The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are undefeated this season, but they're still pegged as underdogs on the college football betting lines for the BCS Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on January 7.
And as of game day, more than 60 per cent of BCS bettors were backing Notre Dame, a situation that was not causing Bovada to move its line.
“Money keeps pouring in on Notre Dame even getting 10 points,” said Kevin Bradley, sportsbook manager at .
“It will be tough to move off that number as I expect some sharp bettors are waiting to see if will go to 9.5 and then slam a bunch of big money behind Alabama. As it stands right now, the book is a big Bama fan and I cannot complain about needing a 10-point favorite,” Bradley said.
BCS Championship Game
Monday, January 7 @ 8:30pm ET
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Records: 12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS, 6-5-1 OU
Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Records: 12-0 SU, 7-5 ATS, 2-10 OU
Opening Spread / Total (from BetOnline)
Alabama -9.5 / 43 Points
BCS Championship Game Betting Trends: Favorite is 4-1 ATS in past five BCS title games . . . SEC won and covered in all six BCS title games . . . Alabama has won and covered in four straight bowl games . . . Notre Dame is 2-8 ATS in past 10 bowl games.
BCS Championship Game History
Data includes original name of bowl, current name, teams, point spread of the second listed team, SU winner and ATS winner.
|2006||BCS Championship Game||Florida||41||Ohio State||14||-7||FLA|
|2007||BCS Championship Game||Ohio State||24||LSU||38||-4||LSU|
|2008||BCS Championship Game||Florida||24||Oklahoma||14||3||FLA|
|2009||BCS Championship Game||Texas||21||Alabama||37||-4||ALAB|
|2010||BCS Championship Game||Oregon||19||Auburn||22||1||AUBRN|
|2011||BCS Championship Game||Alabama||21||LSU||0||2.5||ALAB|
Both Alabama and LSU are 3-1 SU in their last four bowl appearances, including one win each in the BCS National Championship Game (LSU in 2007, and Alabama in 2009).
It's a rare case of bowl revenge for Alabama who lost to LSU during the season. [ See the latest bowl specials and bonuses at today and link to our feature on BCS prop bets ]
Monday, January 9 @ 8:30pm ET
Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Records: 11-1 SU, 8-4 ATS, 6-6 OU
Team: Louisiana State Tigers
Records: 13-0 SU, 10-3 ATS, 7-5-1 OU
Spread / Total (from 5Dimes)
Pick’em / 40 Points
In a rematch of their defensive overtime showdown earlier in the season, the SEC West rival LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet in the BCS National Championship Game. Their first meeting in Alabama was a 9-6 LSU victory in overtime.
Alabama and LSU both had incredible seasons on defense as the Crimson Tide finished with the best scoring defense in the country (just 8.8 points per game against) and LSU finished second best (10.5 points per game against).
Both teams also played well on offense, as LSU finished 12th in the nation in scoring with 38.5 points per game and Alabama finished 16th with 36 points per game. These two teams showed how evenly matched they were in their first defensive battle, and the rematch in Louisiana should be no different.
Alabama’s Trent Richardson won the 2011 Doak Walker Award for most outstanding running back in the country. Richardson rushed for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns on 263 carries this season.
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn and All-American running back LaMichael James of Oregon lead their respective undefeated teams in a bid for a national crown, with the Tigers as 2.5-point favorites against the Ducks in the BCS Championship Game bowl odds.
BCS Championship Game
Monday, January 10 @ 8:30pm ET
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Team: Auburn Tigers
Conference: Southeastern Conference
Records: 13-0 SU, 9-3 ATS, 7-5 OU
Team: Oregon Ducks
Conference: Pac-10 Conference
Records: 12-0 SU, 6-4-1 ATS, 8-3 OU
Spread / Total (from Sportsbook.ag)
Auburn -2.5 / 73.5 Points
This game is setting up to be a wide-open matchup of two dynamic offenses. Newton leads a battle-ready Auburn offense which beat five teams in the top 18 – while Oregon played just one during the year. He also led the Tigers to come-from-behind wins eight times during the regular season. [ See dozens of Cam Newton prop odds and more fun BCS wagers at the bottom of the page ]
A perfect season in the tougher SEC could give the edge to Auburn, and a solid record against the spread could make them popular in the college football betting lines.
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Newton had a memorable season - throwing for 2,598 yards, 28 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. He also ran for over 1,400 yards with 20 TDs and is the main reason the Tigers were fourth nationally in points per game, while seventh in total offense at 497.7 yards per game.
Auburn minimized its turnovers this season, and it must stay free of mistakes against their toughest opponent of the season.
James led his Oregon Ducks with 1,682 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns, and was tops in the country with 153.7 yards per game. Oregon had 15 fumbles this season, and must take care of the ball when pounding it on the ground against a big defensive unit in Auburn.
Oregon was the top-ranked team with both 49.3 points and an average of 537.5 yards per game. The Ducks also have a quarterback that could help get them its first national title and defy the BCS Championship odds for the contest.
Darron Thomas had 2,518 passing yards with 28 touchdowns, completing over 60 percent of his passes. He also ran for five more scores on the ground, proving he can rush as an option and when under pressure.