Early value bets for CFB games

Alabama-Texas A&M in Week 3 among matchups offering early value

Updated: June 8, 2013, 10:36 AM ET
By Will Harris | ESPN Insider
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The Golden Nugget is known as downtown Las Vegas' largest resort, one of the oldest operations in Nevada and the place where casino baron Steve Wynn got his start. The venerable Nugget sports book is also known for its annual summer release of early lines on college games. Some Week 1 prices are already on the board at a few Caribbean books, but the Nugget has posted early numbers on 250 games, including matchups from each week of the upcoming season.

Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Georgia and Louisville are favored in every one of their games, while Texas just misses that list, coming in at a pick 'em against Red River rival Oklahoma. These numbers will move significantly before the season, of course, but they do provide a sense of what the oddsmakers are thinking heading into fall practice.

Here's a look at a few spots to find value in the early going, including what promises to be a very highly touted showdown between Alabama and Texas A&M in Week 3:


Saturday, Sept. 7

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Pick-em) at Michigan Wolverines