Which games are bettors most excited about in college football? Our friends at Sports Insights can tell us. Using the tools available to Sportsbook Insider members we can see which games are the most heavily bet on Saturday.
Here is a look at the most anticipated games in Week 2 of college football.
Note: Gamblers have placed over 6,000 bets on each of these games. For comparison, a public team like No. 18 Notre Dame is drawing less than 2,000 wagers.
No. 1 Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
The defending champions are fresh off a blowout win over USC. Bookmakers have installed the Tide as 28.5 points favorites over Western Kentucky. The big number hasn’t scared off bettors. Most of the action (75% of bets and 60% of money) is on Bama to cover. The Hilltoppers are no pushovers. In the last five years, Western Kentucky as an underdog against the SEC has gone 5-2 against-the-spread. And then there is this…
Florida vs. Kentucky
Did you know that Kentucky has lost 29 games in a row to Florida. 29! It’s been a minute since the Wildcats topped the Gators. Florida’s win streak over Kentucky is the longest in SEC history. It is also the longest active streak over any one team in FBS football (5th longest in FBS history). The streak has to end sometime, why not Saturday.
Despite the Gators’ dominance, nearly 65% of the bets and money are on Kentucky to cover as 16 point road dogs. Our database doesn’t encompass the entire streak but since 2005, the Cats are just 3-8 ATS (-8.27 units) when they play the Gators.
Florida is -750 on the money-line. The implied odds suggest that the Gators have a 88.2% chance to win. The streak probably won’t end.
No. 15 TCU vs. Arkansas
Could TCU go down? The Horned Frogs (-7.5) are the only ranked team favored by less than double-digits. The money is split evenly between the two teams to cover but nearly 80% of money-line bets are on Arkansas.
These teams haven’t played each other in 25 years. Both squads, former Southwest Conference rivals, struggled in the season opener. Who will win this reunion, Hogs or Frogs?