Rovell’s College Football Vegas Report: The Surprising Team Sportsbooks Need Saturday
Derick E. Hingle, USA Today Sports.
We’re onto Week 2 of the college football season and even though most of the public action won’t hit Vegas until Saturday, we’re starting to get a good idea of what the betting picture will look like for this week.
I spoke with veteran Las Vegas bookmakers, John Murray of the Westgate SuperBook and Matt Lindeman from Circa Sports, to get the behind-the-window view of the Week 2 market.
Big Ten Teams Dominate Betting Talk
In somewhat of a surprise, Big Ten teams have been the talk of the betting world in the early going.
First, there was Illinois, who last week saw three shockingly large $55,000 bets to cover (as a 17- and 18-point favorite) against Akron. The Illini won by 39.
Another $55,000 bet came in on them this week as 20.5-point favorites against UConn this week. Just a reminder that Illinois went 4-8 last season.
Penn State is also generating a bunch of buzz at the window this weekend, especially at Circa Sports in Downtown Las Vegas. Circa took a bold step on Sunday, becoming the first Vegas sportsbook in three years to open the college football market for the following weekend. It also became the first book to ever post CFB totals on a Sunday, beating the overseas markets.
Circa’s Matt Lindeman put up Penn State as a 22-point favorite against Buffalo and the number gradually moved up to 29.5.
“Obviously the computer models out there are giving Penn State credit on paper for beating Idaho by 72,” Lindeman says.