Patience isn’t a prevailing characteristic for those who regularly fill the city’s sports books, as seen for the umpteenth time in the aftermath of last week’s college football slate.
The perfect counterbalance to giving thanks is watching hostility. College football annually obliges on the desire for the latter on the last weekend in November.
Jordan-Hare Stadium was the only venue in the country that erupted louder in celebration than Las Vegas sports books when Auburn stunned Georgia with last week’s Immaculate Deflection.
Like a team two wins away from bowl eligibility, the blog needs to finish strong down the regular-season stretch to attain its goals. Talking Points’ record for the year now stands at 34-32-3 with just three full weeks of college football action remaining.
It’s the college football week where Thursday stole Saturday. This entry of college football by the odds won’t include arguably the two biggest games of the week. They already happened, coming two days early and going without any semblance of a sweat for gamblers.
Gamblers descending on local sports books will witness a rare sight this weekend. Oddsmakers have posted college football’s largest-ever favorite in a game between top-10 ranked teams this late in the season.
There’s a reason the NBA season will tip off in a few hours without some local sports books having ever released season win totals on the 30 teams. The over/under wagering propositions aren’t a big moneymaker for casinos.
After a bit of a drop-off in plays posted last week, let’s get to breaking down the 10 biggest games on this weekend’s college football schedule from a betting perspective.
Six years ago on this same weekend, sports books listed Baylor as one of the two biggest underdogs on the college football card. The Bears were getting 26.5 points at home against Texas, a game they ultimately lost but covered in a forgettable 31-10 affair.
Last week was a good week; didn’t even have to trash my parlay. It was the type of college football week that bettors dream about, where almost everything breaks right. I went a perfect 7-0 in the William Hill college pick’em contest to claim a share of the $5,000 weekly prize for the best record.
By now, it’s common knowledge that the Jacksonville Jaguars opened as the largest underdog in NFL history ahead of their game against the Denver Broncos. At plus-28 on the road, oddsmakers roughly equate Jacksonville’s chances of beating Denver at Sports Authority Field to a single roulette spin producing a specific number.
If sports book directors ever desired to have their domains double as campgrounds, this weekend would be the time to do it. Bettors could grind their bankrolls for a record amount of time today until literal exhaustion, then wake up and do it all over again Sunday.
For NBA players, Tuesday brought the first day of practice. For NBA bettors, it was the first day of the season. The LVH Superbook unveiled its season win totals for all 30 NBA teams. The over/under numbers are open for wagering for the next four weeks, up until Oct. 29 when the season officially tips off.
Like an imminent backdoor cover from a four-touchdown underdog, Talking Points is arriving late in the game. Our weekly college football by the odds installment went on an unintended hiatus during the start of the season. Blame all the fights.
Fans of ACC football programs who ventured to Las Vegas this summer may have instinctually felt like they needed a shovel and searchlight in the sports book. Gamblers had to dig deep and peer hard to find ways to bet on the ACC.