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Wake and Rake: Big Bets Hitting Syracuse-Western Michigan Game


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  • Syracuse opened as a 6-point favorite for Friday's Week 1 matchup against Western Michigan (6 p.m. ET).
  • The over/under opened at 64 and has ticked up slightly to 65.
  • Using The Action Network's betting tools, we analyze and pinpoint how sharp bettors are approaching this game.

What a sweat! Our first Wake and Rake of the college football season identified the insane amount of sharp action coming in on Tulane for yesterday’s opener against Wake Forest.

It wasn’t easy, but Tulane kept it close enough to lose by six points in overtime, awarding us with a minuscule half-point cover … but a cover at that.

Just like they did with Thursday’s games, professional bettors have been laying into tonight’s matchups for the last few weeks.

Using The Action Network’s betting tools, we’ve identified Friday’s Syracuse-Western Michigan game (6 p.m. ET) as one that wiseguys are targeting.

The Syracuse-Western Michigan over/under opened at 64 and currently sits between 64.5 and 65 across the sports betting market. Fifty-seven percent of dollars wagered have played the under, which can be deceiving if you take that number at face value without comparing it to the full line history.

After opening on Aug. 11, the total dipped to 63 three days later, and that’s when sharp bettors pounced.

>> All odds as of 9:45 a.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time college football odds and track your bets

According to Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — which report professional betting action in real time — the first of six steam and reverse line moves popped the over on Aug. 15, driving this total back up to the current number of 64.5/65.

Steam is defined as sudden line movement across the entire market caused by an overload of sharp action, while reverse line movement refers to situations when the line moves in the opposite direction of the betting percentages.

Both are clear indicators of professional money.

In fact, the two most recent steam moves were triggered at CRIS, a market-setting offshore sportsbook that accepts high-limit action from professional bettors, erasing any doubts regarding the sharp side of the Syracuse-Western Michigan over/under.

Of course, if you are planning to follow the wiseguys, make sure to find one of the books offering 64.5.


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