I mentioned the other week that maybe college football ought to outsource the selection committee’s work to Vegas books. Note that the team that just squeaked in to the CFP field is favored to win the whole shootin’ match. Also note the betting distribution for the Sugar Bowl:
“Alabama got some money from a group who moves numbers,” Westgate Superbook assistant manager Ed Salmons said. “The public likes Clemson.”
At MGM sportsbooks, eight times as much money has been bet on the Crimson Tide as has been bet on Clemson in the first week since the matchup was set. The number of bets on the Sugar Bowl, however, was equally divided among the two teams, MGM vice president of race sports Jay Rood said.
Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology also reported taking early “sharp” action on Alabama. CG Technology vice president of risk Jason Simbal said Sunday that he had taken more bets on Clemson, but there was three times as much money on Alabama.
“The most action, by far, on any bowl game is on Alabama-Clemson,” Simbal said. “That could end up being the most-bet game of the year. It might end being more heavily bet than the championship game.”
There’s a “what do they know that I don’t” aspect to this that reminds of the betting patterns in the week leading up to the SECCG. And we know how that game went.