May 1 is roughly the midpoint of the college football offseason. It has been almost four months since the last game, and it will be almost four months before the opening games kick off.
But we get tiny snippets of news that make us feel a little closer to the season openers, which gives us the warm and fuzzies. And especially so when the news is that point spreads for the first week games have been released.
It's true, you can actually gamble on college football games in Nevada. And considering the bookmakers want to make as much money as possible, and know some people are so desperate for action they'll bet on anything, they'll hang a line on games like Bowling Green-Tulsa in the middle of spring.
So, if you're in a state outside of Nevada, for your entertainment purposes only here are the first college football spreads of the season.
These were posted at the gambling site 5Dimes, and we saw them over on the Kegs 'N Eggs blog:
North Carolina at South Carolina (-14.5)
USC (-19) at Hawaii
Tulsa (-4) at Bowling Green
Virginia Tech at Alabama (-22)
LSU (-6.5) vs. TCU
Georgia at Clemson (-2)
Florida State (-8.5) at Pitt
So there you have it. One thing stands out, and that's Alabama and South Carolina getting some serious respect against a couple of good opponents. And also, that Clemson-Georgia game is a phenomenal matchup for a Week 1 game.
Have at it folks. You still have about four months to decide which teams you think will cover.