Friday’s Most Popular Bets: Virginia vs. Syracuse, Boise State vs. UTEP, Red Sox vs. Yankees, More (September 23)
Garrett Shrader #6 of the Syracuse Orange scores a two point conversion. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Friday makes for an interesting betting board. We’re right in the middle of Thursday Night Football and a couple big slates on both Saturday (college) and Sunday (NFL).
Three college games kick off tonight, as well as a full flight of MLB games, a bulk of which begin brand-new sets.
Overall, public bettors are hammering these five games tonight, and we’ll note the most-lopsided ticket counts in spread, moneyline and total markets, courtesy of Action Network’s data.
Friday’s Most Popular Bets
*Odds and public betting trends data as of Friday afternoon. Find real-time odds for various sports here.
1. Virginia vs. Syracuse (-9.5), 54
7 p.m. ET
Virginia vs. Syracuse is the lone Power Five game on tonight’s college football slate.
The line has fluctuated between nine and 10 all week, but the majority of the near-20,000 wagers submitted are siding with the favorite.
The Orange are generating 62% of spread tickets against the Cavaliers, as they look to improve to both 4-0 straight up and against the spread in 2022.
2. Boise State (-16) vs. UTEP, 44.5
9 p.m. ET
This mid-major contest is popular in the betting markets, piling up just 600 fewer wagers than Virginia vs. Syracuse.
Boise State’s the hot side, moving up from a dead number of -15 to -16 vs. UTEP.
We’ve logged 68% of the bets on the Broncos, who still have yet to register a win against the spread this season.
3. Nevada vs. Air Force (-24.5), 46.5
8 p.m. ET
The public is a bit torn here.
Despite racking up close to 17,000 total wagers, the ticket count is basically even, with 51% backing Air Force.
4. Red Sox vs. Yankees (-240), 7.5
7:05 p.m. ET
Gerrit Cole is on the mound and Aaron Judge is chasing history; of course bettors are flocking to the Yankees.
Red Sox vs. Yankees is unsurprisingly the top-bet baseball game Friday (7,200 wagers at the time of writing), and we’ve tracked a lopsided split on the pricey favorites.
Nine of every 10 moneyline wagers are riding the home team.
5. Braves vs. Phillies (-165), 7.5
7:05 p.m. ET
Bettors have yet to take a direct stance on either the side or total, as we’ve registered 52% of bets on both Philadelphia and the over.