For week one, the games are split into four categories.
Miami is a 32-point favorite against Florida Atlantic.
FSU is a 10-point favorite on the road against Pittsburgh.
These are two huge games for the respective ACC programs. Offhand, I can't remember the last time Clemson had a nonconference home game this big. Clemson has played well in recent years against SEC teams not named South Carolina. A win against the Dawgs would legitimize any national title talk down in Tigertown. Sources (read: my Clemson grad girlfriend) tell me that they're expecting over 300K fans in Death Valley for the game. That means 200k will just be there to tailgate! Crazy stuff.
Meanwhile, the importance of Virginia's game against BYU can't be overemphasized. For most of the summer, BYU was a 3-4 point favorite in this one. The line got tighter this week as early money appears to have come in heavier on the Cavaliers. BYU has some injuries and Virginia had a relatively drama-free training camp, both of which likely instilled confidence. If Vegas is right, this one should come down to the wire. Ticket sales for the game are strong, with Virginia announcing that less than 4,000 tickets remain. If the game sells out, it will be the first non-Virginia Tech sellout since the home opener against USC in 2008. Here's hoping Virginia performs a bit better.