Thursday, September 2
Usc (-19) by 12.52 over HAWAII - USC has a new coach and an opening game in Hawaii as the first game of its probation period. This just doesn't feel like a Trojan cakewalk. The computer was 9-3 ATS with Hawaii games last year.
USC won 49-36. The computer won SU, won ATS.
OHIO STATE (-28) by 24.52 over Marshall - Over the last 7 seasons, Ohio State has won its first game against an FBS school at home by margins of 4, 12, 18, 23, 20, 21 and 19. Of those 7 games, 4 were against MAC schools, 1 vs. CUSA, 1 vs. PAC-10 and 1 vs. Independent.
Ohio State won 45-7. The computer won SU, lost ATS.
SOUTH CAROLINA (-14) by 12.62 over Southern Miss - Southern Miss has never lost a road game by more than 14 points in the two years of Larry Fedora's regime.
South Carolina won 41-13. The computer won SU, lost ATS.
Friday, September 3
Arizona (-14) by 10.22 over TOLEDO - Arizona is 3-4 in its last seven road games and none of the three victories were by more than 4 points. The Rockets are 5-1 at home in their last six home games vs. BCS conference schools.
Arizona won 41-2. The computer won SU, lost ATS.
Saturday, September 4
AUBURN (-30) by 21.73 over Arkansas State - Arkansas State lost last year's opener at Nebraska by 29, won the previous year's opener at Texas A&M by 4, and lost the '07 opener at Texas by 8.
Auburn won 52-26. The computer won SU, won ATS.
Colorado (-10.5) by 9.78 over Colorado State (at Denver) - This game has been decided by 7 points or less in 7 of the last 8 years. Colorado was a 13-point oddsmakers' favorite in last year's game and the Ram's won 23-17.
Colorado won 24-3. The computer won SU, lost ATS.
Kentucky (-5.5) by 1.91 over LOUISVILLE - This will be the first game for both head coaches - Louisville's Charlie Strong and Kentucky's Joker Phillips. Strong is the highly respected former defensive coordinator at Florida, and Phillips was the head coach-in-waiting in Lexington. Kentucky has won 3 straight in the series after losing 4-in-a-row to the Cards from 2003-2006.
Kentucky won 23-16. The computer won SU, lost ATS.
Wisconsin (-17) by 12.84 over UNLV - Wisconsin escaped with a 20-13 win the last time it went to Vegas in 2007, and Oregon State made it out of the desert with a 23-21 win last year.
Wisconsin won 41-21. The computer won SU, lost ATS.