Place your bets: Penn State opens as five point favorite over Syracuse

Penn State is opening up the 2013 season in MetLife Stadium against Syracuse, and they will do so as a five-point favorite.

I probably should have caught this one earlier after dropping some gambling links in the Cup of Joe this morning, but I missed this one. Thankfully Dustin Hockensmith over at PennLive.com had a sharper eye than I did. As PennLive.com notes, gambling site 5 Dimes lists Penn State as a five-point favorite (-5, -120) against the Orange.

Penn State was 6-1 last season as a favorite, with the lone loss coming in week one against Ohio. The Nittany Lions were 9-3 against the spread last year as well. How did Syracuse fare? The Orange were 5-2 as an underdog last fall, including in the Pinstripe Bowl against West Virginia. Syracuse was 7-6 against the spread in 2012 as well.

It would seem that the odds are in Penn State's favor for week one in MetLife Stadium. If you are a gambler, are you taking Penn State to cover? Share your gambling take in the comment section below if you wish to share your tips for success.

Here is a run down of some other games of interest, in case you have not seen them yet.

USC opens -19 at Hawaii. Probably a safe Trojan bet.

South Carolina opens -14.5 at home against North Carolina. I'm hedging on UNC with this one. Call it a gut instinct.

Texas A&M opens -28.5 at home against Rice. Aggies roll the Owls, but that is a big spread.

Notre Dame opens -21 against Temple in South Bend. I'm inclined to roll with the Owls with this line. Maybe I'm a sucker for the Philadelphia team.

Pitt begins ACC play at home against Florida State. The Panthers are a 8.5 point home dog against the Seminoles. This depends on which Florida State team shows up to play.

Alabama opens in Atlanta as a -22.5 point favorite against Virginia Tech. I can't erase their last meeting in Atlanta out of my mind, and Alabama just seems like a rock…. er, a lock.

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Kevin McGuire

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