Alabama is favored to repeat for the second time under Nick Saban (2011-12), but that hasn’t stopped bettors from laying down their money, as the Crimson Tide lead the way in money wagered at Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. When looking simply at total tickets placed, it’s the Big Ten that stands out, with the first-, third- and fifth-most tickets in the country.
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Here are Westgate’s top 5 in tickets and money wagered to win the 2019 College Football Playoff.
(Figures are as of August 5 via Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.)
The two teams in the Big Ten garnering the most attention from bettors are the Ohio State Buckeyes and Wisconsin Badgers. At Westgate, the Buckeyes have the most betting tickets to win it all and rank third in money wagered. Ohio State is currently 6-1 to win the College Football Playoff (T-3rd in FBS) and +125 favorites to win the Big Ten conference at Westgate, with many different sports books pulling the team’s odds off the board due to Ohio State’s investigation of Urban Meyer, who is on paid administrative leave.
The Georgia Bulldogs were up 20-7 with just a quarter and a half left in the title game, so it’s no surprise they are getting attention from bettors. With sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm back after going 13-2 with 24 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year, the Bulldogs are receiving the second-most tickets and the fifth-most money wagered at Westgate. Georgia opened at 8-1, but the Bulldogs are now down to 6-1 and tied with Ohio State for the third-best odds in FBS.