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Utes, Gophers Aid Sportsbooks with Week 1 Covers

Sportsbooks have historically cleaned house in the opening month of college football, and Thursday night was no different.

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Perhaps nursing the sideline for the first handful of weeks is the viable option for recreational bettors.

Upon breaking open the 2015 docket on Thursday, ESPN Chalk writer David Purdum dished out a tidbit of advice earlier in the week in regards to wagering within the opening frame of the season.

And the clash between Texas Christian-Minnesota would certainly serve as a lesson to how interlacing with public action equates to desolation and despair. When you're bookmarked as the No. 2 team in the country and return one of the nation's prominent offensive units, gaining attraction is just hazard of the trade.

So when the money came flooding in on Gary Patterson's Horned Frogs, the 'books would ultimately invest a portion of their season-long fan hood in Minnesota, Jerry Kill's Golden Gophers catching 14.5 points at home.

Texas Christian would execute on a field goal to stretch its lead to 23-10 midway through the final quarter, and those that backed the Frogs desperately sought one more score to seal the cover.

Instead, they watched Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner slice open a prevent defense en route to putting the lid on a 14.5-point spread. A Gophers offense that mustered just 243 total yards 57 minutes into the contest would subsequently march down the field with ease.

Eight plays, 91 yards, 1:30.

And just like that, a team with no answer or offensive groove all game long hammered the nail in the coffin, hitting paydirt on the both the scoreboard and amid the bright lights of Vegas alike.

As for the Wolverines, well, you'll catch the smart guys rooting against Harbaugh all season long. And once the final horn sounded in Salt Lake City with Utah sending Michigan home with an opening week defeat, a sigh of relief may have been exhaled from sportsbooks: the Wolverines punched the clock at No. 5 in regards to National Championship future bets prior to the season.

So with an early tally in the loss column, it may take a batch of miracles for National Championship talk to transpire, but for the sportsbooks and casinos, you'll hear little complaining: they're continuing to rake in September.