Where’s The Money Going In College Football Betting?

Sports betting is legal in more states than ever before and college football is in full swing. David Purdum of ESPN.com put together a piece (well worth an entire read) that broke down where the public has their money on this season. Let’s take a look at the highlights:

  • Ohio State has more bets on them to win the national championship than any other program at the both the Westgate SuperBook and MGM.
  • Clemson has the most money on them to win it all at Caesars Place, MGM, and William Hill. The Tigers have a whooping 22% of William Hill’s liability on them.
  • Clemson opened as a +125 favorite to make the playoffs, though sharp money came in and pushed the line to -180 “We took some sharp money on Clemson,” Westgate director John Murray told Purdum. “I think we opened Clemson a little bit too high, because we had guys immediately come in and bet them at +125 and even money.”
  • The largest season-win total bet the Westgate SuperBook had taken was on Oregon State. A house player, meaning a VIP casino guest, bet to win $80,000 on the Beavers to win less than 2.5 games at -130.
  • Murray told Purdum that a sharp player bet Oklahoma at 6-1 to make the college football playoffs. The line has since been moved to 4-1.
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SEC Football Betting Notes: Futures, Playoffs, Bama

College football season is here, so let’s take a look at some betting notes from the SEC:

  • Mike Johnson of The Action Network doesn’t see any value in betting Alabama’s Win Total of 11. The Tide has been favored in nearly every game for the past nine season but hasn’t run the table since 2009. Still, Johnson can’t pinpoint where a loss will come from, leaving him to envision a push.
  • Georgia is by far and away the most talented team in the SEC East, Johnson writes in the same piece. The scribe recommends the over at 10.5 wins.
  • Steve Petrella of The Action Network is taking the over on the Alabama-Louisville game at 60, citing Jawon Pass, Louisville’s new starting QB. Pass has drawn comparisons to Cam Newton and he has the ability to be productive in Bobby Petrino’s QB friendly offense.
  • All 43 of ESPN’s experts picks Clemson to make the college football playoffs while only 40 of them picks Alabama to make it. Each of the three analysts who left The Tide off their list had Georgia getting in.
Will Alabama Make The Playoffs?
Yes -290
No +230
Will Georgia Make The Playoffs?
Yes +170
No -210

Odds via Bovada*

Which College Teams Have The Greatest Home Field Advantage?

Home field advantage is often talked about mindlessly and something that bettors tend to overvalue. Which stadiums give the greatest advantage? Which teams play the best at home? We have the answers for you (data via The Action Network):

Team Home Field Advantage Home ATS% Since ’08 Home ATS% Since ’15
Air Force 2.21 45.00% 55.60%
Akron 1.51 39.00% 44.40%
Alabama 2.3 49.30% 42.90%
App State 1.41 39.10% 38.90%
Arizona 2.45 50.00% 47.40%
Arizona St 3.32 57.80% 60.00%
Arkansas 3.24 60.70% 44.40%
Arkansas St 3.68 61.10% 64.70%
Army 1.85 45.50% 35.30%
Auburn 2.56 51.40% 47.60%
Ball State 1.09 37.50% 29.40%
Baylor 2.93 59.00% 35.30%
Boise State 1.04 37.70% 26.30%
Boston Col 2.27 50.80% 35.30%
Bowling Grn 1.47 41.80% 31.20%
Buffalo 2.97 51.70% 66.70%
BYU 2.2 46.30% 50.00%
California 3.33 56.20% 66.70%
Central FL 3.01 58.30% 42.10%
Central Mich 2.03 43.40% 52.90%
Charlotte 1.25 37.50% 37.50%
Cincinnati 1.63 45.00% 26.30%
Clemson 2.9 53.70% 55.00%
Coastal Car 0.83 33.30% 33.30%
Colorado 2.32 50.00% 41.20%
Colorado St 3.32 58.90% 55.60%
Connecticut 1.84 45.90% 33.30%
Duke 3.33 59.00% 55.60%
E Carolina 2.17 50.00% 33.30%
E Michigan 1.04 34.00% 41.20%
Fla Atlantic 1.47 40.40% 36.80%
Florida 1.85 42.60% 47.10%
Florida Intl 2.75 50.90% 58.80%
Florida St 2.29 46.00% 55.60%
Fresno St 2.84 49.10% 70.60%
GA Southern 2.83 55.00% 46.70%
GA Tech 2.99 54.10% 57.90%
Georgia 1.89 44.30% 42.10%
Georgia State 1.28 37.90% 37.50%
Hawaii 1.02 41.00% 11.80%
Houston 2.5 50.00% 50.00%
Illinois 1.69 42.40% 40.00%
Indiana 2.14 47.50% 42.10%
Iowa 2.04 45.50% 45.00%
Iowa State 3.37 55.00% 73.70%
Kansas 1.85 44.40% 40.00%
Kansas St 2.54 53.00% 40.00%
Kent State 1.56 43.40% 29.40%
Kentucky 1.25 40.00% 27.30%
LA Lafayette 1.88 44.40% 41.20%
LA Monroe 1.73 42.90% 40.00%
LA Tech 2.95 55.60% 50.00%
Louisville 1.44 38.10% 44.40%
LSU 2.38 47.10% 55.60%
Marshall 2.85 54.40% 50.00%
Maryland 1.74 41.90% 44.40%
Memphis 2.18 46.00% 50.00%
Miami (FL) 2.5 50.00% 50.00%
Miami (OH) 1.8 42.60% 44.40%
Michigan 2.28 47.90% 47.60%
Michigan St 2.37 47.80% 52.40%
Middle Tenn 3 52.60% 64.70%
Minnesota 2.21 49.30% 38.10%
Miss State 3.15 56.90% 55.00%
Mississippi 2.57 51.50% 47.60%
Missouri 2.14 46.80% 45.00%
N Carolina 2.8 53.80% 50.00%
N Illinois 2.57 50.90% 50.00%
N Mex State 1.58 39.30% 46.70%
Navy 3.44 56.60% 70.60%
NC State 2.88 55.40% 47.40%
Nebraska 1.48 41.80% 31.60%
Nevada 2.36 48.30% 50.00%
New Mexico 1.81 43.30% 42.10%
North Texas 2.77 51.80% 56.20%
Northwestern 2.21 44.60% 57.10%
Notre Dame 2.33 45.90% 57.90%
Ohio 3.19 55.90% 61.10%
Ohio State 2.17 50.00% 33.30%
Oklahoma 3.82 61.00% 72.20%
Oklahoma St 3.12 57.80% 50.00%
Old Dominion 1.84 41.70% 50.00%
Oregon 2.36 50.80% 40.00%
Oregon St 1.99 44.30% 47.40%
Penn State 2.88 51.50% 63.20%
Pittsburgh 1.74 45.50% 30.00%
Purdue 1.47 40.90% 35.00%
Rice 3 58.80% 40.00%
Rutgers 1.62 41.50% 40.00%
S Alabama 0.7 30.80% 36.80%
S Carolina 2.58 52.20% 45.00%
S Florida 2.35 42.60% 72.20%
S Methodist 2.47 48.40% 55.00%
S Mississippi 2.39 46.40% 58.80%
San Diego St 2.56 50.80% 50.00%
San Jose St 2.68 49.10% 62.50%
Stanford 3.66 62.50% 57.90%
Syracuse 2.22 45.90% 52.60%
Temple 3.61 59.30% 68.40%
Tennessee 1.32 39.40% 33.30%
Texas 2.23 45.20% 55.60%
Texas A&M 1.81 45.60% 33.30%
Texas State 2.05 47.20% 38.90%
Texas Tech 3 52.60% 64.70%
Toledo 2.77 52.60% 52.90%
Troy 1.26 39.60% 29.40%
Tulane 2.48 47.50% 58.80%
Tulsa 1.87 45.80% 35.30%
TX Christian 2.26 51.60% 31.60%
TX El Paso 1.91 44.80% 41.20%
TX-San Ant 1.72 42.40% 41.20%
U Mass 2.09 47.10% 41.20%
UAB* 4.18 58.50% 100.00%
UCLA 2.15 48.40% 38.90%
UNLV 2.21 49.20% 38.90%
USC 2.73 51.60% 55.00%
Utah 2.65 52.50% 47.40%
Utah State 2.59 52.50% 44.40%
VA Tech 2.35 46.70% 55.60%
Vanderbilt 2.49 49.20% 52.60%
Virginia 1.97 44.60% 45.00%
W Kentucky 2.58 49.00% 57.90%
W Michigan 2.28 47.20% 50.00%
W Virginia 1.88 42.20% 50.00%
Wake Forest 2.86 53.10% 55.60%
Wash State 2.94 51.70% 65.00%
Washington 2.99 54.40% 57.10%
Wisconsin 3.1 56.90% 52.60%
Wyoming 2.16 43.30% 60.00%