Recent developments, including the NCAA lifting its ban on on-campus activities in football and basketball, have given Las Vegas oddsmakers and handicappers newfound optimism.
Las Vegas was dealt the league’s most difficult home schedule, with its eight Allegiant Stadium opponents totaling an NFL-high 71½ wins at the Westgate sportsbook.
The consensus was that the biggest impact would be on a team’s home-field advantage, which has historically been worth approximately three points to a line on an NFL game.
Ohio State cornerback Damon Arnette, the Raiders’ second selection at No. 19, was a heavy favorite (-550) not to be taken in the first round.
But odds posted at offshore sportsbooks are stacked against the college football season starting Aug. 29 and the NFL opening Sept. 10 as scheduled.
The Buccaneers have finished with a losing record in eight of nine years. Tampa Bay’s season win total soared from 8½ to 9½ at Circa sportsbook after it signed Tom Brady.
The total number of quarterbacks taken in the first round is four at Caesars Palace, with the over a -140 favorite.
Circa sportsbook posted perhaps the earliest NFL season win totals ever Sunday to give sports-starved bettors something to take their mind off of the coronavirus pandemic.
Station Casinos sportsbook lists the total number of QBs drafted in the first round at 3½. The over opened as a +140 underdog, but has been bet up to a -150 favorite.
A botched desperation lateral would’ve given bettors a miracle over. But the game stayed under when a deep pass by Jimmy Garoppolo was intercepted.