in Georgia Tech’s last four games on a Monday.

When will UCLA, USC join the Big Ten Conference?

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The Big Ten has served as one of the nation’s premier intercollegiate athletic conferences for over 125 years. Originally founded by a group of seven universities led by Purdue president James H. Smart, the group has grown by leaps and bounds since its formation in 1896. The conference that was originally comprised of seven teams grew to an eventual 14, and is now set to expand to 16 with the groundbreaking addition of UCLA and USC to the Big Ten.

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When will USC, UCLA join the Big Ten?

Crosstown rival programs USC and UCLA both announced in summer 2022 that they will leave the Pac-12 Conference for the Big Ten on August 2, 2024.

The move rocked the college football world, considering the length of time that both schools were members of their previous conference. USC had held Pac-12 membership since 1922, winning a total of 39 conference football titles and nine basketball titles in that span. The UCLA Bruins were a part of the group since 1928, taking home 16 football and 32 basketball conference titles in those years.

UCLA and USC’s transition was announced on the heels of Oklahoma and Texas confirming their departure for the SEC last season, a move that is set to transpire ahead of the 2025 college football season.

Come 2024, the Pac-12 will be comprised of only 10 members, while the Big Ten will stretch from coast to coast.

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What schools are in the Big Ten Conference?

  • University of Michigan
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • University Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Nebraska
  • Northwestern University
  • USC (will join in 2024)
  • UCLA (will join in 2024)

Why is it called the Big Ten?

Despite its current 14 members, the conference retains its title of “Big Ten” to this day. The name originated after Michigan rejoined in 1917, bringing the membership from nine to 10 teams. Media members were the first to dub the group the “Big Ten”, which was eventually confirmed as the conference’s official name in 1987.

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How can I watch Big Ten football, basketball and more?

While Big Ten football coverage for the 2023 season will be split among NBC, Fox and CBS, NBC and Peacock will be the home of the conference’s biggest game every week with Big Ten Saturday Night. NBC Sports’ new agreement with the Big Ten will also feature coverage of several men’s and women’s basketball games, Olympic sports, golf and more.

It became official in August of 2022 that NBC will air Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC and Peacock, with a primetime football game each fall weekend.

How to watch the 2023 All-American Bowl: TV channel, live stream info, start time, rosters, and more

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The 2023 All-American Bowl takes place this Saturday, January 7 inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas as 100 of the nation’s top senior football players will go head-to-head in this highly anticipated all-star game.

Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET on NBC and Peacock. See below for additional information on how to watch the 2023 All-American Bowl.

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The All-American Bowl made its debut in December 2000 at Highlander Stadium in Dallas, Texas and since then has become one of the most-watched high school sporting events in America. Notable alumni that have participated in the event include NFL Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (2011), Dallas Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliot (2013), Jacksonville Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (2018), former Broncos QB Tim Tebow (2006), former Cleveland Browns OT Joe Thomas.

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