Written By Billy Attridge
Week two of Bowl season has arrived, and now we start digging into the smaller market games where the money is just as green! Below we have the spreads for the nine games with lines; the opening spread is in bold, with the current number to the right of it. As always, we take a glance at opening lines for Week 16 NFL, as well.
Notable College Football Opening Bowl Game Point Spreads from BetOnline.ag:
Northern Illinois vs. UAB (-1, -2.5-115)
Ohio vs. San Diego State (+4.5, +2.5-115)
Marshall vs. South Florida (+3-115, +2.5-122)
FIU vs Toledo (-5.5, -6-113)
BYU vs. Western Michigan (+11, +12-106)
Wake Forest vs. Memphis (-2.5-120, -3.5-105)
Houston vs. Army (-4, -3.5)
Buffalo vs. Troy (+3, +2-110)
La Tech vs. Hawaii (-4, PICK’em)
* One game Saturday that’s drawn significant line movement is the Dollar General Bowl matchup between Buffalo and Troy, the Bulls opened 3-point favorites, but have since dropped to 2.5, 2, and even 1.5 across the market. Buffalo fell in the MAC championship after leading 29-10 in the 3rd quarter against Northern Illinois. On the other side, Troy finished 9-3, but couldn’t defeat Appalachian State in their final game to qualify for the Sun Belt Championship game. The total has also dropped from the opener of 53.5 to 51.5.
Week 16 NFL Opening Spreads:
Washington @ Tennessee (-10)
Baltimore @ Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5)
Tampa Bay @ Dallas (-7)
Buffalo @ New England (-13)
Atlanta @ Carolina (-3.5)
Jacksonville @ Miami (-4)
New York Giants @ Indianapolis (-9)
Houston @ Philadelphia (+3.5)
Minnesota @ Detroit (+5)
Green Bay @ New York Jets (+4)
Cincinnati @ Cleveland (-7)
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona (+13.5)
Chicago @ San Francisco (+4.5)
Pittsburgh @ New Orleans (-7)
Kansas City @ Seattle (+2)
Denver @ Oakland (+2.5)
* The Ravens head west for a pivotal AFC game that has massive implications on playoff seeding. Baltimore beat Tampa, but still trails Pittsburgh in-division after their win over New England. Both the Ravens and Steelers are fighting for the division and/or a wild card births. If the Chargers win out and Kansas City drops one of their last two, Los Angeles will sit in first place in the AFC, with home advantage throughout. The Chargers opened -4.5 for this matchup.
* On the look-ahead line, Seattle was a 1-point home favorite over the Chiefs. Since Kansas City’s loss on Thursday night and the Seahawks defeat at San Francisco, we’ve now seen a flip in favorites with the Chiefs -2.5. This matchup will pit Seattle’s strong run game against Kansas City’s “swiss cheese” rush defense, and the game carries significant playoff seeding implications.