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- Washington is a 17-point favorite on Saturday against BYU.
- Getting only 20% of bets, the Huskies are the least-popular favorite of at least two touchdowns we've ever tracked.
Washington entered the 2018 season with high hopes. Following a 10-win 2017, the Huskies were listed at +1500 to win the College Football Playoff prior to the season — the sixth-highest favorite.
Of course, their season hit an early bump in the road with a 21-16 loss to Auburn in Week 1.
The Huskies’ odds fell to +2000 following the loss, and since then, they’ve continued to tumble down to +3000 — despite Washington winning its next three games.
Why? The Huskies’ wins have been less than impressive, and more importantly, have come outside the public spotlight. One came against an FCS team (North Dakota), and the other two kicked off after 10 p.m. ET. Add in that Washington didn’t come close to covering the -17 against Arizona State last Saturday and you’ve got yourself a team that nobody wants to invest in.
The Huskies are -17 favorites again this weekend against a BYU team that upset Wisconsin in Madison earlier this month, and bettors don’t want any part of Washington.
In fact, with only 20% of bets landing on the Huskies, they’re currently the least-popular favorite of at least two-touchdowns our database has ever tracked (dating back to 2005).
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The public wouldn’t be so repulsed by a Washington -17 line against just anyone, though. Plenty of this lack of support has to do with the Huskies’ opponent.
BYU has already been a double-digit dog twice this season, and on both occasions — including the aforementioned game in Madison — not only did the Cougs cover, they won outright.
You can see how 17 points here looks awfully juicy.
For those curious, the current title of least-popular-two-touchdown-favorite belongs to the Ohio State Buckeyes, who received 22% of bets as a 17.5-point favorite last November.
Seventy-eight percent of you probably remember how that one went …