College Football Week 1 Odds Report

Three top-25 matchups highlight the first big weekend of college football from Thursday Sep. 2 to Monday Sept. 6. For more football picks and college football betting information visit our NCAA Football section.

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No. 24 Oregon State (+13) vs. No. 6 TCU – Saturday 7:45 pm ET

This game is being played in Arlington, Texas. Pac-10 Oregon State still has running back Jacquizz Rodgers, but also one of the toughest non-conference schedules by also playing Boise State. TCU is a legitimate national title contender out of the MWC. The fact they’re giving 13-points shows just how far this program has come.

No. 18 North Carolina (-1) vs. No. 21 LSU – Saturday 8 pm ET

This is the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta, Georgia. ACC North Carolina could have the best defense in the country, but there’s an NCAA probe lingering over the program. LSU is one of six SEC teams ranked in the AP top-25, but many think they’re the worst. Coach Les Miles and quarterback Jordan Jefferson think otherwise.

No. 3 Boise State (-3) vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech – Monday 8 pm ET

This is the biggest game of the weekend and will be played at the Washington Redskins stadium in Landover, Maryland. Boise State is ranked No. 3 in the AP and No. 5 in the Coaches Poll. It seems the coaches like Texas and Florida a bit more. Boise State may run the table to the national title game if they get by Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech is the favorite to win the ACC and has a bruising running back duo of Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. They will certainly try to overpower Boise State in the ground game first. The Hokies have lost many defensive starters and could have major trouble with quarterback Kellen Moore, a Heisman candidate.

Elsewhere around the nation, USC is giving 21-points at Hawaii in its first game since their crippling sanctions. Brian Kelly debuts for his Notre Dame squad by giving 11 points to Purdue.

Kelly’s old team, Cincinnati, is an undervalued team that should give Fresno State trouble (Even odds).

Connecticut looks like a solid value getting three-points at Michigan. If Connecticut wasn’t a relative newcomer to major college football, and Michigan wasn’t a traditional powerhouse, then this spread would be reversed.

College Week 1 – Key Games

Pittsburgh (+3) at Utah – Thursday
USC (-21) at Hawaii – Thursday
Illinois (13 ½) vs. Missouri – Saturday
Colorado (-12) vs. Colorado State – Saturday
Purdue (+11) at Notre Dame – Saturday
Connecticut (+3) at Michigan – Saturday
Washington (+3) at BYU – Saturday
Oregon State (+13) vs TCU – Saturday
North Carolina (-1) vs. LSU – Saturday
Cincinnati (Even) at Fresno State – Saturday
Boise State (-3) vs. Virginia Tech – Monday

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St. Joseph News-Press December 13, 2011 | Kim Norvell Like any other profession, the availability of jobs within law enforcement varies significantly from year to year, but most cadets don’t have trouble eventually landing a career.

Last week, 18 cadets graduated from Missouri Western’s Law Enforcement Academy and about 80 percent of them are expected to obtain employment within the next three months. That’s similar to last year’s class, which had a placement rate of 81 percent, said Kip Wilson, associate professor of criminal justice and interim director of the academy. With this class, two of the cadets have already been placed within a department, one with the Platte County sheriff and one with the Grandview police, Mr. Wilson said.

He said since the academy’s inception 15 years ago, the hiring rate for cadets has not dropped.

“Part of the attraction with law enforcement is it’s a job that you can count on being there,” Mr. Wilson said. “Of course, employment is not as secure as it used to be.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for police and detectives is expected to grow 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. That percentage growth is, however, about average for all occupations in the United States, the bureau said.

Most openings in law enforcement are made available to replace those who retire or those who leave for private-sector security jobs. Openings in smaller communities with lower-paying salaries, or those in urban communities with high crime rates, offer the easiest opportunities for hiring. law enforcement jobs

“The level of government spending determines the level of employment for police and detectives. The number of job opportunities, therefore, can vary from year to year and from place to place,” the bureau said in its annual Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Layoffs are rare, because retirements enable most staffing cuts to be handled through attrition. Trained law enforcement officers who lose their jobs because of budget cuts usually have little difficulty finding jobs with other agencies.” St. Joseph Police Chief Chris Connally said the department typically tries to hire five new officers a year, but that number varies on openings, typically made available through retirement. The department hired five new officers in 2011, one in 2010 and five in 2009.

Police officers typically start at around $30,000 per year.

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