We are gonna be looking at two games for tonight’s opening action. The first is Minnesota @ Middle Tennessee State. Ever since Dwight Dasher was suspended for the game for taking out a “high stakes” poker loan of $1500 for a booster, (Email me for his Poker Stars ID) this line has been bouncing all over the place. It opened with MTSU as a 4.5 point favorite, climbed to Minnesota as a 3 point favorite, and now seems to have settled with Minnesota as a 1.5-2 point favorite. We are backing Minnesota -1.5 for the game. MTSU was a very slight favorite with one of the top quarterbacks in the nation under center, without him they will not win this game.
The other big game of the nigh is South Carolina favored by 2 touchdowns at home against Southern Miss. The Gamecocks play well in Thursday night games, although I’m not sure how much that will matter in a season opener. Either way South Carolina has something to prove tonight. They want to come out and look like SEC contenders and 11th year starter Stephen Garcia will be airing it out tonight. Spurrier wants the big win on national tv and the gamecocks cover this spread by winning by 17-20.