Before the big reveal, two quick notes:
1. Betting on sports is illegal in most states. In the one state where single-game sports wagering is legal, many of the places that accept such wagers are very large and very shiny — that is not because they make a habit of losing. In fact, removing money from these locations often requires multiple movie stars. So when somebody says a point spread is “for entertainment purposes only,” it’s best to play along.
2. Legalities aside, compulsive gambling is a serious problem that can ruin your bank balance, affect your security clearance and much, much worse. Help is available. It’s the corniest cliche ever, but it rings true: Bet with your head, not over it.
Public service announcements aside, a report on Covers.com has listed more than 100 early college football betting lines released by the Golden Nugget Las Vegas. Navy’s mentioned twice — once as a 13.5-point underdog to Notre Dame in their season-opening clash in Dublin, and again as a 4.5-point favorite over Army in the regular-season Football Bowl Subdivision finale.
Navy has defeated Army by at least six points per contest throughout its 10-game win streak. The Mids were favored by seven points leading up to last year’s 27-21 win.
These spreads will change dozens of times, at least, before kickoff. Still, it’s another sign that college football is drawing ever closer.