With the Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that will pave the way for states besides Nevada to legally bet on Pro and College football, there will be even more scrutiny on the betting lines in 2018.
So, we decided to take a quick Memorial Day Weekend off season look at some of the latest odds on things like win totals and awards. Here goes:
NFL Rookie of the Year- With the NFL Draft recently completed, everyone has their opinions about which top picks will help what teams? And this item lays out the case for the best chance to be the top rookie in pro football in 2018.
It’s interesting that Giants new RB Saquon Barkley gets the nod over the Browns Baker Mayfield at the top the list, but we thought the “darkhorse” pick of the Bucs Ronald Jones at 30-1 and the rationale from Oddshark.com was intriguing:
“The Buccaneers have very little in front of Jones entering the season – with nothing but mediocrity in their current running back depth chart. Jones is a big play waiting to happen, with his slashing style and foot speed making him a dangerous runner. He is a little lean and could wilt under a full NFL workload but he is actually taller and heavier than Jacquizz Rodgers…”
Heisman Trophy- It seems every year that the award is quarterback driven, unless you were Mark Ingram or Derrick Henry at Alabama, and last year was no exception with Mayfield of Oklahoma taking in the honor. However, for 2018, Oddshark had two running backs at the top of these recent odds and also eventually included an FSU runner.
Yes, Cam Akers is in mix at an early 25-1, but clearly players like RB Bryce Love of Stanford, QBs Tua Tagovailoa of Bama and Jake Fromm of Georgia will get more notoriety.
As for winning games?
Vegasinsider.com has the win totals for all of the “Power Five” conferences in this item. The usual suspects like Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State are intially set at 10.5 wins for their under/over total
We are most interested the ACC and in them having Miami at 9.5 wins and the Noles at 8.5 for the line. And, on their SEC list, the Gators are installed with just an under/over of 7 wins.
In the NFL, the Westgate Sportsbook has these early win totals out: The Patriots are on their usual lofty perch with 11 wins, the Eagles and the Steelers are right behind at 10.5 and not shockingly, the Browns are at the bottom with 5.5.
For our state Pro squads:
Jaguars at 9 wins for the under/over total, the Bucs at 6.5 and the Dolphins at 6 wins for the future odds.
And, if you just can’t wait to bet the spread for the opening weekends in college and NFL (even though fall practice and NFL Preseason haven’t happened), Vegas Insider has those also:
Labor Day weekend for college football sees UCF a -21 favorite at AAC opponent, UConn, Miami is -3 favorite in the neutral site showdown with LSU, and Florida State is a -5 favorite on Labor Day night in the ACC opener against Virginia Tech.
USF hosts Elon and the Gators welcome Charleston Southern and those games don’t have lines on them.
And in the NFL, week one: The Jaguars are in New York against the aforementioned Barkely and the Giants and are -3.5, while the Bucs open at NFC South Rival New Orleans and are +7.5 underdogs. Finally, Miami hosts the Titans and are a +2.5 underdog.
Again, it’s not even July 1st, but if you crave the pigskin, you are interested.
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