NCAA Football Opening Line Report – Bowl Season

The holiday season brings the “gift” of big College Football Bowl Games for college football fans.  These games attract a lot of public betting interest and hopefully some good contrarian value.

The opening lines are out for the remainder of the 2010 college football season – and depending on what sportsbook you use, you may want to check out the current line movement and the latest lines – based on our Opening Line Report below.  Please visit our blog and read our series of Sports Marketwatch articles for updated information during the next few weeks.

We’ll be back to highlight games of interest as the Bowl Games roll by.

Army vs. Navy (December 11, 2010)

The big Army-Navy game is this coming Saturday, and Navy opened as a 7.5-point favorite at CRIS.  Early sharp action pushed the line down to -7 — but as usual, bettors are getting down on the favorite.  Betting is moderate, but with 72% of the bets taking Navy, the line has started to edge back up a bit.  Keep an eye on the line movement for some potential value on Army.

Team # Bets Spread % Open Current
Navy 6066 72% -7.5 -7
Army 28% +7.5 +7

Oregon vs. Auburn (January 10, 2011)

Everyone is interested in the National Championship game.  Although this game is the finale of the season, the game is already receiving some betting activity.  Pinnacle opened the game with BCS (and AP) #1 Auburn as a -2.5 favorite.  With the majority of bettors taking the #1 team and giving just a few points, the line is generally available at Auburn -3.  It is still early, so we’ll monitor the College Football marketplace and keep you posted on this game.

Team # Bets Spread % Open Current
#2 Oregon 4505 38% +2.5 +3
#1 Auburn 62% -2.5 -3

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