Early money betting on Tide, Ducks
No. 1 Alabama opened as an 8-point favorite at No. 5 LSU for this week, a giant number considering most books had the Tigers listed as 2-point favorites against the Tide before the season.
But now it’s all about the Crimson Tide, who quickly grew to 10.5-point favorites as of Monday morning. No one seems willing to jump in front of Nick Saban’s team these days. Why would you? The Tide are absolutely rolling.
LSU has been their only speed bump. The Tigers have won 10 of their last 17 meetings, including the first of two meetings last season. Alabama, of course, avenged that loss in the BCS Championship Game, with a convincing 21-0 beatdown of the Tigers.
In the other big game of week, No. 2 Oregon opened as a 6-point favorite at deflated Southern Cal. The Ducks were favored by 7.5 as of Monday morning.
USC, one of the preseason favorites to win it all, has been a disappointment. The Trojans lost at Arizona on Saturday, their second loss of the season.
Oregon has won seven of their last 13 meetings against the Trojans, but went 6-7 against the spread in those games.
Other early line movements:
Mississippi at Georgia (-14)
Fresh off their big win over Florida, the Bulldogs opened as 17.5-point homecoming favorites over Ole Miss. Bettors pounced on the Rebels, knocking the line down to two touchdowns as of Monday morning.
Ole Miss also is coming off an emotional win, a 30-27 victory over Arkansas on a last-second field goal. Georgia has won 9 of the last 11 meetings and is 6-5 ATS in those games.
Texas at Texas Tech (-7)
This game featured the biggest early line movement of the week, with the Red Raiders growing from 2.5-point favorites all the way to the key number of seven.
Mack Brown has to be feeling the heat, after the Longhorns barely escaped against a bad Kansas team on Saturday. Bettors clearly believe the Red Raiders have the ability to pour it on.
The Longhorns have won 12 of their last 16 meetings and are 9-7 against the spread in those games.