The public got off to a 2-1 start in Week 1 of college football. Of the three most heavily bet plays from the opening week, only Texas was unable to cash a ticket.
Following opening week, the public feels all the more confident after having a chance to see each team play, and as you’ll notice, last week’s games certainly shaped the most popular bets for the upcoming weekend.
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All games Saturday Sept. 8.
Ohio State (-35) vs. Rutgers
3:30 p.m. ET
Public bettors haven’t been scared off by this five-touchdown spread whatsoever. In fact, they’ve flocked to it. The Buckeyes currently hold the highest bet percentage of any team this weekend, as they’ve attracted 82% of bettors.
Seventy-one percent of dollars are behind Ohio State as well, and this line has risen one point from its opening number of -34.
Why the public loves Ohio State: The Bucks showed that they could score last week, putting up 77 points on Oregon State to cover a 39-point spread (barely). They did give up 31 points, but a public bettor might be using that as reason to expect a more motivated defensive effort this Saturday.
Alabama (-36) vs. Arkansas State
3:30 p.m. ET
In a nearly identical situation, Alabama is getting 80% of bets as a 36-point favorite on Saturday. This line opened at -36.5 at some books, so there may have been a drop of sharp action bringing it down to -36, as 78% of dollars are also behind the Tide.
Why the public loves Alabama: Last year’s champs didn’t miss a step in Week 1, beating Louisville, 51-14. If they can take down a decent ACC team by 37, why wouldn’t they be able to beat a Sun Belt team by 36?
Appalachian State (-14) at Charlotte
6 p.m. ET
Speaking of the Sun Belt, App State finds itself as one of the most popular Week 2 bets, getting 79% of spread tickets and 78% of dollars. The line hasn’t moved off the key number of 14, though.
Why the public loves App State: You don’t expect to find a Sun Belt school mixed into a list of most popular bets, but after the Mountaineers’ near upset of Penn State, it makes sense for bettors to be high on them.
And Charlotte isn’t exactly known as a football powerhouse (the 49ers beat Fordham in Week 1, whoop-dee-doo), so a two-touchdown spread seems easy enough to the public.