Week Zero Opening Lines: Three Mountain West Teams In Action
Three teams and two games this week.
Time for some picks.
We are prepared for Week 0, something ESPN cannot say despite airing a few games this weekend, and we have you covered with a few early lines with Mountain West tame.
There are two Mountain West games featuring three teams this week. Wyoming, Colorado State, and Hawaii are all squaring off the first week, with the latter two matching up against each other.
Hawaii at Colorado State (-14, O/U 57.5) 7:30 p.m. ET, TV: CBSSN
This line is huge at two touchdowns in favor of the Rams and it has been steady for a while. The big storyline that could change the line is that Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo’s status for this game is up in the air as he is on medical leave. Even with that news the line is staying put at 14 points.
The Rams are bringing in a new quarterback with K.J. Carta-Samuels and have a new set of wide receivers after losing Michael Gallup. Hawaii has a new quarterback with Dru Brown transferring to Oklahoma State, a brand new offensive staff and a new scheme in the run-n-shoot.
One fun fact is that Hawaii is 0-9-1 in its last 10 games against the spread. Colorado State isn’t much better at 3-7 in its last 10 contests.
Wyoming at New Mexico State (+3.5, O/U 46) 10 p.m. ET, TV: ESPN2
This line has changed toward New Mexico State as it opened with Wyoming as a 5.5-point road favorite. The changes in the line all happened during fall camp and it likely was due to the Cowboys going through a quarterback competition. That has been settled with Tyler Vander Wall being named QB1 for this game.
That 46 points for the over/under seems a bit high since New Mexico State lost key players like running back Larry Rose III, quarterback Tyler Rogers, and current NFL wideout Jaleel Scott. Plus, consider that the Aggies and Cowboys have really good defenses for 2018. So, take the under is what we are getting at.
Trends to consider: Wyoming is 8-2 over its last 10 against the spread and New Mexico State is 4-5-1, but they are 4-2-1 as an underdog in that same span.