EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 19: Andrew Maxwell #10 of the Michigan State Spartans throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Spartan Stadium on November 19, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers 55-3. (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)
The very first point spreads of the 2012 college football season have arrived, and with them, investment opportunities! (Note: Gambling may ruin lives.) The list of lines from the Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas features 111 of the top bet-worthy games of the year, including the Boise State v. Michigan State season opener. Vegas likes the Spartans by a touchdown and missed extra point.
Boise State vs. Michigan State (-6)
The Broncos are six-point underdogs to the Spartans, a line that will most definitely move before the game takes place and a line that fairly well encompasses the prevailing wisdom about this game. Boise State is a team in transition, and Michigan State is a team in the Big Ten. The American betting public knows exactly what to do in that scenario.
In Boise State's previous season openers, the Broncos were three-point faves against Georgia and 1.5-point underdogs against Virginia Tech.
The six points is the highest underdog spread for Boise State since they were seven-point 'dogs against TCU in the Fiesta Bowl two seasons ago.
But just in case you thought Vegas was done crushing on the Broncos, take heart in knowing that, among the many token UNLV lines that the Golden Nugget makes up for locals, the UNLV vs. Boise State game is currently a 35.5 spread in favor of the Broncos, the largest spread of any of the 111 early spreads. Thanks, Vegas. That means a lot to us.