Anehein, Canada (PressExposure) March 04, 2009 -- By Tony Epstein
SPORTSBETTING.com is seeing the volume on the NCAA Football Championships start to jump.
Betting analyst Jim Sullivan said that obviously through the spring there wasn't much volume, but with the new season in sight, bettors are getting interested in college football again.
"The lines at SPORTSBETTING.com went up pretty much right after the BCS Champs have been crowned, in this case it was Florida, but as you might expect, there isn't much action taken on NCAA football future odds from February through June. But the last week we've seen the volume start to increase and there has been a noticeable spike over the past few days." Sullivan stated.
Last year's champs, the Florida Gators, head into the 2009 season as the big favourites. Not overly surprising considering they basically get everyone back and Tim Tebow stuck around campus for another season. Tebow is arguably (maybe not even arguably) the best college football player ever. It is going to be very, very tough to beat the Gators.
But bettors have been shying away from Tebow and crew so far. Sure, there has been Florida money trickling in, but most sports bettors are looking at the NCAA Football future odds and don't see any value on betting a 2-1 favorite - well done, as there isn't any value in putting money down on the big fav. Not too many bettors are stepping up this early to lay down money on the favourite.
This is the time of year when we see money try and find a team with a little longer odds, who have a real shot but might be flying a bit under the radar.
Bettors have been playing USC, currently sitting at 5-1. If they can get past Ohio State on September 12th (at Ohio State) they very well could run the table and go undefeated. A loss to the Buckeyes and everyone who bet the Trojans can rip their tickets up, as it's hard to envision this team securing a Championship invite with one-loss on the books.
USC always attracts a ton of attention from the sports betting public and this year, despite losing Mark Sanchez to the pros, is no exception.
Texas at 7-1 has been getting interest at online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.com the last couple of weeks. They're going to be a player in the National Championship, but they need to beat Oklahoma (unless the Sooners trip up along the way). This should come down to the Red River shootout. The Sooners are 5-1 to win it all.
SPORTSBETTING.com did see some Florida State money showing up as well, but even at 18-1 I don't really like this bet. The offense should be strong and they'll likely win the ACC, but there are big questions on defense.
Odds To Win NCAA Football Championship
Top 10 Teams:
Notre Dame - 22 - 1 Alabama - 20 - 1 Virginia Tech - 20 - 1 LSU -20 - 1 Florida State - 18 - 1 Ohio State - 8 - 1 Texas -- 7 - 1 USC - 5 - 1 Oklahoma - 5 - 1 Florida - 2 - 1
We'll look at more of the NCAA Football Betting future odds betting action on the next couple of weeks and I'll have a few plays that I think offer some real great value.
Enjoy the weekend.