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 7 of college football.
Note: The number of bets placed will significantly increase (4 to 5 times) as game time approaches.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 9 Tennessee (10,807)
3,645 days since Tennessee beat Alabama. pic.twitter.com/DfyaXjhBwx
— Bryant-Denny Stadium (@BryantDenny_UA) October 13, 2016
It has been a while since Tennessee beat Alabama. The Vols have lost nine straight to the Crimson Tide (3-6 ATS). Bama opened as double-digit favorites in Knoxville. Steady money has come in on Nick Saban’s teams all week and Alabama is now 13 point favorites.
A lot is on the line in this game. For Tennessee a win puts them back in the playoff conversation and for Bama beating the Vols solidifies their hold on the top spot in the College Football Playoff.
Tennessee has made a habit of rallying from big deficits this season; however, few teams have success when trailing Alabama.
Tennessee probably doesn't want to get down big again Saturday. Alabama is 96-3 under Saban when leading by at least 14 points since 2007.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) October 14, 2016
Either way, it should be a fun game to watch Saturday afternoon.
No. 2 Ohio State at No. 8 Wisconsin (10,063 bets)
How can Wisconsin beat Ohio State?
- Defense: the Badgers are No. 4 in the country in scoring defense (allowed 12.2 points/game) and No. 11 in total defense (allowed 291 yards/game).
- Camp Randall: Wisconsin’s stadium is loud, like crazy noisy. This will be an extremely difficult atmosphere to play in for the Buckeyes.
That is a solid case but Ohio State is 23-8 against-the-spread vs. ranked Big Ten teams, Wisconsin is 1-10 straight-up as an underdog of a touchdown or more.
Bettors seem to know those trends. Urban Meyer’s team opened as double-digit road favorites. Ohio State has received 62% of the spread bets and 61% of the spread money. The line has moved to Buckeyes -10.5 as anticipation builds for Ohio State to cover.
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Indiana vs. No. 10 Nebraska (7,311 bets)
Nebraska hasn’t been ranked in the top 10 since 2011. The Cornhuskers opened as touchdown favorites on the road at Indiana. However some injury concerns with starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has caused the line to move.
The majority of the spread bets (69%) are on Nebraska to cover but most of the money has come in on the Hoosiers getting the points. The line has dropped significantly and Nebraska is now only favored by three points.
In the recent past, when highly ranked, the Cornhuskers haven’t covered the spread.