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- Sharp bettors have had plenty of time to shape lines for Saturday's college football Week 1 games.
- Among the games they've hit hardest: Alabama vs. Duke (3:30, ABC), Virginia vs. Pitt (7:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network) and Ole Miss vs. Memphis (12 p.m. ET, ABC).
After easing into the 2019 college football season over the past week, we’ve finally got a full Saturday slate in front of us. Bettors — specifically sharp ones — have been eyeing the slate for weeks (if not months) at this point.
That makes dissecting Week 1’s line moves all the more interesting.
Six games in particular have been targeted by wiseguys, drawing professional action throughout the summer and as recently as Friday.
Odds below are as of 5 p.m. ET on Friday.
Toledo @ Kentucky
12 p.m. ET | SEC Network
With 75% of bettors taking the Toledo-Kentucky under, it’s on pace to be the second-most popular under of Saturday’s slate, trailing only South Carolina-UNC. And as you probably already know, bettors tend to prefer taking overs to unders, so this level of under support is somewhat unusual.
Oddsmakers are also well aware of the public’s love for overs, so when they set a line that draws so much under action, it’s certainly possible that they intended for it — meaning there might be value on the over.