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College Football Betting Trends Week 1: Boise State vs. Oregon State, Utah vs. Florida Headline Most Popular Bets for Night Slate

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Are you tired of college football yet?

Good, me neither.

There is no reason to get up from your couch anytime soon with a loaded slate of night games still to come.

Most of the focus will be on Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, but our focus will be on finding betting edges.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular public plays for Saturday’s night slate.

1.  South Dakota vs. Kansas State (-25.5)

7 p.m. ET

There’s plenty of optimism in Manhattan as Kansas State brings back one of the best running backs in the country in Deuce Vaughn. The Wildcats also brought in Nebraska transfer Adrian Martinez at quarterback.

And there’s plenty of optimism for Kansas State in this game as it’s the most popular public play of the night. The Wildcats are getting 84% of the public bets.

2. Memphis vs. Mississippi State (-16.5)

Mississippi State lost to Memphis last season. This year, they are 16.5-point favorites.

That hasn’t caused bettors to be shy about betting on Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are getting 69% of the public tickets in this matchup. The spread opened at 16.5 and hasn’t seen much movement.

3. Utah (-2.5) vs. Florida

7 p.m. ET

It’s one of the most-anticipated games of the day. Utah, ranked as the No. 7 team in the country, travels to Gainesville to play in an environment it doesn’t see often.

The public believes Utah’s talent will shine through as the Utes are getting 69% of the tickets. This line opened at Utah -1.5, moved to -2.5 and is now working its way back to 1.5 at some sportsbooks.

4. Boise State vs. Oregon State (-2)

10:30 p.m. ET

This is a marquee game that will have plenty of (tired) eyeballs on it.

The public has its eyes on Boise State as 69% of the bets are on the Broncos. The spread in this game opened at Oregon State -4 and is down to -2.

5. Utah State vs. Alabama (-42)

7:30 p.m. ET

Some may look at -42 and think that’s a massive number, others look at it as great value for Alabama.

Forty-two points is not scaring away bettors from taking the Crimson Tide. Alabama is getting 70% of the public bets as that spread keeps climbing after opening at Bama -38.5.

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