The opening weekend of college football’s 2017 season remains months away, but fans – and one Las Vegas sports book – are ready to kick off. Oddsmakers at the Golden Nugget have released its first set of betting lines for the opening weekend and numerous SEC teams are included.
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Ed Orgeron’s debut as LSU’s permanent coach takes place inside NRG Stadium in Houston against BYU. His Tigers are 13-point favorites against the Cougars. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools in football.
Another neutral site opener featuring an SEC team takes place at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where Tennessee meets Georgia Tech. The game will be played on Labor Day Monday night, two days after Alabama and Florida State meet at the same venue in their season opener.
The Volunteers open as a 3-point favorite against Georgia Tech. Butch Jones’ team will be without quarterback Josh Dobbs for the first time in over two seasons and have numerous holes to fill throughout the roster.
South Carolina also opens 2017 at a neutral site against an ACC opponent. The Gamecocks face NC State at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. South Carolina surprised the experts by winning six games in 2016 and may have found its quarterback of the future in Jake Bentley in the process. Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren likely enters 2017 on the hot seat following consecutive 3-5 conference records.
Another intriguing non-conference opener in the SEC has Texas A&M visiting the Rose Bowl for a showdown with UCLA. The Aggies and Bruins opened the 2016 season at Kyle Field in a wild affair ultimately won by Texas A&M.
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