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NCAA Football Betting: TN Volunteers vs. UCLA Bruins

Week 1 of the NCAA football betting season comes Monday night with possibly the best game of the week when the Tennessee Volunteers face the UCLA Bruins.

The Volunteers are coming off of a surprising SEC East title winning season where they were a stellar 7-0 SU at home and 5-1-1 ATS according to the closing NCAA lines. After the mostly mediocre tenure of Karl Dorrell, the Bruins are looking to reclaim past glory in 2008 under new HC Rick Neuheisel whose 66-30 record as head coach is largely overshadowed by past off the field instances at both Colorado and Washington.

Though star QB Erik Ainge (3522 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2007) has moved on to the NFL, the Volunteers return eight starters back to a revitalized unit that averaged 32.5 PPG last season, which includes 1,000 yard runner Arian Foster and 1,000 yard receiver Lucas Taylor.

Over the past two seasons, the Vols have been almost as impressive ATS as they have been SU, going 16-9-2 for college football betting aficionados against the closing NCAA betting lines. Tennessee’s success in 2008 will highly depend on the arm of top recruit QB Jonathan Crompton who’s seen action in 14 games over the past two seasons.

The Bruins are making one of the greater overhauls of any team in 2008 losing 25 lettermen and 13 starters from 2007 along with installing a new head coach and system. Even though the Bruins SU record was mediocre in every season but one under Dorrell, their ATS record the past four seasons was stellar.

College football betting fans saw the Bruins compile a 32-18 mark against the NCAA odds. Quarterbacks Ben Olson and Pat Cowan (combined 1736 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 2007) were supposed to lead the team but injuries to both have left Cowan out for 2008 and Olson questionable, leaving the Bruins with a big question mark at the field general position.

The Volunteers currently sit as 7.5-point favorites for this match-up with the college football lines setting the ‘total’ at 46 points. No matter if you’re new or old to wagering on college football, has you covered for all the Week 1 action and is your place for sports betting up until January’s BCS Title game. Open an account now!