Sharp Money Hits Clemson-Alabama Over/Under
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- Following a quiet couple of days, professional bettors finally took a position on Monday's college football national championship game between Clemson and Alabama (8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- Using The Action Network's betting tools, we examine how sharp money is forcing oddsmakers to adjust the Clemson-Alabama over/under.
Heading into Friday, the over/under for Monday’s national championship game between Clemson and Alabama remained quiet since odds opened on Dec. 29.
Sure, the total sat two points lower than its opener as of 11:30 a.m. Friday, but much of that activity came shortly after oddsmakers posted the number at 61.5. Within three hours of opening, bettors kicked it down to 59.5, where it sat for more than four days.
The Action Network’s public betting data is reporting balanced action overall (52% of dollars wagered on the over), which isn’t surprising considering the lack of line movement since very early Monday morning.
However, for the first time since this game opened sharp money flooded the betting market, revealing how wiseguys are betting the national championship game.
As mentioned above, oddsmakers opened the over/under at 61.5, and after a quick fall to 59.5, the market remained eerily quiet regarding this total.
But shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, professional bettors pounded the total, triggering a Steam Move on under 59 from Sports Insights’ Bet Signals.
Steam refers to sudden, uniform line movement across the betting market that is often the result of sharps getting down on the same side of one game at multiple sportsbooks, all at once.
With the influx of money coming from respected bettors, oddsmakers dropped the over/under to a consensus of 58.5, and even to 58 at some market-setting sportsbooks.
Rain is expected in Santa Clara all weekend, though its supposed to stop before kickoff, and the grass at Levi’s Stadium is notoriously awful.
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