Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tate Martell
- Redshirt freshman Jarren Williams will start at quarterback in Miami's season-opening game against Florida on Aug. 24 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
- With Tate Martell the frontrunner to win the job, the betting market made an adjustment to the Florida-Miami Week 0 over/under.
On Monday, Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz announced that redshirt freshman Jarren Williams will start under center for the team’s season-opening matchup against Florida.
While many expected Ohio State transfer Tate Martell to ultimately win the job, it appears that the Canes will go in a different direction.
Not only was the news surprising to analysts and fans, but the betting market took notice as well.
Prior to the announcement, the Florida-Miami over/under sat anywhere between 49 and 50.5 across the market.
However, over the course of the past 18 hours, that number has dropped to a consensus of 48.5.
According to The Action Network’s betting percentage data, bettors were already trending toward the under as 86% of dollars wagered hit that side of the total before the Martell news broke.
Since then, that percentage has increased to 94%.
The Action Network’s college football analyst Collin Wilson projects the Florida-Miami total at 49, so there appeared to be value on the under at books offering above 50.
Williams earning the starting quarterback job has had little effect on the Florida-Miami point spread, which has sat at Gators -7 (-110) at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas since July 30.
At the time of writing, 53% of bettors are laying the points with Florida.
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