LAS VEGAS – The 2017 college football season has returned and the sports gambling public is already hot on several games for the first major weekend of games.
The biggest matchup of the Labor Day weekend will be No. 1 Alabama (-7) taking on No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta. As you can see from the grid below, William Hill shows the Crimson Tide receiving the majority of the money but more tickets have been written on the Seminoles. The game will be the first ever at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and is being billed as a National Championship preview in week 1 of the season.
Here's an early look at point spread betting trends on Week 1 🏈 College Football games. Data is from our 108 Nevada Sports Books & app. pic.twitter.com/AS3lB0nnFf
— William Hill US (@WilliamHillUS) August 30, 2017
Bovada.LV also has some interesting trends going on right now with Alabama as only Michigan’s under of 9 wins is getting more money than Bama’s under of 10.5 wins. To put that in context, the last time Alabama didn’t win at least 9 games in the regular season was 2010 and they have won at least 11 non-bowl games for the past 6 seasons. Many believe this might be the year for Nick Saban’s team to come back to the pack.
On the other end, Bovada.LV players are loving Missouri to go over 7 wins this season as the Tigers have the seen the heaviest action. Florida’s number of 8 wins is also seen as too low in preseason betting and is just behind Mizzou for betting interest.
Speaking of Florida, let’s go back to William Hill’s chart. With 61 percent of the tickets and 64 percent of the money on No. 11 Michigan (-4) to beat and cover against No. 17 Florida, the news that came out today about more UF suspensions for the game should impact the amount of Wolverine action that comes in.
Florida's two best offensive players are now suspended for the Michigan game. WOW. https://t.co/jMO3lvF4jn
— Adam Ghabour (@Qb9Adam) August 30, 2017
Florida had a top 10 defense last year but their offense was really poor for most of the season. Losing their star running back and star wide receiver, combined with Michigan’s lack of offensive pop, should make the under of 45 (according to Stations) pretty attractive.
One more game worth pointing out is Bowling Green (+17) versus Michigan State. The underdog Falcons have seen 98 percent of the money and 72 percent of the tickets in their opener. Sparty was bad last year, winning just 3 games, but Bowling Green only won 4. Michigan State is at home but clearly, the fact that they only return 8 starters has players hammering the Falcons.
Michigan State football coaches trying to get most out of young roster https://t.co/SkEjgMUdct
— GreenandWhite.com (@LSJGreenWhite) August 30, 2017
Welcome back football … we’ve missed you.