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Auburn Opens as Giant Home Favorite Over Akron in Week 1 College Football Odds on FanDuel

Larry Rupp
Akron vs Auburn Week 1 college football odds have the Tigers as giant favorites.
Akron vs Auburn Week 1 college football odds have the Tigers as giant favorites. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The 2020 college football season was filled with disappointing headlines for the Auburn Tigers as head coach Gus Malzahn was fired and the team finished with its worst record (6-5) since 2015.

However, things are looking brighter has the Tigers open as giant home favorites against the Akron Zips in Week 1.

The Tigers are currently ridiculously large 36.5-point favorites against the Zips, according to Week 1 college football odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook. In fact, that ranks as the second most lopsided spread on the entire board behind only the Pittsburgh Panthers (38.5-point favorites).

Auburn's strength of schedule is as hard as they come playing in the SEC West. The Tigers are set to face two teams ranked in the preseason top 5 (Alabama & Georgia). They also have an out-of-conference matchup against the No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions just three weeks into the season.

There are a lot of returning players on this Auburn offense including junior quarterback Bo Nix and sophomore running back Tank Bigsby. Bigsby has the potential to shine this fall after racking up 918 yards from scrimmage on 149 touches to go along with 5 touchdowns during his first college season.

The Tigers have to be chomping at the bit to get on the field and line up against and Akron squad that gave up a whopping 459.8 yards per game in 2020. The Zips also allowed the sixth-most points per game in all of college football (41.3).

Auburn fans should be circling September 4 on their calendar as the Tigers look to start the 2021 season off with a bang.

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