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The 2017 college football season kicks off in full force starting Thursday and continues throughout the Labor Day weekend with games each day. After just 10 schools were in action last weekend, a lot more will be playing on a slate that includes some good inter-conference matchups to watch later in the weekend.
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (-4) (Sun, 7:30pm ET) – Matchup Report
The Virginia Tech Hokies are ranked in the Top 25 to start the season, something that was not the case a year ago. The program looks to be back on track heading into head coach Justin Fuente’s second year at the helm after going an impressive 10-4 last season. Virginia Tech made the ACC Championship Game before losing to the Clemson Tigers and has gone 7-2 straight up in its last nine games against Big 12 teams, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.
The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost six of the previous eight meetings in the series SU, and while the Hokies have gone just 2-8 against the spread in their past 10 season openers, they should be primed to start reversing that trend with a win and cover in this spot.
Texas A&M at UCLA (-4) (Sun, 7:30pm ET) – Matchup Report
This is a huge year for the UCLA Bruins and junior quarterback Josh Rosen, who missed most of last season following a shoulder injury. Rosen projects to be one of the top signal callers selected in next year’s NFL Draft along with USC’s Sam Darnold, and both of them will be trying to perform their best in an effort to be one of the top picks. The Bruins have won four of their last five season openers, but they have gone only 1-4 ATS in their past five versus SEC teams.
The Texas A&M Aggies are not a traditional SEC team though, and head coach Kevin Sumlin has pressure on him to get them back among the conference’s top teams. Texas A&M has a seven-game winning streak in season openers, the last five coming under Sumlin. That streak ends here with UCLA lighting up Texas A&M’s defense en route to an easy victory and cover.
Tennessee (-3) vs. Georgia Tech (Mon, 8:00pm ET) – Matchup Report
The Tennessee Volunteers have been even better than the Aggies with eight straight season-opening wins, but they will be taking on a Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets team that has also won nine of 10 in Week 1. Something has to give between these teams, and Georgia Tech’s experience will be the difference.
The Yellow Jackets have 17 starters back, including the entire defensive backfield. Georgia Tech is 3-1 ATS in its last four as an underdog, and head coach Paul Johnson’s Ramblin’ Wreck will down the Vols to improve that trend to 4-1.
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