As is custom in this corner of cyberspace, each Monday of the regular season starts with a look at the lines. The season starts Thursday night with 14 games and the marquee matchup takes place at Stanford, where Oregon State is a three-point favorite over the Cardinal. Two other games of note: North Carolina State travels to South Carolina (-12.5) and Wake Forest (-12.5) plays at Baylor.
There are two games Friday. June Jones makes his debut as Southern Methodist coach when the Mustangs travel to Rice (-3.5), and Temple (-7) plays at Army.
Saturday features Rich Rodriguez's debut as Michigan coach. The host Wolverines (-3.5) play Utah. Clemson (-5) gets the nod over Alabama at Atlanta, Oklahoma State (-6.5) is favored over Washington State at Seattle and Missouri (-8.5) is expected to defeat Illinois in the Arch Rivalry in St. Louis. Two other games of note: Michigan State visits California (-4.5) and if you like points, Chattanooga is a 48-point underdog against Oklahoma. Why are they playing that game? Why?
On Sunday, Kentucky plays at Louisville (-3.5) and Colorado State challenges Colorado (-11) at Denver. It's Division I football!
Monday brings Fresno State at Rutgers (-5.5) and Tennessee (-7.5) at UCLA in Rick Neuheisel's debut as Bruin coach. It would help if UCLA had an offensive line.