And They're Out: Some Early 2012 College Football Betting Lines

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 8: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson #86 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Thanks to Golden Nugget and courtesy of Adam Kramer of Kegs 'N Eggs, we now have the point spreads for 111 college football games this fall, which is great if you want to talk about actual games on the gridiron or if you also enjoy throwing down some money on a few contests (legally, of course). And with the season 80 days away, let's take a look for, you know, entertainment purposes and all. Here are the lines. And here are some of the more interesting ones.

  • Sept. 8: Nebraska at UCLA (+7). The Bruins are coming off a disappointing 6-8 season, which resulted in the firing of Rick Neuheisel and the hiring of Jim Mora. Yet, in spite of the fact that 2012 is expected to be a bit of a rebuilding year, could the Bruins, just touchdown underdogs, pull off an upset of the Cornhuskers at the Rose Bowl?
  • Sept. 8: Washington at LSU (-21). Yeah, that's high...
  • Sept. 8: Oklahoma State at Arizona (+9.5). Could RichRod make an impact in year one? FWIW, the Wildcats appear to have a shot at knocking off the Cowboys in Tucson.
  • Sept. 15: USC at Stanford (+7.5). The Cardinal don't have Andrew Luck, but the ground game is still there and this is the conference opener for both schools.
  • Oct. 4: USC at Utah (+14). This one surprises me. If you were to have me pick one game that'd serve as USC's stumbling block, I'd be very much to say at Utah. The game's on a Thursday night. The Utes have a bye the week before -- though so does USC. The Trojans might win, sure, but two touchdowns is quite a bit.
  • Oct. 20: Stanford at Cal (+4). The Big Game is now in October thanks to the conference's new TV deal.
  • Nov. 3: Oregon at USC (-6). This is unquestionably the Pac-12's game of the year. The Ducks are the favorites in the north, the Trojans the favorites in the same. This could actually be the first of two matchups this season, and the winner in Los Angeles could end up with home-field advantage in the conference title game. Yeah, it's going to be fun.
  • Nov. 17: Washington at Washington State (-3). Yes, Washington State, in year one under Mike Leach, are, as of June 11, favorites over in-state rival Washington in the Apple Cup. Will that change? Probably. But hey, the Cougars certainly appear to be headed in the right direction.

Follow Joey on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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