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On 08/30/2011 05:37 AM in NCAA Football

NCAAF odds: Early Week 1 line moves

The wait is almost over, college football fanatics. The action gets going this Thursday with 15 games and continues through the weekend.

As the games near kickoff and the action floods in, their odds are bound to bounce around a bit. Here’s a quick look at some of those lines that are already moving around.

NCAAF Week 1 matchups and odds

UNLV at Wisconsin (-35.5, 56)

Wisconsin opened as low as -32.5 at a few books but is now around -35.5 or -36. UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring steps in as the club’s starting quarterback after appearing in eight games last year.

"We're a very young group," UNLV coach Bobby Hauck. "I think we've got a lot of unknowns on both sides of the ball, but one of the things that excites me is exactly that. I think we'll get better almost every week this season. ... That has to be the goal, to get better."

Tulsa at Oklahoma (-25, 64.5)

Oklahoma moved from a 21-point favorite to around a 25-point chalk after the news that Tulsa’s Damaris Johnson was suspended. Johnson was an All-American kick returner and the NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards.

Utah State at Auburn (-22, 56)

Auburn was listed as high as -32 at some offshore shops, but is now listed around -22 across the board.

“The first game of the year, you’re liable to get anything,” Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn told reporters. “We do know that they’re very well coached on defense. They’ve got some very good defensive coaches along with their head coach. They’ll have a plan and we’ll have to be able to adjust.”

Oregon at LSU (+3, 55)

The Tigers were set at -3 at the open, before quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Joshua Johns were suspended for their roles in a Baton Rougue bar fight. Wide receiver Russell Shepard is also suspended and center T-Bob Herbert may also be banned for this matchup.

Now the Tigers are set around +3 while the total is holding at 55.

Florida Atlantic at Florida (-34, 46)

Florida opened as a 31-point favorite but have now moved all the way up to -34. The Gators are hoping for a lot from the offense now that quarterback John Brantley is working with Charlie Weis.

"He comes in now confident. He's taking control of the huddle,” receiver Deonte Thompson said of Brantley. “He walks around different. His whole swagger's back right now. We expect big things from him."

Missouri State at Arkansas (-42, N/A)

Not many books have this game on the board since Missouri State quarterback Trevor Wooden was suspended for the opener for violating a team rule. One book had Arkansas at -39 at the open, but has moved the Razorbacks to -42 since.