With the NFL Draft and spring football in the rearview mirror, DraftKings wasted no time posting a handful of lines for some of the most intriguing games of the 2024 college football season. At time of posting, there are 114 days until the first weekend of college football, so the good news is that it’ll be here before we know it.

For my money, here are the five most interesting lines for Week 1:

Georgia -13.5 vs. Clemson (in Atlanta)

I have to laugh at the “neutral site games” that are played within a stone’s throw of one of the two campuses. Nonetheless, this one will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and carry and enormous point spread. It’s not hard to understand why. Georgia will again be loaded, led by quarterback Carson Beck. That said, Clemson finished its 2023 campaign with a ton of momentum and returns 79% of its offensive production, even with the loss of running back Will Shipley to the NFL and receiver Beaux Collins, who transferred to Notre Dame.

Miami -2 at Florida

It’s an in-state rivalry featuring two teams that have driven their fan bases crazy over the last decade. Is this the year Miami finally recaptures its swagger? Mario Cristobal loaded up via the transfer portal with big names like quarterback Cam Ward and running back Damien Martinez transferring down from Washington State and Oregon State, respectively. Meanwhile, Florida’s Billy Napier faces an uphill climb if he hopes to make it to 2025. The Gators’ schedule is brutal, almost making this a must-win opening game against a tough opponent.

LSU -6 vs. USC (in Las Vegas)

It’s not a question of whether we’ll see fun offenses when these two teams meet in Sin City. Instead, the question for both entering the 2024 college football season is whether they’ll bother playing defense. Both Brian Kelly and Lincoln Riley took steps to address problems on defense, and the spring vibes have been positive about the progress that each has made; however, I’ll believe it when I see it. Also, USC will presumably be rolling with Miller Moss at quarterback. Moss has patiently waited his turn at USC and made a statement by tossing six touchdown passes in the bowl game. We’re big fans of his game here at The Solid Verbal; however, he’s most certainly not Caleb Williams. What that means for the Trojans’ offense remains to be seen.

North Dakota State at Colorado -7

North Dakota State has won six straight games against FBS opponents dating back to 2010 when it beat Kansas 6-3 in a rock fight. The Bison aren’t quite as bulletproof at the FCS level as they’ve been for most of the last decade, but they’re incredibly well-coached. Colorado has made plenty of headlines this offseason given Deion Sanders’ unconventional tactics; could North Dakota State catch the Buffs early and capitalize on the near-constant state of chaos in Boulder?

Notre Dame at Texas A&M -2

This figured to be a fascinating matchup even before two Dukies switched schools. Now, it’ll be Mike Elko coaching a new team, the Texas A&M Aggies, as it squares off against his old quarterback, Riley Leonard, who transferred to Notre Dame. Though the Aggies had a ton of turnover via the transfer portal, Elko has done a great job keeping a chunk of A&M’s talent in College Station. It stands to reason that Elko’s team will have a much more solid foundation in 2024, even if it technically has less star power than last year. Meanwhile, Leonard has been recovering from the ankle injury he suffered last season, undergoing two procedures this year, which limited his participation in spring practice. If Leonard can get healthy, he stands to benefit from the offensive system of new coordinator Mike Denbrock, which favors mobile quarterbacks. This will likely be the featured matchup of Week 1.

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