College Football Oddsmakers Tell All: Biggest Liabilities, Popular Heisman Bets, Surprise Teams

Aug 23, 2019 09:55 PM EDT
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Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tua Tagovailoa

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With the college football season upon us, we sat down with three bookmakers — Jeff Sherman of the SuperBook at the Westgate in Las Vegas, Tony DiTommaso from Cantor Gaming and a representative from FanDuel who wished to remain anonymous.

We asked them a variety of questions, all to help us paint a picture of what the market looks like heading into the 2019 NCAA Football season.

Some of the information the bookmakers shared with us was to be expected. It looks like Alabama, Clemson and Georgia will obviously be popular teams again in 2019 but there are a few surprise teams (UMass and Utah State anybody?) that will have bookmakers sweating this fall.

What are your most popular Heisman bets?

Jeff Sherman, SuperBook:

From a ticket standpoint, we’ve seen the most on Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

From a money standpoint, it’s Lawrence, Hurts and Alabama quaterback Tua Tagovailoa.

FanDuel:

The most tickets we have written are on Hurts (11.5%), then it’s Fromm (11%) and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (9%).

Who are your greatest liabilities in the Heisman market?

Tony DiTommaso, Cantor Gaming:

Our biggest liability is Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson at 30-1. We would also lose money on Georgia running back De’Andre Swift.

Sherman:

Fromm and Swift for us.

FanDuel:

Number one is Shea Patterson at 40-1. Ehlinger is number two for us.

Trevor Lawrence is expected to be one of the favorites for the 2019 Heisman. Credit: USA Today Sports

What win totals have moved the most?

Sherman:

We only had one team where the number actually moved. UNC went down to 5 from 5.5 after the under was pounded. Ohio State has stayed at 10 wins, but money on the under resulted in the odds going from +110 to -110. Sharps took the under on Washington (9.5), so odds changed from +120 to even money.