Books need Alabama, handicapper on underdog Clemson in CFP title game

It’s not often when sports books are rooting for the top-ranked college football team in the country to cover the spread. But that’s the unusual spot bookmakers are in entering today’s national title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.

Money continued to pour in on the Tigers across Las Vegas on Monday morning as 6½-point underdogs and at plus-185 on the money line in the rematch of last year’s title game won by the Crimson Tide, 45-40.

Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller laughed when asked when was the last time the books needed Alabama.

“That’s a great question. It might be the first time in a long time,” he said. “When you have a name like (Tigers quarterback) Deshaun Watson and the whole revenge factor coming into play, I think the public is sold on it.”

The line opened at 7 before an avalanche of public support for Clemson moved it to 6½, where it has stayed everywhere except for the MGM Mirage, which lists Alabama at minus-7, plus-110, meaning bettors have to lay 130 to take the Tigers and the points.

 

“The public is all over Clemson at this point,” MGM Mirage sports book director Jay Rood said. “We have a couple big bets on Alabama but the money line is really what’s skewing the game. If Clemson wins outright, that’s probably not a good thing for most books around town.

“A lot of books are looking for Alabama to win but not cover. We need ‘Bama to cover.”

Miller, who lists the Tide at minus-215 on the money line, said he’s taken nothing but Clemson money.

“It was coming in this morning, also,” he said Monday. “I think the sharps are waiting to see what happens and then jump on it late this afternoon.

“I’m surprised it didn’t go to 7 already but it’s going the other way actually. I thought ‘Bama money would come in late but I haven’t seen it.”

Handicapper Dana Lane (Danalanesports.com), who recently won his second consecutive Review-Journal College Bowl Challenge, is recommending a play on Clemson in a revenge spot. He expects wideout Mike Williams to be a big factor after missing last year’s title game and believes Watson gives the Tigers a big edge at quarterback over the Tide’s Jalen Hurts, trying to become the first true freshman quarterback since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985 to win a national title.

“Clemson has a huge advantage in experience, quarterback-wise. It’s not even close. Not too many freshmen win the college national championship,” Lane said. “Watson threw for over 400 yards last year without Williams. It’s simplistic thinking but they’re a better offense with him on the field. He’s arguably the best wide receiver in college football.”

Lane also expects Alabama to be adversely affected by the loss of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who has been replaced by Steve Sarkisian.

“I try to keep things very simplistic,” he said. “There are a lot more question marks on the Alabama side than on the Clemson side, and I’m getting 6½ points.”

Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0354. Follow @tdewey33 on Twitter.

ad-high_impact_4
Sports Betting Spotlight Videos
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 8
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 8 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 7
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 7 of the NFL football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 7
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 7 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 6
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 6 of the college football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 5
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and John Lukasik pick their best bets for week 5 of the NFL football season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 5
Todd Dewey and John Lukasik go over their picks for week five of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 4
Todd Dewey and John Lukasik go over their picks for week four of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 4
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Cromwell sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week four of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 3
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Cromwell sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week three of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Canelo vs. GGG
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over the lines and their picks for Canelo vs. GGG 2.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Football Week 3
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week three of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 2
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and The Linq Hotel sports book director, John Lukasik go over their picks for week two of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: NFL Week 1
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Matt Holt go over their picks for week one of the NFL.
Sports Betting Spotlight: College Week 2
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and USIntegrity president Matt Holt goes over their picks for week two of college football.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Giants
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Giants season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Giants
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Giants season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Buffalo Bills
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 Buffalo Bills season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New York Jets
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New York Jets season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Miami Dolphins
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 Miami Dolphins season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Atlanta Falcons
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Atlanta Falcons will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Carolina Panthers
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Carolina Panthers will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New England Patriots
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Sunset Station sports book director Chuck Esposito go over the lines for the 2018 New England Patriots season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Description: Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: New Orleans Saints
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the New Orleans Saints will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Houston Texans
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Houston Texans will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Tennessee Titans
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Titans will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Indianapolis Colts
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Indianapolis Colts will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Jacksonville Jaguars
Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and Wynn Sports Book Director Johnny Avello go over how the Jacksonville Jaguars will perform in the 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Detroit Lions
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Detroit Lions 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Chicago Bears
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Chicago Bears 2018 season.
Sports Betting Spotlight: Green Bay Packers
Sports Betting Spotlight host Todd Dewey, Kelly Stewart and CG Analytics Oddsmaker Will Bernanke go over the odds for the Green Bay Packers 2018 season.
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like