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    That’s right, folks, it’s college football season! After an exhausting offseason of intensive player analysis and draft predictions, college football season is upon us once again. Time to break out the jerseys, stock up on beer, and get ready for some serious couch time. 

    So cancel your plans, clear your schedule, and set your DVRs, because you won’t want to miss anything this Thursday!

    Opening weekend also means it’s time to start thinking about your NCAA pick’em pool. Thanks to our friends at SportLine, we’ve got all the info you need to make informed decisions on Thursday’s matchups.

    May the best teams win, and may our picks be blessed.

    (AP Photo/William Wotring)

    West Virginia @ Pittsburgh (-7.5)

    It’s been over a decade since Pitt and West Virginia last played each other in the Backyard Brawl. But now, after 11 years, they’re finally playing again. 

    Central MI @ Oklahoma State (-21.5)

    On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Central Michigan Chippewas will clash in a matchup at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. But who will emerge victorious? All we know is that this game is sure to be a barnburner!

    (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    SC State @ UCF (-37.5)

    No one likes to be the underdog, but sometimes it can work in your favor. This weekend, SC State is facing off against UCF, and according to the experts, they don’t stand a chance. The oddsmakers have already written them off, which means they’ll be playing with a chip on their shoulder. 

    Louisiana Tech @ Missouri (-19.5)

    If you’re looking to place your hat in the ring on this weekend’s game, you might want to make your pick Missouri. A lot has changed for Louisiana this season, including their new head coach Skip Holtz. 

    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

    Ball State @ Tennessee (-35)

    The odds may be against Ball State this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pull off an upset. After all, upsets are what make college football so exciting. Don’t say you weren’t fully informed if you lose your pick this weekend. 

    The Citadel @ Campbell (-1.5)

    The Citadel is set to take on Campbell this Thursday, and the odds are in their favor. Campbell has the home-field advantage, and though the spread is tight, they look like they will be coming out on top this weekend. 

    (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

    Penn State (-3.5) @ Purdue 

    This Thursday, the Nittany Lions will take on the Purdue Boilermakers in what is sure to be an exciting matchup. And according to the experts, the odds favor Penn State. After all, they have a strong defense, a potent offense, and a dedicated coaching staff.

    Missouri State (-9.5) @ Central Arkansas 

    The Missouri State football team is gearing up for their game against Central Arkansas on Thursday, and the odds are certainly in their favor. After all, the Missouri State squad is superior to their opponents in size, strength, and speed.

    (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    New Mexico State @ Minnesota (-36.5)

    The Minnesota Golden Gophers are set to take on the New Mexico State Aggies this Thursday, and all signs point to a victory for the Gophers. The Gophers have a decided home-field advantage, and oddsmakers are counting on it, helping them to pull through.

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