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College Football Week 0 Games and Odds 2024

The anticipation for the start of the college football season is palpable, and Week 0 provides the perfect prelude to the thrilling weeks ahead. Kicking off on Saturday, Aug. 24,  this year’s Week 0 lineup promises to deliver excitement right from the get-go. Unique to recent traditions, the action will span across continents, with games scheduled from Dublin to Honolulu.

Out of the four matchups set for Week 0, two stand out as premier contests featuring FBS teams on both sides. These high-stakes games have already caught the attention of fans and oddsmakers alike, with the initial odds posted at FanDuel College Football.

Let’s delve into these marquee Division I matchups and see what the early lines have to offer.

Florida State vs. Georgia Tech Week 0 Odds

The 2024 Aer Lingus College Football Classic will feature the Florida State Seminoles and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, kicking off in Dublin, Ireland at the prestigious Aviva Stadium (noon ET on ESPN). Aviva Stadium, renowned for hosting Ireland’s national soccer team, promises a world-class atmosphere for this ACC showdown.

Florida State enters the game as a 12.5-point favorite, reflecting their recent prowess and depth. The Seminoles, under the leadership of head coach Mike Norvell, have seen marked improvement over the last few seasons. Norvell’s squad trounced Georgia Tech 41-16 in their previous encounter in Tallahassee two years ago. This upcoming game provides FSU with an opportunity to maintain their dominance following an undefeated season.

On the other hand, Georgia Tech, led by their relatively new head coach, Brent Key, is looking to make a statement against the formidable Seminoles. Currently, ESPN’s college football power index ranks Florida State 11th in FBS with a 15.1 FPI, while Georgia Tech lags at 54th with a 2.1 FPI.

The stakes are high, with Florida State at -490 on the moneyline and Georgia Tech at +365. The spread is set at Florida State -12.5 (-110), and the total over/under is at 52.5. Fans and bettors alike are eagerly anticipating whether the Seminoles will cover the spread or if the Yellow Jackets will pull off an upset in this transatlantic clash.

SMU at Nevada Week 0 Odds

Heading to “The Biggest Little City in the World,” the SMU Mustangs will visit the Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium in Reno (8 p.m. ET on CBSSN). Head coach Rhett Lashlee and the Mustangs bring high expectations for 2024, following an impressive 11-3 record last year as they departed the American Conference. Now competing in the ACC, SMU aims to maintain its elevated performance levels. The Mustangs are heavily favored in this matchup, listed as a three-touchdown favorite with a spread of SMU -21.5 (-115).

The Mustangs have showcased a potent offense, and fans will be keen to see how they adjust to their new conference. With a moneyline of -1800, SMU is expected to dominate, but they will need to stay focused to avoid any surprises.

On the flip side, Nevada is looking to rebound from a challenging season, where they were among the weakest teams in the FBS. With a moneyline of +920, the Wolf Pack are firmly positioned as underdogs. This game offers them a significant opportunity to prove their mettle and potentially stage a compelling upset. Bettors are also paying attention to the total, which is set at 56.5, indicating expectations for a high-scoring affair.

Conclusion

Week 0 provides a small but significant taste of the thrilling season ahead. The games on the schedule present intriguing storylines and early indicators of how these teams will fare in the upcoming season.

Keep an eye on these matchups and the odds, as one of the teams may reach the new 12-team college football playoffs at the end of the season. As always, anything can happen in college football, so buckle up and get ready for an exhilarating ride!

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