Behind The Betting Lines Oct 18 2003

Oct 18 2003
By Wilson King
Football Sports Betting – Inside the football betting lines

Making money never hurt so much.  Week after week, the public refuses to come to play, forcing us to grind out modest wins.  This college football Saturday was no different.  It felt like we spent the entire day standing in line to buy 999,999 lottery tickets for a chance to win a $1,000,000 jackpot.  In the end, we came out winners, but it’s tough to feel good about it.

This week continued a disturbing  of general apathy as our handle was down from the previous week, and there were few major decisions on the day.  As a matter of fact, we saw virtually no action in the early games and our first major decision did not come until the late afternoon games kicked off.  So, we were forced to sit around with our fingers on our triggers and our rockets in our pockets waiting for some action.

Things picked up as the late games featured a few marquee matchups and the proverbial sure bets.  After breaking even on the little action we saw earlier in the day, things started to get interesting as the public came to play as if they were someone other than the public.

Despite the fact that most folks could not find Akron on a map, let alone tell you what a Zip is, they liked the University of Akron at home against Central Florida.  Their hunch paid off as Akron protected their home field advantage and delivered a sizable win.

In a bit of a sexier matchup, assuming that it is even possible to use “Lou Holtz” and “sexy” in the same sentence, the public was all over LSU on the road against South Carolina.  While this SEC contest was certainly got more national attention than the Akron/CFU showdown, the result was was the same for us.  LSU stewed and simmered the Gamecocks, handing us the our largest loss on the day.

Fortunately for us, the public refused to bet big; therefore, as the old adage goes, they could not win big, and these two decisions did not hurt us as bad as they could have.  Given the fact that those losses were mitigated by Memphis, New Mexico, Missouri and Virginia covers, the day was profitable, albeit painful.