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Early betting lines for the Pac-12

If you’re the sort who likes to toss out the occasional doubloon on a football game -- and if you’re an early planner -- then this is the post for you.

The South Point Casino Hotel has fired off some early betting lines for Week 1 and throughout the season with some notable Pac-12 contests in the mix. Of course, point spreads aren’t necessarily a true determination of how good a team will or won’t be. They want action on both sides of the line.

But it can serve as a decent barometer for how some of the teams around the country are being perceived.

Here are the Pac-12’s available Week 1 lines:

  • California (-21) vs. Hawaii in Sydney, Australia

  • Oregon State at Minnesota (-4)

  • Colorado (-10) vs. Colorado State in Denver

  • Stanford (-16.5) vs. Kansas State

  • UCLA at Texas A&M (PK)

  • Washington (-20.5) vs. Rutgers

  • USC vs. Alabama (-10) in Arlington, Texas

  • Arizona (-3) vs. BYU in Glendale, Ariz.

Here are the other Pac-12 games that already have early lines:

Sept. 10

  • BYU at Utah (-7.5)

Sept. 17

  • Oregon at Nebraska (-2)

Oct. 8

  • Washington at Oregon (-4.5)

Oct. 15

  • Stanford (-1) at Notre Dame

Nov. 12

  • Stanford at Oregon (1.5)

Nov. 19

  • Stanford (-13.5) at Cal

  • USC at UCLA (-3)

Nov. 25

  • Arizona State at Arizona (-7)

  • Washington at Washington State (PK)

  • Notre Dame at USC (-6.5)

You can see the complete list of other games here.

I’ll leave interpretation to the bettors of the world. Some lines -- like USC as an early 10-point underdog to Alabama -- make sense.

But a few of the lines did jump out as, at the very least, interesting. Oregon being a road underdog at Nebraska raised an eyebrow. Apparently the Week 1 juggernaut that is UC-Davis won’t prove to be a good enough gauge for the Ducks.

Stanford as a road favorite at Notre Dame is also interesting. The Cardinal and Irish have played some close ones of late. But Stanford hasn’t won in South Bend since 2010.

The Apple Cup line of “pick’em” seems pretty fair as of today.

Obviously a lot can and will happen between today and when these games are played. But it’s certainly fun to start looking ahead.