We’re still nearly two months away from the kickoff of the 2017 college football season, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to those opening games. The folks in Las Vegas seem to agree, as SEC gambling odds already have been released for Week 1, per Brett McMurphy:
Openers via @LVSuperBook: Mich -4.5 UF; Bama -7.5 FSU; VT -4.5 WVU; UCLA -3.5 A&M; Tenn -3.5 GT; NCSt -5.5 SCar; LSU -14 BYU; Tex -16.5 Md
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 1, 2017
Unsurprisingly, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the headliner for opening weekend, currently marked down as slightly more than a touchdown favorite over the Florida State Seminoles. Alabama typically comes out firing on all cylinders — as evidenced by their 52-6 beatdown of eventual Rose Bowl champion USC to open last season. With that said, Nick Saban undoubtedly will remind his team of the last time the Seminoles faced off against a highly ranked SEC squad early in the year, as they mounted an incredible second-half comeback to beat Ole Miss 45-34 last year.
With the Tide leading the way, there are a few other interesting SEC odds: both Texas A&M and South Carolina open as underdogs. The Aggies will have a new quarterback (again) and will be traveling to Pasadena, Calif., to take on the Bruins, so perhaps that line should not come as much of a surprise.
The Gamecocks being nearly a touchdown underdog is somewhat surprising, however, considering the offensive talent they return. Will Muschamp, Jake Bentley and Co. have received a fair amount of buzz this offseason, so pulling off what could technically be considered an upset win could really get the hype train rolling for South Carolina.