Bovada Lists Ohio State's Odds at National Title at 12:1

By DJ Byrnes on July 22, 2014 at 1:17p
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Bovada has released their championship odds for the 2014-2015 college football campaign, and it should come as no surprise to see Ohio State sitting pretty.

Here's where Ohio State sits among national title favorites:

School odds
Alabama 11:2
Florida State 11:2
Oregon 7:1
Oklahoma 9:1
Auburn 10:1
Ohio State 12:1
UCLA 14:1

Bovada also lists Ohio State as favorite to win the 2014 Big Ten championship:

SCHOOL ODDS
Ohio State 10:11
Michigan State 4:1
Wisconsin 9:2
Michigan 9:1
Iowa 14:1

Betting on Ohio State to win the East Division won't yield much in terms of profit margin:

SCHOOL ODDS
Ohio State 2:5
Michigan State 13:5
Michigan 5:1

And here, for comparisons sake, are the schools with the best odds of capturing the West Division:

SCHOOl odds
Wisconsin 6:5
Nebraska 3:2
Iowa 5:1
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Mortc15's picture

It's hilarious that Bama, with so many questions, including replacing qb, are the favorites. 

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ChimdiCheckyaselfbeforeyawreckyaself's picture

"Seriously guys, I was the key component of our team" - AJ McCarron

A little is better than nada, sometimes you want the whole enchilada

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think between Jacob Coker and David Cornwell Alabama will be fine at QB. I know having a returning starter at QB is huge in gambling lines and in most preseason polls. With Coker I don't think there is a huge dropoff from McCarron, in fact some would argue it's an upgrade.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Mortc15's picture

He's never even played before and may not even be the starter? Might want to hold the "upgrade" talk until he wins the job/actually plays a few games. 

As much as I hate Alabama, you can't just discount what McCarron accomplished as the starter, overrated or not. 

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CGroverL's picture

I think that McCarron was the MVP of 'Bama's recent teams. There most probably will be a drop-off at QB for 'Bama. I totally disagree and think that 'Bama will be missing McCarron, especially early in the year no matter if it comes down to SEC opponents or even OOC opponents. I'm not talking about Alabama losing, but I can't see someone coming in and replacing a kid that a lot of people think should be holding a Heisman trophy right now. After all, if McCarron was mediocre there would have at least been thoughts of using their 2nd string QB over the last 3 years. In those 3 years, AJ threw for close to 9,000 yards with 74 TD's and just 15 Int's. In his 3 final seasons at 'Bama, he was their leader, threw for a high percentage, and was possibly the best player on college football's best team.

I'm sorry to disagree, but I think your comment is close to ridiculous and I also believe that McCarron should have a Heisman. Maybe a lot of people will disagree about the Heisman talk, but when you look at his 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons, McCarron's numbers show a guy that played his role well as his stats were close to equals in all 3 seasons. If Alabama would have had a season where they threw the ball 50-75 more times, McCarron most probably would have brought home a Heisman.

Remember too, that McCarron was busy winning 2 national championships in his sophomore and junior seasons. I apologize...but your comment is altogether wrong. I think MOST 'Bama fans are hoping for a new QB that can come REMOTELY close to McCarron's success. I tried very hard too to not say anything about the 2 QB's that you mentioned as neither has thrown enough passes to get any correct take on how good they can be. Can they lead their teams to back to back national titles? Obviously you know a lot more than the rest of us AND Alabama MUST have had a lot of fans that didn't think too highly of McCarron's attributes and stats, especially when you consider 'Bama's 2 titles with McCarron at QB. Good luck to you and your VERY NEW QB's being upgrades over McCarron, but I just can't see it. If you are a Buckeye fan, I apologize, but you seem to know more about Alabama's QB situation than the bulk of Buckeye Nation which probably disagrees with your comment and thinks you may need to up your medicine just a bit.

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AngryWoody's picture

The thing to keep in mind is that these "odds" aren't actually who they think will win. They are the odds Vegas thinks they can make the most money off of. The real odds are a closely guarded secret and not the same as the betting "odds"
 

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Kurt's picture

But they hired a genius OC!

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Stinson's picture

Florida State's odds to win the ACC are listed at 4:11???

Are they that much better than the rest of the ACC? There's no way... 4:11???

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kgratz's picture

find one team in that conference that can challenge them... 4:11 sounds right

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Stinson's picture

4:11 is crazy.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I can't really see anyone outside of Georgia Tech giving FSU trouble. Miami breaks in a new QB, despite having talent all over everywhere else. I say Tech purely based on scheme. I think they are one of those teams that have the ability to give anyone trouble.  Clemson loses too much. Perhaps Duke has another crazy run?

I cannot see Winston having the issues Manziel had returning after winning the Heisman. With A&M the defense pretty much disappeared and Manziel had to do it all. Winston has a stronger team around him, and we all know if Jameis strong... we strong den!

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

cajunbuckeye's picture

Williams having knee surgery has cast some doubt on the Miami offense. Right now, it looks like he's back early in the season. They're going to give FSU a better game this year.

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droessl's picture

"You sit there and you thump your sportsbooks, and you say your takes, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your odds, talk about Bovada... Fisher 4:11 says we're gonna run the conference!"

CGroverL's picture

Awesome movie reference. I try my hardest to put a movie reference in every comment. You know what I mean, you "scruffy looking nerf herder?"

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

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kgratz's picture

Win total for OSU is set at 10.5

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ncinthenext3's picture

I think I'll check and see what the over pays.

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CC's picture

Does that include the post-season?

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kgratz's picture

regular season only. no conference championship or bowl/playoff

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sharks's picture

Oregon is a sucker bet every year, including this one.

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Barnsey69's picture

Hopefully Sparty exposes them right out of the gate.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Probably the non-osu game im looking forward to the most. Hoping for a redux of the 2010 Rose Bowl.

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rock flag and eagle's picture

I am looking forward to this game as well.  I am rooting for Oregon and I am hoping for a 2011 Capital One Bowl redux.

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NuttyBuckeye's picture

Agreed, DJ!

This is one conference that the B1G seems to do well against in head-to-head games, and I feel we are the better conference.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

I'm torn about this game, because on one hand it would be good to see Sparty win it, but win or lose, I am nervous for when we play them, given that our offensive philosophy is similar to Oregon, and we are also in their 'hood in the beginning of Nov.

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MauricXe's picture

I wouldn't worry too much about that wrt the offenses being similar. the ohio state offense is a bit more downhill than oregon. our boys are physical and aren't manhandled upfront so easily (as has been the case with oregon's oline).

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I hope MSU clobbers them. I think we see a similar result to what we see from Stanford-Oregon here. MSU has never been know to start fast though. Should be a great game. Anyone else see West Virginia giving the Gumps trouble?

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Those of us who survived the Cooper years are always more nervous.........

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

;)

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Who has the best COLLEGE quarterback out of Alabama, FSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Auburn, OSU, and UCLA?

I'd say FSU, Oregon, Ohio State, and UCLA.

Personally, I feel the 'Noles lost way too many studs, so I don't have them repeating.

Ohio State... we have some major questions at OL (as a group), RB, WR, and the Secondary (as a group). For me, simply too many questions.

UCLA... I'm not sold on their TEAM.

So... for me... the VALUE is easily Oregon.  They have a very good COLLEGE quarterback... they have a nice team... they have some playmakers in some key positions (Mariota @ QB, Tyner @ RB, senior-laden OL, Ekpre-Olomu @ CB)... I think the Ducks can (and will) make some noise this year.  Why not take the value ?

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fear_the_nut70's picture

And this analysis would be spot on if the games were played on paper.

For me, the ones played on the field tell the story, like against Stanford, Auburn, Ohio State.  Any physical team with a good D (specifically a D line) that can outmuscle Oregon can relegate that offense into decent and nothing more.  True, I am talking about teams that were elite at the end of the season, but that is what will separate Oregon from championship aspirations (if they somehow get by Stanford)--I don't care that they hang 80 on Towson.  When they beat Stanford, when it actually happens, then I will sit up and take notice.  Till then, nothing to see there...

(And oh, I do want to see the MSU game.  I am not convinced like many this will be a great Sparty team.  Well coached and I like Narduzzi, but they are taking some losses on defense, and I just think it is harder to consistently mold 3* guys into elite level players.  I guess that IS why they play the games on the field).

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

1) Oregon has been getting better (over the years) of not getting "bullied" by those more "physical" teams that you're talking about.

2) You said it yourself, IF (and I realize it's a big if) Oregon can get by Stanford (who's been notorious for "out-muscling" Oregon), who stands in their way? ... Still waiting...  I think this might be the year that Oregon finally gets over that hump and defeats Stanford.

3) The schedule sets up nicely for Oregon. If they beat MSU, they have their "showcase 'W' " right out of the gate.  Wyoming? Wash St? Arizona? Washington? Cal? Utah? Colorado? Pshhh.  Oregon has @ UCLA, vs Stanford, and @ Oregon St.  The only team there that could "out-muscle" them is Stanford, and as I alluded to earlier, I think this could be the year Oregon 'muscles-up'.

Patriot4098's picture

I think they took a step backwards last year. I think they continue in that direction with their new HC. He's not as good.

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I have to ask why you are not sold on UCLA as a team? For me they are my surprise team to make the playoff and advance. I think Mora is quietly one of the best coaches in college right now. He gets the most from his guys. Hundley is great at QB.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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bucks_symphony's picture

I agree with everything that you said about UCLA as a team and especially Jim Mora. THey also have decent odds at 14-1. THey are my dark horse team as well. I have them winning the PAC-12. 

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

I'm not sold on UCLA because I'm not even sure they're the best team in their own conference (Oregon? Stanford?)

Yeah UCLA has Myles Jack who's a specimen, but outside of that... who else do they have?  LB Erik Kendrick?  I'm not sold on Brett Hundley yet.  11 INTs in 2012... 9 INTs in 2013...  I'll take Mariota's #'s (more TDs and less INTs) every day of the week over Hundley's.

kgratz's picture

What if Marriota gets hurt? suddenly becomes a very average team. 

They also have no defense. DLine and LB are big ?'s

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Oregon is usually up too big and Mariota is usually out of the game before the end of the 3rd Q.  If anything, I think this would be an argument for Oregon as Mariota is less likely to get injured (compared to most other starting QBs) and Oregon's backup (Lockie) is likely to be more experienced due to seeing more gametime minutes that most other backups.

kgratz's picture

Fair point, I don't trust Oregon to go over especially against against the teams they play.

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d5k's picture

What if Braxton gets hurt?  Actually don't ask that question and forget that I brought it up...also knock on wood please.

kgratz's picture

Just because they struggled in the spring game I 100% have faith in Jones and Barrett to go out and win us a few football games if need be.  BUTTTT knock on wood.

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TheBadOwl's picture

Who has the best COLLEGE quarterback out of Alabama, FSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Auburn, OSU, and UCLA?

I'd say FSU, Oregon, Ohio State, and UCLA.

I agree, but Nick Marshall and Trevor Knight are both very good players in their own regard. Alabama is the only team on there that has a huge question mark at quarterback. I think Coker will be fine, though.

Personally, I feel the 'Noles lost way too many studs, so I don't have them repeating.

Keep in mind that, before last year's title run, they lost 11 players to the NFL draft, including three first-rounders and two second-rounders. They lost 7 guys to the draft last year, and they return a lot of great talent. The defense still has studs, but I agree, they lost just enough talent to probably not be the favorites. 

Ohio State... we have some major questions at OL (as a group), RB, WR, and the Secondary (as a group). For me, simply too many questions.

I agree, but I'm optimistic. If we're going to be skeptical about Alabama's QB situation because of inexperience, we should also be skeptical about our running backs, receivers, OL and secondary. I think this team will be very strong overall, with a few huge standout areas, but I think we'll develop one glaring weakness. Except I think this year, we overcome it.

UCLA... I'm not sold on their TEAM.

Same, but they have a stud at quarterback and a two-way Heisman contender in Miles Jack. Granted that they also lost some great talent (Anthony Barr, etc.). To me, they're a bit overrated, like Oklahoma. Good team, probably will end up in a BCS bowl, but they're not the world-beaters that people seem to think they are.

So... for me... the VALUE is easily Oregon.  They have a very good COLLEGE quarterback... they have a nice team... they have some playmakers in some key positions (Mariota @ QB, Tyner @ RB, senior-laden OL, Ekpre-Olomu @ CB)... I think the Ducks can (and will) make some noise this year.  Why not take the value ?

Agree 100%. They have the best quarterback, the most experienced team, and an insane offense. They have better weapons on offense than we do, by far. Tyner, Marshall, Freeman, Addison, Mundt, Allen, etc., they're loaded.

If I was a betting man, I'd bet on my Buckeyes, but if I wasn't a homer, I'd throw a few down on the Ducks.

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Fatpants's picture

Oklahoma at 9:1 makes me want to go all Roy Brown

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Poison nuts's picture

Henceforth & forever more, the act of going completely & utterly insane, to the point being frightening, over your favorite sports team & equally, utterly insane to the point of being frightening against another sports team - shall be known as "Going all Roy Jones". Spread the word across the land, as it has been decreed!

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BullCityBuckeye's picture

Roy Brown or Roy Jones? :-)

Either way, I agree completely and award you an upvote.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Ask Beth Mowins - she knows

jamesrbrown322's picture

Alabama being a favorite is not a shock. However, the fact that they have the same odds as FSU is crazy to me.

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CC's picture

Why?  They've won a bunch of NC's in the last few years so their "system" is proven.  They have recruited better than anyone including FSU.

I see no reason for them to be much lower than FSU if at all.  They lost a game with 1 second left of they would have played for the NC.

The only reason I have doubt in Alabama is that they got torched against OU.  They looked big and slow, dare I say, like Wisconsin...

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fear_the_nut70's picture

I would not make any team with a first year starter at QB as the favorite.  I know that is pretty much what happened with FSU and we may see this more in the future, but historically speaking, very rare.

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I was just thinking that when you look at the amount of depth and experience returning, I personally would have made FSU a runaway favorite. Alabama is breaking in some new kids at key positions, but they do have a VERY favorable schedule. But then again, that's why I don't set odds for a living.

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buckeyebfd's picture

when don't they have a favorable schedule?

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I think I might play Iowa at 5:1...

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Idaho Helga's picture

They do have a favorable schedule.  And they have the perennial coach of the year!

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GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

~~I think I might play Iowa at 5:1...

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Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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kholmes's picture

MSU odds seem to be undervalued relative to OSU for both B1G and division.

Especially the division odds...to break even if you made a bet, those odds imply OSU has 71.4% chance to win division and MSU a 27.8% chance (will add up to over 100% for all teams because of juice). That seems like a big margin considering the MSU/OSU game line is pretty much a toss up from what I had seen. There are alot more OSU fans than MSU fans so that line must be shaded fairly hard to reflect that.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

There is a HUGE difference in recruiting rankings between OSU and MSU.  At the end of the day, that one variable is bigger than any of the others.  It also doesn't hurt that OSU has a coach with 2 NCG rings and a winning percentage north of 81%.  But by all means, pull out your wallet and take advantage of Vegas naivite.  As my old man once told me, they didn't build all those casinos on the backs of all the winnings they paid out.

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kholmes's picture

My point was that the line on the MSU/OSU game alone seems very disconnected from these division odds. I wasnt really taking any view on either team.

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fear_the_nut70's picture

Here is the flaw in your logic: yes the OSU/MSU game is considered a toss up (and rightfully so after the BCC game and the fact it is in EL).  What Vegas odds makers could be saying relative to winning the division is that the odds of MSU dropping games to OTHERS on the schedule is much higher (which fits in as it pertains to my talent argument).

Your chalking it up to "[t]here are alot more OSU fans than MSU fans so that line must be shaded fairly hard to reflect that." is just plain silliness."  Vegas makes their odds based on making a buck, not appeasing a fan base or trying to draw a base into a bet that would be bad for the house based on the odds.

kholmes's picture

Of course I agree - if the same oddsmaker has a big difference between the individual game and the division odds, then that implies a big difference in MSU's chances against other teams on their B1G schedule vs OSU's chances. I find it hard to think there is that much of a difference if the head to head game is a toss up. That said, they do face Nebraska in a crossover game that OSU doesnt have so that would account for some of it. The odds arent too far from saying that even if MSU beats OSU, then there is still 40% chance OSU wins the B1G.

Agree 100% with Vegas making odds to make a buck and to manage risk. Futures odds like these are less played by professional gamblers (who play individual games more) so they are more influenced by fans. If there are going to be more OSU fans betting this than MSU fans, then for sure the odds would be shaded away from the "true" odds since more money would come in on OSU at the "true" odds. That is how one makes a market and manages risk. If they are expecting to get too much money on OSU at "true" odds, then of course they would move the market to entice people to put money on other teams to spread their risk.

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BuckeyeBBD's picture

I'm interested in trying some betting but honestly have no idea how legal online sports gambling is in Ohio.  Anyone want to help me out on this?  I tried googling it and I found a bunch of websites that said it is legal, but I'm not sure if I can trust those sites.  Can anyone give me some sources?

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I know there are bookies and people have them but I have no idea where to start.  I know that gambling online isn't illegal in the US but funding the account is (or something like that, they get you on a technicality or something).  I've been wanting to for years.  Thinking about buying a prepaid card and opening an account with Bovada.  Still going to research it.  I think this is how US bettors do it short of having an actual bookie to go to or living in Vegas.

Anyone want to elaborate?  I'm all ears.  I want to do this too.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I've had better luck with sportsinteraction than Bovada. SI opens up more money lines head to head. So for instance if you know there is a huge spread for Alabama v.s Mississippi State, they will give you the option to bet straight up more times than not. I see it as easy money. Yes you have to risk a lot, but to me the odds of Bama losing to Miss State are so low its worth risking 400 bucks to only make 80.  Going heavy on obvious favorites is an easy way to build your bankroll so that you can play on house money. I'm a parlay junkie myself. Those are fun, and you can do a bunch of them for 1 dollar. I treat them like a scratch off ticket. lose most of them, but win one and you recover the losses easily and then some.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

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chitown buckeye's picture

Bovada online is the best place I've found for online sports betting. Have bet there the past three seasons and have had no issues. It's a very secure site and has a quality reputation. Many other sites tend to come and go which obviously can be dangerous with your money on it. It's very simple to use, navigate, etc..

I agree with gluefingers, Bovada doesn't offer as many line bets or prop bets as other sites but Im willing to give on some of those to be on site I trust. I'm a parlay junkie as well and the site meets my needs very well.

+WARNING+ it is very easy to use and that can be a bad thing at times! ;)

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Kid Buckeye's picture

The odds are the odds. They will change as the money rolls in, so IMO these odds are real and not who they think they can make the most money from.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I already got 50 bucks on Ohio State that I put in a while ago. HERE WE GO BUCKEYES!!!

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Bet early and bet often. I like it.

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Yessir, hoping they win so I can get a helpful chunk put towards my wedding fund, haha. Don't worry, I only put a small amount of eggs in the gambling basket

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

A wedding fund can kind of be the same thing as a gambling basket: you do take a risk with both. But what is life without a little risk? Happy wedding and many anniversaries to you! (celebrating 23 years myself this year - glad I took the bungee jump of love).  

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dubjayfootball90's picture

Well a congrats to you is in order.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

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Woody16111's picture

Alabama has a ton of street cred built up. The defending National Champs, w/ their best guy at QB is back, and the O & D still very solid is not favored over a team that didn't even win their division or a bowl game. WOW.

The best bet on that board is Ohio State. 

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Fly Patterns's picture

O/U teams on Bovada:

MSU 9.5
Minnesota 6.5
Illinois 5
Indiana 5.5
Iowa 8.5
Michigan 7.5
Nebraska 8
NW 7.5
PSU 7.5
Purdue 3.5
Rutgers 4
Wisconsin 9.5
Maryland 6.5

TedGinnIsFasterThanYou's picture

Man, Wisconsin has a very favorable schedule. Three of the easiest schedules in the country have to be: Wisconsin, Penn State, and Alabama.

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