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 6 of college football.
Note: The number of bets placed will significantly increase (4 to 5 times) as game time approaches.
Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma (7,771 bets)
Charlie Strong with a giant grin and a Golden Hat on top of his head is the lasting image from Texas’ 24-17 upset of No. 10 Oklahoma last year. That victory was supposed to be a turning point for the Longhorns but Texas finished the year 5-7 and did not go to a bowl game. Strong and his team have gone 5-5 since the Red River Rivalry upset with all five losses coming against ranked opponents.
Strong is on the hot seat, a loss to the Sooners could see his tenure at Texas come to a close. Texas and Oklahoma will meet for the 111th time on Saturday. The Longhorns have the edge with the all-time record of 47-38-4 but the two teams have split the last ten meetings.
Oklahoma is a double-digit favorite in this year’s Red River showdown. The bets are evenly split but the majority of the money is on the Sooners to cover.
N.C. State vs. Notre Dame (7,752 bets)
Why is this one of the most bet games in college football? I have no idea.
Notre Dame is the most public of public teams. The Irish are going to garner a disproportionate (to their true talent) number of bets regardless of the opponent. However, the Golden Domers are 2-3 this season and heading in the wrong direction.
The Wolfpack is 3-1 but with wins against William & Mary, Old Dominion and Wake Forest. N.C. State’s quarterback Ryan Finley has been impressive completing 72.4% of his passes for nine touchdown and zero interceptions.
Notre Dame opened as a road favorite but the line quickly moved in N.C. State’s favor. The Wolfpack are now field goal favorites at home but the majority of bets are on the Irish to cover.
N.C. State went 0-6 against bowl eligible teams last year. A win for Notre Dame would put the Irish on track for a bowl game at the end of the season.
No. 8 Texas A&M vs. No. 9 Tennessee (9,221 bets)
First Tennessee needed a fumble recovery in overtime to beat Appalachian State 20-13. A week later the Vols had to overcome a two-touchdown deficit to top Virginia Tech. Then there was the close game against Ohio before a wild second half comeback against Florida. Of course all of that pales in comparison to what the Vols managed to do last week against Georgia.
The 47-yard Hail Mary was just Tennessee’s latest escape act. The Volunteers will have a much tougher time against Texas A&M this week. The Aggies are touchdown favorites at home.