College Football Odds: UCLA Comes In As Week 1's Most Backed Team

College Football season is finally here and we break down the odds and the betting publics favorites this coming Saturday below!
Tom Viera
Wed, August 25, 9:23 AM EDT

College Football Odds & Bet Percentages Opening Weekend: UCLA, Fresno State, & Illinois Are Public's Favorites

With the college football season kicking off this weekend we have all the data you need for who are the best backed teams. There are a few interesting matchups along with some big spreads to kicks off the year but the public already has made its impact and have moved a few lines.

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Nebraska vs. Illinois Odds

We know that Nebraska is favored on the road this weekend, but exactly how confident are oddsmakers that the Cornhuskers can go on the road and nail down a win in their opener?

A week before the game kicks off, Nebraska is a -250 favorite on the moneyline and a full touchdown favorite according to the point spread at -7. At -250, oddsmakers are implying a 71.4% chance they win.

Meanwhile, Illinois sits at +220, odds that imply they have a 31.1% chance to pull off the upset.

Nebraska vs. Illinois Odds

Team Moneyline Spread
Nebraska -250 -7
Illinois +220 +7

Nebraska vs. Illinois Betting

As for the public betting we’ve seen for Nebraska vs. Illinois, it’s been surprising to see.

Since the market for this game has opened, the moneyline bets are nearly split at 52% on Nebraska to win and 48% have been on Illinois to pull off the upset. If Nebraska is to win it will be the second time they’ve started 1-0 in the Big 10. The last time was in 2019, when they beat Illinois.

The big discrepancy is the public is backing Illinois at nearly two-thirds of all bets to cover the touchdown spread of +7 and keep this one close!

Team Public Betting %
Nebraska 37%
Illinois 63%

Connecticut vs. Fresno State Odds

The next most backed team this weekend by the public is Fresno State. Oddsmakers price Fresno State as massive favorites on the moneyline at -6000 giving them an implied probability of 98.4% to start their season off on the right foot with a victory over UConn. UConn is priced as massive underdogs at +1600 (Risk $100 to win $1600) to record the upset on Saturday.

Team Moneyline Spread
Connecticut +1600 +27.5
Fresno State -6000 -27.5

Connecticut vs. Fresno State Betting

As for the public betting we’ve seen for Connecticut vs. Fresno State it’s been just as lopsided as the Connecticut vs. Fresno State odds.

Fresno State is favored by 27.5 points in this matchup.

Since the market for this game has opened, 68% of all spread bets for this game are on Fresno State to cover this massive number. Meanwhile, just 32% have been on UConn to pull of the cover of 27.5 points.

Fresno State will need to win by 28 or more points in order to cover the spread for an ATS victory for bettors.

Team Spread Public Betting %
Connecticut +27.5 32%
Fresno State -27.5 68%

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Hawaii vs. UCLA Odds

Early NCAAF betting lines opened with the UCLA Bruins as the 16-point faves at home. However, since the markets opened doors, the line has been on the move and currently sits at an 18 point spread in favor of UCLA.

Team Moneyline Spread
Hawaii +750 +18
UCLA -900 -18

Hawaii Vs. UCLA Odds

Hawaii vs. UCLA Betting

As for the public betting we’ve seen for Hawaii vs. UCLA Betting, it’s been extremely lopsided similar to the UConn vs. Fresno State matchup.

Since the market for this game has opened, 94%% of all spread bets for this game are on UCLA to cover. Meanwhile, just 6% of bettors believe Hawaii can keep this one closer than the books are suggesting. 

Team Spread Public Betting %
Hawaii +18 31%
UCLA -18 69%

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