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Chalk Points are quick-hitting previews designed for on-the-go fans and recreational bettors looking for the fundamental information.
• John Avello, executive director of the Wynn sportsbook, said he took a "big" bet on Georgia Tech to win the national championship Friday morning at 75-1. Avello declined to get specific, but said bet would pay "six figures."
• Avello estimated the TCU-Minnesota game Thursday attracted "two to three times" more betting action than any baseball game that night.
• Eighty to 90 percent of money bet on college football is placed within the two hours leading up to kickoff.
• Boise State has grown to a 13-point home favorite over Washington in a nightcap game attracting a lot of betting attention.
• MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN Radio's Ian Fitzsimmons and Freddie Coleman on Friday morning that his shop took plays on Boise State at -10.5 and -11 from respected bettors.
• Washington coach Chris Petersen is a double-digit underdog for only the second time in his career. Petersen is 11-6 ATS as an underdog overall.
• Illinois was a 16-point favorite over Kent State prior to the dismissal of coach Tim Beckman. The line dropped to -14 after Beckman was fired.
• The Bowling Green-Tennessee over/under total grew by nine points, from 60 to 69, over the last week.
• Bowling Green's offensive pace was among the nation's fastest last season, despite losing starting quarterback Matt Johnson for the season in Week 1. Johnson, who led the Falcons to the 2013 MAC Championship, has regained his starting role and has a bevy of experienced weapons to run coach Dino Babers' high-speed offense this season.
• Tennessee lost three key starters -- S LaDarrell McNeil, DB Rashaan Gaulden and OL Marcus Jackson -- to injuries in the final weeks of preseason practice, and senior WR Pig Howard is suspended for the opener.
• Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is 10-0 straight-up and 6-2 ATS in season openers in his college coaching career.
• Mike Riley's Oregon State teams went 11-22 ATS the first month of the season since 2006. Now in his first game as coach at Nebraska, Riley's Cornhuskers are 6.5-point favorites over visiting BYU.
• Maryland coach Randy Edsall is 10-2 ATS in season openers. The Terrapins open against Richmond (12 p.m. ET) on Saturday.
• UCLA starting corner Ishmael Adams, an All-Pac-12 selection, is suspended for the opener against Virginia.
• Virginia has covered the spread in all four season openers under coach Mike London.
• West Virginia opened as a 31-point favorite in early July at the Stratosphere sportsbook in Las Vegas. By August, the Stratosphere had not taken a bet on West Virginia and the line had dropped to WVU -19.5, where it was holding entering the weekend.
• Georgia Southern QB Kevin Ellison is suspended, but backup QB Favian Upshaw is experienced and savvy.
• Notre Dame is a 9-point favorite over Texas, as of Friday afternoon. The over/under has gone from 54.5 to 50.5 in the last two weeks.
• The Fighting Irish went 8-5 over/under last season, but for his career coach Brian Kelly is 56-76 over/under.
• For his career, Texas coach Charlie Strong is 18-7 ATS on the road.
• Alabama has grown to a 12-point favorite over Wisconsin in the last week. The line opened at Alabama -10.5 in late July at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
• This is the 69th consecutive game Alabama has been the favorite, a modern record.
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